About Us

Wildroot Botanicals 

Wildroot Botanicals is located on five acres of forested and medicinally cultivated land in the traditional territories of the Coast Salish, including the Stillaguamish and Nuwhaha, approximately nine miles south of Bellingham, WA in the Chuckanut Mountains.

We are a school of herbal studies that features local and top-notch herbalists from across the USA and abroad.

We are makers of wildcrafted and carefully grown and harvested herbal medicines. Our medicines include hydrosols, essential oils, teas, syrups, lotions, tinctures, and more. The Re-wilding Project is our monthly offering of wildcrafted and locally grown medicines to connect people with the land and focuses on mental wellness and nourishment.

Wildroot Botanicals also provides birth doula services and herbal consultations for individuals who are interested in improving their health and well-being through herbal medicine.

We focus on bioregional herbalism, land stewardship and fostering a personal connection with the plants and the medicines made from them.

Leslie Lekos is the founder and director of Wildroot Botanicals. She has been teaching the immersion and clinical programs for the past 8 years. She has an active botanical business and is known in her region for distilling hydrosols and is sought nationally to teach at conferences and for consultations. Her medicines have reached folks locally and across the world. Leslie is a skilled medicine maker, who has over 200 handcrafted medicines in her apothecary to assist clients.

Leslie has been a birth doula since 2004, has taught prenatal yoga since 2009. She is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and a co-author of the book, Yoga for Pregnancy. She has integrated herbal medicine into her work with pregnancy and birth clients and for children’s health. Her clinical practice specializes in women’s health and mental wellness.

Leslie has studied extensively with respected herbalists from across the country including Dr. Aviva Romm, Rosalee de la Foret, 7Song, jim mcdonald, Rosemary Gladstar, Matthew Wood, Dr. Tiffany Freeman, Thomas Easley, Margi Flint, Sam Coffman, Michael Tierra, Cathy Skipper, Dr. Florian Birkmayer, Yarrow and Angela Willard, Michael Pilarski and more. She has a B.A. from Fairhaven College, WWU in Holistic Heath: Herbal Medicine and Somatics. Leslie believes that the plants themselves are the best teachers and strives to support her students to grow their own relationships with herbal plants and medicine.

Leslie grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has lived in the Bellingham area for 20 years. She is a mother of two sons, has a deep love for plants, the natural world & supporting people to align with their innate inner knowing and connection to health. She believes herbal medicine is the people’s medicine and that we all have a right to know how to care for ourselves and our communities.

Janet Michel  RN, Licensed Acupuncturist, Registered Herbalist AHG

Janet is a co-instructor in the Clinical Skills Program. She has spent over 30 years practicing clinical medicine in both western medical settings and private practice. Focusing mostly on Women’s Health, Janet has also worked with a wide variety of clients. Now retired from private practice, she enjoys teaching clinical skills to herbalists and continued learning about herbs, functional medicine and healthy aging.

Robin Crandall, Owner of Ebb & Flow Farm

Robin is a co-instructor of the Growing and Wildcrafting Class. What began for Robin as a passion for tending plants and being self-reliant has turned into a decade long farming career. In addition to years of farming experience, she completed the intern program at Cloud Mountain Farm Center and graduated from WWU Fairhaven College with a degree in Agriculture and Food Systems. After years of growing medicinal herbs in her home garden, she decided to start a medicinal herb farm in Skagit Valley. She is thrilled to be sharing her knowledge about plants, soil health, and growing practices.