In Defense Of "Good" Herbalism

The simple medicines are often the most powerful. Forget exotic herbs from foreign places whose names fall inelegantly from your mouth; instead venture just outside your door to greet the potent and prevalent wild medicines which have been waiting for you to notice them all along.

There are no miracle herbs and yet every herb holds it's a miracle all it's own. There are no herbs you should take everyday for the rest of your life and no herb that is one size fits all. There is no herb that will do anything the human body is not already capable of--at least not for long before burning out. There is just good plain common sense nourishment to be had in these wholesome plants and wild weeds. Yes, adaptogenic and so-called "tonic" herbs have their place but they are so widely misunderstood and when misused, as is so often the case, can cause further injury to an already depleted system. Herbs are not a substitute for eating nourishing foods, sleeping long hours, or exercising daily.

And so I urge you, go outside and pick some plantain, gather some chickweed, collect a few leaves of mullein, and for goodness sake eat a dandelion or two. As a community of plant people, let's honor the stronger and more rare herbs, reserving them for when they are truly needed; let's all try a little simple self care in place of the "tonics" that promise endless energy, youth, beauty, and so on. Without conclusion, I will share with you the urgings of my beloved teacher, Paul Bergner--Be a boring herbalist.

Sophia Rose

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Boring Herbalist

1 comment:

  1. I love this! There are so many beautiful herbs waiting to nourish and heal us right outside our front doors, if we're only willing to accept such simplicity. I can collect an entire basket full of wild goodies from my 3/4 acre property in the 'burbs!