All my life I have been asked this question…

Pssst… how do you grow…?

Ever since I started horticulture there would be people sidling up to me and saying quietly…

Pssst… How do you grow Marijuana?…

I have always had a thing about this… & HATED it.

Very annoying being MR Straighty 180 when younger and dope was not my thing.

Mr. Straighty 180

Later on, when I studied Herbs … the SAME damn thing happened again.

Everyone would say ‘what about marijuana as a medicine?’ Nooooooooo!

Now just to get the story straight – As herbalists Medical Marihuana is way out of our reach legally. Its mainstream medicine now Doctors only prescription.

So you can see coming from that back ground… I had a BIG story about the Hydroponics shop at Fyshwick ACT.

You’re on the Police Watch List!

That it was a hangout for long haired denizens of the drug underworld and that just going there would put you on the POLICE watch list.👮‍♂️

Well, how wrong can I be.  I challenged myself to visit the shop. What did I find?

The most AMAZING RANGE of horticultural products I have seen in a long time. It was so good I visited twice and left with a shitake mushroom growing kit in one hand and a bag of premium potting mix in other.

Yes, there is some’ happy herb’ growing, also a lot of serious orchid growers, Bonsai growers and indoor plant and hydroponic growers, all plant enthusiasts who love the shop and were regular customers.

A lot of Serious Growers visit there

Here is the funny bit. Talking to one of the staff I fessed up about my ‘story’ about the shop. Darren said that they dealt with that same story all the time.  People assuming it was this illicit outpost of drug addled degenerates. Not at all.🤣

These people take their plant growing seriously. Very Seriously. 

SO serious they have actually form companies to make specialty potting mixes for this activity and a range of nutrients plus the whole Hydroponic scene. Not to mention the indoor growing set ups, lights, tents, climate control, Pots, fertilisers, nutrients on and on…

Its serious top end stuff.

Thank God for dope growers

I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SAY THAT!

I’m as keen to grow my medicinal herbs as they are to grow their Dope. We actually have something in common. How about that?

Got a health problem? Then buy something for it.

But is that the right thing to do ?

Disease X needs remedy Y Really?

The modern pharmaceutical convenience model dominates our healthcare thinking.

Oh, you have disease X then you need Y product to solve/fix it.  Buy it off the shelf and away you go.

You will see this in the statements – Hypericum for depression, ginkgo for flagging memory.

It’s based on reductionist thinking welded to modern consumerism. That’s NEW School thinking which I will explain that later.

Reductionist thinking – this is the idea that a field of study or even something more specific can be broken down into smaller parts that can then be used to describe the idea as a whole again.

In herbs it comes across as – ‘there are active ingredients in plants and if we extract them, they are the most effective part and that is what we will work with’.

Implicitly saying the rest of the intricate plant chemistry of the plant is just there to hold the show together until someone extracts the vital active ingredient.

The underlying message in the reductionist view point discounts millions of years of evolution in plants to create these complex chemical assemblages. An evolution process that we shared in.

“Got a problem? buy something for it – a strategy that at its core is corrupt since it places you as a consumer in search of a product. Very New School.”  Quote – Michael Moore 2003

Herbal Medicine Secrets is an Old School approach. We teach you how to know the plant, grow the plant, harvest, make medicine and use safely and responsibly.

It’s YOUR self-empowerment not reductionism or consumerism.

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Old School Thinking – Why Herbalists are conservative.

Herbalists, Homeopaths and Naturopaths see plant medicine as a whole picture – you want all of the plant in there and we look at the whole person.

Yes, we specifically choose select parts of the plants to make into medicine. This knowledge comes from a long conservative history of tradition and empirical use. For example, a plant with medicinal properties in its roots, you put all of the root in there.

Yes, we do often talk of key ingredients in these plants. However, it’s with the awareness that herbs have complex synergies of plant chemicals and the whole plant has an innate wisdom and regulating intelligence often beyond our understanding.

Plants as medicines are correctly used according to their specific characteristics – how they affect our bodies systems not to specific diseases, not as broad-spectrum cure all’s.

To use herbs properly… you usually have to learn to understand your body as well as the plant, that increases your personal stature and value to yourself.

This is true self help. Very Old School.

Quote – Michael Moore Herbalist 2003

Herbal Medicine Secrets is an Old School approach. We teach you how to ID the plant, grow the plant, harvest, make medicine and use safely and responsibly.

Come on over and have a look – It’s designed for YOUR self-empowerment.