We are a small, family-owned business dedicated to helping people learn about the nourishing and healing qualities of plants.
John and I started LearningHerbs in 2004 just after our daughter, Hailey, was born. Our son, Rowan, was five at the time. John had been studying herbs for several years, and as a young family, we were excited about all we were learning about herbs. We would gather plants together and turn them into food and medicine for ourselves and our children.
LearningHerbs was born out of our desire to share what we were learning with other families. We are continually developing simple, creative ways to connect people with plants – like our Wildcraft! board game and HerbMentor, our membership site.
As our little home business has grown, we have been able to hire an amazing team. We have dedicated ourselves to developing a work culture where everyone is thriving, hiring people for positions they are passionate to fill, and prioritizing vibrant health for all our employees.
We believe that everyone should have access to the healing herbs that grow around them. We do this by nourishing our growing community of home herbalists.
Gratitude: This is the foundational principle underlying everything we do. We are grateful for the plants and their healing qualities, for our elders and mentors, for the gift of life, and for each and every opportunity to effectively serve our vision and mission.
Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability: This company was born out of a deep love for the earth and life on earth. We believe that making herbalism simple empowers people to stay healthy using herbs and connects them to nature. This leads to healthier people and a healthier planet. Many of our products are made with FSC certified or recycled papers.
Whole Plant Remedies: Plants, in their whole natural form are nourishing, healing, and easily assimilated into our bodies. For this reason, we focus on teaching about the healing and nourishing qualities of plants as food and remedies like herbal infusions, salves, and poultices or compresses that involve minimal processing of recently harvested plants.
Vibrant Health: We are committed to the vibrant health and well-being of our LearningHerbs team, our customers, their communities, the natural world, and the generations of the future.
Simple, Hands-On Learning: We are committed to providing the highest quality, most accessible, simple, fun, creative, hands-on learning experiences possible. We want our customers to feel inspired, delighted, and empowered.
Whole-Hearted Leadership: As leaders in herbal education, our team takes the responsibility of providing safe, reliable information seriously. We operate from a foundation of knowledge and care and are generous with our offerings, always keeping customer satisfaction as a top priority.
Social Justice: We are committed to everyone having access to herbal wisdom. As small business owners, we feel a responsibility to seek out ways that we can help shift our culture so that it becomes more socially just. We are currently involved in training to help us understand how we can most effectively use our resources in this way. Two questions we are currently exploring are:
Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Favorite plant ally: Dandelion
Favorite blog post: The Earth Shake!
Hobbies: Guitar, Hiking
Kimberly and I started our family in 1999 with an intention of creating a culture of nature connection, natural healing, passion-based learning, community and creativity. We sometimes joke that LearningHerbs is our "third child," as our company and family have always been intertwined. This all started for me in 1991 when I joined Jon Young to grow Wilderness Awareness School into what it is today. From there, I trained in herbal schools, became a five element acupuncturist, taught herbal medicine and in 2004, created LearningHerbs right before our daughter was born. Over the last two decades, it’s been an honor to help thousands of people make healing herbs part of their family story.
Favorite plant ally: Chickweed
Favorite blog post: Self Care Secrets: How to Create an Herbal Bath
Hobbies: Dancing, Knitting, Sailing
Co-CEOing at LearningHerbs is a privilege and a pleasure. I love working with this amazing team to help connect people to the healing herbs in all sorts of creative ways. This work emerged organically as we pursued herbalism as a family to nourish and heal ourselves. Sharing our learnings with the wider community felt like a natural extension of our wonder and excitement. I feel truly blessed to get to do work that is so personally fulfilling and also feels like such a positive contribution to the world.
Chief Operations Officer
Favorite plant ally: Elderberry
Favorite blog post: How to Make Sparkling Hop Water
Hobbies: Racket Sports, Martial Arts, Dirt Bikes
John & Kimberly have been my friends for over 25 years. I appreciate the level of trust and respect we have for each other and our entire LearningHerbs crew.
Favorite plant ally: Hawthorn
Favorite blog post: Sore Throat Spray
Hobbies: Knitting, Swimming, Kayaking
I’ve been working with LearningHerbs since 2006 when I wrote my very first blog article. Since then I have loved collaborating to come up with simple and creative ways to share plant medicine within the greater LearningHerbs community.
Favorite plant ally: Lavender
Favorite blog post: Healthy Soup Recipes
Hobbies: Reading, Yoga, Hanging out with my kids
I'm extremely grateful to work for a company that feels like family!
Favorite plant ally: Basil
Favorite blog post: Pumpkin Cheesecake
Hobbies: Music, DJ'ing Records, Family, Hiking, Outdoors
LearningHerbs is an amazing company to work with. The whole team is committed to helping people learn about the healing properties of plants. I am excited to embarking on this journey and make it a great experience for everyone.
Favorite plant ally: Elecampane
Favorite blog post: How to Make Violet Syrup & Violet Health Benefits
Hobbies: Writing, Gardening, Hiking
I am incredibly grateful to be part of the LearningHerbs team. As a total herb nerd, it is a dream to help facilitate peoples’ connection with healing herbs. One of the most striking commonalities I have noticed among herbalists is their generosity—generosity of time, energy, resources, and more. I see this generous spirit reflected in every facet of how LearningHerbs structures its company, and it is truly a gift to be part of this team.
Graphic Designer / Content Manager
Favorite blog post: What Wildcrafting Has Taught Me About Sustainability
Hobbies: Knitting, Tending Kids, Garden, Kittens, Cooking
LearningHerbs values family, family time, and a healthy balance of life and work. I appreciate the positive focus of LH's mission and the way its soul reflects on all the daily tasks. I believe in the work we do and am feeling proud getting it out into the world. I feel valued, my contributions to the team are honored and encouraged. I also really enjoy the flexibility.
Community Engagement Herbalist
Favorite plant ally: Too many! But I resonate the most with Rose
Favorite blog post: 5 Different Ways To Make Elderberry Tea
Hobbies: Writing, Crafts, Nature Walks, Hiking
I enjoy working for LearningHerbs because of the sense of community, and since we are helping connect people back to nature!
Community Engagement Specialist
Favorite plant ally: Jewelweed
Favorite blog post: 7 DIY Herbal Skin Care Recipes
Hobbies: Dancing, Swimming, Gaming
I love LearningHerbs' genuine care for customers, our plant friends and the planet.
Herbal Remedy Kit Manager
Favorite plant ally: Redwoods
Favorite blog post: The Season of Stillness: Winter Gardening Tips
Hobbies: Writing, Roleplaying Games (RPGs), Table Top Game Design
Our team and customers are an extension of our family. We are so glad you are here! We hope that our family inspires your family to do amazing things in this world.
Kimberly GallagherLearningHerbs Co-Founder
Kimberly and I started our family in 1999 with an intention of creating a culture of nature connection, natural healing, passion-based learning, community and creativity. We sometimes joke that LearningHerbs was born as our "third child," as our company and family culture have always been intertwined. I am humbled and appreciative of all the people around the world who have trusted us over the years and that have become part of our extended family. I do not take any of this for granted. Every day I am grateful that I get to do this for a living and work with such an amazing team. I would love it if everyone who is touched by LearningHerbs would ask themselves the same question I ask myself every day, which is, "How can I inspire someone to start using the healing herbs that grow around us?"
— the whole team at LearningHerbs
HerbMentor hosts many courses including Getting Started with Herbs, Herbal Basics, Wildcrafter’s Toolkit & Cultivating Wellness… our Community Forum… Plant Walks, Exclusive Herbal Monographs and more.
This site hosts Apothecary, Herb Fairies, the Herbal Remedy Kit videos and other courses.