January 17, 2024

Five Questions w/ Tina Sams, The Essential Herbal

From selling herbs at the renaissance fair to editing one of the most influential herbal magazines of the decade, Tina Sams has done it all! She’s joining us on the podcast for a special herbal edition of 5 Questions.

Episode Guest

Episode Guest

Tina Sams has been working with herbs since 1993, but began learning about them at a very young age, as most country children do.

Beginning with an herb shop at the local renaissance faire, she (along with her sister Maryanne Schwartz) has dabbled in many different types of herbal businesses. Tina has published The Essential Herbal magazine for over 20 years and self-published nearly a dozen books while writing 5 books for other publishers and co-writing another.

Tina enjoys all aspects of herbalism including medicinal, culinary, growing, crafting, aromatherapy, soapmaking, and natural dyeing. After purchasing a glass distiller in 2005, she spent several years traveling around and demonstrating how oils and hydrosols are obtained. Most recently she became captivated by plant dyes, plant prints, and all the many ways botanicals can become art.

Learn more about Tina’s work and The Essential Herbal Magazine at https://essentialherbal.com/

From selling herbs at the renaissance fair to editing one of the most influential herbal magazines of the decade, Tina Sams has done it all! She’s joining us on the podcast for a special herbal edition of 5 Questions.

We talk about her early days running an herb shop at a renaissance festival in the 90s, growing Jerusalem artichokes and horseradish, plus we dig into the International Herb Association Herb of the Year Books and Tina even shares her go-to herbal tea recipe for managing stress… this episode is packed!

Beginning with an herb shop at the local renaissance faire, Tina (along with her sister Maryanne) has dabbled in many different types of herbal businesses. She’s published The Essential Herbal Magazine for more than 20 years and has written more than a dozen books about herbs.

Learn more about Tina’s work and The Essential Herbal Magazine at essentialherbal.com

Tina’s shoutout was the Black Walnut Botanical Conference  and the Pennsylvania Tea Festival.

Before the interview, Bevin shares a little bit about a recent family trip to Chicago. We enjoyed a wonderful band at Andy’s Jazz Club and ate what might be the best dumplings in Chicago at Hing Kee in Chinatown.

We recently got the first big snow storm of the season and now we’re more ready than ever for spring to arrive! We’re keeping busy with various projects including planning for our 8th annual Central Michigan Seed Swap.

We’re almost ready to launch our new Herb Co-op, an exclusive offering for members of our Patreon community!

Members will enjoy wholesale prices on bulk organic herbs and spices including black/green teas, flowers, roots & more! As a member of our community, you can enjoy the benefits of buying quality herbs by the ounce at special discount prices! Check it out and sign up at https://www.patreon.com/smallhousefarm and https://www.smallhousefarm.com/herbcoop/

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