This is the last of four Class Acts where we highlight four classy acts in food production and sustainability in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. These four were part of a weekend-long, 40-farm Piedmont Farm tour sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association as a way to learn more and celebrate the small family farms in the region.
It seems that taking pills and medication has become more common than not. I often feel like I’m a weirdo or incomplete because I don’t own any Tylenol or Advil. You’re out of luck in my house if you need some ibuprofen.
I felt a little less weird at Herb Haven where medicine and healing is natural – from the ground, from the plants. I know next to nothing about plants and medicine, so this place is a fascinating learning opportunity.
Started by Suk Roth, an educator, plant guide, and herbal medicine consultant, she grows all her own plants in her lovely garden. She seems to be a walking encyclopedia, knowing which plants do what.
Need a kick to get up that last hill? Chew on some calendula! Hot flashing? Try some chaste tree.
Suki and her knowledgeable apprentices shared their knowledge about the different benefits of the many, many plants and herbs that exist. Apparently, for optimal health, many of these should be taken daily. The tinctures are made in Suki’s apothecary and the walls are lined with this natural healing.
I’ll keep you posted on whether I feel anything different with this tincture. In the meantime, looking forward to learning more from this elder who is sharing her wisdom about natural ways for optimal health.