Tendril Apothecary and Healing Center was born from the perfectly unexpected convergence of three life paths, and Laura is at the center of it all.
Hank was traveling for work in early 2020 when he came down with a severe respiratory virus. He found himself bedridden for nearly 2 weeks and his lungs were severely compromised. After the initial infection cleared up he began driving home to Sandpoint, when he caught pneumonia. Hank barely made it home before illness once again consumed him. His body became increasingly starved of oxygen, and between coughing fits and struggling to breathe, his heart was feeling the strain.
One morning, after a fitful night he stood looking out the window as the blue pre-dawn light of morning spread across his yard, and realized that he was dying. Later that day he got his affairs in order, and prepared Caroline, his daughter who was there caring for him, for what was to come.
That evening Caroline called her brother, Henry. Choked with tears she told Henry, “Dad is dying, and there is nothing I can do to help him…” Henry reassured her that it would be alright, hung up with Caroline and then asked Laura, his wife, “Will you please go out to Idaho and save my dad.” Laura agreed, always ready to come to the rescue of anyone in need, and flew out the following morning from Denver.
Under Laura’s care Hank’s condition rapidly improved, and not only did he make a full recovery but within a couple weeks he was actually feeling better than he had in years. Despite his protests, Laura had to return to Henry and their children, and being so close to death’s door Hank had come to a few conclusions. First, he knew that he wanted to have his grandchildren living nearby, next, he realized that he needed some help with his journey back to living a healthy life, and finally, he knew that Laura’s dream was to have a healing center with an apothecary and his gratitude for what she had done inspired him to invest in her dream, hoping to repay her as well as benefit the greater Sandpoint community by bringing her [back] here.
Thus Tendril Apothecary and Healing Center was born, out of a life saved, gratitude and the desire to spread and share that benefit with all.
Laura Clemmons, co-owner of Tendril is a certified herbalist and graduate of the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies.
Clinical Herbalist, of Alive & Wild Herbals, Meryl has been working & playing with plants for over 40 years. She had the honor of graduating from Michael Moore’s Southwest School of Botanical Medicine.
This gave her clinical herbal training, abundant botanical knowledge, and lots of experience in making herbal preparations.
Meryl has had the great pleasure of being a wildcrafter and an herb grower for many years. She has supplied freshly gathered herbs to some of the larger companies, such as Herbs, etc. and Pacific Botanicals, as well as private clinicians. Meryl co-owned a small farm for 15 years where they grew medicinal herbs, fruit, berries, and vegetables.
Meryl also loves to make herbal products including tea blends, lotions, salves, lip balms, tinctures, and much more. She always uses the finest quality herbs available for all of her preparations.
Meryl offers herbal classes in the usage and preparation of medicinal plants, herb identification walks, and apprenticeships. She offers private consultations for those looking for an herbal approach to support their health concerns. Meryl is also certified in Vita-Flex Reflexology and offers treatments through A Touch of Tranquility.
You’ll find Meryl in our front room working with Herbs and happy to help answer questions.