Late one night, I was getting ready for bed in our bus (our family of six lived in a renovated school bus for a year), when I received a text from a friend. Her little guy had an earache and a stuffy nose. She didn’t think it warranted a visit to the emergency room, but didn’t know what to do.
A few ideas immediately popped into my mind and I checked them against my reference books. I sent her my suggestions and offered supplies when she said she didn’t have anything I recommended.
As I walked over to my tiny natural medicine chest and pulled things out, I told my husband, “My friend needs some things and her husband is coming to get them. I love that I get to help her – I feel like the tiny apothecary. I wish I could do this all the time.”
Since then, I’ve dreamed of a place where I can share my homemade remedies AND connect with those on a similar journey.
While I was in Italy, tiny apothecary went from a hazy idea that had been floating around in my head for years to a solid vision. I knew I had to turn it into reality as soon as I got home.
This is that place. Welcome.
How I became the Village Wise Woman.
Long before I ever began using natural means to keep my family healthy, I wanted to be a healer.
I thought that becoming a doctor or a nurse was the only way I could help nurture and heal people, so that’s what I set out to become. But when I discovered the benefits and effectiveness of natural medicine in my twenties, I knew I had found my place.
You see, I come from a long line of natural healers. My Grandma was even the midwife in my dad’s little Mexican village and knew how to use plants and food to nurture her family.
It’s in my blood.
I once thought I had to be certified or go to school for a really long time to be a healer. Turns out, I just needed to learn and experiment and share what I found. (Though I have pursued training as a doula, herbalist and student midwife.)
My passion for healing led me to nutrition, herbs and essential oils and I became so much more intentional about how I took care of myself and my family.
In time, friends began coming to me for advice, looking for wisdom they could use and share themselves. Because I’ve spent the last several years learning and sharing, they know they can ask for input from another mama who just wants to help other moms nurture their families.
And I love it because …
I’ve secretly always wanted to be the village wise woman.
When I think of the village wise woman, I see a kind, intelligent woman with laugh lines, inviting me into her home for a cup of tea. Her house is cozy and inviting, clean but not sterile. I can tell her possessions were chosen and placed with care.
I feel instantly at home.
We have a great chat and she imparts her wisdom lovingly, though she listens more than she speaks.
She is a woman others want to know and hers is a home filled with love.
Do you know what I’ve found along my journey? So many other women who have this same desire to be the wise woman.
Moms that want to nurture their families naturally, with high quality ingredients. Women who want to create warm, welcoming homes. Kindred spirits who know the importance of self-care and that, when done properly, it can help strengthen their connections with their family and friends.
The desire to be the village wise woman is strong in so many of today’s women. Let’s walk this journey together.