Herbalism is a form of plant based medicine practiced by mankind dating back the very beginning of our existence. Only until recently have we placed a greater focus in pharmaceuticals and their chemicals constituents.
The 21st century has seen a remarkable dichotomy of health and healthcare with its incredible medical advancement in technology and science. It is even more remarkable that Western civilization is suffering from countless chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiac illness.
Where Western medicine fails, Western herbalism prevails!
Holistic medicine, especially herbalism, places a focus on re-balancing the body and its systems. There is no ‘quick fix’ and no ‘heroic action’ is taken. Generally the treatment is slower acting, but it is always longer lasting.
I am an herbalist and holistic nutritionist living in the Southwest USA.
Please feel free to send me any questions you may have!
Do you mean specifically comfrey? or how to harvest roots in general? The idea is of harvesting roots is simple enough - dig up the plant and take the roots. There is however, a lot more that a considerate person should think about.
1) Usually you are killing the plant when you do this
2) the plant may be endangered or at-risk due to over-harvesting
3) the local plant population may not be ‘willing’ to let you take it
4) harvesting, or wildcrafting for many is a spiritual practice of taking a life and assuming it into another. Offerings are often left as a sign of gratitude.
I really recommend this book for anyone interested in herbalism: The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook by James Green. It covers all the basic ways to prepare herbs, as well as a wealth of info on how to use them.