Mettle: met·tle / ˈmɛ-təl / the spirited grit and sometimes brutal magic of survival.

Loam: ˈlōm / fertile soil, composed of so many memories and tokens of life that have been turned back to the earth, to nourish new life in their turn. 

Mettle and Loam is a small-batch and handcrafted herbal apothecary with potions to support resilience and tender human hearts.

We offer an array of elixirs and tinctures, broth blends, tea, and more, all inspired by the strength and patience of the natural world. As many of our ingredients as possible are carefully, lovingly, and conscientiously wildcrafted either by us or by plant-people-friends in far flung places. What isn't homegrown or ethically wildharvested is organically grown.

Alanna Whitney, head potion maker, live in Santa Fe and writes, putters in the kitchen, and guides clients with herbal magic & grounded nutrition.  


Why I'm Here: 

My name is Alanna Whitney and I am a clinical herbalist and educator, queer medicine maker, rogue nutritionist, kitchen witch, and lover of the wilds. Sharing plant medicine with people who are ready to feel safe and grounded in their bodies is the magical place where my skill, my passion, my calling, and the needs of my community all intersect. My northstar, the thing that quickens my heart and sparks life in me, is giving people tools and resources to nurture their mettle—their resilience (with the help of nutrition and the powerful magic of plants).

Herbalism anchors my life in the physical, beckons me back to my body, and gifts me with untold tools to live a grounded life.

I came to herbalism through a circuitous journey that, unbeknownst to me at the time, was the beginning of my path of trauma recovery (for me that path doesn’t have a destination – it continues on – but my life has changed in potent ways and I am grateful to be so much more *me * than I was when I started). My relationship to the earth and to plants has been a touchstone, reminding me of my human-ness and drawing me back into connection to myself, to the fertile ground. Because resilience is really all about connection, the most tragic cunning of trauma is that it leaves us bereft of that sense of interconnectedness. We lose connection to the world, to the earth, to community, and most brutally, to ourselves.

So my project is simple: nurture resilience. How can we increase our capacity to not only live in a world that often feels uninhabitable, but to thrive? How can we shift from survival to a more luminous, inspired living? How can we grow stronger and more adaptable? 

There is great power in learning to inhabit our bodies, in beginning to feel our feet on the ground. Befriending our selves in this way opens magical portholes to other worlds of healing. I believe that plants are models for resilience, and that by living in our bodies and incorporating the enchantment of plant medicine into our daily lives, we can nurture our own resilience.