Herbalism Weekend Two and More
As I enter my third month of herbalism school, it occurs to me that I won't know everything for a very long time. This is the type of program that gives you so much information so quickly that it gets overwhelming. It's easy to want to know how to do everything right away, and dive in head first. This past weekend we went to La Veta for a weekend long camping trip. It was so nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, get out of cell reception, and take a moment to breathe in nature and the calm atmosphere it has to offer. This trip was probably the most productive thing I have done yet in school because it was broken down really nicely. We walked slowly and spent time with only a few plants. We learned how to make remedies in a few different ways which I found to be really helpful and definitely something I can do at home.
This weekend was mainly about connecting with a really cool plant that goes by the name of osha. I don't know if I have made the connection with osha that a lot of herbalists have, but I am really beginning to value what it has to offer, and I think it's a beautiful thing. Osha was vibrant all over our hikes in La Veta, so we spend a short part of the afternoon doing a plant sit. It's exactly what it sounds like. You sit quietly with the plant for a period of time and see what comes up. Similar to meditation, releasing all judgement and expectation, and just allowing for whatever happens, to happen. For me, when I was sitting with my little osha plant, I just felt really calm. I don't know if it was necessarily the plant that was giving me that space, or just the purity of nature, but I thought it was nice. I was able to look at what was surrounding the osha plant, and I noticed a few different plant friends. Oregon grape, violet, raspberry, and arnica. All of those plants together made me smile.
Later in the day, our amazing female teachers, Kim and Cat, dug up osha root, which is something you rarely want to do, considering it is such a special and near endangered plant. It's potent smell was similar to celery, and just kind of lingered in your nostrils for minutes after smelling it. They took the root out and later infused it in honey. It's great for your respiratory system and any chest/lung issues.
I really enjoyed the slow pace of the weekend, and it really gave me a new perspective on my experience. To take in as much knowledge as I can and relieve all pressure of finding purpose in my journey. To experiment as much as I can, to do what I am inspired to do, and see what comes up with each attempt at an herbal remedy.
So far I have made my own kombucha, I am currently on my second batch, made a rose petal and spearmint honey infusion, started a gumweed tincture, and worked on a bindweed flower essence. I have set up a really awesome area in my back laundry room, a place that gets lots of sunlight, and it really brings me a lot of happiness to see what works and doesn't work.
Stay tuned for more!