About Herb Lady

Hey y’all! My name’s Debbie Tune and most folks call me Herb Lady.

I’m a wife and mother. I’ve been with the same man for 35 years. I have two children – a daughter, Michele who’ll be 34 this summer and a son, Matthew who’ll be 20 come spring.

Herb Lady in a hillbilly car!

(A hillbilly car I hopped in when I was visiting a festival.)

Why Herb Lady?

My passion for herbs was born out of necessity and partly to the fact that my grandma was a midwife and my momma told me I inherited it…

Some folks also call me Granny Clampett!

From childhood, I’ve loved and doctored animals and people alike.

I became a caretaker at the age of nine, when my momma fell ill with Rheumatoid Arthritis and lost use of her arm. Before I walked to school each morning, I dressed her.

When I grew up, I became a C.N.A. (Certified Nurse’s Aid)…

because taking care of people was what I did best. I never knew as I tended those people laying on their death beds that in the near future, I’d be laying and battling for my own life.

In 1987, I was hiking in the Ozarks (enjoying myself).

The fun soon came to an end, though, as I needed to return home; the weekend was over and the work week was about to start. I felt something on my head and asked my husband to take a look. Sure enough, it was a tick. That little sucker had bit my head! My husband got the tweezers and pulled it out and we flushed it – never giving it another thought. Following that, was excruciating headaches, fever and mind boggling pain which rendered me immobile. I hit the couch and couldn’t move. I ended up having to go to the doctor and he scolded us, warning us should we ever find another tick to keep it and preserve it in a jar of alcohol so it could be identified. Tests revealed I had contracted Tick Fever. It took round after round of antibiotics.

A couple of years later, my health plummeted again.

I went to the doctor, experiencing pain in my lower abdomen that would send me to my knees. After my gynecologist ran tests, the nurse called me and my husband back and asked (in a very gloom and doom manner) would I please take a seat. My heart had sunk past my ankles by this point. Not feeling well after a long ride there – and all of you know about the waiting room experience that’s a nightmare sickness in itself – I swallowed hard and held back the tears, bracing myself for that dreaded word: cancer.

The nurse asked me how old my daughter was. I replied, “Thirteen.”

She paused.

Then, smiling, she said I had infection and inflammation in my body and it had settled in my female organs and the doctor was prescribing medication to fight it. “Besides the infection,” she said, “you’re pregnant.”

“Baby? A baby!” I screamed, not realizing it was out loud. “I thought you were trying to tell me I had some cancer of some sort!”

That was a great day, though, finding out I would finally have a second child.

My son was born in 1989

I had been sick the entire pregnancy. My son was born sick and was on medicine as well.

When the baby was five-months-old, I fell ill again.

At this time, I was over 200 pounds (and only 5 feet tall)!

After 3 days of battling excessively high fever (105!), unable to get out of bed (which was not like me at all), my husband and momma demanded I go to the emergency room. After many specialists, numerous tests, and much prayer, I was diagnosed with Lime’s Disease. I stayed for days in the hospital and made up my mind then that it would be the last time.

Once a caretaker, always a caretaker…

My momma moved in with me. I was caring for her round the clock and we both took a virus. It got the best of me, so I gave in and went to the doctor. I haven’t been to the doctor since.

Tragedy strikes again – this time it’s my daughter.

My daughter, Michele, had to move back in with us after barely surviving domestic violence. Her entire life – credit, health, spirit and mind – was in shambles. Already caring for my mom 24/7, I begin to tend to Michele’s needs, too. Besides the back and neck injuries from the abuse she endured, she developed a host of health issues including Fibromyalgia. At one point, she was near 300 pounds, had to wear Depends, was on diabetic medication, and lost her ability to even hold a glass or write with a pen. She suffered for years and also went through numerous surgeries. I did her laundry and anything else you can imagine. Those were difficult times.

When it rains, it pours!

Mom in a hospital bed, a sick daughter, and the phone rings…

My long-haul trucker husband has just been in a semi-truck wreck. Another trucker – with a loaded box trailer – ran a red light at 70mph. Yes, we can live through nightmares!

Now, my husband needed therapy and one surgery after another as surgeons tried to put him back together like Humpty Dumpty. He ballooned to over 300 pounds due to medication and being bedridden.

We’ve had a long road.

It’s now been over 20 years since I’ve received medical treatment myself, with the exception of one visit to the doctor for antibiotics.

Through diet, nutrition, and herbs I have lost 100 pounds and successfully maintain a size 4, as well as manage my Lime’s Disease symptoms – without any prescription medication or medical treatment. For the last 20 years, I’ve read and studied all about herbs, natural remedies, learned from my elders and folklore. I’m everlearning, always absorbing anything I can.

Diet and nutrition affect our quality of life as well as our weight. Herbs, spices, vitamins, and minerals should always be an alternative choice – even alongside traditional medicine. We continue to try to improve physically, mentally, and spiritually.

My passion is to teach others. I have no professional training. The things I’ve learned and will be able to share with you have been through trial and error, used on my own family and friends for many years – as I’m self-taught.

Knowledge is power, but only if you share it.

Where are we now?

Fast forward to 2009. We are vegetarians. It’s been 9 years since my husband’s accident. He has lost 96 pounds. Yes, he is still on medication but even with his problems, we are thankful he is alive and that we still have a life and family.

Michele’s miracle…

My daughter was stubborn at first and wouldn’t listen, but when she finally did, I was able to help her lose over 100 pounds and improve her health drastically. Inspired by her improvement, she began studying for herself and began juice fasting extensively. Her bladder healed itself on day 21 of a 30-day juice fast. You can find out more at her health-related site: HealingwithJuices.com. Michele is now living her freelance writing dream.

My son is approaching 20; he doesn’t go to the doctor either. I homeschooled him for 12 years and he graduated an Honor Roll student. He is a vegan and studies alternative medicine himself. He has a desire to prevent the illness and disease he’s seen so much of.

And, as I turn 50, it is my desire to share with you (through this blog) information on herbs and natural remedies, diet, nutrition, recipes – holistic medicine for mind, body, and soul.

I’m a yardsaler, junker, and antiquer…

so when I’m not growing or teaching herbs, I’m diggin’ for treasures! In this picture, I bought too much to carry and looked around and noticed that rustic ole wheel barrow – so I bought it, too!

What a find: pots to grow herbs in!

What a find: pots to grow my herbs in!

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We’re looking forward to a prosperous and healthy new year. Be positive, be encouraged, and y’all come back to keep a check on Hillbilly Heaven Herbs to see what all we’re up to in 2009!

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4 Responses to “About Herb Lady”

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  2. You have come through a lot of adversity and emerged a winner, Deborah! Love the pictures.

    Hugs and blessings,


  3. Thanks for visiting, Renie!

    We miss you lots and maybe we’ll get to visit you come pretty weather. :-)

    As for this story, I only touched on a small amount of the things I’ve lived through–God has seen me through it all.

    I’ll be going back into my childhood and putting up more pictures soon, so stay tuned!

    Hugs and blessings to you too,

  4. […] And she’s still taking care of people. Some call her momma, others call her Herb Lady. […]

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