wolves & sage

farm + apothecary

View of the Cascades from the Wolves & Sage Farm, located 40 minutes Northeast of Tonasket, WA

View of the Cascades from the Wolves & Sage Farm, located 40 minutes Northeast of Tonasket, WA

The Herbalist & Wildlife Biologist

Hello, my name is Sandra. I am a Washington farmer, wildlife biologist, herbalist, and artist. My professional focus is sustainable herbalism, and how this is interconnected with healthy ecosystems and established wildlife populations. My passion is helping to heal people, places and wildlife through herbal medicine, science, education, storytelling, animism and community building. I have a Masters of Biology degree and have completed my Professional Herbalist Certification courses under Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, well-known natural healing specialist and founder of the International Integrative Education Institute in Eugene, Oregon. 

Why Wolves & Sage?

Plants depend upon wildlife species such as the gray wolf, mountain lion, lynx, wolverine and grizzly bear for their immediate survival and long-term success. These animals are essential to providing resiliency within their ecological niche/s; this is done in many ways, such as by protecting plants from being overgrazed by an overabundance of wild ungulates, while also allowing prey species to adapt and thrive in light of climate change. It can then be said that we too depend upon wildlife for our own health and wellbeing because we also depend upon plant and animal life to adapt and prosper. As such, Wolves & Sage donates 5% of all online proceeds to a selection of non-profit organizations actively involved in wildlife education, research, and/or conservation, including those that also support individuals and communities that make coexisting with wildlife an everyday choice. With each and every purchase you are helping Wolves & Sage to protect and support people, plants, animals and entire ecosystems. Please visit our Support Wildlife page for additional details. 

100% Handmade: Quality in Small Batches

Our herbal blends, concoctions, formulations, and expressions are thoughtfully crafted in small, well-prepared batches, inspired by people and the natural world. All herbal ingredients are ethically wildcrafted, grown by us or locally grown, certified organic and/or fair and direct trade plants, resins, fungi, algae, oils, salts and alcohols. Working only in small batches means that everything you receive will be freshly created and so all herbs, oils and essences will be at their full potential. Lastly, because variety is the spice of life, medicines, goodies and goods available will change by inspiration, season, or for no good reason at all. Lastly, our herbal wildcrafting practices and farming management praxis are done so with the best interests of native wildlife and their ecologies in mind.

A Brief History of Cascadia Herbalism

Bear Medicine and Shamans - by Heidi Bohan and The People of Cascadia

"It is by following Bear that people learned about medicine, so it is Bear Medicine that heals the people. Bear has a body much like humans, and eats the same foods at the same times that we the people do: the green shoots, the berries, the salmon and the sweet inner barks.

If a brave person was watching and following Bear, he or she might see that when Bear gets sick she goes to certain roots in the swamp, or certain barks on the trees, and takes a small piece to chew, then lays down to heal. When she awakens she feels much better and continues her life in the forest.

Seeing this, the brave person might go to that root or bark, and gather some in the same way as Bear and go back to the village. The next time someone in the village was sick, in a similar way, this brave person might offer a bit of this root or bark and the person may be healed. If this was so, then the root or bark received a name, and the brave person was honored for this knowledge as a healer and shaman, who then held this knowledge, to pass on to the following generations."

I now suspect that just as a deer herd lives in mortal fear of its wolves, so does a mountain live in mortal fear of its deer. And perhaps with better cause, for while a buck pulled down by wolves can be replaced in two or three years, a range pulled down by too many deer may fail of replacement in as many decades. So also with cows. The cowman who cleans his range of wolves does not realize that he is taking over the wolf’s job of trimming the herd to fit the range. He has not learned to think like a mountain. Hence we have dustbowls, and rivers washing the future into the sea.
— Aldo Leopold, 1968