First (I feel kinda bad about this, but it's the truth) instagram ate my blog. I'm not alone in this. It has eaten several. It's so ridiculously easy to stay connected over there, and I've turned into the worst blogger ever. Such a bad blogger that in this post I am sharing all instagram photos in this post of the last month's herbal on-goings. (you can fire me, I totally understand! or better yet, join me!)
Now to the fun part. The herbalist journey is in full swing my friends.
This weekend is my second apprenticeship month with Boston School of Herbal Studies. Last month we talked about digestion and herbs to balance/nourish it. We made some delicious teas and I came home to rummage through my herbal pantry to make my first bitters tonic loosely based on one we tasted in class by our teacher Madelon. (first photo up there)
I've been playing around with small batches of tea blends. Both to see how I feel drinking them and how they taste. Some combinations have been very yummy. Others, while having wonderful medicinal properties, were not as fun to drink. Easy on the dandelion leaves, lessoned learned.
I had the amazing opportunity to attend the International Herb Symposium a few weeks ago (opening ceremony in that beautiful church photo above & most photos above from my weekend there). I really had no idea what I was signing up for back in March, I only knew everyone was raving about it in the herbal community. Oh. My. Goodness. It was total magic. I met some very inspiring herbalists, even got my books signed by several (Rosemary Gladstar, Holly Bellebuono, Mindy Green, & David Winston!) I took several classes : aromatherapy, women's health, FDA regulations for small herbal businesses, palm reading, soap making, spirit & rituals of herbs, stress & herbs/aromatherapy, herbal formulas, free fire cider, and plant walks (phew!). This was the first herb event I have ever attended, and all I can tell you is : wow. I have never been received into a community with such kind, welcome, open arms. Herbalists have a family and they all love welcoming newcomers, they readily share they're wealth and knowledge. I walked around all weekend thinking, this is it, this is my tribe. I finally found them.
My heart feels like it has found a friend it has known for ages. Which of course, it has. As David Winston shared in his class on the spirituality of herbalism : Somewhere many generations ago there was a healer in my family, and in yours too, in everyones. And some bits of her DNA have been passed down and down just waiting for someone to find them again, waiting for someone to remember. Doesn't that just sound completely amazing? I can't even begin to tell you how this resonated with my soul.
It has been, and will continue to be, a lot of hard work. Learning the names of plants. Anatomy. Medicine making. Taking notes and having real homework for the first time in years. It feels a bit like magic, and the beginning of something right.
P.S. - super cool teapot "steeped" tshirt in that last photo can be found here. I bought two shirts AND a skirt from her at the Symposium - her prints are fabulous!! and she's having a sale right now!