Ms. Tea Botanica’s Levi Leigh Barringer (they/them) is a bioregional herbalist, medicine maker & visual creative residing on unceded Coast Miwok land. Their practice supports people of all genders and levels of access to care. They operate within an anti-oppression, liberationist framework and invest in structurally competent, trans-affirming, trauma-informed and harm reductionist language and principles.
Levi is committed to ethical sourcing and education around the harms of wildcrafting and appropriation. Ninety percent of the plants they work with are sourced from local farmers and plant folk within 100 miles of where they live. Some they grow themself, along with stewarding California native plants. They work within many lineages and invite an open awareness of their own ability to perpetuate cultural and spiritual theft. They are not one to shy away from shedding light on the harms of colonial herbalism and the violence of white “wellness” spaces.
Levi studied as a vitalist herbal practitioner with coursework in astro herbalism with the School of Evolutionary Herbalism. They expanded their practitioner skills with Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine. They studied holistic protocols, advanced formulation, herbal safety & ethics with Wild Current Herbalism, with whom they are currently taking on a rigorous clinical mentorship.