July 5, 2014

{Family Herbalist } a quick update - thru unit twenty one

Two months down, yikes! Time flies. Herbal Classifications and Materia Medica were my primary focus over these last two months, covering over a hundred herbs with their composition, description, plant action, uses or indications, contraindications, side effects, interactions and dosages... oh and method of administration. Thankfully I do not have to have them all completely memorized, just yet.

One of the things that I learned through these chapters, was the importance of knowing the herbs by their botanical name. A variety of herbs have multiple common names, but when it comes to herbal remedies it is extremely important to use the botanical name... this helps to insure the correct plant for the concern, and limits confusion. Confusion can lead to wrong dosage, and quite possibly personal harm.

The unit projects included multiple case studies with informal diagnose and treatment protocols, in depth body system studies, and two page papers of an herb of choice. I also made flash cards to help keep my herbs and their botanical names fresh in my mind, however my husband receives (too) much joy in helping me with this part... as he is often sneaking up on me with a surprise herb question.

Here's a few examples:

  • Calendula - Calendula officinalis 
  • Butcher's Broom - Rusci aculeati 
  • Birch - Betula pendula
  • Dill Seed - Anethum graveolens
  • Dong Quai ("tang kwai") - Angelica sinensis
  • Licorice Root - Glycyrrhiza glabra
  • Senna Leaf - Cassia angustifolia 

Now to me, some of them make complete sense and others... not so much. But I am finding that I just knew I had my daughter learn some sort of Latin for a reason... it was so I could borrow all her lessons to learn how to speak botanical-neese.

Truly... I am loving it!

As I run, I will leave you {for now} with an up close photo of an Iris that bloomed in my daughters garden this Spring, it was so beautiful, and the fragrance was similar to banana coconut cream pie... well that is what it reminded me of anyway. It was given to her my our next door neighbor, and this was her first bloom from it.

And a plug in for the Grow Your Own Food Summit, I am so looking forward to this online summit because I love growing my own food. I am certain there will be plenty of meat to chew on through the week and there maybe be some bones to spit out as well. But I know I could {should} learn more about raising good, real food right here in urbanville, so I will glean what I need and leave what don't. Also did I mention it's free?

"For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God;"  ~ Hebrews 6:7
  So tell me what is your favorite 'food' to grow?

 ~ Blessings!

Article Share: Cultivating a Biblical Vision for Agriculture by Noah Sanders
Book Recommendation: Born Again Dirt by Noah Sanders

*Please note that my posts are editorial in nature and are not meant to treat or diagnose any illness. Please practice personal health safety. I am currently enrolled in the course from Vintage Remedies called Family Herbalist by Jessie Hawkins, so please feel free to head over there if you are interested.

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