Knowledge of medicinal plants was once a common thing. People knew how to grow them and make medicine from them. Plants have been used by different cultures throughout the world for thousands of years.
Our culture has shifted a lot in more recent generations and as a result most of us are now at a loss with how to support our bodies naturally through herbs. Herbalism has become a lost art sadly. Apothecaries and still rooms are no longer very common and the pharmaceutical companies now dominate. For the most part herbalism is not a skill being passed down for generations anymore but we do have the power to change that in our homes.
It is especially beneficial for mothers to know about folk medicine so they have natural remedies at their fingertips when their families need them. When I was a new mom to a very colicky baby who had multiple allergies I took a course in herbalism. It helped me feel empowered in how to treat him naturally after western medicine failed us. Ten years later and I am still learning and using herbs daily in our home.
There is a lot of information you can find off of Pinterest when searching herbalism but if you want to know what’s in my personal library you can click here for inspiration. Reading Rosemary Gladstar’s book, Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health was what propelled me into using herbs with confidence over a decade ago. If you want a simple place to begin learning then start there.
And if you want to take your studies a step further then I highly recommend checking out Herbal Academy. I took their family herbalist course and am now studying their advanced clinical herbalism course. You can even try a free course by clicking below.
When you’re ready to get your feet wet and start experimenting with herbal skincare and wellness formulations I recommend grabbing your supplies from my favorite online source, Mountain Rose Herbs. They’ve been my number one place to go online for bulk organic DIY supplies and herbal education for almost twenty years now. And if you want to leave formulating with herbs to the experts until you become more comfortable they’ve got you covered too.