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Herbal Medicine

What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbal medicine is the people’s medicine.  It comes from centuries of tradition passed down through the ages from many different cultures and ancestors from around the globe.  It uses energetics to understand the natural world.  Observing nature and energetics was the only way our ancestors knew how to describe and classify the world around them.  From this, the medicine wheel came about.  

The medicine wheel represents four or five elements and provides a method to analyze and classify the patterns that show up in nature.  There are many different types of medicine wheels.  No one wheel is the right wheel.  There are however similarities from all societies across the globe in understanding energetics expressed through the medicine wheel.  The symbol below is a simplified version of what a medicine wheel can look like. 

Herbal medicine is the study and understanding of these energetics.  It’s being able to read when the body is out of balance and then apply the counter energy to help nudge the body back into balance.  The human body is always trying to maintain homeostasis (balance) at any given moment in time and has the innate ability to heal itself.  What herbal medicine is doing is gently reminding the body what that balance or homeostasis should look and feel like and then placing trust in the body to do the rest.

What does the healing process look like?

Healing is like a cyclical spiral.  The art of healing has seasons like the weather or layers like an onion.  Healing, just like the weather, repeats itself by going around and around, always fine-tuning, going deeper, coming back and meeting ourselves again and again but each time in a new session, a new year, a new layer all while being present to each moment.  It is in those present moments that we are able to pull back another layer and cultivate compassion for our bodies’ natural healing process along with loving awareness of what’s going on in the environment inside and outside of our bodies.

What our bodies need from one day to the next may differ.  What one person needs may also differ from what another person needs.  It takes awareness, time, patience, honesty, courage, consistency, and compassion.

Who can benefit from herbal medicine? 

Anyone and everyone.  Openness and willingness are essential to working with the plants.  It is important to seek out high-quality herbal remedies and a qualified herbal practitioner.  

What form does herbal medicine come in?

There are many different ways to get plant medicine in.  This could look like teas, tinctures, ointment, oil, aromatics, vinegars, compresses, meditation, gardening, flower essences, drop doses (energetics), food, and the list goes on…  

As you can see herbal medicine can take many forms.  Ultimately it’s about finding the right access point that makes sense to each individual.

Want To Learn More About Herbal Medicine?

 

Hello, My name is Jennifer O’Reilly.  I am a clinical herbalist currently located in Silver Spring Maryland.  I live with my wonderful husband, our creative and feisty teenager, three fur babies, one scally baby, and all the plants I can reasonably take care of.    

I began my journey of studying herbal medicine in 2015 through Sky House Herb School.  Of course, my love and fascination with plants began at a much earlier age.  I have always loved plants.  They have been some of my best friends and continue to be ones of great influence in my life.  I grew up always playing outside, gardening with my Dad and Mom, and exploring my grandmother’s gardens.  I enjoy gardening, yoga, meditation, energy work, exploring nature, and art, and spending time with family and friends.  Overall my favorite place to be is outside, no matter the weather conditions.  What brings me joy and a sense of purpose is sharing this love of plants and the natural world with anyone who’ll listen.  

To find out more about Jennifer, herbal medicine, or herbal consultations with Jennifer, click Here.

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