CULTIVATING YOUR HERBALISM JOURNEY: TIPS AND RESOURCES
THE ROOTS OF HERBALISM
In herbalism, discomfort and symptoms can be described in 6 categories, creating 3 pairs of opposites:
For example, a stomachache can be described as hot and tense from excess stomach acid and cramping. Therefore, in order to treat symptoms of hot and tense, your treatment lies in the use of herbs that are cold and lax, such as mint and chamomile. Treating symptoms with their energetic opposites is the key to creating balance.
THE 6 TASTES OF HERBAL ENERGETICS
1. HOT SYMPTOMS CAN BE TREATED WITH COLD HERBS
Astringent, demulcent and bitter herbs
2. TENSE SYMPTOMS CAN BE TREATED WITH LAX HERB
3. DRY SYMPTOMS CAN BE TREATED WITH DAMP HERBS
4. COLD SYMPTOMS CAN BE TREATED WITH HOT HERBS
Aromatic and stimulating herbs
5. LAX SYMPTOMS CAN BE TREATED WITH TENSE HERBS
Astringent and bitter herbs
6. DAMP SYMPTOMS CAN BE TREATED WITH DRY HERBS
Aromatic, astringent and bitter herbs
LICORICE ROOT, MARSHMALLOW ROOT
DANDELION ROOT, CHICORY
BUILDING YOUR RELATIONSHOP WITH HERBALISM
To dive deeper into your relationship with herbalism, we recommend taking time to explore the many beautiful state parks that surround the greater Milwaukee area and really get to know the plants that inhabit it. Watch how they grow and develop as the seasons change.
Check out a local Milwaukee apothecary, Tippecanoe Herbs in Bayview! They host monthly herb walks which would be a great step in getting started.