As some of you may know, I ran a wild-harvested, hand-crafted herbal apothecary for almost five years in Mississippi from 2013-2017 called Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary.  I created and ran the apothecary with another herbalist for the first two years, Mandi Sanders, a wonderful herbalist with a deep knowledge of first aid herbalism, family herbalism, and thyroid imbalances.

The other day I figured out that I dispensed about 8,000 fluid ounces of plant medicine in tincture form in the Southeast (mainly)!  WOW!  …And, probably about 1500 fluid ounces of infused oils/salves/balms…and 2500 ounces of dried plant material through the tea blends.

I tapped into the healing abilities of around 90 plants…about 80% of those were hand-harvested by yours truly.  Blood, sweat and tears went into this small, hand-crafted business…I tell ya!

(Smile) and, I am truly tired now…like the kind of tired after you climb to the peak of a mountain and can look out over the land and realize that you have to climb down at some point.

At the apothecary, we crafted Mississippi’s (and one of the Deep South’s) first Herbal CSA Program (Community Supported Apothecary).  This program provided participants with monthly, seasonal herbal preparations and a newsletter brimming with plant medicine and seasonal insights.

I vended an abundance of local plant medicine at local farmer’s markets and regional conferences and festivals.  I also taught at major conferences such as Southeast Women’s Herb Conference and the Organic Grower’s School’s big festival.

In 2017 I decided to close the apothecary and shift my work to a much smaller scale (mostly teaching & writing…eventually seeing clients again) due to the birth of my little one and our move to Chattanooga, TN (and then our move to Santa Barbara, CA — where I currently live).

I still hand-craft plant medicine and have tinctures, tea blends, and salves available.  Things are just at a much smaller scale these days AND the bioregion I work in has changed completely (coastal California)!

See the list of what I have available below.

The majority of the plant material listed below is wild-crafted from the field & forest.  Some herbs come from sustainable growers and are either organic or chemical-free. Great care is taken when wild-harvesting to ensure the sustainability of all plant and tree communities that offer their medicine.

“I’m a new customer and student with Lindsay, and am very pleased with her professionalism, broad knowledge, and gentle manner. Her tinctures are the highest quality I’ve ever used, and I felt benefit from using them for some chronic issues within days. Lindsay is also a wonderful teacher; her enthusiasm for sharing her love and knowledge of herbs is inspiring!”
~ Susan, Alabama

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Left: Bear’s Foot, Top Right: Turkey Tail, Bottom Right: Smooth Sumac

* All tinctures (formula blends):
$12 for 1 oz
$20 for 2 oz
$36 for 4 oz

* Herbal tea blends are $13 each

* Salves and balms are:
$8 for 1 oz
$12 for 2 oz
$22 for 4 oz

* Tooth powder is $10 a jar.

If you would like to purchase herbal preparations, please email me your order to maypop (at) riseup (dot) net.  You can send funds through paypal or click the donation button on this website.  You can also mail me a check.

Shipping on all orders is $10 no matter what size.

Herbal tea blends ~

SOLD OUT – AphrodiTea (3.25 oz) – Blended to honor the Greek goddess of love and compassion, this tea blend has berry and floral notes with a mild, earthy mint taste.  And as the name implies, this is *indeed* an aphrodesiac tea blend helping to nourish, relax, and enliven the body and mind:  elderberry, rosehips, damiana, alfalfa, lavender, nettles, hibiscus, fennel, and holy basil.

SOLD OUT – VitaliTea (3 oz) – Enliven the mind without the effects of caffeine with this herbal blend.  The peppermint-y pizzazz of this tea will help you relax and focus while nourishing your body and mind.  This is an apothecary classic that we’ve blended since day one:  peppermint, gotu kola, nettles, oatstraw, calendula, and eleuthero.

SOLD OUT – SereniTea (3 oz) – Cozy up with this herbal blend and unwind from the days events.  Nutrient-dense herbs infuse the blood with key nutrients for relaxation, namely magnesium and calcium while calming, floral notes expand the flavor.  A nourishing and nerve-supportive formula for the weary, you’ll want to add some honey and sip on this to easy body, mind and spirit:  nettles, oatstraw, rose, chamomile, lavender, and fennel.

SOLD OUT – Happy Trails Gut Tea (3.25 oz) – This soothing and cooling combination of herbs is sure to remedy the crankiest of guts.  We are experiencing an epidemic of irritated and inflamed digestive systems here in the US.  Herbs provide an effective (and tasty) way to decrease inflammation, tighten cell junctures in the intestinal lining, calm the nervous system, and provide easy-to-absorb nutrients:  linden, flax, marshmallow, oatstraw, rosehips, rose petals, red clover, and fennel seed.

Salves, balms, and oils ~

SOLD OUT – The Balm (First Aid Salve – 1 oz, 2 oz, 4 oz) – This salve answers to all of your first aid needs!  It is power-packed green goodness straight from our gardens to help whatever ails the skin.  From bug bites & stings, to rashes, burn, cuts and everything in between ~ so many uses and so very effective!  This salve has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and astringent properties.  It will also sooth the skin and help with skin-cell regeneration and speed wound healing as well as curb bleeding.  That is why we call it “The Balm”:  comfrey, yarrow, plantain, chickweed, wild geranium, lavender eo, EV organic olive oil, and local beeswax.

For immune system support ~

SOLD OUT – Flu Fighter (1 oz, 2 oz) – This formula will gently raise the body’s temperature (set point) to help you break fever as well as encourage sweating to release heat from the body as you fight the virus.  We formulated this preparation more for adults battling the flu, but you can lower the dosage and use it for children as well.  This formula is also packed with anti-viral power and will help you work through aches and chills:  st john’s wort, vervain, yarrow, and boneset, organic sugar cane alcohol.

SOLD OUT – ImmunoBooster Tincture (1 oz) – Bolster your immune system with one of our powerhouse herbal formulas.  This formula will stimulate the immune system as well as increase macrophage scavenging activity.  Other herbs in this formula are powerful anti-viral herbs.  Only use this formula around the time of infection or possible infection.  Also great for stomach bugs:  propolis, black walnut, prickly ash, echinacea, poke, and organic sugar cane alcohol.

SOLD OUT – Elder-Sumac Immune Elixir (2 oz, 4 oz) – We’ve combined the amazing anti-viral properties of elder berries and flowers with the antiseptic properties of sumac berries for a an all-around cold & flu prevention formula.  The astringency of the sumac berries can help to deter infection, while elder berries and flowers keep viral cells from multiplying.  One of our tastiest formulas:  elder berries, sumac berries, glycerine, elder flowers, organic sugar cane alcohol.

SOLD OUT – Respiratory Relief Tincture (2 oz) – If your flus or colds tend to linger, leaving phlegm and a rattling cough behind in its wake, this formula is for you.  This formula is also good for seasonal and pet allergies.  Open up the passages in the lungs to help move phlegm up and out with this elegant herbal formula.  Likewise, this formula will strengthen the lung tissues allowing them to be more effective in their function:  plantain, pleurisy root, reishi, pine resin, goldenrod, and lobelia, organic sugar cane alcohol.

SOLD OUT – Organ-system Overhaul Tincture (2 oz, 4 oz) – This herbal formula is formulated for a depleted system – namely, fatigue and exhaustion.  This is the only formula at the apothecary that uses all Far East herbs, three of them being adaptogens.  I have hand-picked these herbs to help those with hypothyroidism or hypothyroid-like symptoms.  This formula will elevate thyroid function, protect and cleanse the liver, raise the bar of the immune system, and nourish the kidneys and adrenals (if you have elevated cortisol levels in the evening, please only use this formula in the AM and afternoon):   schisandra, ashwagandha, goji berry, and licorice.

SOLD OUT – Liver & Lymph Lovin’ Tincture (1 oz, 2 oz, 4 oz) – This formula is Spring Cleaning for the body anytime you need extra support.  Encourage proper detoxification by gently supporting the lymphatic system and the liver.  This formula can be used after pharmaceutical use or any other form of taxation to the liver.  These plants are emollient, gentle diuretics, and cooling and soothing to the body’s tissues.  I also included an adaptogenic herb that supports liver function while mitigating stress to this organ:  cleavers, dandelion roots and leaves, yellow dock, and burdock.

For women’s health ~

Happy Uterus Tincture (1 oz, 4 oz) – This formula has been created to assist women with endometriosis, painful menstrual cramps, and other irregularities of the reproductive system due to stress and tension.  The herbs in this formula are tonifying to the uterus, aid the liver in hormone processing and production, provide gentle immune support, encourage proper menstrual blood flow and tissue release, and assist reproductive organ cells in elimination waste and bringing in nourishment:  partridge berry, vervain, tulip poplar, agrimony, black cohosh, and yarrow. *NOT FOR USE DURING PREGNANCY*

SOLD OUT – Menopause Tincture (1 oz) – For those women transitioning into the final stage of womanhood, we have crafted an herbal blend to lend you a hand as your hormones shift.  This formula will help you handle hot flashes, it will nourish the kidneys and adrenals, and it will provide hormonal assistance with some very elegant herbal allies:  nettles, red clover, black cohosh, motherwort, vervain, holy basil and gotu kola.

SOLD OUT – Women’s Restore (4 oz) – An adaptogenic herb buffers stress and gently balances hormones while relaxing and nourishing nervines bolster the nervous system.  This formula is particularly indicated for women with dry constitutions which can manifest as vaginal dryness, dry skin, and stiff joints.  This is an ideal formula for women at any stage of life, but I’ve found it to be especially useful after childbirth and after menopause:  shatavari, milky oats, mimosa, and motherwort.

After-birth tincture (1 oz) – After the baby is born, the uterus continues to spasm and blood continues to flow from the mother.  To lessen the spasms and the resulting blood flow, we have woven the following herbs together to gently and intentionally remind your body that the birthing is, indeed, over.  This formula could also be used to ease cramping during menstruation.  We have drawn on the wisdom of midwives to provide you a timeless combination of herbal allies:  black haw, partridge berry, yarrow, and motherwort.

Endocrine Tonic Tincture (1 oz, 2 oz) – Let the plant kingdom help you re-balance your endocrine system.  This formula is particularly good for women who are estrogen dominant.  Chaste tree, in particular, works on the pituitary and hypothalamus to achieve hormonal balance.  We’ve also included herbs to gently work on liver health and function to help eliminate old estrogen in the blood.  This formula should not be used by pregnant or breast-feeding mothers.  And, discontinue use each time you bleed:  angelica, chaste tree, hawthorn, vervain, agrimony, licorice root, ashwagandha, and organic sugar cane alcohol.

UTI Formula (1 oz) – This formula can be used by men or women for lower urinary tract infections.  The herbs in this formula are strong anti-microbials with an affinity for the urinary tract.  Other herbs soothe the urinary tract and calm inflammation.  We advise using this formula while also drinking unsweetened, cranberry juice from concentrate.  (If you feel sharp pains due to your UTI, PLEASE seek medical attention first):  usnea, cleavers, goldenrod, cornsilk, echinacea, red cedar, and organic sugar cane alcohol.

For men’s health ~

SOLD OUT – Pine Pollen Tincture (1 oz, 2 oz) – Pine pollen was traditionally used as a superfood by indigenous and traditional peoples wherever pine was present.  It is viewed as an endurance/stamina food and is also known to increase libido.  Pine pollen actually contains androgenic hormones (precursors to testosterone), therefore it is viewed mostly as a hormonal tonic for men.  However, menopausal women, who experience a decline in testosterone, also find it useful.  It is a tonic to the lungs, skin, digestive and sexual organs as well as an aphrodesiac, memory aid and stimulant.  We harvested fresh, local pollen at its peak production for you!

Prostate Health Tincture (1 oz, 2 oz) – Indeed, we’ve got a formula especially for men!  This herbal blend helps sooth any urinary discomfort while toning swollen prostate glands.  These herbal allies are all indicated for prostate health and will encourage proper function and ease inflammation and swelling:  nettle root, cornsilk, pine pollen, and organic sugar cane alcohol.

For digestive health ~

SOLD OUT – Belly Beast and Yeast Tincture (1 oz, 2 oz, 4 oz) – We’ve combined our best herbs to remedy a yeast imbalance in the gut with effective herbs for dysbiosis (or imbalance of gut flora) as well as keeping pathogens at bay.  Take this tincture three times a day, between meals and take the following foods out of your diet for 21 days for better results:  sugar, alcohol, gluten (including corn), and dairy.  With awareness on the important role beneficial bacteria play in our ability to absorb and assimilate vital nutrients for our health and well-being, this tincture is a great ally for most digestive disorders:  black walnut, monarda, yellow dock, propolis, and plantain.

SOLD OUT – Grapefruit Bitters (2 oz) – Bitters formulas have been a staple in most cultures for hundreds of years.  Bitter herbs are known to stimulate bile secretion and peristalsis for proper digestion of foods, especially fats and proteins.  Basically, bitter formulas increase the efficacy of digestive function and, therefore, maximizing absorption and assimilation of nutrients.  Simply take 1/2 a dropper full of tincture 20 minutes before meal time:  grapefruit peel, yellowroot, angelica, ginger, org sugarcane alcohol, local spring water.

SOLD OUT – Peppermint Spirits Plus (2 oz) – This delightful tincture is a favorite for those who experience intestinal cramps after meal-time.  If the mind and body are overworked, and there is a lot of constriction, this can affect proper digestion.  Take this tasty glycerite tincture after meals to ease any abdominal discomfort.  A favorite for children as well:  peppermint tincture, holy basil, lemon balm, peppermint, spearmint glcyerite.

SOLD OUT – Total Tummy Tincture (1 oz, 2 oz) – Unfortunately, it is rare to find an American with sound digestion.  Most of us have chronic inflammation.  If you tend to loose stools and diarrhea, this tincture is for you.  It is also good for digestive irritability due to emotional distress.  The herbal combination is both a nervine and cooling to the digestive tract.  It will gently tighten the tissues of the gut lining while soothing any inflammation.  This tincture is both a remedy for the tummy as much as it is for the heart and mind:  peach leaves and twigs, hawthorn leaves, twigs, and berries, privet leaves and twigs, holy basil, and rose petals.

For sleep support, mood, and nervous system~

SOLD OUT – Nighty Night Tincture (1 oz) – Allow this formula to nourish your nerves and still the mind.  If bed-time is riddled with circular thoughts and agitation, this is the formula for you:  hops, passionflower, nettles, lemon balm, glycerin, organic sugar cane alcohol.

Valerian Simple Tincture (1 oz) – We’ve bottled up a simple tincture of fresh Valerian roots from the garden for those with insomnia and sleep issues.  This herb is not for all sleep-related issues, though.  This tincture is best used for trauma or pain-related sleep issues.  You can use the tincture throughout the day in low doses (about 5 drops to half a dropperful, two times a day) and then once more before bedtime.  This herb will fill some of the pain receptor sites, gently relax muscles, and ground the person taking it.

SOLD OUT – Tension Release Tincture (1 oz, 2 oz) – If you have a knot, a muscle-spasm, or simply a lot of tension in your body — this tincture is for you!  This is especially good for back pain.  This formula is also for “hot-bodied” types that could use a little cooling down.  The perfect remedy for an over-stimulated system with accumulated tension:  wild lettuce, skullcap, pedicularis, and black cohosh, and organic sugar cane alcohol.

SOLD OUT – Shift & Uplift Tincture (2 oz) – This formula has been put together for situational depression and for dramatic transitions in life that simply need herbal support.  While herbs cannot cure depression, they can act in concert with diet, lifestyle choices, and social support to lift mood, calm the nerves, ease the heart, buffer stress, and elevate consciousness:  st. john’s wort, mimosa, holy basil, reishi in organic sugar cane alcohol.

SOLD OUT – Brain Power Tincture (1 oz, 2 oz) – Liven up your brain cells with plants by increasing nourishment and circulation to the brain.  Certain herbs in this formula will also protect brain cells and their function as rebuild damaged brain tissue.  We’ve created this herbal formula for foggy minds needing some relief.  Along with dietary changes, this herbal formula will lift the fog, increase circulation, and help you focus on the tasks at hand.  This formula can also be used to heal the brain after head trauma, lessening swelling and protecting and regenerating brain cells:  eleuthero, gotu kola, gingko, and rosemary.

For heart health ~

Hyperthyroid Formula (1 oz) – We have conspired a heart tonic for those dealing with an overactive thyroid or for those who have issues with rapid heart rate.  We’ve blended lovely hawthorn berries with some of our favorite heart health herbal allies to tone the cardiac muscle, buffer the nervous system, calm thyroid function, and relieve tension.  As well, this formula is very useful for those with anxiety and that, generally, need more support for a taxed and burdened heart:  hawthorn berry and flower, black cohosh, skullcap, wood betony (stachys off), bugleweed, wild rose flower essence, local spring water, and organic sugar cane alcohol.

SOLD OUT – Heart’s Ease (1 oz, 2 oz, 4 oz) – For those of us that carry stress in our heart, this formula will help provide relief while bolstering heart function.  Hawthorn and black cohosh work together to support a healthy electric charge across the heart while holy basil buffers the heart from the impact of stress.  The centering and calming action of wood betony influences this formula, as does the anti-inflammatory action of tulip poplar: hawthorn, holy basil, black cohosh, tulip poplar, spring water, organic sugar cane alcohol.

For the little ones ~

Fussy Baby Colic Glycerine Tincture (1 oz, 2 oz) – Our aromatic and tasty, plant-based glycerine tincture will calm and sooth the fussiest of babies.  Formulated for colic, this herbal blend is also useful for teething.  Considering it’s relaxing effect, we wouldn’t be surprised if you took a dropper-full as well!  This vegetable-glycerin-based (sweet) tincture is a popular one for new parents:  catnip, fennel, chamomile, and lemon balm.

For joint care ~

SOLD OUT – Nourished Joints Tincture (2 oz, 4 oz) – The herbs in this formula were selected for their ability to nourish cartilage, tendons, and ligaments of the joints.  Some of them are well-known anti-inflammatories while others are lesser known and yet just as effective.  Certain herbs in this formula are known for their positive affect on arthritic conditions of the joints.  Lubricate and soothe those hard-working joints with this formula:  turmeric, true solomon’s seal, ginger, teasel, bear’s foot, organic sugar cane alcohol.

Our legendary tooth powder ~

SOLD OUT – Cinnamint Remineralizing Tooth Powder (2 oz jar) – Another popular request at Sweet Gum!  Herbal elder Rosemary Gladstar teaches that clay was the original tooth paste and brushing our teeth with sweetened gunk is simply a strange, modern trend.  In fact, most all commercial brand toothpastes have a base of bentonite clay.  Remineralize with bentonite clay and horsetail, refresh and cleanse your mouth with cinnamon and peppermint, and let white oak bark tighten those gums.  A little goes a long way…

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Apothecary goodness, photo credit Laura Daniels

“Lindsay is knowledgeable, grounded, wise – it was so much fun going on a plant walk with her, I learned so much! I purchased about a dozen teas to give away as gifts to many friends. I highly recommend all products & classes!”
~ Jennifer, California

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No persons associated with Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary will be held liable or responsible for any form of use or misuse of any herb, herbal preparation or so-called herbal remedy, whether the information was gathered from the Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary website or not.