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herbal medicine diaries

You know you’ve been studying herbal medicine for a minute when someone tells you that their diverticulitis symptoms have returned and you grab a shovel to go dig up some burdock root to make tea.

Freshly harvested burdock root

Turns out a different symptom precluded including the burdock right now. Not deterred, I formulated a different tea to soothe and protect the irritated and inflamed tissues of the GI tract using calendula flower, matcha, slippery elm bark, marshmallow root, and whole stevia leaf. I’m drying the burdock root to grind into a powder for a tea once precluding symptoms abate 🙂

I know it’s odd, but I find so much joy in learning about human, plant, soil, and microbial health. And because hefty research like this always leads me to heightened curiosity, I wound up diving headlong into the nutrition profiles of plants, fungi, and microbes, and how and why they ameliorate health conditions in humans. Why? Because I’ve found that learning more about our natural world increasingly liberates me from the yoke of industry’s consumerisms.

And if anyone’s curious, burdock, and a TON of medicinal plants, are commonly considered weeds (to anyone but herbalists) and are sprayed with Round-Up, a weedkiller that kills the plant and its soil microbiome. Is it surprising that Round-Up is owned by Bayer, a pharmaceutical company, and the weeds that are often targeted by Round-Up are medicinal? Or that use of Bayer’s Round-Up on crops is now being shown to alter livestock and human microbiomes, which correlates with increased gut problem prescriptions? But I digress ?

Plants are medicine. We choose to grow food and medicine, not lawns 😀