Jessie Hawkins is a wife, mom of four and the founder of Vintage Remedies and J&M Botanicals. She is also a speaker, an author, an herbalist, an aromatherapist, a holistic wellness professional, a healthy foodie, a natural living professional, an advocate for informed birthing choices, a teacher of sustainable lifestyles, a hobby gardener, an avid researcher, and a lifelong student.
While Jessie’s childhood was filled with dreams of living a natural and basic lifestyle, her reality was the conventional processed food, plastic and artificial lifestyle so common decades ago. Jessie’s transition to healthy living did not begin until her college years, as she craved more information about environmental health and real foods, eventually majoring in environmental studies with a focus on medical anthropology, food history, and childhood health. Long before green living became trendy (and before there was even an organic certification!), Jessie pioneered the way for the average family to live a more natural and healthy lifestyle. She made this transition to a healthier lifestyle as an adult, so she is familiar with the learning curve and can relate to the uncertainty of adding new foods and habits to the home.
Having now spent over a decade as a professional in the field, Jessie combines her vast and varied training – both formal and informal – in the fields of herbalism, midwifery, childbirth, environmental health, medical anthropology, naturopathy, food history, nutrition, holistic health and so much more, to pass along to others in a usable and practical form. This led to the formation of Vintage Remedies in 2005 and the Vintage Remedies School of Natural Health in 2007, where she teaches individuals around the globe how to understand the modern scientific research in the field – and perhaps more importantly, how to implement that knowledge practically into the modern home. She also founded J&M Botanicals, which provides organic and completely natural skin care and pure essential oils with a focus on fair trade and truly aromatherapeutic grade oils. During this time, she has also written over a dozen books and textbooks on the subject of healthy and natural living and has provided numerous articles and interviews for national magazines on the topic of healthy living.