Plants are Medicine, Food is Medicine Too
All plants are medicinal, in some way, to some one.
This is a pharmacy, an apothecary:
AND SO IS THIS:
AND SO IS THIS:
BUT ALSO THIS:
AND FOR SURE THIS TOO:
All plants are medicine, all food is medicine. Your food is either healing you, or it’s making you sick. There is no neutral. That being said, some plants are more medicinal than others, especially when it comes to establishing your own herbal apothecary for home remedies, nourishing teas, and first aid. Here are my own “Top 10” medicinal plants I ALWAYS grow, no matter where I am living.
Valeriana Officinalis, easy to grow almost anywhere and useful for many types of medicine.
Harvesting and processing medicinal plants
Crystal Stevens is an herbalist, a teacher, a farmer and homesteading mama, author of Grow, Create, Inspire, and a member of the PWG faculty. She writes about a wide range of topics associated with using plants and food as medicine.
Here are some of the articles she’s published on our blog, about how to process your medicinal herb harvest:
Every village needs a witch...
Sarah Wu, also on the PWG faculty, runs the Village Witch Project, which offers teachings in deep ecology, herbalism, and permaculture, from an ecofeminist perspective.
VICE did a recent feature about Sarah and her projects, and in this podcast, she discusses her work with herbs, community, and the Envision festival she organizes at her permaculture center in Costa Rica.
By way of review...
So many of the classes in our yearlong #freepermaculture adventure have crossover with this topic! Here’s a quick reference list of links you can use to circle back around:
art by Jackie Holmstrom
Relevant Links and Resources
Check out this Fascinating Tedx talk about flavor, bitterness, medicine, and poison:
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