Bringing Plants to the People
Ginny, the potion maker at Linden Tree Herbals, is what we call a plant matchmaker.
Like many herbalists she discovered a love of botanical names and the inspired alchemy of crafting a remedy. Her formulas begin with a walk in the woods or an unexpected bounty from a friend. Mix in an idea, a story, a flavor, a person, an intention. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Her products are elegantly simple, created in small batches to provide the highest quality.
Many of her herbs are wildcrafted in various places in Michigan, and ingredients are organically sourced from reputable companies who care about sustainability. Beyond the formula, the packaging has been carefully considered for its ability to be reused, recycled, or biodegrade naturally.
The mission of Linden Tree Herbals is to provide the gift of herbs to the local community, and beyond.
Ginny, In Her Own Words
My mom taught me about food...how to cook, how to eat, and the importance of what we eat. I grew up listening to stories about life on my great-grandma's farm, and the magic that she made in her kitchen. My grandpa taught me about growing and gathering plants, in his impressive backyard-sized garden. Some of my fondest memories are of picking juicy sweet red raspberries or lush ripe tomatoes on a sunny day, out in the garden with grandpa.
These early life lessons helped build a solid foundation of love for the outside world. As time went by, this love led me to explore wild edibles, herbal healing, and medicine-making. After a few years of formally studying herbs, I thought it was time to start sharing my knowledge. I love to bring plants and people together, in simple, accessible, everyday ways.
As far as formal education goes, I've studied with herbalist jim mcdonald in White Lake, Michigan, with 7Song at the Northeast School of Botanical Herbalism, with Ordinary Herbalist Leslie Williams, and at the Naturopathic School of Ann Arbor. I love to discover new things and new ways of thinking about plants. There's always more to learn, and I continue my herbal studies each year as time and resources allow. I've been fortunate to absorb knowledge from a variety of wonderful herbalists at conferences, weekend retreats, online, and in print.
I am a bio-regional herbalist. In other words, I am most interested in wildcrafting and making medicines with the plants and trees in my own backyard. Southeastern Michigan (where I live) is a wide green wonderland of fascinating and useful plants. Of them all, I prefer the common 'weeds' that can easily be found by anyone, once you know what to look for. Some of my favorite plant friends are Self Heal, wild Raspberries, Evening Primrose, and Linden of course!
When I'm not outside with the plants, I can often be found working on my new-ish 1940s era house, or curled up in a comfy spot with a book, a cup of tea, and a cat named Robin.