• Courtney Johnson

Bay Area Apothecary Sister Business

It’s official #herbfam, we’ve started a blog! Approaching herbal medicine can be intimidating; if you don’t know the ingredients in our herbal tinctures, it could be daunting trying to figure out which blend would work best for you. Enter, Alternative Leaves. We’re a sister duo that has discovered the power of plants and we want to share it with the world! So let’s dive into how we got here.

We both have experienced health problems that left us in the hospital time and time again for things that were deemed “silly” by doctors, like period pain or migraines. We were both prescribed medication for our issues that had a slew of insane side effects or required us to consistently take massive doses of pain medication just to get by day-to-day, and we found that unacceptable. There HAD to be another option other than filling our bodies with pharmaceuticals that make us feel like shit -- right?

Fast forward through the rabid research montage of endless Google searching, speaking with our communities, and trial-and-error testing, we discovered two things:

1) There were a lot of other people with similar problems who didn’t have access to resources that could help and

2) Natural remedies were a surprisingly effective and non-invasive way to help the body


And that’s how we met our first plant friend -- Yarrow :) Yarrow was introduced to us as a way to alleviate terrible period pain, and having spent most of our periods doubled over crying swallowing pain pill after pain pill to lackluster results, a few drops of an herbal tincture in our tea felt like heaven! We experienced NO pain in those cycles (a first!), and became hooked on finding more plant-based ways to support our mind and body. A whole herbalist world opened up after that!

After seeing such amazing results on ourselves, friends and family, we knew we had to share what we learned on a larger scale, and Alternative Leaves was born! As we build, accessibility, community, and sustainability are our core sister business focus -- this always has and always will be a place that anyone and everyone can get help, and we’re proud to work with local farmers to source organic, sustainably farmed plants. Plant medicine is a gift from Mother Earth -- we can’t strip her of all she has and expect more!

We’ll be on the blog in the coming weeks diving into other plant ally’s, herbal remedies, tincture recipes, and education. Stay tuned!

Bayli + Courtney


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