In this special issue of The Plant Path, Whitney interviews Lucy Jones, author of Self-Sufficient Herbalism.
This book couldn't be coming out at a more important time, when as herbalists we really need to take a step back and look at how sustainable and self-sufficient we are (or aren't). Do we really take responsibility for the herbs we use to help people and work with them directly? Or are we overly reliant on big supplement and herbal companies to supply all of our remedies?
This became really apparent during the first big shut down from Coronavirus... it was almost impossible to get herbs anywhere! The big supplement and herb companies weren't shipping herbs because they shut down, and many others were out of stock of a large majority of their inventory.
I think this can be a little bit of a wake up call for us herbalists to really think about where our herbs come from and how we can be more directly involved in the plants we give to the people we heal by harvesting, growing, and preparing them ourselves.
That's exactly what Lucy Jones covers in her book Self-Sufficient Herbalism, and what she and Whitney dig into in this interview.
Grab a copy of the book right here if you're in the US or here if you're in the UK.
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