What is a "Community Herbalist"? I have become such a person. My heart, soul and knowledge combined assures me. How do I know? I haven't known, though I have been one of these people for quite some time. Was there a degree that had told me that I am one of these people? Was there a graduation ceramony? Were there people that presented a certificate or license? No.
These days not many children have the opportunity to spend endless hours in the forest, woods and fields that surround them, as past generations. But, I was one of these children. My knowing began when I was perhaps 5. I grew up amongst 200 acres of hardwood and pine forests, swamps, rocky hillsides, lowly hidden ponds, open meadows and streams. I spent hours there. I explored. I wandered. As I grew up, I wrote my poetry there. I questioned life there. I loved only these places. To the rest of the world I was odd. To me, it was a part of my heart and my soul and my very being. It meant everything to me and I mean eveything. "Everything" meant, my passion, my life's breath, my joy, my source of meaning and my place of peace. I would run to my "sanctuary" for solace, for comfort, for acceptance and for a place to renew and replenish what the world seemed to steal and rob from my core and essence. Through all these times, the woods and the plants "spoke" to me. Through these time, I learned about the goodness of our earth, our plants and what is here for us, for comfort, for renewal and for healing.
This was only the beginning.
There is so much that our planet has provided to sustain us. So, you know what? All that we need is already here. Trust me. All that we need to experience, is all ready here. All that can keep us healthy, is here. It's here. Of course, we need our sophisticated medicines for advanced disease. I am grateful for all that has been accomplished with battling cancer. What we need to know that the herbs provide a compliment and balance to our modern medical/technical approach to health and healing. There is a time and place for herbal care.
Do you want to get to know the plants. How do you? First, take a deep breath. Take many deep breaths, outdoors in the fresh air. Then, find time to take a long walk. But, not just one. Take many long walks. Many. So many. So many, along the same path that you begin to recognize the plants that you see and the trees that you pass. Take so many walks that you begin to notice how the scene that you see, changes. And, Smell. Smell the rotting leaves in autumn. Smell the spring thaw. Smell the summer sun. Go beyond touching. Delve. Get your hands muddy. Fill your fingernails with dirt. Get your feet wet and your jeans covered with mud. Let wind fill your lungs and muss your hair. Take more time doing this than expected. Learn about the plants that are growing around you. Get to know them. Take a book along and flip through the pages there in the field. Once you can grasp a name then perhaps a webpage can give you more images. But, the real thing is the best image!
This is how to begin to get to know. Take time to get to know the plants that can heal you.
Study what you have found. Trust what you have learned.
So here I am. A community herbalist is someone who has a passion for the plants and what the herbs may offer for our well-being. A community herbalist desires to share these knowings with others. I desire to show you the plants and share my experiences so that you may also know. I desire to teach you the way of the herbs that may heal so that you may heal yourself. They are here for all of us. Our healing can begin, and our path toward well-being can take its first steps with just getting to know one herb. Where is this very special herb? It is in our backyards! It is in our abandoned field! We do not have to look far.
Then, again, some of our most healing herbs are in the grocery store. (Provided that you buy organically grown foods.) Start with garlic. Use lots of it. Use plenty of onions. Add fresh grated ginger. Add mushrooms. Enjoy the spices such as Cinnamon, tumeric, cumin and cloves. There is so much the good earth has given us. If we appreciated her as much, as we should, we would be more passionate about saving her, I believe.
A Community Herbalist, is your healer. It is a person that can offer assistance in your health and well-being through offering herbs, education and resources.
I have herbs to heal and resources for you to find the best way to improve your health and sense of well-being. It's not about a co-pay because "health insurance" doesn't know anything about how to offer assurance, when it comes to really taking care of yourself!
Here's some fundemental questions: What does healthy mean? When have you ever felt totally and completely healthy?? What do you think you need to give yourself perfect health?
(Has your doctor every asked you those questions?)
How would you answer these questions?
Do you have questions?
Do you have a community herbalist?
If you do, ask your community herbalist!
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