Let's talk about transformative justice. This may not seem like it has anything to do with herbalism, but bare with me a minute, and I'll educate you on how it does.
Transformative justice. You may have heard of this or its cousin term 'restorative justice'. These two terms have similar yet differing meanings. Restorative justice is the practice of responding to a crime or misdoing and holding the responsible party, well, responsible. While the goal of restorative justice is for all parties to share their experience of what happened, to discuss who was harmed by the crime and how, and to create a consensus for what the offender can do to repair the harm from the offense(1), transformative justice is a series of practices and philosophies designed to create change in social systems. There are several types of transformational justice: as an alternative to criminal justice; policy and practice responses to socioeconomic issues in societies transitioning away from conflict or repression; and climate change action(2).
White pine can taste astringent. Have you tried it? What did the word ‘astringent’ make you feel? Did your lips start to pucker and tongue dry up just hearing the word? Then you are aware of plant energetics.
What else do I have in this decoction that I have wild-thinged into this new calendar year? I say ‘wild-thinged’ and you pictured me plunging my fists into herb jars and thrusting plants wildly into a bowl. Memories of childhood fiction?
Sarah is a community herbalist, raising children, teaching children and adults the ways of herbalism and nature, and handcrafting herbal products for the community.