My son was worried that my new interest in herbalism would expose us to all sorts of deadly dangers. I scoffed at him. But then I discovered Bitter Sweet growing in our side yard.
The first tincture I ever made was Calendula, but it turned out this was not the plant I thought it was.
Everyone said to start by exploring what already grows in my yard. I wanted to learn about the vibrant New England Aster. It was much more difficult than I anticipated. Could the methods of the historian help?
In Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, environmental biologist Robin Wall Kimmerer offers a beautiful meditation on the interconnection of human experience and the natural world. I found there were important messages here for me about my role as the descendant of settler colonialists, as a 21st century Pagan, and as a student of herbalism.