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by Ashley Litecky Elenbaas
September 11, 2015
Over the years I have been asked by many people what it takes to become an herbalist and how to know when you are ready. For me it was an organic next step that came after many years of searching for a career path that would combine my love of the natural world, environmental activism, plants, the medical sciences, a delight in ancient myths and stories, with an earthy and hands-on way of connecting to people. Through my work as a clinical herbalist I am blessed to sit with a wide range of people, help them exploring their own deeper physiological and psychological patterns, and then match them with custom blended plant formulas that bring ritual and nourishment back into their lives.
The work of an herbalist can take many forms. While my path has always been to work with people, some herbalists take their craft to the fields and work primarily with the plants themselves. Other herbalists take the activist route and work to educate the population about endangered herbs and ethical wild crafting. I have friends who are amazing community herbalists who create tea blends and formulas for friends and family and know others who work in herb shops and natural food stores sharing their knowledge of the plant world. Being an herbalist is a great gig. You get to spend time outside, you become a part of a vast network of other like-minded earth lovers, you get to learn the names of all of your favorite green friends, and you learn how to make amazing medicines like tinctures, salves, cordials, and syrups!!
However, before you put on your overalls and grab your hori-hori or digging stick, have a look below and see if there are more cosmic signs that a career as an herbalist is in your future:
So there it is! If you found yourself nodding yes to a number of these then you might be ready to take the plunge toward becoming an herbalist! Next week we will take a look at how to select the best herbal program for your unique goals so stay tuned!
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