I've always loved looking to plants for nutrition, medicine, beauty, and the host of other benefits they offer. I easily doubled my plant knowledge in the past year through lots of study and practice. I'm so grateful for the herbal resources that are out there. It's a labor of love – a sometimes risky one, even – to teach about herbs.
There are several large plant identification groups on Facebook that have helped me tremendously. I will list 3. Each is a bit different as far as what you can post and talk about within the group, so be sure to read the rules for each one before posting.
Gwen's Nest also has a very helpful and supportive herb group for women. This group is more for discussing the uses of herbal remedies rather than the identification of plants.
Books and Online Courses – I collect books and plants like they're made of gold.
The Herbal Academy of New England was a particularly helpful resource. They offer a number of ways to learn more about herbalism:
- The Herbarium, a sort of virtual herbal library with tons of resources
- Online courses in both introductory and intermediate levels
- Their Academy Blog, which has a ton of free articles that are both helpful and inspiring
Herb Rally has a directory of herbalists, sorted by location – helpful if you're looking to connect with an established herbalist in your area!
Mountain Rose Herbs is another beloved resource, not only for herbs I'm unable to wildcraft or grow myself, but for their educational articles and supplies.
Finally, there's no way to replace the learning that comes from practicing with a more experienced herbalist. I am so grateful to have my dad's influence as I continue to learn more about local plants and their uses.
What herbal resources, books, and teachers help you grow as an herbalist?