Welcome, plant people! (As in plant lovers, herbalism enthusiasts, and tea connoisseurs; not so much the Little Shop of Horrors imagery that I am now afraid I’ve invoked. What a way to start a blog!)
Anywho. I am so glad you’ve found yourself here on this blog! The purpose is pretty simple, really. Here you will find my happy place, my mind palace, my little virtual garden-greenhouse-apothecary. It’s a place where I will share useful information, recipes, and ideas about all things herbalism, gardening, and experiencing nature.
Over the course of the last year, I have nurtured a deep love of herbalism, hygge, and nature reverence I have found within myself. The past year has been a doozy for everyone, and this seems to be one of the ways I am personally coping. It’s not a new endeavor; it’s a homecoming. And because so many others share my love for these things, I thought I would throw my hat in the ring and put my views out there.
What I feel is unique about what I bring to the tea table is my approach. Primarily, herbalism is a source of mental health support, a fulfilling hobby, a source of spiritual sustenance, and a creative outlet for me. I have found myself stuck at home for the majority of my time (and this has more to do with motherhood than the pandemic), so I am creating a fulfilling little cottagecore oasis for myself and my family with herbs and plants. I am also connecting to family traditions from the past, exercising my creative muscles, and fostering contentment in small and quiet ways.
As you might guess, I won’t share many peer-reviewed studies on how to balance your hormones or heal medical conditions with herbs here! That is not my intent or my focus at all. I am always conscious and in awe of the holistic benefits plants and plant-based diets can provide for our nutrition and health, and that definitely overlaps with what I will be discussing here. But I am not a medical practitioner, and I am not offering medical advice.
What you will see here might touch on such topics as:
- Specific herbs, their tastes, and general health benefits
- Ways to seek out herbal education yourself
- Parenting and nature
- Nature-based self-care
- Herbalist traditions
- Apothecary supplies I use and love
- Herbalism book reviews
- Featured herbalists, artists, and makers I admire
- Herbalism in fiction
- And more!
Again, I am so glad you are here. I hope you continue to follow along and enjoy taking this journey with me!
-Anna, The Herbology Faerie