In this installment of our Student Feature series, we interviewed Natalya King (@bodylovebytal), graduate of Herbal Academy’s Advanced Herbal Course, Intermediate Herbal Course, Introductory Herbal Course, and Tincture Making 101. Natalya is the owner and founder of BodyLove by Tal in Parker, Colorado. BodyLove by Tal is a flourishing herbal and skincare brand that offers over 150 organic herbs and 60+ handmade skincare products.
HA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself and how you started your path into herbalism.
Natalya King: As a recent Herbal Academy graduate and herbal practitioner, my journey into herbalism began with a deep-rooted passion for natural wellness and a desire to create a positive impact on people’s lives through holistic health practices. My inspiration stemmed from my personal experiences and the realization of the transformative power of nature in healing and nourishing the body.
From a young age, I was always fascinated by the wonders of nature and how they could be harnessed to improve our health and wellbeing. This curiosity led me to explore the world of herbalism, where I discovered the incredible potential of plants and herbs in working with various ailments and promoting overall health.
My path into herbalism was further solidified by my educational background and experiences. I pursued studies in areas that complemented my interest in natural health, including courses in biology, nutrition, and holistic health. These academic pursuits provided me with a strong foundation in understanding the human body, the principles of natural medicine, and the importance of a balanced approach to health and wellness.
Throughout my journey, I have been fortunate to learn from experienced herbalists and practitioners who have shared their knowledge and wisdom with me. Their guidance and mentorship have been invaluable in shaping my approach to herbalism and in developing my skills as a practitioner.
My commitment to herbalism is driven by a desire to empower individuals to take control of their health using natural and sustainable methods. I believe in the importance of educating people about the benefits of herbalism and how it can be integrated into their daily lives for improved health and wellbeing.
As I embark on this exciting new chapter as an herbal practitioner, I am committed to continuing my learning and growth in this field. I am eager to share my knowledge and passion for herbalism with others and to make a positive impact on their health and lives through the power of nature.
HA: Why did you choose to pursue your herbal education with the Herbal Academy?
Natalya King: Oh, choosing the Herbal Academy for my herbal education was a no-brainer! I stumbled upon their Instagram and blog posts, and let me tell you, it was love at first sight. They were not only inspiring but also enlightening. It was clear they knew their herbs inside out. But what really sealed the deal for me was how they embraced all backgrounds and cultures in their teachings.
HA: Do you own an herbal business or brand?
Natalya King: Yes! I am the owner and founder of BodyLove by Tal in Parker, Colorado! BodyLove by Tal is a flourishing herbal and skincare brand. Born in my basement, it quickly outgrew its humble beginnings. We’re proud to offer over 150 organic herbs and 60+ handmade skincare products. As a minority, woman-owned business, we’re passionate about natural healing and self-care. Our mission is to provide high-quality, non-toxic skincare and wellness products, focusing on organic, vegan, and cruelty-free ingredients. We’re committed to educating our community about clean, holistic health solutions and advocate for accessible, natural body care. Our products, tailored to individual skin health needs, are handcrafted in small batches, embodying our dedication to sustainability, community, and self-love.
HA: How did your Herbal Academy courses help shape or improve your business?
Natalya King: During my time at the Herbal Academy, I was constantly inspired. I knew I had to create an apothecary to offer quality herbs to my community. The course not only nurtured my passion for herbal healing but also ignited my interest in crafting unique herbal blends. This newfound enthusiasm led to the creation of Tal’s Signature Teas, a direct reflection of the knowledge and inspiration I gained from Herbal Academy—also knowing the right herbs to order according to the Latin names! Lol You all have helped me with ideas for content and now I can officially say I am an influencer with over a hundred thousand followers. SO BLESSED.
HA: Did your Herbal Academy courses help you avoid any potential mistakes while launching your business?
Natalya King: They taught me not just about herbs, but how to approach herbalism with ethical sourcing, safety, and inclusivity. This broad spectrum of knowledge helped me avoid typical startup mistakes, ensuring that my blends and products were not just unique, but also safe and responsibly made.
HA: Tell us, what’s next for you in your herbal journey?
Natalya King: One of my goals for our shop is to have a group of herbalists to help customers. I also plan on creating courses in the future!
HA: What were you looking for when you enrolled in your Herbal Academy course that you were not able to find elsewhere?
Natalya King: I was looking for a course that talked about the energetics of herbs. I have noticed a lot of programs do not talk about this specific subject. I also love how Herbal Academy incorporates Ayurvedic teachings.
HA: What did you like most about your Herbal Academy course?
Natalya King: I love all of the DIY recipes. I also really enjoy the videos because I am a visual learner. They are easy to follow and implement into my daily life.
HA: How has your herbal education deepened your connection with nature and the seasons?
Natalya King: Studying herbs made me really notice the rhythm of nature. I’ve learned to watch plants change with the seasons. I’m more in tune with the earth now.
HA: How has your herbal education deepened your connection with your personal health and wellbeing?
It’s transformed my approach to health completely. I’ve become more attuned to my body’s needs, turning to herbs for health, balance, and nourishment. It’s empowering to know I can support my wellbeing with herbs, and this knowledge has made me a more mindful and proactive guardian of my health.
HA: Do you feel empowered by your herbal practice?
Natalya King: Absolutely! There’s something incredibly empowering about being able to blend my own teas or create tinctures knowing they’re packed with healing benefits. It’s a skill that not only benefits me but allows me to care for my family and community too.
HA: What is your favorite recipe from the course(s) you’ve taken?
Natalya King: One of my favorites is a simple elderberry syrup we made. It’s a powerhouse for immune support, especially during the cold season. I enjoy it daily, drizzled over pancakes or mixed into my morning tea, knowing it’s not just delicious but also a protective tonic.
HA: Is there a specific herb that you feel particularly drawn to? If so, why do you think that is OR what is it about that plant that fascinates you?
Natalya King: Lavender has always captivated me. There’s something about its soothing scent and versatile beneficial properties that resonates deeply. Whether it’s easing stress or soothing the skin, lavender’s multifaceted nature and resilience in various climates make it a symbol of adaptability and calm.
HA: If you were an herb, which herb would you be?
Natalya King: If I were an herb, I’d be ginger: warm, confident, and full of life. Much like ginger’s ability to soothe and invigorate, I strive to bring comfort and energy wherever I go. Its bold flavor reflects my own approach to life, unafraid to make a statement and stand out. Ginger is resilient, thriving in various conditions, a trait I see in myself as I navigate the challenges and joys of life.
Read past student interviews with:
Jess Bergeron (@jkb.journal) – Home herbalist and graduate of Mastering Herbal Formulation Course
Dave Achula (@achula_) – Invites individuals to explore the healing power of nature, directly in nature; graduate of Intermediate Herbal Course
Dagny Kream (@thecottagepeach) – Slow-living inspiration: recipes, gardening, seasonal crafts, traditional skills, and more; graduate of the Botanical Skin Care Course
Laura Rubin (@nurtureforall) – Empowers others to live more joyfully through the amazing power of herbs, helping them to reconnect with your body and the Earth; graduate of Herbal Business Course
Serena Hartwell (@serenahartwell) – Forager, photographer, herbalist, and graduate of Intermediate Herbal Course and Emulsifiers and Preservatives in Botanical Products: 2 Part Intensive
Andrea Minniti (@divinebalanceco) – Writer, wildcrafted recipe creator, and graduate of The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course and Intermediate Herbal Course
Jess Buttermore (@cedarhouseliving) – Graduate of the Botanical Mixed Drinks Workshop, photographer, gardener, and business owner.
Robin Ahrens (@barberryherbal) – Advanced Herbal Course graduate and herbalism educator.