Welcome to Blum and Bru Broths! BLUM AND BRU BROTHS gathers and blends high quality tonic herbal combinations in accordance with long standing Chinese traditional recipes. Food can be a preventative and therapeutic remedy; when combined with certain herbs, our food can be transformed into potent healing brews.
As seasons change and through diverse life transitions, try all of our soup stock varieties to support your physical and emotional well being. Simply combine the herbs in this packet with stock bones and vegetables, simmer slowly, and strain for a nutritive broth to fortify your favorite soup recipe.
Megan Blumenstein is the owner of Blum and Bru Broths. Megan has been immersed in the herbal world for the past 10 years. With a B.A. in Agroecology from Prescott College, she has worked closely with plants, has spent significant time immersed in nature, observed ecological systems and in time discovered her connection to healing plants and herbal medicine traditions. She has studied with various teachers from different herbal backgrounds including, western herbalism, plant spirit medicine, Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her herbal education has included study at the Gaia School of Healing and Earth Education, The Evergreen School of Integrative Herbology, and has had many amazing mentors and teachers including Kathy Keville, Candis Cantin, Anna Werderitsch L.Ac. Megan enjoys cooking nourishing meals for her family and community, caring for her two sons, gardening, wildcrafting plants, spending time in nature, exploring the history of the world, helping people herbally, and blending together healing herbs at Blum and Bru Broths!
Elissa Wolf Blank is co-owner of Blum and Bru Broths. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia with a BFA in Craft/Material Studies. After graduating college she lived in Brooklyn, New York for almost two years before craving a more solid connection to nature. She relocated to the beautiful shores of Lake Tahoe where she lived and worked as a manager and buyer for New Moon Natural Foods market in Tahoe City. During her time in Tahoe she became a Doula, and took an Herbal Apprenticeship under the Herbalist Donna D’Terra. She now resides in the Sierra Foothills just outside of Nevada City, California where she is continuing her education and deepening her relationship with herbs by helping at the lovely herb shop Haalo and Blum and Bru Broths. She is also completing her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. She loves to cook, sew, spend time with her partner and dogs and to be surrounded by friends.
Kristin Brudevold is the co-founder of Blum and Bru Broths. She received her B.A. Religious Studies focusing on Tibetan Buddhism from Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado. Upon graduating from university, she departed for Asia to further her studies of Buddhism and get lost in the mountains. She lived there for 8 years before returning to California in 2012 to pursue her studies in herbal medicine, where she continues to apprentice under a master herbalist in the foothills of the Sierra mountains. She has studied traditional herbal medical practices in the Himalayas, and has been practicing yoga and meditation for over a decade. Having studied diverse indigenous approaches to thriving in wild places, she teaches shelter building, fire making, basketry, hide tanning and sewing, and wilderness awareness skills to children and teens. Kristin enjoys mountaineering, swimming in freezing alpine lakes, writing, photography, leathercrafting, building boats, wildcrafting plants to make medicines, and geeking out on central Asian history. She has completed two 200-hour “Yoga Alliance” certified yoga teacher trainings in the Shivananda and Asthanga Yoga traditions.