Those who venture into the world of herbalism without proper guidance or resources may find themselves at a dead-end of seemingly useless herbs. They've tried the pills, brewed the teas, imbibed the tinctures -- but nothing seems to work. The promise of natural, holistic medicine suddenly appears to be a hoax, a medicine cabinet full of fragrant placebos for delusional souls.
Crystal Aneira, whose blog Herbal Riot is a marriage of paganism and herbalism, details in this comprehensive post the wide variety of reasons that people experience a blockage when it comes to herbalism, from improper dosing and decaying plants to expecting instant results.
For those who rely on mainstream medicine, everything is sterilized, categorized, unified, and doesn't require much thought. A fundamental aspect of herbalism is engaging with the natural world and learning about the variety of long-held herbal traditions. This is the art of herbalism:
Read the rest over at Crystal's blog.