Dr. JJ Pursell

Research. Plant Medicine. Naturopathic Physician. Acupuncturist. Author. Speaker. Entrepreneur.


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Back in 2012, there was a little write up in Portland Monthly about one of my tea blends. These few sentences caught the eye of Juree Sonker, an editor at the time at Timber Press. She had this idea that I should write a book. Part of me thought she was crazy, but a deeper part had always wanted to write an herb book and here was the opportunity. 

The hardest parts of writing a book are committing to writing everyday and learning how to trust that what you are writing is worth reading. I asked infamous herbalist Susun Weed to read the rough draft of my first book and she plainly said, “what do you have to say that hasn’t already been said?”

In the moment my insecurities arose and I took that as a gut punch. Wasn’t she right? Who was I to offer this knowledge to the public? But slowly and carefully, I stepped through the landmines of self-doubt and self-worth and realized… I have a lot to say. 

The Herbal Apothecary

The Woman’s Herbal Apothecary

Master Recipes from the Herbal Apothecary

Medicinal Herbs for Family Health & Wellness

Medicinal Herbs for Immune Defense

She also was included in the book Curing Canine Cancer.

Editing and contribution to the new edition of Hot Pants: A Do It Yourself Gynecology and Herbal Remedies.

Want help navigating a book contract? Feel free to reach out, I’ve learned a thing or two over the years. 

A great book to help encourage the writing process – Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.