Hello! My name is Amber Magnolia Hill. I was born on February 8th, 1981 in South Lake Tahoe, CA, love swimming and being in water, and cringe when people write their own bios in the third person, so I finally deleted mine that did that.
Mythic Medicine was born out of a desire to share knowledge about herbalism, deepening our ancestral connections, and all the ways we come to know the deep self.
I am a mother, writer, teacher, podcaster, and herbalist living in Northern California.
My herb training includes: a year of employment in the Wellness Department at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op (talk about a crash course in herbal and "alternative" healing!), two simultaneous herbal apprenticeships in 2007- one with Kami McBride and one with Kathi Keville, an in-depth clinical herbalism course with Matthew Wood in 2016, many classes attended at the Northern California Women's Herbal Symposium and HAALo Herb Shoppe, countless books and articles read over the years, and lots of wandering in the woods and experimenting in my kitchen with herbal remedies.
I hold a Bachelor's degree in Religious Studies from UC Davis and am endlessly interested in exploring the depths of consciousness and how humans make meaning. Outside of academia, I have immersed myself in the study of recent genealogy and deep ancestry, psychedelic healing, float tanks, conscious death and home funerals, and empowered menstruation, sex, and childbirth (see my blog for more on all of these topics!).
Early on in my plant wanderings I came to realize that Herbal Body Oils were by far my most used form of herbal medicine. I started selling my handmade St. John's Wort oil online in 2012, and in 2014 expanded the line to include other herbs gathered in the High Sierra. I christened these wildcrafted, organic bottles of healing magic Mythic Medicinals, and greatly increased the quantity and diversity of offerings after marrying a plant-loving mountain man in 2016 who loves to wildcraft and make medicine with me.
In 2015 and '16 I taught at the Spirit Weavers Gathering, and out of that developed a traveling workshop called Herbal Self Care for Radical Babes, as well as a class called Root Medicine: Ancestral Remembrance & Folk Herbalism with Milla of The Woman Who Married a Bear, which we will be bringing to the Good Medicine Confluence in 2018.
The Medicine Stories Podcast launched in 2017 and I couldn't love doing it any more! Check out my Patreon page to support it- killer rewards for patrons include exclusive content & free herb learnin'!
Thank you for being here!