Welcome. Taproot Medicine offers high quality herbal medicine, community classes, and plant walks to serve the Bay Area. Our mission is to be a catalyst for community wellness and holistic health care. Taproot is committed to helping people become comfortable with the presence of health—not the absence of illness. Engaging in your own health is becoming a part of the movement towards true health care. We invite people to enter into their birthright—to know how to heal their own bodies.
taproot: a plant root that grows vertically downward, forming a center from which other roots sprout laterally.
medicine: derived from the latin ars medicina, meaning “the art of healing”
Taproot Medicine began with my deepest friend, pregnant with her first child, needing a little iron boost. I concocted a (mighty) tasty syrup packed with iron, and watched how tiny sips off the bottle fortified my dear friend during pregnancy. Word spread, and more bottles were made for mothers and menstruating women alike. As each new person took a sip, I witnessed smiles broaden and breath deepen. It’s this human response that has lead me to offer my medicine more widely, and enter this sticky world of selling some ‘thing’ to someone else. I called that stuff ”strong woman syrup”, in honor of that deepest friend, the strongest woman I know.
I make medicine from my heart, with specific people in mind, and gratitude for the offering of the plants. This is my religion: Pay attention and give respect to the earth, the body, the heart. When we are close to the earth, we are close to our selves. We all know this…earth body, human body. My medicine is real, made by my hands, made for my community. I’m not interested in selling you something you don’t need, or participating in the destructive capitalist structure. I do not ship it far away, I make it right here for the people surrounding the Bay. I am doing an alchemical dance in the kitchen when I make this medicine, watching plants melt into liquid to be sweetened with bee nectar and transformed into delicious food that has a hint of magic about it. When you take it, make space in your body for the plants to enter—one deep breath usually does the trick.
In good medicine,
frieda kipar bay, herbalist
*a note about using the word ‘medicine’. I realize this could be slightly controversial, as it implies diagnosing and or treating some ailment, but I’m interested in reclaiming that word to mean something whole and powerful, ancient and from the heart (and hopefully without ‘side’ effects).