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Before modern allopathic practices, people turned to their local herbalist when they needed health remedies and care. Historically, it was women who practiced herbalism on a day-to-day basis, taking care of the family and community by preparing potions for their ills. Herbals (books on herbalism), however, are almost all written by men because men compiled the remedies and wrote them down.

HERBALIST  (ûr′bə-lĭst, hûr′-)

(N.)The word 'herbalist' refers to one who grows, collects, and/or specializes in the use of herbs, especially those with therapeutic properties. Also, it can be defined as an author of an herbal (book    on herbalism).

Herbalists are: nature's students, botanists, gardeners, foragers, naturalists, scientists, environmentalists, activists, artists, teachers, crafters, writers, nourishers, helpers. Herbalists watch the plants grow. They identify plants they don't know. They commune with the earth through plants.

Today, with modern allopathic doctors and dispensaries, there are fewER herbalists. But as the need grows, more holistic practitioners are studying, learning and offering their services. We are remembering that plants have always been our allies, and we are rekindling our relationship with them.


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