Learning from Plants Directly
I already spied my first violet of the season. Growing in a protected, warm spot there she was, already flourishing. This early-bloomer was so beautiful and unexpected I was stopped in my tracks. Soon we will have an abundance of these indigo gems sprouting up... Hopefully you will take the time to pluck a few to adorn your spring salads. I will have more to say about violet next month, just you wait...
Now in mid-March, we may feel our restless hearts yearning for spring and all of its blossoms. We notice that things are changing very quickly and every day something new is emerging from the ground. So I send out this reminder: pay attention to the trees and weeds and bulbs that are sprouting at this very moment. You can learn so much from their growth and unfolding.
Perhaps this is a new idea for you -- Did you know that you can learn from plants directly, without a mediator (i.e. a teacher/herbalist) in the middle? You can! And it is likely much more simple than you ever expected.
In honor of Spring's arrival, here are a few of my favorite ways to get to know plants one-on-one:
I encourage you to try out these simple methods. In my practice I believe it is so important to taste, smell, observe and interact with herbs in order to more fully connect with them. You can gain so much from these simple exercises.
If you would like more guidance in connecting with plants and learning how to use herbs in your daily life, perhaps you'd liketo join me in one of my upcoming Herbs for Everyday Living series...
Warmest Spring wishes to you!