(Article & Photo by Brandon Scott)
Herbalism is the study of botany and the use of plants intended for medicinal purposes. Plants have been the basis of medical treatments throughout human history, and such traditional medicines are still widely practiced today. Herbalists are practitioners of herbal medicine that have been around since the dawn of time, yet the art has faded out of the mainstream, replaced by fancy white jackets and titles and pharmaceutical drugs, many of which cause more harm and side effects than the intended benefit. These changes have ushered in a disconnect between people and the natural world around us. We’ve become strangers, aliens, to the world that we came from, which has caused a ripple of cause and effect throughout our culture. Without the herbalist, humans would not have survived to evolve as they have. And without the herbalist, the knowledge of the natural world may be forever lost.
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