What exactly is Milkweed Herbarium? It is a home-based business built on knowledge and medicine. Educational offerings range from single evening classes to nature walks and multi-week intensives. My select apothecary includes punk rock-inspired and custom tea blends, as well as custom flower essences. These items can be picked up by appointment, or during class by registered students. For details and requests, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Milkweed Herbarium is proudly owned and operated by me, Dani Otteson: Community Herbalist, natural products specialist, and herbal tea blender extraordinaire. I feel extremely lucky for the opportunity to share my passions for herbs and learning with people from all walks of life.
My introduction to the world of natural healing began in 2004, working in natural foods retail. Over the past 13 years, I have maintained a nourishing and fulfilling career in the natural products industry, which has evolved to focus on herbs, dietary supplements, aromatherapy, and holistic body care.
I am forever a student and forever a teacher. I am a Certified Community Herbalist, and have completed a certificate program in Women’s Herbal & Ethnobotanical Studies. My primary education in herbal medicine has been with Shelley Torgove, owner of Artemisia & Rue in Denver, CO. I have studied with Donna Chesner, Deborah Brandt, Beverly McFarland, Ann Drucker, and many other fantastic herbalists in Colorado and New Mexico. I currently teach in Artemisia & Rue’s Community Herbalist Certification Program.
I like Milkweed. I like to shake things up and teach weird classes. I like to help people heal with plants, physically and in their spirits. I like to find wild medicines where they grow. I like to make puns about herbs and relate them to punk rock songs. I hope you’ll join me!
PS: If you’re asking yourself, “What is a milkweed and why are you obsessed with it?”
I’m glad you asked! Milkweed is indeed very near and dear to my heart. I wrote a whole blog post to give you an idea; check it out here!
PPS: If you’re asking yourself, “What is an herbarium and why do you use that term?”
I’m glad you asked that too!
An herbarium is a collection of preserved plants and data used for botanical study. Generally an herbarium would be housed within a room or building – they are often located within universities or botanic gardens. However, making the study and use of plants accessible and relevant to others is precisely what I’m passionate about. I aim to bring the concept of the herbarium to life within local communities <3