Tracy’s Herbal Course Certificate.
I have accomplished one more goal on our journey to health and wellness — Saturday, February 8, 2014 I finished an herbal certification course called Back To Our Roots.
The five-week course was taught by Kathy Hubbard (Magnolia Herb Company) who is an experienced herbalist and great teacher. I learned about the history of herbs and their medicinal uses, how to harvest and store herbs, how to create an herbal pantry, as well as the many ways to make herbal remedies. In addition, the course covered the various body systems — immune, respiratory, digestive, liver, circulatory, nervous, urinary and reproductive. We discussed each herb in-depth, their medical properties, constituents, contradictions, precautions, suggested ailments the herb heals and practical tips for medicinal usage.
Tracy and Kathy Hubbard
The course format was great with lecture and discussion, adding plenty of personal experience and humor. I learned a tremendous amount, which just confirmed my desire to continue with more herbal training. I want to be able to provide myself, my family, and possibly others, with a way to care for our bodies/health in a natural, non-chemical, non-invasive way. This attitude is an alternative to the mentality I used to have — that I was not connected to my health care, that I was not responsible for preventing health issues, that I could live however and that whatever was wrong with me a trip to the doctor would fix. I have, for too long, blindly taken medicines that did not help, caused too many side-effects and ended up creating more medical issues that then needed to be addressed.
My father was a doctor. A great small town OB-GYN who delivered over 3000 babies. His patients loved him because he really listened. I worked with him during college, planning to go to medical school, but he convinced me that even though I liked medicine, I didn’t love what it was going to become with all the insurance regulations and paperwork. He was right and my life lead me in a different direction, until perhaps now. My interest in herbs as medicinal food and my desire to heal ailments naturally might stem from this family physician gene, although my philosophy regarding healthcare is vastly different from my dad’s. He became a doctor during the era of doctors being gods that can do no wrong. He always prescribed medicine and was not a believer in alternative treatments of any kind — chiropractic, therapeutic massage, herbs or vitamins. He is no longer living (he died in 1996, unfortunately) but I would love to discuss western vs allopathic medicine with him! I wonder if I could persuade him to try something new. The volume of evidence pointing to herbal treatment success is vast and the best way to convince anyone is by actually healing an ailment using these techniques.
I am on a journey and this new herbal knowledge is another milestone along the way. I will continue to share fascinating herbal info I have learned, as well as recipes you can try yourselves (check out the ones I recently posted for the cold and flu season).