Global warming, world pandemics, polluted water, air and food... It is no secret that we have pushed the earth and her gifts to the breaking point. It's a trying time and people are feeling very hopeless. Going Green means so much more than driving a hybrid car or adding solar panels to our roofs. With the constant threat of world pandemics like the swine flu brewing over us and the staggering number of people that have lost their health insurance and do not have a Plan B, it is more important then ever that we move back to natural earth medicines
It is time to stop looking at our differences and start looking at our sameness. We are all living in this world community of humans, animals and nature. The people on the earth are screaming in need just as the earth herself is screaming in need. Herbal healing may be this wonderful gift that can bring us all back together.
Wise women and men throughout time have cared for their families and their communities using the simple but powerful plants that Mother Nature put here for that purpose. Learning to use plants for healing is as ancient an art form as there is. More and more people are beginning to wake up and are returning to these sacred plant medicines to heal not only their bodies but their minds, spirits and emotions as well.
Learning to use whole herbs is truly empowering. For true healing to happen there are 3 factors that must be in place.
1. You must have a good and safe quality product
2. There must be enough of it and
3. It must be cost effective
Learning how to make your own herbal medicines not only answers all of these factors but it is easy and fun to learn. When you make a huge jar of say Echinacea tincture for you and your family, you feel a true sense of empowerment. Once you learn how to use herbs to heal yourself and your family you no longer feel like a victim. You will rarely need the services of a doctor and on those rare occasions you do choose to consult with a doctor, you will not do so not as a victim but be able to co-create your healing protocol WITH your doctor.
When you are making your own herbal medicines, you are also walking more gently on the earth. You will have become a creator not a consumer, and that is VERY GREEN. When we remember that our medicines come from the earth, we start taking better care of our Earth, which nurtures and heals us. And finally, knowing how to use herbs gives you a safe and effective alternative to pharmaceutical drugs with their myriad of side effects.
Keeping it green,
Kathleen Gould, Herbalist RH (AHG)
Kathleen Gould, Herbalist RH (AHG) has studied, taught and lived herbalism for 25 years. She is a professional member of the esteemed American Herbalist Guild and has studied herbalism throughout the U.S. with internationally known herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, Tieroana Lowdog MD, James Duke Ph.D., Michael Tierra, David Hoffman, Patch Adams, and Susun Weed. She is the former owner of both the Herb Corner and Learning Center and The Southeastern Center for Herbal Studies in Florida.
Kathleen is currently proprietor of the SW Herb Shop in Mesa, Arizona, where she conducts private herbal consultations and teaches an Herbal Certification Course on the selection of appropriate herbs to address conditions of the organ systems. The course includes preparation of appropriate teas, tincture, syrups and salves. She has lectured at holistic, alternative and health organizations, environmental groups, herbal symposiums including Calloway Gardens Herbs Days in Georgia and in Florida at Lew Garden's annual herbal conference.
Kathleen has been interviewed by Prevention Magazine/Rodale Press books, The Book of Healing Herbs – Secrets from 90 Top Herbal Healers by Sari Harrar & Sara Altshul.