Herbal medicine is the medicine of the home. It is used most effectively for the myriad non-emergency health problems that arise in everyday life:
But more important than “curing” illnesses, plants play a great role in preventing them. Rich in nutrients, herbs are the supreme preventing medicine, bolstering our body’s ability to fight off pathogens that cause illness.
- simple first-aid situations
- the bumps and bruises of life
- colds and fevers and flu
- aches and pains
- chronic illnesses
Rosemary Gladstar nailed it square on. As a mom, I am always tending a cut, a bruise or blister, a fever, an upset stomach, headache...you name it. There are children here, as well as livestock. I am not a 'technically' a veterinarian, nor am I a papered medical physician. I am a MOM, and that means I am always expanding my 'medical knowledge base' to best tend to the medical needs of my family and my homestead. It's very poor judgement ot run off to a doctor for every little bit of upset and issue that arises. First off, the expense, even with insurance, is ridiculous. Secondly, it's a sad fact that antibiotics are extremely over-used in this country, for everything from a runny nose to a stuffy head to a backache.
As a society, we have effectively created our own doom by not using common sense (and even commonly used, proven methods of treatments of countless generations before us). We have an upset stomach, we run to the doctor. We have headache, we grab Tylenol. We have a minor cut, we run to the ER. Of course these ailments need to be addressed, and sometimes they need the more skilled hands of medical facility and perhaps even prescription medicines. But we have sealed our fate by running to a doctor for everything under the sun and getting antibiotics prescribed "as a precaution" to be on the safe side.
That "safe side" is killing us in the form of "superbugs" that are resistant to those too-commonly prescribed medicines. What was once easily treated, is now mutated and out of control from our over-use of antibiotics.
No, I am not telling you to forget your doctor and treat yourself. Nor am I suggesting you grab a book and start learning a few self-medicating tips and techniques. I am not a doctor, I have no licensed medical knowledge, I do not diagnose or treat anything outside my own personal family
But, soapbox chatter aside, m.y post is about Back to School...for Mom. I am taking my herbal information to another level and getting a better, more thorough understanding of alternative medicines and treatment methods for myself and my family.
For a (very long) time now I've been one to grab something other than regular OTCs for my family. We have long been an alternative medicine family here. From the basics of herbal teas to using essential oils now, I am always reading on ways to rid ourselves of that WalMart pharmacy aisle. My knowledge has always come from friends who have used herbs longer than I have, countless blog posts and online articles from sources I enjoy, from herbal publications, and from scores of reference books I've collected. There is so much to learn, and it's been wonderful having the Internet available to follow trails of learning from documentation to medical study and so forth.
This season it's my turn to go back to school as it were, from home, with the use of online courses from reputable herbal medicine mentors. I started last week taking an online course from the Herbal Academy of New Emgland and just getting into my first set of lessons, I'm learning things I didn't know in all these years. And I'm really enjoying it.
So much so, that as soon as I saw that ChristianHerbal had a series of 'classes' online in their webinar, I signed up for those as well! I've been smoking my printer all day grabbing the great articles, ebooks, and more offered with their webinar. So many in fact, I need to rethink my organization of them :-)
I may even need a bigger desk.
Or maybe even a whole dedicated mommy school room.
Oh pooh sticks, I may just have to take a trip to OfficeMax and get some supplies...binders, post-it notes, highlighters, pretty dividers and folders...
I'm excited. The possibilities of all I could absorb and put into practical use here for my family are huge. What do you think? Do you love learning about herbs and alternatives to traditional medicines? Have you taken any specialized classes, maybe at a local herb shop, or online? Do you have any favorite resources, reference books, bloggers, or websites? I'd love to connect with other moms who are taking back the knowledge of the generations before us to tend and maintain their health and the health of their families and homesteads!