Herbalism can seem unapproachable and inaccessible. There is so much information out there. So many "experts". But the truth is, herbalism is as simple, or complicated, as cooking. It is that basic. That necessary.
While cooking may be somewhat of a lost art in today's fast paced society, it is still the backbone of good health and good culture. Food is the center of life, of ritual, of meaning. Something that weaves families together, brings comfort, and sustains us. At the heart of every vibrant food culture are herbs. Spices. Seasonings. Scents and flavors to make us ooh and aah, to bring us right back to mama's kitchen. These herbs are indispensable. And their value far exceeds the sublime experience they bring to a meal. They can be used to enhance our health, our mood, and our connection to the natural world.
As an herbalist, my greatest passion is to ignite the passion for herbs that sleeps inside most of us. Herbalism is part of being human. Our bodies evolved with thousands of plant chemicals that we regularly ingested. Our livers, cardiovascular systems, and even our DNA, are effected by plant compounds. We were not meant to live on limp lettuce and steamed broccoli. We were meant to thrive on eating and drinking a variety of wild and cultivated plants.
I was raised on chamomile tea, sunshine, and the unbelievable cooking of my Italian mama. In NYC. Growing up poor in a land of concrete and crime filled me with longing for what made me feel safe and happy - plants, trees, nature. I found my way to the hills of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont where I raise sheep, alpaca, angora bunnies, ducks, chickens, guineas, kitties, herbs, flowers, veggies, and live with my husband, Jereme Kohl.