I offer a variety of in-person and online courses / workshops for those interested in learning more about the art of herbalism.
It would be written in cursive. The kind of messy scrawl that might very well be illegible, at least to the uninitiated. Stare at it long enough, though, and its words and punctuation start sprouting stems and tendrils—meaning begins to sing with each letter’s curve.
For us, it took some time to remember that Earth is writing a love letter every moment of every day, with a message echoing through all living things, heard by anyone willing to listen.
We hear it most clearly whenever we cross the threshold from parking lot, to field, to forest—where miles of mycelium weave their way through the soil below, where our wandering feet follow the contours of the ground that supports us, where our own breath joins in the endless circle of breath we share with the plants around us.
We are all here to celebrate the shape that life takes, in whatever way possible. At First Curve Apothecary, our way is to offer herbal preparations to our community, to bring us into deeper relationship with our bodies and the curvy earth in which we live.About Alex, Chicago Herbalist
My time with Alex reminded me of my deep connection with plants – a connection we all have chosen to nurture (or ignore) in different ways. Alex's passion for herbal medicine reignited and helped guide my own connection to herbs. I felt as though my child curiosity was given space to play during the blind tea tastings, while assisting with the business side of things gave me a glimpse into what life is like as a small herbal entrepreneur. Learning from and working beside Alex also gave me the confidence and foundation to begin my own personal herbal pursuits – I'm incredibly grateful for this experience!
Alex is a gifted herbalist who brings a lot of soul and sensitivity to his practice. One of the first things we addressed in our work together was my experience with irregular menstruation. The custom tinctures and tea blends he prepared have been nourishing and effective in addressing the root causes of my concerns, and I have always left our sessions feeling extremely cared for in discussing things that can be quite vulnerable. I look forward to working with him and First Curve for years to come!
This course provides such a solid foundation of herbal knowledge. One of the most valuable things I learned in this course was how to identify herbal actions of a plant by sitting with and actually experiencing it. It's easy to reference and recite books for this information, but I have learned that in order to truly know a plant and what healing it can offer is to experience it viscerally by tuning into our senses.