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Born in Utah while my father was a PhD candidate at Brigham Young, we moved to West Virginia and then Derwood, Maryland before I was two, way back when rural areas existed. I spent the best of my earliest years in a home adjacent to a forest on one side and a cornfield behind the house with a little schoolhouse in the backyard while my father worked for The Bureau of Standards in DC. My father then took a split teaching position at The University of Arizona in Tucson (Chemistry/Nuclear Physics) when I was seven. By the time I was 14 we left for Bangkok, Thailand for almost 2 years. I spent most of high school at RIS (Ruam Rudee International School) during the Viet Nam war. My classmates were from all over the world and we mixed our colloquial languages with all the color of our combined cultures. Back then I was fluent in Thai to the point that my father allowed me to go where I pleased on my own. During this time, I became aware of Chinese Medicine, Auyervedic Medicine, common herbal practices and medicines and thought of them as common-sense solutions. I loved plants and science from the start. From age 15-16 I spent a 4-month period in Roskilde, Denmark. I learned as much Danish as possible, and as much as I could about plant life in this new environment.
These experiences combined with the needs of my children and family lead me to discovering the rich historic literature and teachings of herbalism around the world. The art and science of making plant-based medicines became my secondary focus while I obtained college degrees at the UA and Norwich University. My oldest son, Science Fiction author Peter J. Wacks, developed asthma from the commercial cleaning products I used in our home at that time. That one moment caused me to throw everything commercial out and never look back. During my time in Vermont, I raised my younger two kids organic vegan because at the time meat without growth hormones and antibiotics was impossible to find. I wanted to raise healthy kids with healthy immune systems. This is also the time period (about 30 years ago) within which I created the products sold through my website.
When my younger kids were in middle school, I obtained my science teaching certification through University of Alaska Fairbanks. In 2006 I was Arizona Science teacher of the year. Shortly after the district forced all teachers on a timetable that made them say and teach the same boring content in the same boring method. I went from running a lab based upon the scientific method with constant experiments and teaching curriculum such as Electromagnetic Wavelengths to a curriculum that did not challenge critical thinking in the least. I could no longer teach and challenge students, so I became a substitute teacher’s aide for a special needs high school classroom for about 2 years. The teacher in the class had also left the science department at the same time as I and we knew each other. During this time, we used my formulas to teach multistep processes that provided the kids with a finished product and fit their learning needs and provided a product that could be sold through a school club that we formed. By the end of the year we had enough money to take the kids to a restaurant for the first time in their lives. That was the moment I realized I could produce the products professionally and have them packaged by similar adults providing them with a positive role in the community which would result in greater quality of life personally. Long story shortened and here we are!