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The Little Herb Shoppe

The Little Herb Shoppe was created to share herbal remedies within the Western Herbalism tradition, which teaches us that the Mind – Body – Spirit – Health connection is inextricably linked to the health of our natural environment. We also offer a variety of quality herbs and supplements used in other herbal traditions, such as TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and the Ayurvedic Tradition. Shoppe events will include classes for ‘re-learning’ how to incorporate herbs into your daily life as foods, teas and by cooking with culinary spices. We are passionate about helping folks reconnect to the natural world, a bit of wildness, and an inner knowing & remembering how to work with the plants. To love, care for & respect them... And themselves in doing so.

The Little Herb Shoppe also offers health, cooking & a variety of herbal classes, as well as other healing events such as womans' circles, yoga, herbal/plant, tree, fungi  walks/retreats and more at the retail store in Littleton, NH and up at The Lakota Botanical Sanctuary, our 600+ acre learning retreat In Vermont. Sign up for our free herbal E-newsletter to stay tuned in for the fun & educational events we offer!  Thank you for your support of our shop, as it supports our Botanical Sanctuary where we educate folks to plant & care for endangered plants in the forests. Please come introduce yourself.... and remember to drink herbal tea!

Little Herb Shoppe Staff

Kim Hudson, community folk herbalist, began studying herbs in the early 90's with a book by Juliette de Bairacli Levy, The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog And Cat. Learning about the healing power of plants through this book changed her approach to life. She later pursued more formal training and continually attends teachings, and constantly learns from customers and the beloved life-affirming plants.

She created The Little Herb Shoppe in Dec 2011 (opened April 2012). Her vision is to empower people to nourish themselves deeply through healing relationships with help from the plants. She chose Main Street Littleton as home for the shop to help grow public awareness about quality herbal medicine & plant conservation.

Influenced by teachings of Western herbalism, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), indigenous teachings, Kim offers mind, body and heart-based herbal wellness consultations by appointment, both in-person or by phone. Please visit our Consultation page to learn more.

She lives off-grid in the forest where she raises goats, chickens & endangered woodland plants. Kim & friends are creating The Lakota Botanical Sanctuary, a 600 acre herbal sanctuary & learning center.

Phoebe Sol - Phoebe Sol came on board in July 2017 while studying human services at Springfield College. She is happy to support the vision of The Little Herb Shoppe that fits nicely with her own personal desire to combine a passion for working with plants and being of service to the community. An avid gardener, she is currently working closely with Tulsi and other companion plants that assist us in the multitude of life’s transitions.

Alexis Kourafous - The Little Herb Shoppe steeped into Alexa's heart in the Fall of 2014. She interned at the shop while completing her studies at Plymouth State University in Health Education, Women's Studies, and Art. Alexa loves the gentle and intuitive nature of herbs - her favorites are Red Clover and Oatstraw. She now works remotely for The Little Herb Shoppe helping with graphic design creations as she sips some Lion Heart tea. "Plant medicine is so honest," she says, "I love working with the shop and aiding Kim's vision of spreading herbal based wisdom." Alexa now lives in Boston with her cats and spends her time cooking soul food and adventuring.

 

 Guest Teachers

Alyssa Doolittle, M.S. has been studying & living with plant medicine for 20 years. Early herbal apprenticeships include Colette Gardiner & Howie Brounstein in Eugene, OR.  She studied with many diverse herbalists while completing over 600 hours of study from the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies 2003. Other notable teachers include Paul Bergner at the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism, and Elizabeth Moore, herbalist/midwife, also in Boulder, CO. She taught Botanical courses at Birthwise Midwifery School from 2005-2012. One of Alyssa’s passions is spending time connecting with plants and people outdoors. 

Eliza Travisano, Community Herbalist, managed an herbal apothecary on Cape Cod for 10 years. She has a weekly herb talk radio show out of Provincetown, Mass. Eliza bagan studying herbs 18 years ago on her own and then began to pursue more formal training. Her main teachers include Pam Hyde-Nakai, Stephan Brown and 7Song with whom she completed a 500 hour course at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine in 2008. 

Melissa Manseau is a passionate and soulful chef. Her creations are inspired by love and intuition, helping her create delicious healthy meals & desserts that everyone will love!

"Why do we eat what we eat? Why do we cook the way we cook and with the ingredients that we use? More importantly, what language does food speak? Personally (and passionately), my cooking is simply all about love. I speak my secret language of food when I keep track of what allergies my family, friends and guests have so that I can make food that they all can eat. I speak my secret language of food when I provide a table full of delicious freshly prepared food. I speak my secret language of food when I include ingredients that naturally enhance the wellbeing of those partaking at my table. I speak my secret language of food because everyone is always welcome at my table, where they are safe and they are loved. 

Come to my table, there's a place for you! Nature inspires everything that I cook, because nature knows best what is designed to nourish and heal. The Little Herb Shop shares this vision and puts so many wonderful nature-designed opportunities with their quality herbs & the best culinary spices around that add flavor and health into everything that I cook. 

  

Whats involved with running an Herb Shoppe & Working Apothecary?

The shop 'retail' supports the medicinal herbal work that we offer as well as the plants & projects up at The Lakota Botanical Sanctuary in Sheffield, Vermont. We carry only quality herbs & oils that we search out for being properly grown, ethically-harvested & quality processed/extracted, or we grow or wildharvest our own. For so many, knowing what quality herbs actually are is a challenge these days, as marketing & fads, a myriad of misinformation, or getting herbal advice off of Facebook can make it a completely overwhelming task. Or we get lost thinking herbalism is essential oils (it is and should be only a small part).

We manage our retail store and sell quality products. We also make many of our products & herbal medicines and skin-care, mouthwashes, massage oils and much more. We create & print all of our own labels, we do all of our own product-making and packaging to insure quality, a human touch & love go into all that we offer.

We ethically wild-craft or grow many of our herbs. We do all of our own payroll, accounting, website maintenance & online sales - and phone sales - as well as facebook posts and write our own newsletters. And we love it all and sharing it with so many! We offer a variety of classes and our herbalist offers wellness consultations.  We attend herbal conferences and stay up to date with quality herbal information to share with you.

Whew "Thank God for herbs!"

We don't have the shop for profits, just to sustain us and our work is our motto. We were profitable enough this year to continue our work into 2018 and trust in our community who tell us over and over how much they want our shop here. Heartfelt thanks! 

We share our work, so you know how much we appreciate your support at the shop. We exist because there is such a need to help educate folks about real plant medicine and to empower them to remember their ability to heal themselves. We chose Main Street USA to help bring plant awareness and healing to the mainstream consciousness, so very much needed in these times! We strive to be a valuable resource with you, our community. Thank you to all of you who shop here online or in person - who are open & interested to learn - who come in and ask questions and honor how hard we are working to make the shop happen.

Our mission is to empower people, to give inspiration and hope.

Our work is a daily labor of love.



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