I have a rather unique profession. A calling, if you will. I have a knowledge that used to be well known. There were and always will be the medicine people that know intimately the plants and make most of the medicine for the tribe and community. However, everyone ought to have some basic knowledge. The empowering feeling of knowing how to break a fever in minutes or to quickly help a sprained ankle is priceless. Even more empowering to know how to kill strep in twenty-four hours or to help a cat with a urinary tract infection or a child with a severe burn or….
There is a lot of fear mongering out there regarding holistic health and herbs. Don’t take this with that (most of it fallacy, the medical community has no idea what the herbs do; it’s not their fault, they aren’t taught herbalism), herbs that cause thyroid failure (are you kidding me? Salad causes thyroid issues?!), and then of course there are the folks that come in to my shop to tell me about the ten alternative doctors that have been mysteriously killed off over the past year. They were developing cancer cures.
With all due respect, there are thousands of cancer cures out there in the form of plants. Any herbalist worth her tincture bottles knows this. There is nothing that needs to be reformulated, nothing that needs to be created, it’s all done. I hear things like (oh, I used to say this too), God created people to discover remedies for ailments. May I respectfully call BS on this one too. The Creator doesn’t need us to “fix” anything. It is perfect as it is. If you knew all the things I’ve seen healed by plants you would be forever a gardener of medicinal plants.
So, how come folks don’t turn to herbs? Why don’t they think about herbal cures first? I convinced a friend to come see me instead of heading to urgent care for a virus. I could hear the shock from her friends through the facebook screen. These viruses are easily handled with herbs. But, I am a rarity. There are not a lot of people that do what I do. In fact many herbalists I know will simply send people to the doctor. The fear mongering again. The herbs at the store contain little to no medicine. But there are good medicine people out there. They know what you need. They know what to take. They know the current viruses, what’s going around, what interacts, what works for what. They know. There are not enough of them. And some folks would just rather have someone else do it. And that is alright too.
My shop is a special place. A mixture of cedar, sage, sweetgrass, and tobacco wafts lightly in the air. The medicines glow and show off in the window. Teas long to be brewed. A sense of calm and peace will overwhelm you as you walk in. Spiritual, emotional, and physical healing is at one’s fingertips as they enter. The herbalist is not the healer. The plants are. You have every resource at your fingertips.
I ship medicines internationally and all over the country. Just contact me and tell me what you need. I don’t just make medicines. A huge part of my mission is to train more herbalists. I have three spots left in my master certified herbalist course starting this Sunday. I have a hundred dollar correspondence course that is very comprehensive and filled with knowledge on how to help anything and anyone. It’s already in you.
Plant medicine was here before we were. In the Cherokee stories, the plants held a council and decided to help the humans. And so they still do. How lucky we are.
White Wolf Medicine
796 East Kiowa Ave, Elizabeth, CO 80107 (P.O. Box 2012)