Take Root Herbarium is a collection of plant wisdom and herbal medicine affectionately gathered so that the knowledge of plants and health can become accessible to more people. Take Root Herbarium is located in Orlando, FL and offers herbal wellness consultations, classes, herbal first aid, and educational zines. Please explore the website for further information about each of these. To stay up-to-date about upcoming events, subscribe to our newsletter.
For as long as humans have walked the earth, they have lived intimately with their land-base and relied on plants to maintain vibrancy and correct any imbalances the body might have. In modern times, however, humans have become more detached from what surrounds them and what lies beneath their feet. As a consequence, we have begun to see this precious knowledge slipping away, taking with it our intuitive abilities for care for ourselves and each other well. Growing out of a need to reconnect with these origins and our land-base, Take Root Herbarium is an effort to make knowledge of plants, herbal medicine, and health accessible to more people.
Annie SewDev, the creator of Take Root, is an herbalist and EMT in central Florida. She offers donation based herbal wellness consultations, gathers and prepares herbal medicine, teaches locally in Orlando and at various gatherings, and offers free herbal first aid in downtown Orlando. With great fondness for the place that she lives, she seeks to practice bioregional herbalism, utilizing local plants to improve the quality of life and reduce suffering. She enjoys botanizing with friends and learning all the intricacies of the relationship between plants and humans.
Annie began studying wild edible and medicinal plants in the Piedmont of North Carolina on plants walks with Kim Calhoun. She was quickly swept away by the magic of botanical awareness and moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains to apprentice with Juliet Blankespoor and learn about Western Herbalism at the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine. Alas, when winter came and snowed on her tent, she relocated to central Florida. Though this move was only supposed to be temporary, she fell deeply in love with the unique flora and decided to call Florida home, a decision she has been happy with ever since. She continued her studies at the Florida School of Holistic Living, and studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at Acupuncture and Herbal Therapies Herb School. In total, she has over 1800 hours of formal herbal training and considers herself a lifelong student of the plants.
As a young adult exploring the world, Annie lived at various intentional communities that served as hospitality houses for those in need. During this formational time in her life, she came in deep contact with the struggles of oppressed communities, including the difficulty of staying healthy in polluted neighborhoods with little access to healthy food and compassionate medical care. It was these experiences that triggered her studies in herbal medicine and emergency medicine. With a strong affinity for the margins and those who inhabit them, Annie seeks to share in the effort of making health and herbal medicine accessible to everyone.
Annie lives in Orlando, FL with her partner, whose support makes many of her projects possible. Together they regularly escape urban life to see stars and hear silence (though sometimes nature can be even louder than the city!).