Rachelle Robinett’s Science-Backed Approach to Herbalism
The herbalist Rachelle Robinett refers to herbs as “icing on the cake.” It’s a mixed metaphor that, more deeply understood, makes complete sense: While herbs and plants are her primary focus area when it comes to well-being, they’re also the proverbial cherry on top of what she views as the ingredients of a healthy life. The founder of the “functional nature” company Pharmakon Supernatural—through which she teaches classes (“Magnesium 101! With Wooden Spoon Herbs,” “Herbalism for Fertility,” “Holistic Herbalism for Thyroid Balance”), produces an herbal gummy line called HRBLS, and sells items such as an “empathy-enhancing elixir” through an online shop—she is also the author of the newsletter The Art of Functional Nature, which goes out to more than 11,000 subscribers. In a space so often filled with hucksters and crackpots pushing gimmicky products, Robinett brings a relatable, no-nonsense, science-backed straightforwardness to the herbalism game.