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Finding Your Third Space at Botanically Curious

Issue 29

My plant-medicine business, Botanically Curious, is striving to create third space opportunities for people through wellness workshops and private gatherings. What are third spaces? Well, you have work, you have home and then there is the third space. This space is an anchor of community life that helps foster more creative interaction. Botanically Curious focuses on making experiences educational, fun, and healthy.

As you start or continue on your health journey, finding a third space that fits your lifestyle and helps support your goals is important. Whether you are looking to take a quick break at lunch to grab a special formulated herbal tea blend, or wanting to unwind with friends on a weekend with zero-proof botanical beverages, Botanically Curious has something for everyone. Bring co-workers in and learn more about managing stress holistically through our monthly workshops, which change with the seasons.


Top 3 Herbs to have on hand for immune health

As the temperature is dropping our bodies are adjusting. What better way to help support our bodies than by giving them some help to fight off unwanted pathogens, the natural way.



The winter blues are a real thing. Did you know that just the smell of rosemary can help lift those spirits? Plus, Rosemary has many healing properties as it’s an excellent source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds to help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. Use it in tea daily after lunch for a quick focus boost to get you through the rest of the day!



It’s no secret that Elderberries are known for their ability to support your immune system. They are rich in Vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. But did you know that this immune modulating herb is actually best taken in the middle of an actual cold? When it comes to immunity, there are stages and immune modulating herbs like elderberry work best when they already have a pathogen to fight. Making Elderberry syrup when you feel a cold coming on is a great use of this plant. 1 tablespoon of elderberry syrup extract four times a day while sick.


Marshmallow Root

This underrated beauty hydrates the mucosal membranes of the body, allowing the barriers of entry like the nose and the throat to keep fighting with stronger defense against pathogens in your environment. I recommend a cold infusion in the morning before you drink or eat anything else. Prepare the night before then enjoy! Bonus, this herb can also help with heartburn relief during those holiday meals!

To learn more about plant medicine, connect with an herbalist in our blending lab for a custom product formulated for your body type, or book a workshop with friends, visit botanicallycurious.com. If you’re a person who is curious about learning herbalism for your own health or wanting a space where you can enjoy a zero proof beverage, check out Botanically Curious on Congress Street in Portland this Fall!

Paula Kersch
Paula Kerschhttps://botanicallycurious.com/about-us
Paula Kersch, owner and head herbalist at Botanically Curious is dedicated to connecting with the local community through collaboration and community service. Attend a class taught by Paula or one of the many wonderful community partners who bring their expertise to the table!

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