About Us

Spirit of the Herbs was created in 2013 from a fire burning within to connect with the moon, explore with the plants and spark the senses naturally with handmade wellness products. The Wise Woman traditional folk-methods of extraction and infusion are the foundation of our herbal alchemies.

We let our carefully selected medicinal herbs and oils sit for a full lunar cycle (4 weeks minimum). This allows the constituents, terpenes, volatile oils, essential oils and cannabinoids in the hemp plant and other medicinal herbs to extract to their fullest potential. This unique process of extended infusion time, alongside handcrafting with great intention as our ancestors once did, is the essence of our products. 

“The Wise Woman Tradition is the oldest tradition of healing known on our planet, yet one that is rarely identified, rarely written or talked about. A woman-centered tradition of self-love, respectful of the earth and all her creatures, the Wise Woman Tradition tells us that compassion, simple ritual and common herbs heal the whole person and maintain health/wholeness/holiness. The Wise Woman Tradition embraces the Earth, local plants, deep nourishment and self-love." ~ S. Weed, Healing Wise

Time and time again, we have seen Full Spectrum HIGH CBD products support family, friends and those around us in ways we couldn’t have imagined possible. Spirit of the Herbs recognizes the benefits of Cannabis, in all of its forms, as true medicine. By combining medicinal Herbs and CBD we will continue to find an endless world of nourishing and supportive remedies for the body.

We use organic, locally sourced materials and create items with positive energy and love. We work as a small team of friends in Denver, CO to handcraft small batches of each item with intention. These boutique CBD body products are made with the empowerment of the fellow human in mind, from our hearts to yours.

 

Meet Holly!

Holly Hoops (Holly Hill) is the owner and creator of Spirit of the Herbs. She was born and raised in Norfolk, Va and moved to Denver, Colorado in 2011. She began exploring her dance with the Herbs in 2013. A dear friend led her to her first herbal class at Moondance Botanicals, an apothecary in Denver. Holly immediately knew this realm of knowledge had been calling her soul and completely immersed herself into classes and workshops. There she completed Herbcraft and Spiral Path with herbalist, Tonja Reichley.

At this point Holly had managed a Medical Cannabis Dispensary for two years and witnessed the endless benefits of Cannabis and CBD within her patients she worked with. She began to take on creating medicinal products on a regular basis and discovered that she especially loved making salves with herbs and CBD. She began sharing these salves with the community and before she knew it she couldn't keep them on the shelves! This is when Spirit of the Herbs Apothecary, LLC (est. 2013) came to life. In 2016 she decided to deepen her knowledge and attend the 500 Hour program with Herbalism Roots at Denver Integrative Massage School. There she gained a whole new perspective of plant and human synergy, and how we can work together to heal and support our bodies naturally.

In September 2017, she had the amazing opportunity to join Tonja for Pilgrimage in Ireland. She loved it so much she went back to Ireland for 2 more weeks in June 2018 for Herb School and went again the following July 2019 for her own personal exploration. She experienced the plants she loves thriving in their natural habitats and connected with the SPIRIT of the herbs in a way she never knew was possible. She learned it is not about using 100 herbs, one way, but learning how to use one herb, 100 ways.

Holly is now a certified 750+ Hr Community Herbalist and continues her education frequently. It is her life mission to empower those who seek a healthier lifestyle to find their support within the herbs, tinctures, salves, oils and teas and beyond. To encourage others to connect with plants and herbs on all levels spiritual, metaphysical and scientific. 

Holly went from making products in her house and selling salves out of the trunk of her car for 6 years to FINALLY having an actual warehouse and office space for Spirit of the Herbs. They moved in August 2019 and It is one of her greatest and most exciting accomplishments to date. Holly is actively part of a local Denver, Colorado Coven and has been a practicing green/kitchen witch for 8 years. She is married to her amazing husband, Willy and they live happily in Denver with their two cats, Nebula and GG. She released her first herbal education book "The Enchanted Herbarium: A Coloring Book for Curious Plant Lovers" - get your copy on this website!

Meet Monika!

Originally from Norfolk, VA - Monika spent most of her childhood rolling in the waves on the shores of Virginia Beach and exploring a portion of the world with her family. Her summers were spent selling shave ice by the beach from the age of 7, which ironically instilled a marvelous work ethic within her that is unlike any other. Despite her dreams of becoming a veterinarian or an entomologist, Monika found herself enthralled with the joys and challenges of retail for 10 years. Having a keen eye for detail along with an impeccable knack for organizing, Monika quickly became successful in the retail stores that she managed. She has been married to the love of her life, Matt for 10 years, and together they have two strapping young men Sydney and Felix.

In the summer of 2018, Monika came out to Colorado to help her best friend of 20 years, Holly, organize and fine-tune her quickly growing and very successful business - Spirit of the Herbs. After realizing the incredible team they made together along with seeing the potential growth that would occur, Monika and Holly had the most fantastic idea. In October 2018, Monika and her family packed up their home in Portsmouth, VA to relocate to Westminster, Colorado for her to become the Director of Operations for her best friend’s company! 
One of Monika’s favorite perks of working for Spirit of the Herbs? “Being a part of a mission that is helping others, help themselves  and working side by side with my best friend [Holly] is also a pretty rad too!!” - Monika enthusiastically says. Monika's organizational skills, attention to detail and thriving ideas are unsurpassed. She is a key element to making our business thrive.

Monika and her family are very active and enjoy exploring all of the amazing adventures that Colorado has to offer! Another fun fact about Monika — she LOVES the 90’s – music, TV shows, clothing you name it! She also has a vast knowledge of movies, trivia, and entertainment. Show tunes and musicals are also her absolute favorites!

Meet Nate!

Nathaniel Drake, or Nate, spent most of their early life in the mountains of colorful Colorado. Although a year into junior high within what felt like a rural mountain dystopia, they quickly realized more opportunity and growth awaited from within the city.  They auditioned and were accepted to attend the following year at Denver School of the Arts, indulging in many creative pursuits, including piano performance, musical theater, and visual arts.

Their passion for herbalism, however, arose from a curiosity for the plant world ever since childhood and blooming while interning on weekends for a local apothecary in high school trailing a close friend with similar interests. Following graduation was the opportunity to attend a pilgrimage in Ireland for an herbal apprenticeship the summer before starting college. That's where Nathaniel met Holly, owner, and creator of SOTH, establishing a remarkable friendship and many connections for the future.

While briefly moving to attend The New School in the lower east side of Manhattan, Nathaniel eventually decided to move back home to Denver. Finding comfort in a more affordable education that was closer to family, in an environment for which plants grew more abundantly outside of concrete or artificial settings of the city. It was shortly after that, in need of work when Holly reached out for help with a larger order at the time. “I think back, and it seems like I never left after that! We just kept growing and growing, and I was so grateful to help! The love there is so deeply rooted.”

At this point, Nathaniel has been along for the ride ever since being crammed together in Holly’s small house as one of SOTH’s only employees, to now operating out of a full-blown warehouse with a team of established coworkers. “I’m filled with so much love for the company. I remember the day I first picked up a jar of our salve, thinking to myself, wow, would I love to work for a place like this.! Now I find myself at that place, filled with the utmost joy at the thought of waking up and going to work. SOTH is somewhere where I may not only indulge in my interests within the medicinal benefits of cannabis and plants alike, building up my herbal knowledge on a daily, but more importantly, I feel, working closely in creation with products that help so (so) many people, backed with the support of my bosses who focus more on spreading the benefits than appeasing the profitableness of our otherwise trendy endeavor. My work environment  indescribably radiates supportive and healing energy for myself and all.”

Nathaniel recently moved back up to the mountains from Denver. They hold plans to graduate college within the year, degrees in both psychology and studio art, and then hope to build up a beautiful garden filled with fresh herbs and vegetables as they advance in the directionless experience life has in order. In their free time, you’ll find Nathaniel camping out in the backcountry, working out of a journal, or drinking a cup of freshly brewed herbal tea with a good book and their three feline companions.

Meet Sandra!

Sandra is originally from the snowy city of Buffalo, NY but moved to the college town of Tuscaloosa, AL with her family when she was 14 years old. Growing up, she loved to dance and from the time she was 4 until the age of 18 she did everything from ballet to jazz to tap, though she found she loved tap the most. She lived in Tuscaloosa until she moved to Auburn to study cultural anthropology at Auburn University in 2003. She also wanted to be closer to her love Allen who, at that time, lived 3 hours away.

In 2007 she took her love of natural medicine one step further and became certified in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She found aromatherapy to be her favorite course and continues to make her own blends to this day for everything from shingles to pain relief. Sandra and Allen moved to Colorado in 2013 where she began working at a Denver dispensary with Holly thus beginning a lifelong friendship and an amazing work relationship. She managed there for 2 years until eventually leaving to concentrate on her biggest job ever: becoming a mom.

Sandra has an adorable 3 year old named Presley. By the age of 2 Presley already had been to 12 of her daddy’s concerts! He plays drums for The Disco Biscuits and she absolutely loves watching her daddy play music! Sandra loves her family, friends, music, dancing and her job. Her and her husband live on a farm and have 2 llamas named Lucy and the Dalai Llama. She admits to being a crazy football fan so much so that when her and Allen started dating Allen realized how important it was to her so he decided he would also love it and picked a favorite team. She has always had a profound curiosity for anything that has to do with people and their cultures.

Sandra loves making hand-crafted CBD products for the masses as she herself suffers from fibromyalgia and has found CBD to be a life-saver. Her favorite Spirit of the Herbs product is the salve though she uses most everything on a regular basis. Her favorite product to make are the bath bombs. She recently formulated the scent for Spirit of the Herb’s newest bath bomb, "Hope"! Sandra loves her job and enjoys utilizing the knowledge and skills she acquired years ago to help people heal.

Her absolute favorite things to do are going to concerts, traveling and exploring with her family and spending time with her friends. She has an intense love of music and says there isn’t any genre she doesn’t love, though she admits to loving gangsta rap the most and death metal the least! 

 

Meet Temple!


Temple joined the SOTH team last year and since learned how to create a wide variety of CBD bath products! She is from Richmond, Virginia and graduated with a Health Science degree from James Madison University. She moved from Virginia to Colorado with dreams of understanding more about traditional medicine and healing powers of CBD. Temple connected with owner, Holly, through the music scene and was able to align her dreams with Spirit's mission.
After graduating from JMU, Temple longed for using her health degree to empower people to understand more about traditional plant healing. In 2020, she moved to Colorado and is now reading/learning more about herbs and their benefits to the body and spirit. Temple creates some of the informative stories on social media to spread awareness of herb knowledge.

During her journey with Spirit, Temple is creating connections with other stores to help showcase SOTH products. She enjoys reaching out and discovering which places are interested in sharing the powers of CBD products. She says "Life is about connection, so being able to help expand SOTH's reach to the people is incredibly rewarding." 

Temple enjoys the supportive atmosphere at SOTH. She says "Our team is always laughing and supporting one another, which is why I love going to work!" "There is always something to learn and expand on." Temple's favorite products to make are the CBD bath bombs. She says "You can feel all of the love and intention being put into each bath bomb, so you know in your heart the person is going to enjoy their bath!"

Her hobbies include anything outside, like live music, camping, taking the dog on a walk, snowboarding, or laying by the beach! She loves to stay active and keep the body moving!