Herbalism for COVID-19 Resilience with Leah Larabell, Herbalist
Above all, I am a nature-loving wife, mother, and daughter who finds a great deal of purpose and satisfaction in sharing my love for the land. As a clinical level herbalist, I have dedicated over a decade of my life to rigorously studying and diligently practicing the art of herbalism and have been taught by renowned herbal elders as well as Mother Nature herself. Some of my teachers have included Lisa “Pipsissawa” Bedner, Darryl Patton “The Southern Herbalist”, and David Winston of Herbalist & Alchemist. I feel very fortunate that each has shared with me a piece of their own distinct knowledge and viewpoints on herbalism expanding my vision to see multiple layers in the field of plant wisdom keeping. I consider myself a Western Eclectic herbalist who has a special fondness for Appalachian Folk herbalism as well as Alchemical herbalism. A great deal of study and practice has taught me how to take into consideration phytochemical responses in the body in relation to the whole state of the person’s being. I’ve also found that every person and plant relationship is unique and similar to “chemistry” that humans recognize with other humans. Many experiences over the years have humbled me to removing ego from my practice. It is not me who offers healing. I am simply a matchmaker between people and plants, hoping to facilitate the best connection.
It is the plants doing all of the work. Each one bringing some type of special knowledge or ability ready to help if you just know who to ask. They support your body in a manner that enables your body to better support itself and guide it back to a state of health in the needed area, making you stronger in the end. I never USE plants; instead, I call upon them, ask for their help, look toward them for insight, or simply sit by them for companionship.