Each of us can "rediscover" and "relearn" natural healing and herbalism for ourselves!As some of you know, I'm very passionate about natural healing and promoting optimal health through the use of herbs and "normal" (non-GMO) organic foods. This is due, in part, to the disabling conditions I've been dealing with since 2008 - including chronic, widespread pain from Fibromyalgia, challenges with always feeling exhausted, inability to remember or "focus", sensory overload, etc, from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (known as ME/CFS), Graves' Disease, and a handful of other debilitating conditions that I won't bore you with the details of.
After ingesting more useless pharmaceutical drugs in the past six years than I can even remember the names of, and dealing with pointless, tremendously awful side effects from them, I've been on a long-term mission to (re)discover the benefits and uses of "weeds, bushes and trees" often growing bountiful within my own surroundings.
One of my dear friends has had the good fortune of learning many of these healing ways from her Great Grandmother. They have been passed down through the generations in her family, whereas, for many of us, the ancient wisdom of natural healing died ages ago with our own ancestors. We CAN, however, reclaim this knowledge for ourselves. Her name is Rox, and when I said that I'd like to mention her in my post, she modestly asked that I relay this message rather than giving her a "plug". She says,
More than anything, I want to help empower people to really focus on what is already given to us, locally, and within nature's bounty. We should teach others freely when we can - how to respect nature, harvest in ways that are sustainable, and use the gifts nature provides. We should give special consideration and assistance to those who are struggling with low-income, terrible medical care, and unhealthy or toxic food.
Here are just some of the amazing things I received from her recently. I'll be writing about some herbal blends, ingredients, harvesting and preparations - along with sharing my herbal adventures, experiences and information over the course of the year. Meanwhile, if you'd like to send Rox an inquiry, request recommendations for self-training materials, or place an order of your own, please visit "Womb of Willow". Some of the hand-crafted products I received are as follows:
Wild Mint Clay
Wintergreen Tooth Powder
Rose Lavender Sea Salt Bath
Cedar Orange Sea Salt Bath
Lavender Rose Cream
Sage Smudge Sticks
Sacred Birch-bark Bundle
Feel free to share your own herbal tips, recipes, knowledge, or even submit a guest post ~ I am always anxious to learn more and to further empower my readers!
Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA. She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.