About sacred moon herbs
Sacred Moon Herbs is located in Dripping Springs Texas, a quaint town about 20 miles west of Austin. Over the years, Moon has been called many things by our customers: an herb shop, a jewelry shop, the best place to get greeting cards, a book store, the place for amazing coloring books, a tea house, “that place where you can make your own perfumes,” the hippie place, my go-to for birthday gifts, the crystal shop, a healing spot, “my favorite place to smell” and a personal favorite from the kiddos – “the fairy house.” It means so many different things to the local community. Some come for gift buying, others for herbs to nourish themselves & their families, several for the education and herbal classes we teach, many to stock up on organic teas & spices, some to add to their jewelry collections and still others just to come into the shop to breathe deeply, relax, and share the traumas that have happened to them. Above all else, Sacred Moon is a place for one to start or continue their healing journey. One of the best compliments we receive is “it feels so good in here” and “what’s that smell? Do you sell it?” The smell is a blend of a few hundred plants. We carry over 200 organic bulk herbs, teas & spices. We also offer around 50 organic essential oils. On top of those swirling aromas, we burn sage & Shoyeido’s plant based incenses. Sometimes throughout the day we’ll have a customer that needs a little extra love and we mist them with an aromatherapy & flower essence spritzer. You just never know what the day will bring when you walk into Sacred Moon Herbs. We hope & feel that you receive whatever blessing is meant to be for you.
About beth ebbing johnson, herbalist & owner
beth ebbing johnson
Beth’s love of herbs and nature came from growing up on her family’s farm where she spent days playing in the woods and going on walks with her Mom, Grandma, Aunts, and Uncles collecting hickory nuts, walnuts, acorns, morel mushrooms and wildflowers, bluebells being her favorite of all. Her parents always had a huge garden. When she was little it was fun to play with the dirt and to plant and harvest the veggies & strawberries. But by the teenage years it felt like a “chore” and soon she moved away from the farm girl life and headed to Arizona to live in the desert. After a few years, she discovered Southwest Institute of Healing Arts(SWIHA). She started taking classes & studied many holistic modalities that included Herbalism, Hypnotherapy, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Polarity, Astrology, Chakra & Meditation practices. She graduated with an Associates Degree in Holistic Healthcare along with a specialty in Western Herbalism, taught by southwest Herbalist JoAnn Sanchez. After becoming a certified Herbalist, she worked with Whole Foods Market, Desert Sage Herbs, many different national herb companies both as a sales rep & herbal educator and going full circle, she assisted with teaching the herbal students at SWIHA which she loved. As time moved on, she and her husband moved to Austin. She continued to work for Dr. Hauschka, other herbal companies & at the Herb Bar. Finally after almost a decade, the dream of being an owner of an herb shop came true. Sacred Moon Herbs opened her doors on April 17th of 2012. Beth opened Sacred Moon with her good friend and Herbalist Tara who she met in herb school many moons ago. They ran it together until spring of 2015 where then Beth became sole owner of the shop.
memberships & organizations
United Plant Savers
United Plant Savers’ mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come. This is an amazing non-profit started in the 90’s by Rosemary Gladstar and a group of concerned herbalists. How did anyone know if the plants were being over harvested? How did we know when to stop using a plant for medicine to save it? Thankfully the UpS was created! It’s board & members are a huge community of plant lovers that are devoted to protecting & planting more plant medicines. If you use herbs in anyway be it spices, teas, baths, tinctures, essential oils, then you want to be a member of the UpS ….and it’s only $35 per year!
American Herbalist guild
The American Herbalists Guild, was founded in 1989 as a non-profit, educational organization to represent the goals and voices of herbalists specializing in the medicinal use of plants. The AHG primary goal is to promote a high level of professionalism and education in the study and practice of therapeutic herbalism. It’s the “go to” to find herbal schools around the world, herbalists & exciting new knowledge on the plants. This is a wonderful non-profit to support by becoming a member like we are. Attend the yearly, 3 day AHG Symposium where you can meet & learn from experienced herbalists.
American Botanical Council
The American Botanical Council is your source for reliable herbal information. It’s a local treasure in Austin that is known worldwide. The ABC creates the monthly magazine, Herbalgram. Which for the herbal field is our JAMA journal. There’s endless information on their website & more if you become a member like we are at Moon. It’s an excellent non-profit to support. If you live locally, give them a call & go visit the magical gardens. They are always happy to have volunteers to help out in the gardens & you’ll get to learn plant medicines as you garden!
Moonflower Herb Fest
Celebrating Herbs in Austin,
Texas, this biannual festival welcomes teachers and plant lovers from all walks of life. Beth created this festival with another local herbalist, Nicole Telkes in 2016 and an amazing group of volunteers. It was a magickal 3 day herb fest on the sacred land at Alma de Mujer. Teachers from all over the states & world flew in to teach. We had several of our local herbalists teach as well. It was a beautiful weekend. Since then Beth has stepped away from the Moonflower Herb Fest to focus on expanding Sacred Moon. Nicole is still carrying on the torch with a great group of plant loving volunteers. To see yearly dates visit www.moonflowerherbfest.com