Meet Alyssa Melody, acupuncturist, traditional Chinese herbalist, and founder of holistic herb company Root & Bones. She has called Humboldt home for eleven years, including her time as an undergrad at Humboldt State. Read on to discover more about our final Magic Maker of 2018…
What inspires you?
People living their best lives; wild nature.
How has the natural landscape of Humboldt influenced your work?
I moved here specifically to be surrounded by the natural beauty. The nature here is wild and captivating, and very grounding for me. Anytime I am feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious, I know I can be in the forest or on the beach in a matter of minutes with a totally different mind set.
THE NATURE HERE
is wild and captivating, and very grounding for me.
How long have you been making your offering?
I have had my private acupuncture practice for 6 years, and Root & Bones has been around for a year and a half.
How has the culture of Humboldt influenced your work?
Starting two businesses in Humboldt has been a wonderful experience. The Humboldt community has been very open and accepting to acupuncture and herbs, which allows me the space to grow. There are such incredible artists and makers here with a willingness to connect, collaborate support each others work. The slower paced life here feels better for my soul, and allows me the chance to focus on what is important to me.
I AM INSPIRED
by the people who have dedicated their lives to growing and offering powerful medicine to the greater community.
How has the cannabis industry in Humboldt County affected or contributed to your career or community?
I am inspired by the people who have dedicated their lives to growing and offering powerful medicine to the greater community.
What are your favorite products and how do they enhance your overall well-being?
I love edibles and CBD tinctures. CBD has helped me with anxiety, insomnia and menstrual pain, while the edibles are a night time treat to help me have restful sleep. Insomnia and extreme menstrual cramps have been a life long struggle for me. To be able to use a natural product to help with both of these things has made life much better!
How do they affect your creative process?
When I let go of my anxiety and fear I can be a better practitioner and business owner. Its helpful to have something that gets rid of the rigid ideas I can have of how I should be running a business, and instead allows me the space to do things authentically.