The HomeGrown Herbalist Blog — General Herbalism

The HomeGrown Herbalist School of Botanical Medicine

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The HomeGrown Herbalist School of Herbal Medicine. Enroll Now!  After many requests, much reflection and some major re-arrangements in my life to make it possible, I've decided to expand the offerings of herbal education offered by HomeGrown Herbalist, LLC.  I believe it’s critical that we learn to take charge of our own health and become medically self-sufficient.  There are many herbal education programs available. Many are quite expensive. Many focus too little on medicinal plants and too much on commercial formulas they’d like you to buy. Many are, frankly, not based on anatomical and physiological facts but depend instead on...

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The Question of Questions

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Patrick Jones, DVM People are discovering, more and more, that modern Western medicine doesn't have all the answers. It's my belief that the principle reason they don't have more answers is because they are asking the wrong question! The entire basis of modern medical training and practice revolves around one question. It's the first question we are asked by our doctor in the examination room and the only question that receives any real attention;  "What's wrong with you?". This question isn't all bad certainly. They do need to know what a person's symptoms are and why they have come to...

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The Book is Here! The Book is Here!

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  Well, I finally got the rascal done! The HomeGrown Herbalist is officially available.  The emphasis of the book is to make herbal medicine accessible to everyone and to illustrate how and why to base our botanical healing principally on local plants rather than products.  There are, of course, directions for making herbal medicines. But, most importantly, there is an introduction to 20 amazing plants. If a person really learned these particular plants, he/she would be in a position to do a great deal of good.  To get on the list, the plants had to meet two criteria; they had to...

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Some Thoughts on Herb Capsules

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 Patrick P. Jones, DVM I was walking past the pharmacy section of my local grocery store the other day. It was amazing to see how many herbal products they had on the shelves…Echinacea, St. John’s Wort, Gingko, garlic…all kinds of stuff. It’s great that herbal supplements have become so popular. The only downside was that every single one of those products was packaged in capsules. I’m not a big fan of capsules. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying they don’t have some significant advantages. Capsules make herbs “easy to swallow”. Capsules are particularly nice when dealing with herbs that...

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Talking to Teasel (Dipsacus spp.)

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By Patrick Jones, DVM   I've had some interesting experiences lately.Not long ago I was driving down a country road. I saw a plant growing on a ditch bank and had a most intense interest and attraction to it...Really intense. I asked the guy I was with what it was. He didn't know. A week or so later I was on a friend's place and saw the plant again and again I had the same intense feeling about it. I asked him if he knew what it was. He said it was Teasel. I asked him what it was good for. He...

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