Grow your plant knowledge! Have you ever looked down or up while you're out walking and wonder what that plant is? Have you ever wanted to know more about the herbs in your salad blend or in your bagged tea? Do you know what those plants in your favorite supplements are and why they are in it? Studying herbalism can be a useful resource to growing your awareness of the plants you share space with and consume.
Herbalism has been the traditional care system for millennia. Traces of plant medicines have been found in ancient tombs, vessels, and even skeletons! Cultural uses of plants have been passed down from generation to generation. In Europe herbal medicines were made accessible to the common folk by historical healers such as Hildegard von Bingam and Nicholas Culpepper. The Indigenous peoples of the Americas have kept plant knowledge alive throughout colonization. Seeds of sacred plants were brought to Turtle Island by enslaved people from Africa who cared for their own and collaborated with Indigenous peoples to learn the local flora. Asian cultures constructed complex healing systems of plant medicine that are still practiced and taught today. Past, present, future, herbalism is alive!
Knowing which plants have which properties is only one aspect of herbalism. Learning about and respecting those before us who passed down their herbal wisdom, and respecting their ways is necessary. Also knowing which plants can be beneficial or harmful, why some may be more suited to you than to me, where to find, identify, and harvest them respectfully, and how to best prepare them for efficacy, are all a part of learning the ways of plants.
Where do you want to take it from there? Home herbalist Caring for immediate family with herbs in the home
Neighborhood herbalist Offering herbs and assistance to neighbors
Community herbalist Providing services to the broad community
Culinary herbalist Utilizing beneficial herbs in the kitchen and meals
Clinical herbalist Providing in-depth wellness services to the greater population
My goal is to help you reach your goals. Cultivate your knowledge of plants and build a relationship with them in online class series, and one-on-one sessions. AND You can always find free herbal recipes, musings and information through my newsletter and blog.
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