I'm often asked how my practice evolved. Here's the short version:
In 2004 I was working as a front end manager for a retail company until I woke one day with a deep knowing I needed to change my life's direction and so began the journey of self taught natural body care. I had a very grand vision that one day I would own a spa and make all the products we used and sold. Making the decision to go back to school seemed like an obvious one, but to become a spa technician I also had to become a massage therapist. So I decided to "give this massage bit a try but I probably wont like it".
Cut to the end of 1st quarter and I have given up on the spa program entirely...instead, I tripped over a soul deep calling when I realized I had a chance to work with people in a meaningful way that allowed for a positive and lasting impact.
After massage school I went on to study Ayurveda, the science of life, a 5,000 year old system of natural medicine from India and sister science to Yoga. I studied herbalism and nutrition and different body/mind constitutions during this training who's main tenet is that no two bodies are the same and what is medicine for some, is poison for others.
Fast forward to present day: Taking everything I learned on my own and combining it with what I learned in my Ayurvedic training I started making herbal medicines and natural self-care products for my clients until it became obvious I needed to expand that offering to the public. It's still a very humble operation but fills me entirely with joy!
Madrona House Apothecary
FOUNDED BY VANESSA AINSLIE 2017
Created as a collective of healers, herbalists, and teachers coming together to create safe and sacred space for healing and education to unfold. Our intention is to facilitate and support all in reconnecting to their innate health and well-being through natural remedies, private sessions, group sessions, classes, and events in a welcoming and inclusive environment.
Our Seattle based Apothecary Offers bulk Ayurvedic and Western Herbs, Tinctures, Teas, Flower + Gemstone Essences, Essential oils, DIY supplies, hand-crafted personal care items, Gemstones + Crystals, Metaphysical tools, Art, and more
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