Herbalists, as with any other profession, need to make a living from their craft. What factors contribute to the price of a good or service? Why should one have comparable pricing with others in the field? How do we make goods affordable to those who need them, while simultaneously supporting ourselves?
Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) is in full bloom here. It certainly brightens up the landscape! This is a plant I tincture, dry for tea, and infuse in body oil. Goldenrod is astringent, diaphoretic, vulnerary, and antimicrobial, and can be ingested or applied for a variety of ailments. There are many species, all are medicinal, though each species will have a slightly different scent, taste, and potency.
When we lose connection to nature, we fail to respect and appreciate the limited gifts of the earth. We commodify that which is trending, and the land suffers for it - we all suffer for it. This season, and every season, pause and reflect on your needs before consuming. Consider how you can foster a connection to the earth and be an active participator in your food and medicine supply.
With the growing interest in herbalism and making one's own plant preparations, people often dive in without really considering the ethical, environmental, and health impacts herb sourcing has. What kind of environment did your herbs grow in? What was in their soil, their water, or what was sprayed on them? Who harvested them, processed them? Were they fairly compensated for their efforts? These are the questions we should ask ourselves.
There are different categories of Herbs that interact with the immune system, most commonly known as Immunostimulants, Immunomodulators, and Adaptogens. Other groups - which are not necessarily exclusive, Herbs can have actions that can put them in multiple categories - include Antimicrobial and Antiviral.