Why do YOU post on the Herbalism Forum?
First of all let me say that I do not want this to be a contentious thread. I feel that maybe, if some of us were more aware of where our fellow posters are coming from, things might not get quite so frustrating.
My intense interest in Herbalism comes directly from my Ancestors. My Maternal Great Grandmother raised medicinal Herbs that she sold to the local Doctors and Mid-wives. Ginseng was one of her mainstays. She was a fascinating Woman with many interests that I share. My greatest wish is that I could have known Her. The best I can do is learn as much about what she did and knew as I can. Does that make sense?
I grow a wide variety of Herbs in my yard, and am especially fond of my Medicinal Herbs. I grow Foxglove because I love knowing what a valuable contribution it has made to Medicine, and because it is a beautiful flower. I do NOT make my own heart medicine from it! I also have Comfrey, which I DO use, though sparingly and never internally.
My point is, Herbalism is fascinating and complex subject that I want to learn more about. Talking to the Folks on this forum is a good way to do that, BUT the constant road blocks and negative statements about Herbalism that I run into, make it very difficult.
So tell me! Why do YOU post on the Herbalism Forum?