Herbalism as Sacred Remembering

Have you heard the call? Do you walk through forests and hear whispers echoing through the rustles of wind-swept leaves? Does a dandelion sprouting up from the cracks in the sidewalk ignite a fire in your spirit?

Perhaps healing work fascinates you and you've always wanted to learn more. Or maybe you desire a closer relationship with the natural world so that you can heal yourself, your family, and your community. 

Regardless of where you are on your plant path – whether you're aspiration lies with being a practicing herbalist or you enjoy taking tinctures daily as a form of self care – I want to remind you that Herbalism is your birthright. It is the medicine of your grandmothers, ancestors, and ancient peoples throughout history.

People and plants have coevolved with one another since the beginning of time. Humans would, quite literally, not be here today without the healing power of medicinal herbs.

It's only recently that modern, allopathic medicine came to the forefront as humanity's primary method of healing. A this for that, symptom-focused, reductionistic approach to healing the body has become the mainstream. We have been led to believe that this is the only medicine worth trusting. Despite overmedication of symptoms without treating root causes...despite the problematic aspects of the pharmaceutical industry...despite misdiagnosis that results in further pain – we still cling to the idea the modern medicine is all we have. But this simply isn't true.

Our technological advances have led us away from the natural world and all of its medicine and told us to forget, for now we have a so-called better way. While science is amazing and fascinating and I'm a real geek for it (I actually wrote my college thesis on confirmation bias among doctors when diagnosing and wow I should share that with you some day), ignoring the vital intelligence of our bodies and how they have interacted with plants since the beginning of time is foolish. It is time to remember our ancient ways of healing.

As an Herbalist, I primarily work with herbs, yes. But as an herbalist trained in the Vitalist tradition, my skill set goes beyond giving someone just herbs for their symptoms. Vitalism offers us a much more in-depth, holistic framework of healing that helps us to understand the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physiologically roots of illness. This perspective allows us to see the wholeness of a person, their uniqueness, and to get a full picture of what's going on so that we can address the root cause of their health struggles.

True Holistic Herbalism goes beyond the use this herb for that symptom mindset. It sees the body not as a machine, but as a vital ecosystem – a reflection of nature. A garden that only needs the right kind of soil, sun, water, and air to operate in a healthy way.
— Sajah Popham

This quote really articulates what I'm trying to say here so beautifully. Sajah has been an incredible teacher and guide throughout this path of remembering that has led me to practice Herbalism.

Yes, I said remembering. When you connect with a plant, hold it in your hands, see it in the fields, and taste it on your lips you remember. You remember how your ancestors worked with this herb. How it healed them, how it led them on their paths, how it connected them to the ground beneath their feet. These memories are embedded in your bones.

If you are feeling called to this ancient remembering or if you would like to learn more about how to support your health with herbs, I invite you to check out the Vitalist Herbal Practitioner Program from my teachers, Sajah and Whitney Popham at The School of Evolutionary Herbalism. This program only opens up once a year and will be closing tomorrow February 12th at Midnight.  The Vitalist Herbal Practitioner Program is what helped me go from interested plant person to clinical herbalist. Without it I wouldn't be where I am today.

Here are some of the topics covered in the curriculum: 

- Herbal & nutritional therapies for common ailments 
- Holistic assessment tools, such as pulse & tongue diagnostics 
- Materia Medica through the organ systems 
- Clinical Patterns and Specific Indications
- Anatomy & physiology 
- Ayurvedic doshas & constitutional assessment 
- and so much more! 

There are a ton of extra bonuses too that are worth more than the program itself. Some of these include the Holistic Evaluation Blueprint, tons of Classical Herbal Texts, the Strategic Formulation Roadmap, Medical Astrology Case Studies, and how to turn your love for Herbalism into a career. Sajah and Whitney are also included a year-long all access pass to their Materia Medica Monthly program which introduces you to a plant each month. These monthly classes typically include 3-6 hours of video on one plant as well as a 25+ page workbook. 

I've seen a lot of herbal programs out there and this one ranks in my top choices for online herbal education. It's so thorough and in-depth it gives you the tools & skills you need to know your herbs inside and out so you can help the people in your community with the healing power of plant medicine. If this sounds like what you have been looking for, click here to learn more

Until next time,
Sarah