APPALACHIAN HERBOLOGY

         While living in a national forest in the North Georgia mountains, I severely broke my pinky toe. Taken to be an opportunity to practice our self-sufficiency skills, Atmarama and I began sourcing herbology books on native plants in hopes of finding a remedy. We came across a herb called Comfrey; well-known to heal broken bones and torn tissue. After searching the forest far and wide, we had no success in finding Comfrey. Not only that, we also learned that Comfrey is commonly misidentified to be foxglove (Digitalis purpurea). Foxglove is deadly if ingested, causing fatal heart irregularities.  After this experience, we soon realized that we needed a teacher to show us how to properly identify useful medicinal plants. 


        Almost immediately, I enrolled at the Appalachian School of Hollistic Herbalism in Asheville, NC. Over the course of the next 4 months, I learned how to identify medicinal and edible plants and how to make traditional "folk" preparations for various purposes. While there are countless useful herbs and plants around us, included herein are a few that I studied at the Herbology school and that we use (and see growing) often.