At Nectar, we have been blessed with the most warm, delightful customers imaginable—and Nate Peltier is one of them. Nate is a charming, grounded artist and musician with a background in environmental geology and a deep love for community. Everyone who works at Nectar has felt an almost immediate kinship with him. From environmental design, to ceramics, to cooking and tea, Nate always has an interesting experience or insight to share. Here’s your chance to learn a little more about what makes this unique individual so special. You can also find his wonderful illustrations on social media under the handle @blockhead_art.

Would you share a little bit about yourself, your background, where you’re from, etc.?

Well! My name is Nate Peltier, I am 24 years old and I was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It’s hard to say where I’m from because I feel that every place I have lived has influenced me so much that no longer do I strictly identify with one geographic location. When I turned 18, I moved up to Ashland, Wisconsin (right on the South Shore of Lake Superior) to study Environmental Geology at Northland College. I fell in love with the area by the tail end of my schooling (better late than never, I suppose), but ultimately decided I needed to situate myself somewhere that had longer periods of sunshine! So after I finished my degree, I moved to Prescott to pursue a new life in the sun. I’ve been here for almost two years now and it feels better and better each day. I am really into all kinds of creation such as drawing, painting, printmaking, jewelry crafting, tattoo, and music. I have been playing guitar for 13 years and it plays a large role in my life! I always enjoy hiking, running, backpacking, rock climbing, biking and really anything that can prolong my stay in the outdoors.

How have natural remedies such as herbs and essential oils made a difference in your life?

When I first started working with herbs, one of the biggest things I noticed was that simply the routine of seeking out different herbs (with certain intentions) and taking time to prepare them, whether in a tea, decoction or tincture, was enough to make me feel as if my quality of life was improving. It was perhaps the first benefit I received - and it was because I was trying to find ways to optimize my health and work with my body in an unfamiliar (but yet oh so familiar) way. Other than that, I feel as if the herbs I rely on a weekly or daily basis have made a difference in my life by boosting my immune system, upping my average mental clarity, regulating my energy levels and helping cope with the stress of a busy life.As far as essential oils go, I I haven’t taken the time to learn about aromatherapy and the likes, but I have been experimenting with essential oils regardless for about 5 years now! Longer than herbs. Most likely because they have greater curb appeal than, say, a bag of Mugwort. All the different smells and experiences are so stimulating and it is a fun outlet for fine-tuning one’s intuition - the intuition of what experience your body may want work with in a certain moment.

How do you fit herbs and essential oils into your daily routine?

I work with a handful of herbal tinctures on the daily, all for different reasons. And for the most part, I really don’t know what I’m doing by taking these certain tinctures, but that is more than half the reason why I work with tinctures on a regular basis - in hopes to gain first-hand experience with a specific plant’s wisdom. On top of this, I will make herbal teas (mostly at night) because they are very soothing to me! Also, I will add herbs to just about every cup of tea I make throughout the day. Rose and lavender being my favorites! As for essential oils, I have a diffuser at home that I run consistently nowadays. I have really been digging on geranium, vetiver and pine oils lately!

What else do you do to take care of yourself and the people around you?

I try to make good wholesome meals that are worth sharing as frequently as possible! I try to play music and explore new outlets of creativity as much as I can. I try to move my body in different ways, some being purely for exercise and to get out in the woods. I try to keep things interesting, laugh a lot, break routines and surprise myself. Really though, I just try to listen to my heart to find a balance within myself and in my external life experience because I believe that no matter what you do to take care of yourself, it could all be for not if you aren’t listening to your inner voice and finding ways to follow your feet.

Why do you like to shop at Nectar?

I like to shop at Nectar  because I love the people who work there! I swear I’m not brown-nosing. I genuinely appreciate the atmosphere that has been crafted by these fine individuals who care so much about creating a space focused on health and harmony. As individuals, each and every one of them has a lot to share with the world - including a LOT of herbal wisdom between the group (that they are more than willing to share to great extents). It truly feels like a safe space located right in the heart of downtown Prescott. It goes without saying, but their herbs and teas are of supreme quality and come at a good price - so really there is nothing to lose, and only stuff to gain by shopping locally at Nectar.

What is your favorite herb, essential oil or tea, what do you like about it and why do you use it?

If I have to choose just one, I would say that my favorite herb historically has been Eleuthero, also known as Siberian Ginseng. It is the first adaptogen I started experimenting with, and also perhaps the herb that has stuck with me the longest, and most consistently. At first, what I really liked about it was that it gave me a good 30-minute forced break in all of my days. It became a routine to decoct Eleuthero in the morning, and drink it throughout the day. What I noticed at first was that my insomnia dissipated into thin air. I was having so much trouble falling asleep for YEARS and years - to the point where I had accepted my general lack of sleep as part of my reality. To this day, I use Eleuthero less frequently and at lower doses, but my sleep cycle remains unimpeded by insomnia. These days I like to use it more for the stimulating effects it can have, thinking that maybe it gives me a cutting edge while rock-climbing or performing physically demanding activities.

If you were a medicinal plant, what plant would you be and why?

I think I would be Creosote, partly because it is so versatile and useful but MOSTLY because then I would make so many other creatures smile when it rains. That would be such a sweet thing. And not to mention, I would probably be more self-indulgent due to the fact that I would enjoy my own smell.

What else would you like to share?

I am grateful to be a part of the community of Prescott! I am grateful for places like Nectar for caring more about connection and their role in the community than making a sale - and I am happy to have this chance to express my gratitude for these people, on showcase to all who care to look! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! And many hopes that this place we all call home for the time being can continue to refine its’ ways - finding better paths to stimulate the economy and whatnot by creating relationships and sharing knowledge just for the sake of sharing knowledge!

We are grateful for you too Nate. Thanks so much for all the kind words and for participating in our Customer Spotlight. We are so fortunate to have you as a part of our community. Hopefully the rest of you will have the opportunity to meet Nate out on the trails or creating art around town. Thank you again, and cheers to you Nate!

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