Ginger Webb – Story of an Austin Herbalist

Ginger Webb – Story of an Austin Herbalist


Cheers. [clink] Ginger Webb: This is Buddha’s Bliss
organic herbal tea, and this is Tonika. These are two of the favorites. [Kat: What’s a cordial?]
A cordial is like a tincture. It’s an alcohol extract of a plant. Basically, along the way, I would make
anything anybody wanted me to make. So, I started with making herbal extracts
or tinctures. And then, you know, I’d go to the farmer’s market and try to sell my tinctures. You know, so then I started making herbal teas, and salves, and other body care products, and things like that. So I kinda make this whole smorgasbord of everything from teas to tinctures to children’s
alcohol-free products to body care. I think it’s just because of the openness of Austin that I was able to make such a big product line. I depend so much on the community for my livelihood. And what I hear back is that they
depend on me too for what I do. Because I’m a small business I’m able to
really service the midwifery community in a way that I feel really proud of. Because a lot of the midwives have very
specific needs for their clients, like: “I need a particular tincture to help with high blood pressure in a pregnant woman.” And it’s like, “OK, I’ll make you some.” And you can’t get that kind of service from most businesses. I’d had in my mind the Joseph Campbell concept
of following your bliss. And so when I stumbled upon herbalism,
I was like, “This is it!” It just felt exactly like the right thing. Yeah, what do you think, Gabriel? Huh? [Kat: He likes the tea. Gabriel’s drinking it straight from the jar.] [Kat: Leaves and all.] [laughter] Rose petals, hawthorn leaves and flowers, and linden leaves and flowers. It’s really
good for the heart chakra. Energetically, it’s a heart medicine.
So I’m glad you like it, Gabriel. [Kat: I love love.] I’m all about love.

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