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Family Adventure in Herbalism


    Last week we went on a fun adventure. My family and I drove over to Eugene Oregon for something called The Free Herbalism Project. http://freeherbalismproject.com/


     This even was hosted by a company called Mountain Rose Herbs (http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/ ) that has organic herbs, oils, etc. This is an ongoing project and they plan on hosting several of these events throughout the year.  The purpose of these events is to learn more about herbs and health. This event had Rosemary Gladstar as one of the herbalist speaking. Rosemary has been an advocate for herbs and herbal healing for over 35 years. She is the author of several books on the subject, the founder of the California School of Herbal Studies, a co-founder of Traditional Medicinal Tea Company.  She currently lives and works from her home Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center in Vermont. http://www.sagemountain.com/rosemary-gladstar.html   In 1994 she founded United Plant Savers. This is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and cultivation of at risk North American Medicinal Plants. www.unitedplantsavers.org


    I have been reading Rosemary Gladstar books for years, needless to say I was so excited to hear her speak! She did not disappoint in any way. She is witty, smart, articulate and full of knowledge to share on the topic of herbalism and health. This is not only a means for her but a way of life. She is such a vibrant woman! She is 65 years old but looks to be more in her 40’s.  I suggest we all start living this way!  She spoke about how herbs can be a part of your life in your garden, in your medicine pantry, and in your beauty routines. She discussed how far we have come in terms of herbs, and how far we have yet to go. She also discussed the need to protect plants and herbs from over harvesting so we don’t use them to the point of extinction. The wealth of information continued in discussions on the medicinal uses of herbs.  There are very few side effects, if any, compared to the numerous effects of prescriptions medicines today. She also spoke about community herbalism. A group of her students help to open an herbal clinic in Vermont that is still running today. http://www.vtherbcenter.org/about-vcih/  
 Last but not least ,she also included some great facts about herbalism. Facts such as about 80 % of the world’s population relies on herbal treatments for health. It was a wonderful talk that gave me a new found perspective on herbs and their place in my life.


    There was also this great group of people serving tea for FREE! Really good tea I might add. This group is called the FREE Tea Party and they have this amazing little van that they travel around in offering up tea, conversation and community. Absolutely priceless and wonderful! Here is a link to their site to learn more: http://www.freeteaparty.org/about.html


    This event was well worth the trip and I would recommend looking into the future events in this project!  I love herbalism and will continue in my studies to become a Master Herbalist. Events like this help to further strengthen my passion and connection to learning more, doing more, and being more aware with all of it.  

    Please return next week when we discuss medicinal teas inspired by the Free Tea Party’s wonderful gesture of health and humanity!

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