J.R. Worsley, a British herbalist and acupuncturist, once wrote that local plants are 1000 times more effective therapeutically compared to non-local plants. I encourage the use of local food generally, but specifically local herbs when I intend to help you with a specific problem. Indeed, I may even suggest that you forage in your own backyard. If you don’t have a backyard, I may do some foraging and give you something from my backyard.
One can use plants in a variety of ways: food, teas, tinctures, homeopathic remedies, flower essences. I’m even learning that a piece of an herb under your pillow may even influence your dreams. When I identify an herb that may be potentially useful to your problem, I may encourage you to experience it in a variety of forms.
I try to understand one herb in depth each year. In the past, I have considered dandelion for a variety of conditions, in many different forms. In 2012, I am trying to understand the uses and gifts of ironweed (Vernonia sp.), featured in the photo above.