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Herbalism consists of working in tandem with plants in order to apply their therapeutic and spiritual properties to our lives. The plant beings have been on this planet for a very very long time. And as humans evolved, we developed a symbiotic relationship out of love, respect and our need to survive. Our wellbeing depended upon and continues to depend upon our deep connection to the plants around us. As one of our great contemporary herbalists, Matthew Wood says, " The herbs live in and adapt to environmental stresses and niches which correspond to our own problems. The triumph of their life force over the adversities of Nature are etched into their genetic makeup, and these correspond with our own challenges.
Thus, the herbs become our medicines."
Whether we are working with plants to balance our physical wellbeing or going on a shamanic plant journey to balance our energetic and spiritual wellbeing, they are powerful allies.
Many of us are looking toward more holistic ways of taking care of ourselves. Herbalism helps the body to remember what it normally does all by itself, unlike western medication which forces the body to do what it wants and can end up with detrimental long term side effects. I feel that the body's inherent wisdom should be supported at every turn. When I worked in herbal apothecaries, people came in every day looking for holistic help with basic maladies like the common cold, stress, digestion, headaches, menopause etc. This is why I started my practice...to be able to offer holistic opitons for all of the above and much more. Our food is our medicine and this is where the foundational power of plants lies,
in our gardens and our kitches on a day to day basis.