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The Persistent Pestle, A History

By explaining why I write about the things I do, the way I do, I am ultimately forming a bond with you.

So first, hello.

My name is Alyssa Humann and I am a certified herbalist. I grew up in Kaiserslautern, Germany where herbalism never became “folk medicine.” It remained tried and true remedies that were passed down oma to mama to kinder. I briefly lived down south where I spent two years staring over a lake surrounded by wildflowers and weeds, kept company only by the two swans that called it home. I moved to the PNW with the love of my life. And it was in central Washington that I realised my true calling. We’ve since moved to Portland where my field is thriving as well as the roses in the International Test Garden.

My journey into the world of herbalism started as a curiosity. I was watching the TV show Grimm and there was a scene where they are in the basement of an apothecary. You see tinctures brewing. There’s a cauldron, mortars and pestles strewn about on long wooden tables. Bottles and books everywhere. And I turn to my husband and say, “I wonder is if that field is a real thing.”

One google search and I was obsessed. Scouring the internet to find the way to become a legitimate herbalist, indulging on every article I could, listening to every podcast available until I found the Bellebuono School of Medicine.

My mentor, Holly Bellebuono, gave me the freedom to delve deeply into the subject matter, guiding me along the way. My OCD became a superpower for the first time. I spent countless hours pouring over her curriculum, reading medical documents, and taking crash courses of anatomy, chemistry and botany.

In just over a year, I became accredited and began working toward my dream of opening my own apothecary.

Here we are.

Where folk medicine and science are honoured in the same high esteem.

Where explanation in full honesty is the highest form of respect.

Where healing is personal, tailored to your lifestyle because individuality is precious and complex, and no one can thrive inside the boxes we we’ve been fitted to.

Where stories are more important than medical conditions.

Where information is in plain English and is constantly updated.

Welcome to my dream. I can’t wait to work with you

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The Persistent Pestle Apothecary & Tea

Portland, OR 97210