Nikola Barsoum is the owner of Half Moon Herbals, a medicinal herb farm and remedy-making apothecary located in Johnsons Landing, BC. Her work is focused on ensuring the accessibility of locally grown herbal medicine as well as supporting the use of herbs as “the peoples medicine”. As well as running her farm, Nikola enjoys providing education on how to grow, harvest, prepare and use simple herbal remedies. She sees her role in plant medicine as a facilitator in the relationship-building process between plants and humans.
Nikola is a certified Community Herbalist, having studied at Pacific Rim College in Victoria BC. Prior to this, she earned a degree in Political Science and Public Policy, applied her understanding of systems design to the field of food systems security, which she sees local medicine production being an important part of. Nikola is also an experienced and certified Permaculture Designer, and has committed her farm to using regenerative cultivation methods. As an Herbalist, Nikola makes her remedies with the cycles of the seasons, the solar and lunar cycles. She is incredibly grateful for the existing herbal knowledge of the region, and for the shared wisdom of local elders, fellow herbalists, regenerative farmers, other health practitioners, and of course for all that is learned directly from the plants themselves.
Half Moon Herbals currently cultivates and wild-harvests over 40 varieties of medicinal herbs, with remedies available for purchase or trade at local markets, online, or through the farms CSA Herb Box program.
Go to www.halfmoonherbals.com for more information.