About

Raised in the rural, forested mountains of Northern Taiwan, herbal medicine and building relationships with plants has always been second nature to me. The incense of neighborhood temples blending with morning petrichor and sweet oolong teas waft through my childhood memories, inspiring me to spread respect for the natural world, plant medicine, and accessible health and magical practices into the communities around me. Currently, I am based out of Joshua Tree, CA, in the Mojave desert, where I am a certified massage therapist and herbalist, specializing in physical and energy work in both Asian and Western modalities. My background in botany, horticulture and permaculture, with experience as an arborist and aesthetic pruner, helps me expand on my practice as well as grow and harvest many of my own herbs that I use in my remedies. I’m always hiking, riding motorcycles, surfing, and traveling, looking for interesting plants and ecosystems as well as learning the ways different communities cultivate the relationship between plants and the human body.

Lone Pine, inspired by the stands of resilient, thousand year old bristlecone pines that thrive under the harshest conditions of the Great Basin desert, is reference library of materia medica and recipes for western and eastern herbs, botanical curiosities, and herbal self care, updated regularly as I study. I’m currently creating a line of botanical skin care, tea blends, tonics, and botanically inspired craft dedicated to the desert and those who love the open road and the vast ocean. Feel free to holler my way about massage, motorcycles, or herbs and check back soon for a link to my new online shop. In the meantime, keep up with me on Instagram

At the base of a 3500 year old red cedar, or hinoki tree, on Mt. Ali.

At the base of a 3500 year old hinoki red cedar on Mt. Ali (阿里山) in Taiwan.


Sources Used in Materia Medica:
Indicated at the bottom of each page with a (s) and abbreviated as follows:

1 – Holistic Herbal – David Hoffman
2 – A Modern Herbal – M. Grieve
3 – The Yoga of Herbs – Frawley/Lad
4 – The New Healing Herbs – Michael Castleman
5 – Medicinal Plants of the Desert and Canyon West – Michael Moore
6 – Your Guide to Health with Foods & Herbs Using Traditional Chinese Medicine- Zhang/Yao
7 – Herbs & Things – Jeanne Rose
8 – Herbs, A Smithsonian Handbook – Lesley Bremness
9 – Edible Wild Plants and Useful Herbs – Jim Meuninck
10 – Wikipedia
11 – Edible and Useful Plants of California – Charlotte Bringle Clarke
12 – The Herb Book – John Lust
13 – Planetary Herbology – Michael Tierra
14 – Sunset Western Garden
15 – Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine – Andrew Chevallier
16 – Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West – Michael Moore
17 – Indian Herbalogy of North America – Alma R. Hutchens
18 – Los Remedios – Michael Moore
19 – The Way of Herbs – Michael Tierra
20 – Medicinal Plants of the American Southwest – Charles W. Kane
21 – http://bearmedicineherbals.com/ – Kiva Rose

Images used in monographs, if not taken by myself personally, are linked to their original source. Click on them to go deeper!

Educational Resources:
These are schools and workshops that have vastly strengthened my studies:

Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, Correspondence Course
Merritt College Horticulture, Oakland, CA
Sage Mountain Herbal Education Center, Correspondence Course
New York Botanic Garden, Bronx, NYC
Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA
Allen Acres Native Ventures, Pitkin, LA
Maypop Herb Shop, New Orleans, LA
Stew Winchester Alpine Labs, California
San Francisco School of Massage, San Francisco, CA
Permaculture Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Aryuvedic Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Somatherapy Institute, Rancho Mirage, CA
McKinnon Body Therapy Center, Oakland, CA

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