Herbs

Herbs

Herbalists usually use one of two approaches when employing plants in healing work. One comes from the Heroic Tradition in healing in which the plant medicines are used to counteract some symptom or expression of the bodymind.

This is like western medicine’s use of anti-biotics, anti-histamines, anti-acids, anti-inflammatories and so on. The other approach is to use plants to support the bodymind in its healing work and facilitate the expression of the bodymind’s innate wisdom. This is like using black cohosh to help the glandular system harmonize and work together during the changes of menopause or using nettles to provide mineral nutrition for bone health. I follow the second of these paths.

The bulk of my training in herbal medicine is with indigenous herbalists from the Ojibwe and Mohawk peoples. I avoid complex commercial formulas, preferring to work with one or two plant medicines at a time so I can clearly assess their action and effects on an individual. I prefer to use plant medicines I gather myself, or those gathered by my client for their own healing. I teach people how to gather medicines for their own use in a good way. The most powerful healing with plant medicine comes when the person seeking healing establishes a relationship with the plants they need. I work to facilitate that relationship building.