Jurga Sauvageot, Herbalsit, Pharmacist, Co-Owner of Tonic
As a native of Lithuania, where allopathic medicine and herbal medicine are practiced concurrently, I was drawn to medicinal plants from early on in my childhood. This interest inspired my knowledge quest in herbal therapeutics and subsequently I became a pharmacist and herbalist. I merge both disciplines into my approach to address health complaints or to maintain wellness. Although the majority of my hours are spent practicing pharmacy at the University of Maryland Medical Center, I attempt to incorporate many therapeutic aspects of herbal medicine in as many clinical situations as I can.
Since joining Tonic as a co-partner in 2018, I have experienced an exciting & professionally rewarding journey, bringing people closer to plants. At Tonic, I offer classes and one-on-one educational sessions to spread the knowledge about medicinal plants & herbal product making. I also give back to my alma mater, Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy, by occasionally teaching pharmacy students, introducing them to the fascinating world of herbal medicine. My goal is to educate the public about safe and effective use of herbal preparations.
When I am not in Tonic or practicing pharmacy, I spend my time growing medicinal herbs on a permaculture farm in Middletown, VA.