(Article & Photo by Brandon Scott)
For generations, our family has lived with a strong connection to the natural world and have found results in the ancient wisdom of the old ways. At Woodland Herbal Apothecary, we focus on making all natural medicines and body care products that help and heal, and provide hope where there was none prior. While many of our recipes and much of our plant knowledge have been passed down through the generations, we continue to grow and learn and research.
So, in providing alternatives to the chemical and toxin-riddled products that dominate the market, as well as the pharmaceutical ‘medicines’ that have more side effects than positive effects, we see a chance to do several goods and right several wrongs. In offering a choice for all who need it, towards a natural and healthy living, we can shine a light where ignorance was, offer education and work towards a better tomorrow.
With every item purchased, we plant a local Ohio tree: starting with Red Maple, Quaking Aspen, White Pine, and Sassafras. The ultimate goal, however, is to do more than simply plant trees; it’s to transform a large segment of land that has experienced deforestation and death of its natural habitat, and to use the proceeds from our sales to recreate a forest so that we can let it grow wild and happy forever. We are searching for a public lands project, where we may reestablish life and the natural way of things, in hopes of preservation for future generations as well as to use the lands as an education place for life, growth and herbal medicine.
Why should we save Nature? The natural world is the sustainer of life on this planet and without it, nothing exists; not us, not flowers, not animals, not anything. Mismanagement and corruption have had their day and we’re beginning to see the price we are all forced to pay. There is power in the natural world, power to heal and power to sustain in balance. We wish to reclaim that balance by choosing a greener world.
“Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish been caught, and the last stream poisoned, will we realize we cannot eat money.”
―Cree Indian Prophecy
We have a hope, a vision and a dream. A dream of living in harmony with Nature. A dream where we create a forest and let it grow wild with trees, animals, and gardens. A dream where perhaps an educational center might stand beyond the forest, where flowers and herb gardens are cared for and their beauty shared and learned by all ages. It is our dream to do something real, and with your patronage and support, we can move toward a better world and a greener tomorrow.