Heather Jones is a revered herbalist, a master of digestive root work, and a visionary spirit weaver. Her creations are not just herbal blends; they are the manifestation of a deep connection to the earth and a profound understanding of the spiritual fabric that binds us all. Heather's journey into the world of herbs and botanicals is a tale woven with threads of curiosity, reverence for the natural world, and a touch of magic. Through her unique blends, she invites us to embark on a transformative voyage, where the healing properties of plants meet the ethereal energies of the universe. Join Delivery Rank as we delve into the enchanting world of Heather Jones, the artisan behind Enchantment Creek Apothecary, and explore how her herbal alchemy and spiritual wisdom converge to create potions that resonate with the very essence of nature itself.
Quite a few years ago I was going through an incredibly dark time in my life, and healing many issues. Trauma, emotional and Spiritual, it was a deep time. I was running to the forest, as I always do, for support and I had some of the most profound meditations, revelations, and healing journeys happen in this particular forest in Washington State where I was living at the time. The forest was on the outskirts of the Enchantment Wilderness. I felt a deep need to honor this place as I continued my work as Herbalist and Medicine maker so I named my Apothecary after the Enchantment Mountains. To honor their beingness, and give respect to the healing they offered me.
I have been called to be here, in Wyoming as long as I can remember, really. After I found Herbalism and was deep on my path, I realized that many of the most robust herbs (subspecies of them anyway)that I absolutely LOVED working with were found in the high country of the Rockies. So, in my Herbal mind it made complete sense to move here! The farming season has a hard end, which offers deep rest in the winter, and the plants of the high country are profoundly powerful. They offer a potency that I find to be incredibly effective in healing bodies.
There is a lot of power that comes from the waters a plant holds. It is a major player in the vibrational component of the herbs, there is a palpable life force that comes from a fresh plant. The difference is in the tinctures and salves that I make, even the teas that are fermented as the plants dry hold that vibrational component. This, in my way of working with people and plants, creates a lasting effect on health. Plus, we aren’t ordering plants from across the world. I know that the lands I tend to are vibrating with health, sustainability and a reciprocity that I can standby when I offer my remedies to my clients and customers. It gives me great confidence to know that the plant materials are tended to correctly as well as the lands they come from. I like to dream about farms across the country, really the world, that hold the herbs of their regions as offerings to the people of those regions, think about how much more connected our communities would be with a Pharmacy in every town… it makes my heart skip a beat to envision what this would do for our planet, plants and people.
This is a BIG question! I could talk for hours on this subject. What I notice most of all is simple though, when science comes in, it always confirms traditional ways of working with the plants. From fermenting the plants while they dry, all the way through to cooking with fresh herbs, science shows us that the traditional ways of nourishing a body, with herbs and fresh foods from healthy lands, humans thrive. My work involves a lot of intuitive action NOW. AND I am nearly 20 years into my practice, the beginning of my dance with herbalism was full of chemical constituents, physiology, and chemistry, though I now lean more on my connection to spirit and intuition, the root of my practice will always be held in science. A foundation I wouldn’t trade for anything else.
I am really excited about what research into fermentation is showing us. How nutrients and chemical components of plants increase by up to 60%. This to me is fascinating and will lead to many new, or renewed ways of ingesting herbs that I know will be incredibly powerful. I say often, that fermentation is the future of herbalism.
If you would like to find out more about Enchantment Creek Apothecary, visit https://enchantmentcreekherbs.com/