Brittany G

I absolutely love The Elderberry and being able to be a part of this environment every week. I think that the path to happiness is so closely tied to health and that when we are proactive in taking care of ourselves, we are our best selves. The Elderberry connects the community in this pursuit and I’m happy to be part …

Amy L

I am an herbalism student at Sacred Plant Traditions and a Family Nurse Practitioner. I’m interested in preserving ancient botanical practices and learning about sustainable healthcare solutions that are symbiotic with nature. I grew up in Montana and, since moving to Charlottesville 2 years ago, am enjoying getting to know the local community of plant lovers.

Why Detox in the Spring?

There are so many opinions about detoxing floating around that it can be difficult to sort out what is helpful. There are some who are passionately attached to specific practices as THE way to detox. Historically, many cultures do a type of internal ‘Spring cleaning’ as a way to clear out the accumulation of the results of Winter’s heavier, fatty …

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Autumn, Sadness and Yin Deficiency

I don’t know about you, but this summer was hotter and busier than I anticipated.   Busier in that I was feeling particularly bombarded with lots of things I wanted to do but never seemed to get to.   These expectations were not met (natch) and the resulting sadness and judgement over whether I “should have been better at (fill …

Running an Apothecary in the 1800’s

“How I spent my summer vacation….” So begins many a school child’s writing assignment. When you are small, you travel at the whim of your parents. When you are older, you travel at the whim of yourself (and partner/companion). That is how we ended up at Mystic Seaport, Connecticut in June. We were headed to Springfield, MA for the National …

Jan Wolfe

Jan Wolfe ~ Family Nurse Practitioner/ Certified Herbalist / Owner “My vision is to create a beautiful healing space that serves the needs of our community and supports local herbalists in their healing practices.” ~Jan Elderberry LLC began to take root in November 2012 as I dreamed of providing creative learning experiences with local herbal products in a supportive environment. Join …

The Elderberry is Expanding Services

Part of developing a business is knowing when to expand and when to just maintain.  At The Elderberry, we are in the process of expanding.   We have brought on another local herbalist, the talented Liz Henke of Talking Drum Herbals to help in the store. She brings experience with Women’s Health and self-care issues along with an amazing ability …

This Little Light of Mine

The heaviness of mid-Winter can be difficult to process.   The gray days, bouncing from”severe winter weather warnings” to “wintry mix” forecasts to just cold drizzly days can bring down even the most enthusiastic hibernator supporters (bears don’t count). It is now time for the Season of the Seed Catalogs.   The ever growing pile of seed catalogs awaits review …

Class Recipes

Below are the recipes we used in our recent classes.  They are basic ones to get you started on your creative journey.  Please feel free to experiment and make them your recipes! Calendula Salve A salve is basically a mixture of oil and beeswax. You can vary the type of oil used in order to met your needs for moistening, …