We are continuously seeking to promote a holistic approach to community wellness through traditional herbal healing, plant based remedies, and preventive health education. The roots of Mountain Song are based in the idea that true healing and health begin by cultivating the knowledge and wisdom which lie deep within the spirit of all individuals, including YOU!
~Mountain Song Herbals
Our foundation began in 2004 with the purchase of a small homestead farm, an idea of living a life that can nurture family values and a drive to build relationship with plants, animals, people, place and spirit.
We are located on 20 beautiful acres of Still Spirit Family Farm in the Appalachian Mountains of Floyd, VA. Happy plants, Happy animals is the motto at Still Spirit leading to the simple and important use of organic, bio-dynamic and permaculture principles which are implemented at the farm. The gardens here began as a few potted herb plants and a 20′ x30′ garden, slowly we grew into many beautiful gardens and a few greenhouses filled with medicinal and culinary herbs, heirloom varieties of vegetables, a small fruit orchard. Along with a variety of heritage breed animals the homestead created a great environment for living and learning. A lot of learning in all directions! Over the years we have made many transitions. From full fledged homesteading to now a few less animals and a focus shift into more deeply growing medicinal herbs and establishing at risk and other native woodland herbals on ten acres of the land. Life is a beautiful evolution indeed.
Mountain Song Herbals started in 2010, when Sam realized that perhaps many more people other than her family, friends and neighbors could benefit from the herbal formulas she’d been making for the last 9 years. The answer from her community and now other communities has been an overwhelming yes.
Inspired by her first mentor, a wonderful Appalachian herbalist, midwife and mother along with the encouragement of her family, Sam began the journey of transitioning from midwifery into making herbal formulas and growing medicinal herbs for other community members. With the help of her husband on a crisp fall day they moved the washer and dryer out of the house and the Apothecary moved in to the 150 sq ft room, and the journey began. We have been growing strong ever since. Even after a devastating house fire in January 2013, many nights praying, sitting in waiting silence for the still small voice within to guide, they decided to rebuild and keep Mountain Song Herbals going and growing.
We are happy to share that we are continuing to re-build. Thanks to the immense support we have received from our community, we are up and running again. We are in the process of building a 900 sq ft. apothecary , with a lot more room to see clients, conduct classes, workshops and produce our herbal products.
A Friend to All
Mountain Song Herbals is a Friend (Quaker) owned company which also means that we are doing our best as a business to work in the spirit of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship. Striving to practice right relation with creation and make business decisions in the way of Friends(Quakers) has been a deeply nourishing and amazing experience.
“If we better studied and understood God’s creation, this would do a great deal to caution and direct us in our use of it. For how could we find the impudence to abuse the world if we were seeing the great Creator stare us in the face through each and every part of it?”
~ William Penn
Family & Community
We are a community based family centered small business and after five years we would not be where we are today without the support of so many people in our community. People who have been the path pavers for us to reach beyond our local and into our national community via online avenues. People who have helped us take our lively ideas and turn them into beautiful professional eye catching labels and people who have stood by us from the beginning and through the hard times. We can not count the endless line of people who are a part of our support team in so many ways. Either through physical work, emotional support Spiritual guidance, helping us find a house to live in while we rebuilt, professional and legal support, financial support, volunteer educators, students, interns, apprentices , customers and those that serve as reflective mirrors that help us grow. They have all been instrumental to the health of the growth of Mountain Song Herbals and are deeply appreciated. This truly has been a community effort in creating a dream. So a special thanks to everyone along the way for believing and supporting us with your Love.
” The little unremembered acts of kindness and love are the best parts of a person’s life.”
The Roots of our Formulas
Regardless of where we are going, we know where our roots came from and we feel that is an important aspect of what has shaped this business into what we are today and what we will continue to grow into.
Traditional Appalachian Herbalism is the foundation. We use a lot of traditional methods of growing, cultivating, harvesting and processing. As well as traditional methods of choosing what formulas we will create each year.
Here at Mountain Song Herbals the root of Traditional Appalachian Herbalism is in the way we do things. We use herbal formulas that are passed down to us and created through spending time listening and learning from the people and plants we encounter and live with. We have learned through apprenticeships, community gatherings, general daily life and living. We were blessed to have these traditions passed to us by other herbalists and Cunning Folk who continue passing the knowledge down from one generation to the next. Every day people who know the value in this is far deeper then the deepest well and how important it is to continue being passed on.
Traditional Appalachian Herbalism means that we listen and observe what the soil, plants and seasons share. It is not surprising that we have had bumper crops of herbs like mullein, elecampane or elderberry only to find that the fall and winter would bring large needs for respiratory support. Or that the teasel root was thick and plentiful just when Lyme disease began its torrent in our local community.
Being Stewards and spending time with plants, works to build relationships and deepen our understanding of them as they grow, when it is time to draw on them to support our body. We often feel that we simply need to learn how to listen. With thoughtful prayer and expectant waiting we strive to walk in humble service caring for others along the way. Sam’s first mentor Kathryn, a wonderful granny midwife and herbalist showed her the depth one can learn simply by being with and listening to the life cycle of a plant. Traditional Appalachian Herbalism is a deep passion here at Mountain Song Herbals. It is where we began and is part of where we draw from as we continue to learn, listen, grow, serve and pass down our knowledge to the next line of people who feel called to carry it.
“At the End of Life we shall be Judged by love”
~ St. John of the Cross
Love is the main ingredient in all of our products, don’t believe me just look at our labels. It might sound a little strange but it is love that keeps us doing what we do.
“One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade”
~ Chinese proverb