I’ve gotten a few emails lately asking about my qualifications and laboratory experience etc., This has ranged from a polite inquiry into my basis for my last post to rude, abrasive demands for degrees and proof of my “cures”, whatever that may mean.
Ok folks, I’m a traditional herbwife in a particularly eclectic folk tradition I have dubbed the Medicine Woman Tradition. I have no degrees (well, actually I have half a degree in Painting, half a degree in Literature and half a degree in Computer Programming), no official training (besides studies with Susun Weed, Michael Moore, lots of rambling correspondence with other herbalists and hard earned experience), and no letters after my name (except for ones I make up, like AMW for Anima Medicine Woman or WW for Wild Woman). I don’t belong to any club, and I don’t desire to. This is, as Rebecca Hartman puts it, herbalism from the grass roots.
My findings as reported on my blog, unless noted otherwise, come purely from personal empirical experience. In other words from the experiments I try upon myself, my friends, family, colleagues, students and clients. I report just what I find, and I am in no way an expert in botany, disease or other related medical type things.
I’m just a woman listening to the plants, and having a damn fine time doing it!