Hilltop Herb Woman
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.
It’s finished, complete, done.
It was a grueling two-and-a-half-month, six-class course of study on Medicinal Plants at Cornell University’s online eCornell hub. Tons of research, videos, reading, and assignments and I’m so happy I did it.
Why did I do this program just after I’d finished over five hundred hours of advanced study at the Herbal Academy? Because you can never have too much information. And the Cornell University program was an intensive and thorough study into the science of herbs and peer-reviewed literature that comes from leading-edge scientists. It also solidified in my own mind how valuable my Herbal Academy training really is and how much I’ve learned.
I’m always going to be learning, I may not always take an actual course of study, but research is learning too. I’m thrilled.
And to my husband Michael, you make this happen. I just said it would be a good addition to my education and you made it happen. I’m so grateful for you and your support!!
Oh yeah, I finished!!! Make it a great day!
~ Kathy – Hilltop Herb Woman
It’s been a busy day here in the McCabe household! Harvesting beneficial weeds, washing and hanging to dry, and finally calling it done.
I read somewhere that Chives need to hang in a vented brown paper bag to dry properly so I’m experimenting between the paper bag and a mesh bag, I’ll let you know which turned out better. I was really excited, a few dandelions that I’ve been letting grow gave me some really good roots which I hung to dry and will grind up and start a tincture later. I need to go out into the property (ours) behind the house and see what’s out there, but it’s very overgrown and I’ll need my long pants and long sleeve shirt!
This is all I could get done today before it was time to work on homework. I’m past the halfway mark on my Cornell University Plant Medicine Certificate Course and I’m so glad I decided to take the classes! It also confirms the high-quality education I already obtained at the Herbal Academy’s Intermediate and Advanced courses of study.