Herbal farming and medicine internship

If I were footloose and fancy free – and fit enough for ten weeks in the fields – I might consider this.

Herb Pharm runs three of these programs every year.

In addition to hands on experience (aka serious work) in the fields and in the workshops and barns there’s classroom learning time too.

Topics covered include plant identification, ethical wildcrafting, traditional western herbal energetics, ayurvedic herbology, ethnobotany, plant communications, … Read more

Treat the person, not the disease

David Winston is the founder of Herbalist and Alchemist, an herbal medicine maker and education company he started in 1982.

He’s also a clinical herbalist with forty years of experience.

By interesting coincidence, I met David when his practice was new. He was already growing and making his own medicines way back then. How far things have come since then.

David on energetics and herbal medicine:

– Ken McCarthy… Read more

“Herbal Ed” Smith and Herb Pharm

In an interview at the 1999 International Herb Symposium, Ed Smith, the founder of Herb Pharm, talks about what drew him to studying and eventually growing and processing herbs for medicine in the US.

– Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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Herb Basics 101: Colds and Flus

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Note: This is for educational purposes only. Diagnosis and treatment, which should only be handled by a licensed professional, is not implied or intended.

Why is winter cold and flu season?

No one knows for sure, but we can guess at some of the reasons:

* Less sunshine and less exposure of the sun to the skin
* People spend more time indoors and away from fresh air and exercise… Read more

Herb Basics 101: Essential Oils vs Tinctures

Essential Oils vs Tinctures

Essential Oils vs Tinctures

The information that follows may seem very basic, but if you don’t know certain things and no one tells you – or if people tell you the wrong things – how are you going to know?

First, there is no battle between essential oils vs tinctures. They are simply very different things.

The truth about essential oils

Because there is currently so much misinformation and hype … Read more

Herb Basics 101: All herbs are not created equal

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All herbs are not created equal.

Herbs fall into three general categories:

1. Tonic
2. Medicinal
3. Poisonous

A tonic is something you can consume daily with no ill effects.

Nettle is a good example of a tonic. Oat straw is another. In common parlance, these are “super foods” (just a whole lot cheaper). Consuming them daily is like putting money in your health bank.

A medicinal herb is consumed … Read more

Herb Basics 101: How to make an infusion

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Herbals teas are a big business and that’s a good thing. Not everyone wants or needs to drink caffeine when they drink a hot beverage.

But here’s something not even 1 out of 100 people who drink herbal teas know…

The health effects of herbs don’t kick in until the healing properties have been extracted from the plant.

A commercial herbal tea bag steeped for a couple of minutes in … Read more

The GMO fraud

Although genetic engineering receives disproportionate attention, traditional crop breeders have been more successful at raising yields.

Although genetic engineering receives disproportionate attention, traditional crop breeders have been more successful at raising yields.

Monsanto has succeeded in subverting virtually every mainstream news outlet and academic plant science program in the US. Those it has not bought off, it has terrorized into silence.

Of the handful of legitimate scientists who have published research questioning the safety of GMOs more than one has had their careers ruined by pressures … Read more

Herb Sources

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This is a beginning list. We will add to it as we learn of new reliable sources.

Avena Botanicals

Green Terrestrial
(802) 375-8087

Herbalist and Alchemist

The Herb Wyfe

Jean’s Greens

Jeanne Rose’s Herbal Product

Mountain Rose Herbs

Simpler’s Botanicals

– Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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What is herbalism’s proper role?

Herbalism is not science “lite.”

It’s also not an alternative therapy.

It’s a sophisticated healing system unto itself that has played and continues to play an essential role in the care and survival of the human race.

This is a talk that David Hoffman gave to the American Herbalists Guild Symposium in Portland, Oregon on November 5th, 2005.

In it he addresses the subversion of herbalism by Big Business and … Read more