I'm so glad you're here.
My name is Emma.
I'm a clinical herbalist and educator, radical birthkeeper, wise woman, mother, and the creatrix behind Black Spruce Herbals.
My work focuses on reclaiming our ancestral folkways, our intimacy with earth, and tending women, mothers, and families with herbal medicine.
When I was younger I became very interested in the idea and archetype of the wise woman. I wanted to be one, of course, and in my mind this meant: a medicine woman and midwife, in service to her community, both human and more-than-human.
I began learning to identify wild plants, and how to eat or use them as medicine. I looked into studying midwifery, but was turned off by the highly medicalized and regulated feel of it, so I dove deeper into the world of green wisdom ~ attending conferences, taking courses, walking with wise teachers and sitting at the feet of the plants themselves, growing medicinal plants, wild crafting, medicine making, seeing clients, building custom wellness protocols, teaching one off classes and year long programs, always sharing my medicine with family and community, always learning more, always deepening my relationships in all the ways I could over these last 13 years on the plant path.
Then on Beltane in 2021, my daughter was conceived. I chose a wild pregnancy in full trust of my body, my baby, and nature's design. I had a lovely pregnancy where I focused on nourishing us with ancestral foods and tonic herbs, and went on to free birth Naia Luiane in one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The incredibly transformative initiation that is birth - beginning with conception and "ending" with postpartum - lit a fire of remembrance in me. I was reminded that I had always known that birth work was an integral part of the wise woman's path. So, heeding the call, I enrolled in and graduated from the Radical Birth Keeper School with the intention to weave together my many years of plant wisdom and love with a passion for serving mothers and families through the ceremony that is birth.