I highly recommend “formal” herbal education.
Herbal Resources on FarmHomestead
Every time I have to look something up, I write it down. That helps me remember it. But sometimes I am in a hurry and I need to focus on what I am reading, not the etymology of a word. I’ll bet you do to, so created the herbal glossary page to help you navigate the terms you are sure to hear often… and not so often. 😉 Those are the hardest to remember! I have tried to link many words throughout the site to the glossary. I hope you find this helpful.
A list of herbalists whose sites we refer to over and again.
- jim mcdonald
~ offering michigan herb classes, workshops, weed walks, and other opportunities to infuse one’s self in the medicine of plants~
- Henriette’s Herbal
One of the oldest and largest herbal information sites on the web.
- Margaret Grieve
“A Modern Herbal” online
- Matthew Wood’s Sunnyfield Herb Farm
A practicing herbalist since 1982, Matthew has helped tens of thousands of clients over the years, with many difficult health problems. He is also an Associate Academy Educator at The Herbal Academy
- Michael Moore’s Southwest School of Botanical Medicine
Would you like to grow your own herbs?
That’s a very good question. Many believe they should, many do not.
Rosemary Gladstar does not think so, and we agree. This is a quote from the article in Mother Earth News…
Gladstar believes the intentions of the guild are good but questions the paradigm they are adopting for certification. “They are emulating the model used by most of our modern world, and I don’t see that it’s worked very well,” Gladstar notes. “It’s a model that hasn’t benefited the healing community or the
people choosing healers. No matter what the intentions of the guild are, once the AHG standards are in place, it will force people to either join the ranks or become renegades.”
As one of the pioneers of the U.S. herbal renaissance that took place in the 1960s, Gladstar was instrumental in bringing herbalists together for gatherings at Oregon’s Breitenbush Hot Springs, where the seeds of the idea for forming a guild of herbalists were first planted. Yet she has resisted becoming a member.
“I never joined AHG, although many of the people involved are among my closest friends,” she says. “My not joining is my way of making a statement that it’s not necessary to join an organization to practice as an herbalist. You can do this work and be effective without being sanctioned by an organization.”
Formal Herbal Education
What can herbal schools offer?
There are a number of profound herbalists who are self taught, and we praise those who take this route. However, the amount of resources available online and in libraries can be overwhelming to say the least! Studying herbalism with a school can provide a safe and guided learning environment to master your herbal skills. Herbalism schools also offer an opportunity to ask questions of educators and the chance to build community with fellow classmates.
“An ounce of practice is generally worth more than a ton of theory”
– EF Schumacher