Herbal Consultations and Education


Herbal Magic and Medicine

Our trained herbalists are skilled at working with the plantcestors.  We love to teach people how incorporate the magic of plants into daily life. We host several herbalists, have one on one herbal consultations, classes and apprenticeships. In our apothecary we carry hundreds of single herbs and formulas for you to blend your own or you can choose from our own crafted formulas.

Herbal Consultations

An herbal consultation at Ace of Cups is holistic and designed to help you integrate herbs into your daily life. The herbs (plantcestors) are used to address current health concerns and support you in working toward your health goals. The herbalists are not here to treat or diagnose, rater to be part of your team and compliment your other treatments. Herbal formulas offer ways to achieve balance and improve mood, sleep, reduce stress and feel better all around. Herbal consultations excel at proactive and preventative tools.

Herbal Consultations

$30 for 30 min

$60 for 60 min

Call for an appointment or book online


Mentoring- One on one and group sessions available

-Herbal medicine making (tinctures, salves, balms, oils, vinegars, tissanes, decoctions, syrups, elixirs)

-Plant families

-Working with the plantcestors

-Spell crafting with plant allies


See classes and workshop page for detailed information

Herbal medicine making classes


Plant science classes

Plant rituals

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Workshops, study groups, and classes:

Herbal medicine making

Plant walks

Community herb projects


Our Herbalists

Samantha Goldberg Blackthorn

Samantha studied botany at Colorado State University with the infamous American botanist and lichenologist Dr. William Weber. Dr. Weber was her mentor while pursuing her degree in Biological Science with an emphasis in botany and anatomy. With him she learned taxonomy, botany and edible, medicinal and hallucinogenic plant identification and pharmacology. She worked as a botanist for the Colorado Heritage Project identifying and mapping endangered plants and as a naturalist for the Nature conservancy. In 1997 Samantha moved to Albuquerque and studied Dr. Tieronna Lowdog's herbal medicine course while working with Bert Norgorden  in the apothecary creating plant formulas and  in the field wild crafting. In Albuquerque she also worked for the well known desert plant landscape architect Judith Phillips. Samantha worked at Prairie moon in Minnesota, specializing in wetland and prairie restoration, seed collection and distribution with a plant magician named Karl. In 2001 Samantha made a move to Austin where she taught anatomy at various massage schools, doula trainings and homeschool programs.  She traveled to Mexico and Costa Rica to teach both yoga, herbs, and anatomy. Samantha has taught hundreds of classes, written curriculum and worked with many individual clients. She loves doing herbal consultations and teaching you how to work with the plantcestors to enhance your daily life. Book online with Samantha or give us a call for more information.

Emily Lilesmith

Emily is a mystic, certified yoga therapist, tarot card reader, musican and herbalist. She splits her time between Austin and Vermont. Emily learned to be connected to the plant friends as a child from her Grandmother and found a love for communicating with the plants. She studied formally at the Northwestern School of Botanical Medicine in Ithaca where she received her 280 hour certification. Emily customizes her sessions to your needs and specializes in making it fun and accessible to your lifestyle. Emily is passionate about sharing her knowledge of the plant world.



This information is intended for educational and entertainment purposes only and should not be considered as a recommendation or an endorsement of any particular medical or health treatment. We are trained herbalists not licensed or professional healthcare providers. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment. Please consult your medical care provider before using herbal medicine, particularly if you have a known medical condition or if you are pregnant or nursing. You are responsible for your own health. As with conventional medicine, herbal medicine is vast and complex, and must be used responsibly. People react differently to different remedies. Some herbs are contraindicated with certain pharmaceutical drugs.