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Adrian White | Iowa Herbalist

For writing services or project quote, portfolio of past works, information, inquiries, questions, interest in locally-grown sustainable produce, wildcrafted herbs, herbal educational health consultations, custom formulas, herbal products, or participation in upcoming food, farming, or herbalist projects, please email Adrian:

 deernationherbs@gmail.com | wordcraft88@gmail.com | jupiterridgefarm@gmail.com

Adrian White is a food, agriculture, health, nutrition, herbalism, farming, gardening, and sustainability freelance writer since 2012. She has contributed to major publications such as Rodale’s Organic Life and Healthline, with bylines in The Guardian, Civil Eats, Good Housekeeping, Precision Ag, and many more on sustainable ag and other subjects.

She has also been a certified herbalist through two programs since 2012, and has studied and practiced herbalism since 2009, both independently and with stellar teachers – a study which has led her through many environments such as southern Oregon, Appalachia, the Southwest, South America, and the Midwest.

Currently she is co-owner and operator of Jupiter Ridge Farm with her partner and husband in the beautiful Driftless area of Iowa, which produces naturally grown (to organic standards and Certified Naturally Grown) diverse vegetables, gourmet and medicinal mushrooms, culinary and medicinal herbs, and perennials to farmers market and restaurants around eastern and the Driftless in Iowa (northeastern Iowa) with a small CSA and online shop.

Over the last 10 years she has written and contributed top-notch research-driven blog articles, web content, and copy for over 100 clients and which can be found all over the web, including leading health, supplement, whole food, plant-based lifestyle and natural product companies; as well as public figures, major publications, educational institutions, health/lifestyle coaches, herbal product companies, sustainability and ag organizations, and more, all based on her expertise as an herbalist and farmer and her perennial research on herbal healing subjects.

Her unique creation of black strap nettle syrup has been emulated and remixed online by many other herbalists and companies, and you can find her recipe for it (among many others) in renowned herbalist Tina Sam’s intro book to herbalism, The Healing Power of Herbs. She has also contributed her writing on herbalism and recipes to Tina Sam’s The Essential Herbal.

Her work in herbalism and ag has been written about in Civil Eats, Salon Magazine, Manchester Press, Her Magazine Dubuque, the Telegraph Herald, and upcoming in the Guttenberg Press.

Get in touch with Adrian for your writing projects related to food, agriculture, sustainability, nutrition, herbalism, and everything in-between – or beyond.

Her ultimate goal with clients is to give the important causes of health, wellness, nutrition, “food as medicine,” and sustainability the strongest voices and visibility possible with the use of her own writing talents and passion.

Wood Nettles | Iowa Herbalist

Adrian’s numerous freelance writing clients (both now and in the past) include Back to Your Roots Herbs, Crystal Star Supplements, Earth Conscious Films, Westar Seeds International, La Merenda by Dominique Le Stanc, Primal Herb LLC, Steward (for which she lead online marketing and content), and the International Association of Wellness Professionals – whether as an SEO-strategized article writer, freelance journalist, copywriter/content writer, blogger, WordPress content manager and formatter, social media content writer, contributing editor, e-book ghostwriter, product description writer, technical writer, or contributor of professional educational content on health subjects.

Adrian also established her own herbal practice and apothecary Deer Nation Herbs in 2013. Deer Nation blends herbal recommendations and consultations with nutrition advocacy, farming/gardening tips, and the harvest, preparation, and use of herbs and organic plant foods to enhance health.

Aloe Vera | Adrian White, Iowa Herbalist

Today, she continues her health and herbalist education through intense research on botanical therapies, health studies, nutrition modalities, and integrative medicine through her writing, all the while striving to seamlessly join the worlds of organic growing, health, and herbalism.

Her herbalist practice extends to East Central Iowa and Northeast Iowa: Cedar Rapids, Decorah, Dubuque, and the surrounding areas. If you are interested in a educational herbal consultation to learn more about herbs and how they could improve your health, feel free to visit her consultations page. Her consults could range from anything as simple as basic nutrition and herbalist insight into one’s wellness routine (through the recommendation of herbs or sustainable produce and foods), to giving tips on growing produce and herbs, herb walks, demonstrating harvesting, wildcrafting, or preparing techniques.

Using herbs, food, and “food as herbs, herbs as food” to educate and improve how people can handle their health with nutrition and phytonutrients is Adrian’s specialty and passion.  

Making a Neti Pot with Herbs | Iowa Herbalist

In her first half year of health writing alone, Adrian contributed to a dozen health- and herbalism-related e-books published on multiple platforms, many of them Amazon bestsellers right now or in the past. Her published articles relating to food, ag, herbalism, health, and sustainability can be found all over the web and in many publications – most very high-ranked for SEO in their categories and keywords – and she has also contributed articles to The Essential Herbal Magazine, the #1 western herbalism magazine in the country.

For writing services or a project quote, portfolio of past works, information, inquiries, questions, interest in locally-grown sustainable produce, wildcrafted herbs, herbal educational health consultations, custom formulas, herbal products, or participation in upcoming food/farming projects, please email Adrian:

deernationherbs@gmail.com | wordcraft88@gmail.com

10 thoughts on “About Adrian White

  1. I just discovered your blog while following my own trail with plant medicines…they have once again taken my hand and are leading me to information like yours. I recently was introduced to sweet gale, and mullein has taken up residence in my yard. It’s amazing how listening is so important, but not something we all learn. Thanks for your insightful knowledge. Lisa

  2. a single sumac showed up on out property years ago. I loved its tropical appearance and now I have quite a stand of them. I frequently have to cut them down or they would take over the whole place, so i was looking for some use for them, when i stumbled on your site. As fate would have it, my brother is coming to visit, with an abcessed tooth! So happy to have found the information and experiences you have shared…thank you! Did you cure his tooth with a berry tincture or bark? Is the bark medicinally from older trees or young shoots? There are berries on the trees now….when are they ready for harvesting? Thank you!

    1. Thank you for reading, Rachael! I’m so glad to hear that you have found a love of sumac like I have (and yes, they do have a tropical appearance that I’ve always loved).

      I gave this friend of mine a tincture of both bark and berry to use. I took the whole drupe, berries and twigs and all (without removing the berries from the actual branching part) and macerated all of it in alcohol (grinding it up beforehand helps with extraction). This has to be from the mature plant as a rule.

      The berries are ready as soon as they are all bright red, really. When you touch them and rub them between your fingers there should be a powdery-oily residue, and that way you know they’re ready. If you live in the Midwest they’re ready to harvest right now! Good luck!

      1. Thank you, Adrian for sharing your knowledge! So the tincture should be used internally? Or as a poultice on the tooth?

      2. Straightaway on the tooth is best. Tincture may be diluted in water and used as a mouthwash or gargle, then spat out after rinsing. It works wonders! Sumac is also really good for keeping bacteria levels in the mouth at a healthy level, and keep gums and teeth clean.

        Thanks again for reading Rachel 🙂

  3. I read your article about Sweetroot. I recently had the coronavirus. And although my case was relatively mild, I still had been sick for 3 weeks. Last weekend, I went to the woods and dug some sweetroot. I added it to a spiced tea blend of black tea, cinnamon, ginger and cloves (all known antivirals). The tea was very tasty and has greatly improved my overall stamina and cleared my lungs. I’m surprised virtually no one in my native Indiana knows about this plant since it grows extensively in most wooded areas. Thanks for the article and I would strongly suggest using this herb for anyone suffering from coronavirus.

    1. Keith – thanks for sharing! This is an amazing experience with sweetroot. Even more amazing that you recovered, I’m happy you came out the other side!

      I’m also glad you benefited from Sweetroot so powerfully, and yes, it’s amazing how ubiquitous it is and yet it’s so little-known here in the Midwest.

      You’ve inspired me to want to dig some up this spring and add it to some of my coronavirus-preparedness herbal medicines. Thank you again so much!

  4. Thanks Adrian. Once I realized I had Covid 19, I Googled anti-viral foods and ate/drank those foods almost exclusively. I believe that kept the severity of my disease to a manageable level. But after 2 weeks, I was really run down. It’s like running a marathon. The longer it goes the more tired you become. That’s what was so great about the Sweetroot. It fought the 2 worst symptoms- fatigue and the congested lungs. I tried just about every food known for antiviral properties and nothing was effective as Sweetroot. I drank in a spiced tea. The oils from the Sweetroot seem to coat my throat which meant I continued to breath it into my lungs with every breath. I don’t know if Sweetroot is an anti-inflammatory, but it seemed to be as it calmed the inflammatory cytokine storm that accompanies the disease. I also added Spicebush twigs (along with ginger, cinnamon, lemon peel and cloves). Spicebush is a shrub from the laurel family that is found in most woods here in Indiana. I added the twigs just because I like the taste which reminds me of a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. Maybe something in the Spicebush works synergistically with the Sweetroot? Anyway, I wish more people knew of this little plant because it really, really helped. Thanks again.

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