Herbalism 101

Gifts of the Green Man

By James Sangster (aka merddyn2002)


I am not a doctor, nor a medical professional of any kind. My views and practices should not be taken as medical advice, nor is it intended to be. You are responsible for your own health and your own actions, not me. Consult your medical professional before starting any treatment. If your medical professional is adverse to natural healing then that is easily resolved. Find another one. 

The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them.
Apocrypha, Ecclesiasticus 34:4

Why should a man die, who has sage in his garden?
Anon, Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum, Medieval herbal

The Great Spirit is our father, but the earth is our mother. She nourishes us; that which we put into the ground she returns to us, and healing plants she gives us likewise.
Big Thunder, North American Indian, 1900

In the last decade interest in traditional medicine has been renewed, and much is now being done worldwide to give it the respect it deserves – green medicine is being born again.
Anthony Huxley, Green Inheritance, 1984


Sources Used in Herbalism 101

The majority of this document is directly quoted from the sources below. There are spots where I paraphrase or insert my own opinions based on my own experiences with herbalism but much of my knowledge in this field comes from the sources listed below. I make no exclusive claim to the contents herein, only the way they are arranged and the method in which this class is taught.

Dean Coleman Herbal Luxuries

Young Living Essential Oils

Moon Raven’s Nest


Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
Expanded and Revised Edition
By Scott Cunningham
ISBN # 0-87542-122-9

A Druid’s Herbal for the Sacred Year
By Ellen Everet Hopman
ISBN # 0-89281-501-9

The New Age Herbalist
By Multiple Authors
ISBN # 0-684-81577

Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation 
By Stephen Harrod Buhner
ISBN13: 9780937381663

A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Of Eastern and Central North America (Peterson Field Guide)
By Steven Foster, James A. Duke
ISBN13: 9780395988145

Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places
By Steve Brill, Evelyn Dean
ISBN13: 9780688114251