Awesome Tips On Where To Start Your Herbalist Journey!
Today I would love to share the article for someone who is interested in herbalism and want to become a herbalist but have no idea where to start.
I have found this great article which is about 5 ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR THE BUDDING HERBALIST by Nina Nelson. She comes from a long line of natural healers and her dad has been running an organic herb farm since she was 5 years old. In this article, she will share what she has learnt along the way.
5 ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR THE BUDDING HERBALIST
1. KNOW YOUR WHY
Why do you want to start using herbs? Is it so you can make a few remedies here and there or do you want to completely change up how you approach health? Of course, many people will fall somewhere in between.
It just helps to know why you’re doing this so you know what you’ll want to learn and where to start.
Depending on your why, you need to learn about how to use herbs. If you’re in it for a few simple remedies, a basic guide will give you the rundown on a handful of herbs, tell you how to prepare them and give some recipes.
If you’re looking for more in-depth knowledge, there are lots of books to check out and some great courses available that you can take from home at your own pace.
3. KEEP IT SIMPLE
Don’t go crazy buying every herb out there. It’s tempting, I know. Especially when you’re dad runs a wholesale herb company …
Instead, I recommend choosing a few herbs to get started with. Which ones? Well, if you have a resource you’re using, you’ll probably see a few herbs mentioned several times in recipes. Start with those.
Over the last few years, I’ve really simplified which herbs I use in my house. Here’s what’s in my medicine cabinet.
Start making the basics. Teas, infusions, poultices. These are all very easy ways to get your feet wet, so to speak. Once you’re comfortable with how to prepare herbs, start experimenting.
Maybe that recipe could use a little comfrey. Or perhaps adding calendula would make it even better. Or maybe you even come up with your own recipes (it’s super fun).
5. MAKE REMEDIES
Choose a few remedies to start with and get in the kitchen. I recommend starting with an infusion if you’re feeling a bit intimidated – they’re super easy. Simple balms are a great place to start, too.