The market is overrun with supplement companies, gummy vitamins, and rare and exotic herbal treatments with claims to make your life fantastic. Here at Salt Creek Apothecary, we believe in getting back to the source.
Changing the perspective about how we engage in herbalism starts with the concept of "food as medicine". Which is why we coined the hashtag #eatyourherbs
Bringing herbs into your daily life through food, spice, tea, and ritual can bring a better appreciation for who and what the herbs are. It also forces one to see them as products that one would want from local and sustainable sources. You wouldn't buy a tomato grown 5000 miles away on a farm with unsustainable wages, so why would you with your medicine?
The acquisition of rare herbs not prolific in your bioregion also supports the adulteration and overharvesting abuse so present in botanical supplement companies all over the world. So maybe you are using an ethically produced frankincense essential oil, but the mere purchasing and promotion of it's use furthers the desire and greed for something otherwise not sustainable.
But that is just on the physical level. We at Salt Creek Apothecary firmly believe by reducing herbalism into gelatin capsules (whether local or not) it reaps one of the full emotional/spiritual/psyche experience. It's not necessarily wrong. It just reduces the experience into a pills for cure model. So how are you engaging?
First, understand that the psyche and spirit are interconnected to our living world in a multitude of facets and functions. Second, be open, and willing to receive. We at Salt Creek Apothecary do not pretend to know the ways of our ancestors, but we are willing to listen. We are willing to learn. Open yourself to the songs, history, and tales each plant offers and respect it for its gifts it presents. Give thanks for those before you. Be teachable.
Below you will find a list of endangered herbs that should be brought to peoples awareness. Please do not buy these plants as products for whatever reason, unless you are testing your hand at growing endangered plants.
"Over 38,700 species – including roughly 5,950 species of animals and 32,800 species of plants – are protected by CITES against over-exploitation through international trade."
"Today, with the expertise and reach of its more than 1,300 Members – including States, government agencies, NGOs and Indigenous Peoples’ Organisations – and over 15,000 international experts, IUCN is the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network. It continues to champion nature-based solutions as key to the implementation of international agreements such as the Paris climate change agreement and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals."