I’ve always been very interested in natural medicine and the relationship between plants and people. Until I took this course however, I hadn’t yet pursued my interest much on a practical level. Sure, I’d read a book here and there and learned the information in an encyclopedic way, but although I WANTED to believe in the power of plants, I did not have any first-hand experience in seeing their power.
Interestingly, starting this program coincided with the beginning of my own massive health crisis, and so in many ways, I feel it was meant to be that I would learn herbalism at this exact point in my life. No longer just theoretical, I was literally learning and applying what I was learning to my own body, my own life. Taking this course and dealing with lyme disease has really taught me everything I already wanted to believe, but did not yet KNOW.
I truly feel like I owe my life to many herbs. I honestly do not think that I would be in this state of relatively good health (I function at about 90% these days in comparison to being the wheel-chair bound, crippled girl I was almost a year ago) had it not been for the intelligence of plants. In particular, I have felt almost immediate benefits from various detoxifying herbs such as dandelion & pokeroot.
I also do not believe that I would have recognized the severity of what I was dealing with had it not been for this course. When I first started the class, I was exhibiting some symptoms, however I blew them off, assuming them to be just normal “aches and pains.” Upon reading chapter after chapter however, I started to get in tune with my own body more, and even remarked to my sister (an MD) with surprise “UMMM…I think I have issues in ALL of my body’s systems….everything I read, I think I have!” She laughed and told me that I was just being a typical hypochondriac, but something inside of me told me that I was right, and that something serious was actually going on.
Turned out, 10 months later, upon my second MAJOR crash, I learned I had lyme disease, a disease which, in an advanced form, literally becomes systemic. All of my systems WERE being affected!!!!
I decided to put my trust into what I’d been learning. Herbalism just FELT right to me, and the pharmaceutical route, despite society’s threats that I would die if I didn’t go that route, just felt really wrong to me, so I went with my intuition and have gone natural the entire time. Taking this course allowed me to apply my own treatments and work with such a large and vast variety of herbs that would do their part to rebalance my body.
I literally got to work with herbs from each chapter I learned about, and for the first time, could FEEL the truth and the effects of their wisdom and healing powers.
I’m eternally grateful for the timing of my taking this course, the information I learned, and to all the plants themselves. Thank you. Lori P.