One Quick Talk Was All I Needed To Get Serious About Growing This Rare Herb Again

While sitting in my favourite apothecary shop Mary Rose walked over and said

‘You grow herbs don’t you, why aren’t you growing this herb, we are finding it hard to source currently and the price is going through the roof.’ Why not indeed?

You grow herbs don’t you?

It was a herb I have grown and still had plants of at the farm. Taking stock of what she had just said I thought it over again.

I thought it over again.

Why wasn’t I growing more of this herb. Then it came back to me. The previous drought had ravaged the diversity and number of my herbs.

Maybe the drought had done me a service. Shocked me out of having 120 species which is impossible to manage.

Forced me to focus on a precious few.

So why not try again, who else do you know is doing this? Not many people. You could count them on the fingers of one hand.

Time for me to step up.

A quick audit of the plants to hand found more of this herb than I recollected. Good.

Do I have enough growing space? Yes. Inside three hours an additional four bath tubs had been weeded prepared and planted. It was that easy.

Like it had been waiting for me all this time.

The goal – 20 bathtubs planted like the solomons seal patch. That would allow me to continually harvest and propagate new plants.

Oh and the plant is …

Golden Seal – Hydrastis canadense

Got a Health Problem? Buy Something for it.

NEW School thinking

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.

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.