Returning to your Bio-Regional Herbs and Plants
I have been feeling very strongly that the local herbs, weeds and plants have been calling me to come back to them. I cultivated some in my own garden and green space I call home but there has always been the availability of going online and ordering what I wanted at any time.
This pandemic had me go into pause mode when so many herb shops either closed or paused business during the shutdown. I felt a slight twinge of panic that I wouldn't have what I needed. I think in a way that this was divine intervention. It made me look for alternatives at my feet. I realized that I had what I needed right on hand in another plant. So often I forget that the purpose of that fancy herb is also in other plants as well. I get caught up in the current trend of "what's hot right now!" I listened to a very good vlog (https://aromaticmedicineschool.com/bio-regional-aromatic-medicine/) that addresses the importance of going back to your own person bio-region and I recently purchased a book (Self-Sufficient Herbalism A Guide to Growing, Gathering and Processing Herbs for Medicinal Use Lucy Jones) that also addresses the need to know your herbs personally.
Since March when my state (Ohio) went on lock-down I have made it a point to go outside everyday and visit the sites of my plant allies and watch them grow. I watched and waited in spring for new growth, I watched as they grew. Some of the early spring harvests were the best I have yet picked and I think it was because I was really paying attention to them. As summer progresses I am watching and waiting for the peak times to harvest. I busy planning fall harvest sites.
I have made a bunch of new friends in the ground that I have overlooked in the past, not knowing their worth to me. I examine every space of green to see what might be there waiting for me to notice it. One that made itself known was cleavers. It was living under my pine trees where in the past I callously mowed the tall grass down, not knowing it was there. This spring it showed itself to me before the grass grew out of control so I watched it and I wait for it to be mature enough to offer itself to me for medicine.
As the season progresses I will remain vigilant and see what my bio-region has to offer me and while I may not be able to be 100% self-sufficient, I want to see how much I can be.
What are your thoughts or practices?