Today, 17th April, is Thank an Herbalist Day. Based on my
extensive research brief internet search, it was started by The Herbal Academy of New England. I think it’s a great idea.
If it weren’t for those who have gone before, I wouldn’t have the knowledge I have. I’m not only talking about those who put their insight into print (although they’re important, too). However, the grandmothers and grandfathers who kept herbal medicine alive even after the invention of synthetic drugs starting in the mid-1800s; the grandsons and granddaughters who helped fuel the “rediscovery” of herbal medicine in the late 1900s; those who have kept traditional healing (by whatever name) alive throughout history, those people deserve our thanks.
My teachers are too numerous to list. Those who wrote books (from the 15th century through today); those who share their knowledge in formal classes, in lectures, on blogs, or talking over the fence…they have my profound gratitude.
The moms and dads today who are teaching their children the wonders of herbs through gardening, cooking, and healing infusions – they deserve thanks, too.
So, from me to everyone who uses herbs to heal
Hope you had a lovely Herbalist Day!
Thanks, I did!
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