#108herbs: A Meditation on Plant Medicine

We are growing more than 108 different herbs at #NEO2.0!

“The truth is, we live in an ancient, healthy symbiosis with bacterial, viral and microfaunal colonizers. Our bodies are much like the soil of the earth, covered inside and out with a broad diversity of microfauna providing an interdependent complex of support services. When we become ill, our symbiotic relationship with the healthy bacteria and other microfauna – our body ecology – is disturbed.  There are alternatives, however, to the pharmaceuticals that once seemed our saviours and are now our bane, for bacteria do not develop resistance to plant medicines. They can’t. For plants have been dealing with bacteria a great deal longer than the human species has even existed, some 700 million years.”

Stephen Harrod Buhner, (2013) Herbal Anti-virals: Natural remedies for emerging and resistant viral infections.

108 is a significant number in many cultures, including Buddhism. Though it may seem random when applied to the context of plant medicine, I assure you it is not. By setting an intention to come together around this shared meditation on herbal wisdom, and honouring it with this sacred number, we are extending our gratitude towards the plants with whom this miracle of life is intimately interconnected.

#108herbs is intended to create conversation and ultimately empower people to take control of their own health by gaining sharing knowledge and creating opportunity for direct experience growing food and medicine. If you have questions, comments or issues you would like explored please contact us – we value feedback and are happy to spend time researching topics that are relevant for this blog.

Later in the week we’ll post more details about our Saturday May 13th, 2017 opening day at the farm!  Stay tuned and why not sign up for our e-newsletter so you are sure to be kept up to date!

We can never know it all – only a fraction in fact – but the herbs are capable of constantly drawing us into a deeper understanding of ourselves as they heal us and we understand them.

–  Matthew Wood, (1997). The Book of Herbal Wisdom.

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