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Black Sage Botanicals exists to empower cooperative sovereignty, engaging a direct relationship with & as the living, breathing world.

 

 

Ash Ritter is a west coast born, desert-dwelling ethnobotanist, practicing herbalist, educator, and confectioner.  Her entire adult life, 20 years & counting, continues to spiral around botanical medicine reverence & studies, encompassing traditional, academic, clinical, and directly relational terrains.

Ash's approach places emphasis on plants, fungi, and planet as relations, and is manifested through her practice as fostering engagement with & as the living world, rather than "using" plants as commodity. She counsels & creates in her private practice, Black Sage Botanicals.

One-on-one longterm apprenticeships are the cornerstone of her training, with a focus in Druid herbalism, clinical botanical medicine, Mexican curanderismo & "guerilla" urban first aid. Her bachelors degree thesis focused on botanical & fungal agents for initiation, and altered states as evolutionary technology. Ash's longstanding commitment takes shape as gathering the remnants to forge a cohesive & unique synthesis that pays homage to past, present and future generations. 

Ash feels blessed beyond measure to have shadowed naturopathic Dr. Kenneth Proefrock in his office for 2 years upon her relocation to the Sonoran Desert, and almost went to medical school, until coming to recognize the potency of keeping her practice out of bureaucratic matrices. Previously, she apprenticed with Charles "Doc" Garcia, and worked for several years as a plant-based personal chef, and apothecarist in a bustling California Bay Area clinical herbal practice.

She currently lives in a century-old gnome house on an old ranch in southern Arizona, and enjoys tracking deer through the spiny brush, sitting with 200-year-old cacti, and waiting for monsoon season thunderstorms as she writes her first book.  

 

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