I love talking about self care as a way of life, however not many people think about the impact over the counter drugs is having on their bodily systems. Have you ever read the possible side effects on the back of some of those labels, Scary! Did you know herbal plant medicine is a form of self care and when used effectively it can support many of our common health concerns. Every day Dr. Oz boasts of a different herb that can assists with concerns from nervousness to itchy skin. I do not know about you, but I am not willing to put myself and my family at risk on a daily basis by using over the counter drugs, if I can use plant herbal medicine for my common health challenges.
Americans spend about $34 billion annually on alternative medicine, according to the first national estimate of such out-of-pocket spending in more than a decade. (more on this report) This includes chiropractic, acupuncture and herbs. There is a difference between herbal supplementation and herbal plant medicine. Herbal Plant Medicine refers to the living or dried plant material that can be used as remedies. A Grocery Store Herbalist is any person who begins to learn the medicinal properties of the herbs and spices sold in their local food market. From the produce section to the spice aisle, there are natural medicines everywhere if you know what you are looking for.
There are a few basic steps to honing your Grocery Store Herbalist skills.
- Get a good book. You can really can not skip this step. Lots of the information you find online about herbs are riddled with advertisements and false claims. Do not get me wrong there are some really great sites that are information focused, livestrong.com is one of my favorites. Rosemary Gladstar is a great herbalist author with quality information.
- Learn about one herb in the produce section. We all like to move fast but when it comes to learning about herbs it really pays to take it slow. Pick one herb from the produce section and read about this herb in your book. Find out 5 things this herb is good for and how to use it in our cooking before moving on to another one.
- Keep a record. We love to keep our food recipes on notes cards so this is the same concept. As you learn about each herb write down the information. As you experiment, create recipes and try different things keep a record. Write down how much of the plant you used and if it worked for your concern.
On March 22, 2015 I having a build you own medicine kit herbal workshop. We will learn about common herbs and spices, and how to use them for common ailments. I will demonstrate numerous ways to create natural remedies and answer all your questions of how to use herbal plant medicine safely and effectively for you and your family. I have been a practicing community herbalist for nearly 20 years and helping others care for themselves by using easy to find herbs and spices is a gift I love sharing. I look forward to supporting you on this leg of your holistic living journey.