About Me

Marie-Lies Van Asten

I was born and raised in Belgium and have lived in the US for the past 20 years. I am an herbalist, hydrosol artisan distiller, and flower essence practitioner as well as a mother of two extremely busy young boys. I love sharing my passion for plants with my community through plant walks, distillations, herbal intakes, and teaching.

I have studied with a variety of teachers including; Rosemary Gladstar, Lorna Mauney-Brodek, Patricia Kyritsi-Howell, Cathy Skipper, Leslie Williams, Brooke Sullivan among many others.

I was the manager of the Herbalista Atlanta Projects for 4 years. During that time I wore many hats; I coordinated the Plant Rambles, the monthly Health Fairs as well as the monthly Herb Cart clinic and HerbCare station pop-ups. I trained apprentices in the apothecary and was the lead clinician during our monthly Herb Cart clinics.

Teaching and sharing knowledge has always been one of my passions in life; this last few years I have taught medicine making and hydrosol distillation workshops in Atlanta as well as at different Primitive Skills Gatherings within the Southeast.

Herbs are an incredible addition to skincare products. I focus on using local plants that I forage around the city and in my backyard to be included in the face creams and hydrosols I make and distill. My most current interest has been to distill the plants in my surroundings and use the hydrosols to make a variety of medicine and skin care preparations.