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Plants have been the basis for medical treatments throughout all of recorded human history.

Herbalism focuses on recommending specific plant medicines for healing specific health issues. While the study of nutrition overlaps with herbalism, herbal medicine focuses on the use of concentrated medicinal plants that may not be a common food plant.

Much of herbal medicine comes from traditional wisdom and, because it does not offer the same kind of corporate profit as pharmaceutical drug research, has comparatively little funding for large-scale clinical trials. This can make it challenging to scientifically determine or prove its effectiveness.

Herbalism Resources

Learning Herbs

Health & wellness website
Free and paid courses and videos about using herbs and making herbal medicine. Herb mentor professional forum, supplies and kits.

American Herbalists Guild

Continental herbalism organization
The American Herbalists Guild was founded in 1989 as a non-profit, educational organization to represent the goals and voices of herbalists specializing in the medicinal use of plants.

Woodward Phytotherapy

Regional herbalism website
Tony Oakworth is a registered herbal therapist, owner of Woodward Phytotherapy (herbal medicine clinic in Brentwood Bay, BC), and educator at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC working in the fields of plant medicines, nutrition, and mycology.

Twig & Stone Botanical Medicine

Local herbalism company
Rebecca Singer is a Certified Medical Herbalist who combines a biomedical understanding of medicine and health with the traditional knowledge of healing. She approaches herbalism from a vitalist perspective incorporating Western herbalism, holistic...

The Herbalist

Local herbalism company
Teirney Salter opened The Herbalist in 1984 based on the belief that organically grown and wild-harvested herbs of the highest quality would have a positive effect on people’s health. At a time when herbs were not known for their medicinal properties...

Innisfree Farm

Local health & wellness farm
Workshops, Classes and apprenticeship opportunities at Innisfree Farm. A 7 acre site that hosts, horticultural therapy workshops, herbal education classes and the bi annual Vancouver Island Herb gathering.

Ravensong Seeds & Herbals

Local health & wellness farm
Ravensong Seeds & Herbals is a small artisan seed and herbal product business founded by herbalist Jessy Delleman in 2010. All herbs used in the products are organically grown and gathered onsite or ethically wildcrafted nearby. This guarantees first-hand...

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