When I was a young woman I cleared out an old estate with my relatives. I will never forget that old house. And the strewn about belongings of the clearly extraordinary woman who had lived her life there. She was no longer walking this realm by the time I stepped through the front door of that house. But when I walked back out that same door for the final time I felt as though we had become friends.
Her home was well ‘lived in’. Perhaps, some would call it messy. But it wasn’t. Not to me. It was quite disheveled, that’s true. But in a way that made you feel as though the ‘mess’ had an intentional artistic flair to it.
There were herbs and materia medica notes everywhere. I was completely enchanted and never wanted to leave. If I could have stayed there sifting through all there was to explore forever, I would have.
I have often told this story in response to the question “Why did you become an herbalist?”. But as time has evolved and I have evolved with it, I realize there is much more to be said when answering that question now.
I have developed a deep relationship with my plants. I love them dearly. And, while I’m still enchanted by them, the connection I have to them now is much more than enchantment.
Perhaps I didn’t realize it back then, but it was not this light flirtatious moment with my beloved plants that made me want to learn more about them. Rather, it was the inner-sense I had at the time that I was on the brink of a profound journey with these amazing natural gifts from the great Mama Earth.
And still …
I didn’t run after them all godspeed or anything back then. It would be years before I began to explore and unravel their mysteries. And over that time I accrued many more reasons to choose to make them a part of my world.
I began uncovering the dark side of modern medicine and wanted some alternative health solutions for myself, and for my family and friends.
I started to understand that there are many people who still practice folkloric herbalism. And as I immersed myself in learning about this sub-culture, I once again experienced the enchantment I had felt in that old estate so many years ago.
I made herbs a part of my daily routine and absolutely adored the transition which occurred in my health and the energetics of my home because of that.
I saw first hand just how miraculous the results they provide can be. And stood in absolute awe of them.
As time passed, there came a point where I could never go back to life as it was before them. You know that place where you have become so intertwined with something that it is woven into the very fabric of your being.
That is the place I find myself in regarding the world of healing herbs.
I have no complaints. I feel privileged to call them friends ❤
If you work with herbs or aspire to, please reach out and introduce yourself in the comments. I’d love to meet you 😉 Also, feel welcome to reach out with any input or questions you may have about the mesmerizing world of herbs!
As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤