Lets all be herbalists.
I want to become a Herbalist. For the past few years I have been throwing around the idea of going back to study. Age, Money and childcare just keep putting me of. My interest in nature and the natural way continues to grow. The more you learn, the more I want to learn. So I have been looking at what introductions and courses there are available about herbs, herbalism and nature. I’ve struggled to find them, however last week I took myself off to Devon to learn and be introduced to the world of plants, herbs, flowers and Herbal medicine.
Helen Kearny (a qualified medical herbalist) and her family run and work on Elder farm. https://www.elderfarm.co.uk Helen and some fellow herbalist have put together a summer school. All levels welcome and at the end of the week you come away a home herbalist. Now anyone can be a herbalist. You just need to have the knowledge and experience of what nature has to offer.
For centuries man has looked to nature to prevent, mend, heal and balance our health. Sadly as life gets busier we are losing the ability to help ourselves. Taking some time to rewind, reconnecting with the world around and just noticing whats on offer, I think is the key. The key to where ever you want to go.
What is a medical herbalist? A doctor that treats their patients, from what nature has to offer – herbs, flowers, plants and not pharmaceutical drugs. The pass 100 years has seen an increase in cancer, Alzheimers, Autism and Mental illness. Now im not against pharmaceuticals completely but the unnecessary over use of pharmaceuticals and lack of plant based diet is causing havoc on our bodies. We only have ourselves to blame. 80% of the worlds population use plants as there first form of medicine and its the 20% that don’t, where you will find the increase in issues.
And then theres the politics behind it. Nature doesn’t make money, it’s freely available for us all to use. What we are lacking, is the knowledge and know how to use whats on offer. I was a little irritated that I had to do this course as it is information that we should all know. I highly recommend it. Why should I be paying to learn what should be second nature to us? Information and knowhow that should be passed down from generation to generation. For example Elderberry’s appear around September time, the start of autumn. Nature is telling us what we need when we need it. Elderberry’s are a good source of Vitamin A, B6, C, Iron and potassium. They are there ready to help boost our immune systems through the long winter months. So making an elderberry syrup you are using natures medicine to fight of any cold and flu.
The active chemical components found in Pharmaceutical drugs, have been inspired and come form plants. Salicylic acid the active ingredient in aspirin, naturally occurs in a common edible herb called Meadow sweet (INCI: Filipendula ulmaria) The Salicylic acid helps pain relief and calms inflammation. You can use the herb to make a tea to drink. Nature doesn’t come with all the side effects that pharmaceutical drugs do, I know which I would prefer.
Now I am not saying clear out the medicine cupboard and delete the doctors number. I just want to become more acquainted with nature and how we can work together. Hows about we just learn from past generations and keep the knowledge alive. Pick a couple of medicinal herbs, weeds or plants and get to know them, how they grow and how we can use them to mend common alinments.
So in the meantime while I decide if becoming a medical herbalist is my next path. I certainly have become a herbalist. I have started to grow Calendula flower, (Calendula officinalis) Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) and Yarrow plant. (Achillea millefolium)I am going to incorporate then into our diet, use in teas, infuse in oils and make tinctures. I want to make skincare from seed to bottle, and turn our first aid kit from pharmaceuticals to the garden.