Nicole Apelian is a scientist, mother, educator, researcher, expeditionary leader, safari guide, herbalist and traditional skills instructor. A leader in the field of transformative nature education, Nicole is excited to share her knowledge and expertise of nature connection, wild plants, indigenous knowledge, natural wellness and survival skills with the world.
Growing up in Massachusetts, Nicole’s connection with nature started at an early age. Her stepfather was an enormous influence, offering constant support as she explored her surrounding environment and mentoring her through outdoor activities such as foraging for wild plants, hunting and fishing.
Early Life - Into the Wild
Nicole’s first exposure to true wilderness living began years later while working as a field biologist in Botswana. Following a job as a game warden with the US Peace Corps, she began tracking and researching lions in southern Africa. Nicole immediately fell in love with the African landscapes and the San Bushmen’s way of life. The San Bushmen are still living the hunter-gatherer life of their forefathers and have kept a very close connection to their ancestral roots and the nature around them. Later, while working with the San Bushmen, Nicole completed her doctorate, focused in Cultural Anthropology within the field of Sustainability Education. Years of visiting the San Bushmen and developing strong relationships within the tribe allowed Nicole to learn many of the primitive skills and remedies she uses and teaches others today.
A passionate educator for many years, Nicole has worked as an adjunct professor at Prescott College, an adult educator for the Audubon Society of Portland, and as an instructor at various schools, universities and leading conservation education programs.
Nicole was also a challenger on the second season of History Channel’s TV series “Alone”. She thrived in the wilderness on her own for 57 days with little more than her knife and her wits! Learn about Nicole’s experience on the show here.
A Shift to Wellness
An unexpected diagnosis of MS in 2000 led Nicole to apply her research skills towards her own personal recovery. When nothing she was told to try worked Nicole developed a healthy living strategy, focusing on holistic wellness practices. Through simple changes in her lifestyle and eating habits and taking her own natural remedies, Nicole was able to restore her lost vitality and move on to become a founder and primary guide for her own tracking and wildlife safari company, Eco Tours International.
Nicole continues her work with the San Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert to help them find strategies to preserve their traditions and is currently cataloging thousands of indigenous plant uses with a community of Naro Bushmen who regard her as family.
At her home in the Pacific Northwest, Nicole makes her own herbal tinctures, ointments, decoctions, poultices, etc. from local plants committed to help others find the perfect natural remedy for them.
When she is not off teaching survival skills camps, travelling or working hard to hone her remedies Nicole likes to spend time with her two sons surrounded by a tightly knit community.
Nicole holds regular foraging and survival workshops in the wilderness where she coaches people who want to be more self sufficient using plants for food and remedies.
Her survival plant expertise was used in various movies and TV shows. Among them, 'Leave No Trace'. In it, a father (Ben Foster) and his daughter (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie) create a hidden home in the middle of Portland's Forest Park. Knowing how to forage, how to raise food and gather water, and how to detect outsiders were the basic skills Nicole taught the father and daughter to survive in the wild.
Nicole quickly realized that while her workshops are helping some people, she can’t possibly spread her plant knowledge to all those who really need it.
Very few people nowadays still have the knowledge of herbal remedies and plants, so before this became a lost art, Nicole wanted to do something about it.
This is why she decided to preserve these skills and pass her expertise on to future generations. And this is how she developed these best-seller products, where she poured over 20 years of firsthand experience in natural remedies, foraging, wild foods, and growing her medicine with her own hands.
The Forager’s Guide to Wild Foods
This is a complete guide you can use to identify the abundance of wild foods that grow everywhere around you.
The book is filled with full-page color pictures so you can be 100% sure you’ve made the correct identification. It also has easy-to-read maps, edible and medicinal uses, poisonous lookalikes, and simple recipes.
During times of need, edible plants saved many Americans from starvation, and they can do the same for you - with only one condition: you need to know what they are.
In this book, you’ll find 800+ plants and remedies, together with recipes for tinctures, teas, decoctions, essential oils, syrups, salves, poultices, infusions, and many others that our forefathers used successfully for centuries.
What’s special about this book is that it has up to 4 high-definition, color pictures of each plant so you’ll never be in doubt when you’re looking for the best one to prepare your remedy.
In this Medicinal Garden Kit, you’ll find 10 packages with each type of seed, along with details on how to plant, grow, and harvest them.
This kit is a must-have for anyone who wants to take their health into their own hands. You’ll be able to pick any of these herbs and turn them into the remedy you need.
You’ll also receive a FREE Medicinal Guide that shows you how to turn these 10 plants into tinctures, ointments, salves, poultices, decoctions, infusions, and essential oils - all in minute detail so you can follow our guide even if you’ve never made an herbal medicine in your life.
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