Q&A: Im interested in learning herbalism, where should I start?

Question by Loreley: Im interested in learning herbalism, where should I start?
I’m 14, live in CA, and am Wiccan if that has any significance. I’m also interested in specifically Native American herbalism.

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Answer by Danny
You go downtown, find a drug dealer and you buy the best herb there is, marijuana = D

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  1. I’m sure there’s plenty of books in the history section of your local library. Just remember that herbalism carries a hefty dose of pseudo-religious myth with it, very few ‘remedies’ actually had any real effect.

  2. Get thee to the library; or Amazon.com.

    There are lots and lots of great herb books. There are different aspects you can look into:

    Horticulture, actually growing and identifying and using herbs. The best way to begin studying herbalism is start your own herb garden. You don’t have to have a yard or anything… you can start a few pots and some common culinary herbs. Shoot, I have herbs growing in old butter containers I poked holes into, they are sitting on the windowsill. Go for it.

    Study herbs in folklore, legends, myths, etc… this is where you can get specific on herbs Native Americans used, but remember, which they used would largely depend on the region the tribe covered.

    A good field guide can help you find/identify local herbs in your area– don’t pick them, just learn to locate them in the wild. Go on nature walks and such.

    If you want, you can look up herbal healing… here you must be careful. Never use wild herbs; and be careful when consuming herbs, but certain tea herbs like mints and chamomile and lemon balm are safe. You can begin learning some herbal health and healing, but only work with common culinary herbs until you can get more proper training– always be careful.

    There are lots of other ways to use herbs you can learn: making dyes, baths, sachets, wreaths, tussie mussies, cooking with them, etc

    Here are some good books:
    Kid’s Herb Book, A: For Children of All Ages by Lesley Tierra (This is a great introduction; I am an adult and I love it)
    Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine
    Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
    Healing Secrets of the Native Americans by Porter Shimer

    And if growing herbs, try to find gardening books and websites for your specific region.