I am reading Women Healers of the World By Holly Bellebuono at the moment and one common theme is that all the woman had been taught by their mothers and grandmothers. My ancestors have taught me many things but not so much about the herbs. My Grandpa had a huge garden and I learned to eat a varied and fresh diet. Food was central to family gatherings and I learned my love of cooking from my Auntie.
Over the years I picked up tidbits of information from varied sources. My poison ivy remedy comes from an old boyfriend's grandfather, a wise old farmer. One of my oldest and dearest friends is a master gardener and I work for her in my off time. I am paid in plants. My garden reflects those happy moments.
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It was there I met a new tribe of women that I am blessed to call friends. We travel many miles and to many classes and conferences where we get to see each other again. We keep in contact in between and continue to learn and inspire each other. The circle keeps growing, spiraling and at the center is love and the plants.