Plants are medicine, food is medicine...
Disclaimer: nothing on this website is presented as any sort of medical advice, and if you’re bleeding, in intense pain, or otherwise concerned about an undiagnosed set of symptoms, for cryin’ out loud, go to a doctor! The internet is a place to learn and interact, not to replace the help of a qualified professional. Same goes for herbalism. You can learn a lot of basic skills on your own, but to truly unveil the magic of plants, you’ll do well to find qualified experts to work with, who will help you make informed choices about your own healing and/or teaching journeys.
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All plants are medicinal!
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This is a pharmacy, an apothecary:
AND THIS IS ONE TOO:
All plants are medicine, all food is medicine. Your food is either healing you, or it’s making you sick. There is no neutral. That being said, some plants are more medicinal than others, especially when it comes to establishing your own herbal apothecary for home remedies, nourishing teas, and first aid. Here are my own “Top 10” medicinal plants I ALWAYS grow, no matter where I am living.
And, for now and future reference, here’s an excellent guide to common medicinal plants.
Harvesting and processing medicinal plants
Crystal Stevens is an herbalist, a teacherm a farmer and homesteading mama, author of Grow, Create, Inspire, and a member of the PWG faculty. She writes about a wide range of topics associated with using plants and food as medicine.
Here are some of the articles she’s published on our blog, about how to process your medicinal herb harvest:
As a PWG faculty member, Crystal mentors students in our Permaculture Certification program, which teaches the content in this course, with added emphasis on your personal design project AND dedicated 1:1 time with one of our expert teachers. Learn more about that course here. (It isn't free, but we have a sliding scale and do our best to work with people with lower incomes).
Every village needs a witch...
Sarah Wu, also on our faculty, runs the Village Witch Project, which offers teachings in deep ecology, herbalism, and permaculture, from a radically ecofeminist perspective.
VICE did a recent feature about Sarah and her projects, and in this podcast, she discusses her work with herbs, community, and the Envision festival she organizes at her permaculture center in Costa Rica.
By way of review...
So many of the classes in our yearlong #freepermaculture adventure have crossover with this topic! Here’s a quick reference list of links you can use to circle back around: