:: doing what I love ::
Hi there, from the woods of Maine! My name is Susan Ilka Tuttle and I am a folk herbalist, green witch, psychic medium & spirit messenger, and photoartist. ‘In the Wood Botanicals’ is a line of wildcrafted plant-based body care products I’ve made primarily from simple plant allies I’ve reverently and responsibly foraged from the woods, fields, and riverside that surrounds my home. I create small batches of high-quality products made from natural and nourishing ingredients that are placed in eco-friendly containers. My family and I enjoy using these products regularly, so you can be confident that quality and safety are of utmost importance to me.
I remember the initial feelings of excitement, wonder, and connection that pulsed through me the first time I made an herbal remedy, and each time I make them, the feelings remain. Working with these amazing plants to transform them into healing blends feels incredibly powerful and awakens an inner knowing that I believe all humans have within. Realizing that most of the "medicine" my family and I need to support our everyday health and wellbeing grows right outside our door, fills me with deep appreciation, gratitude, and awe.
Late Spring through Fall is when you’ll find me fully exercising my green witch ways, busy caring for my flower and vegetable gardens and hiking in the forests and fields that surround my home, foraging for wild edibles and medicinal herbs. I'm rarely without my camera device in hand, marveling at and capturing all of the beautiful flora at the height of their cycle. I fill our home with drying herbs, brewing tinctures, and plant-infused oils. I practice a slow process of co-creating with these wondrous, life-giving plants. Making a tincture, for instance, will take at least six weeks, as the plant slowly releases its medicinal properties into the liquid. The time and care put into this process both honors the plants and brings to fruition unique herbal products that are infused with the healing energy and spirit of the plants.
Just in case you were wondering how 'In the Wood Botanicals' got its name... in the warmer months when my family is looking for me, all they have to do is call out into the wilderness surrounding our home and this faraway voice responds from 'In the Wood.'
Through herbalism, I believe we can reclaim our forgotten deep-rooted and fundamental relationship to safe, simple plant allies that nourish, heal, and restore us. By supporting this endeavor, we can be a part of that together. Welcome and thank you for visiting my shop. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I am happy to help.
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To health, radiance, and vitality!
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