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I recently saw a post on the Instagram reel for The Herbal Academy “tell me you’re an herbalist without telling me you’re an herbalist“…  and I started thinking about it.

For me, it takes very little time to discover I’m an herbalist… Just walk into my dining room which is also my apothecary. I’m blessed to have plenty of space for a dining room table (which doubles as a work area for herbs), growing plants, and storage. But many people have those things, what might also be a giveaway is the hanging herbs and the line of books on the hutch part of my apothecary – I have many more in e-book form – or I’d never have space for them!

Looking around my space you’ll see my certificates from Cornell University and the Herbal Academy, as well as tools, kettles, percolators, and grinders tucked into a corner.  My dining room/apothecary is friendly and inviting for anyone to come and sit at the table with me.

You can also tell in an instant that I love chickens and roosters… Please don’t ask where that came from because I have no idea!

Whew! This year has been a significant year of study!  I’m happy to say I just finished the Herbal Academy’s Business Herbal Course! It’s a 150-hour course designed to help those interested in running an herbal business or practice.

I’m glad I decided to take the class as I learned valuable information.

If you are interested in an herbal studies program, I highly recommend the Herbal Academy!  I’ve gotten a quality herbal education there.

So, I think I am done for the year on educational programs, and continue my research into help for my chronic pain, Meniere’s disease, and hypothyroidism.

Morning in the Aspens by Kathy McCabe

My sister and I traveled to Colorado recently to surprise our mother on her 80th birthday and to see my nephew and his his wife at their mountain home above Paonia. Now, when I talk about paradise, I’m not exaggerating – it is lush and beautiful and splendid!  It was overwhelming the variety of plants growing.

I identified common white clover and plantain for them, as well as some not so common plants. But it would take me a lifetime to identify everything up there – not that I’d mind but I think they would get tired of Aunty Kathy as a permanent houseguest. 🙂

This brings me to my point, I suggested that if they were serious about wanting to know more of the edibles on their land, that they hire an herbalist who is familiar with the area to come take them on nature walks. As herbalists, we need to point in the right direction, even if it is away from ourselves. I’m happy I was able to show them the plants I knew about, and it was very enjoyable to have such eager students!

I felt blessed to be there and refreshed in spirit  – and sorry to leave.

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