Many times people new to herbs get excited about learning and using herbs. I know I sure did.
They go out and buy all kinds of books. They stock up on a lot of dried herbs, bottles, and preparation utensils. They have their cabinets, refrigerator, and closets full of the things they’re making and trying. They’re giving stuff away to everyone they know and trying to make everyone healthy through herbs all at once! Yes, me again!
It’s all so very fun and exciting. That initial passion for something that is so old and deep. Something with truth and life in it. You can’t help but be consumed by it.
But then sometimes, that passion that burned so bright and strong, starts to wane, little by little. Why is that? Maybe it’s a passing phase, maybe something else new and exciting came along. The reasons are different for everyone. For me, it was because the herbs I was using didn’t always work.
Gasp! What? Herbs… not work!?
Yes. There were times I would have something going on, I’d study up on what herbs could be used for that issue, I’d make what I needed and use it, only to be disappointed that the herbs didn’t really help… like, at all.
Sure sometimes I got things right, but a lot of times I didn’t. I remember getting frustrated… with myself, with the herbs, with others who could get it right. I wondered why it didn’t work for me. Was everyone else lying about the wonderful ability herbs had, or did they just know something I didn’t know?
Thankfully I didn’t give up on them. I knew deep inside of me that herbs were given to us as a gift. For nutrition. For healing. I figured I had some things to learn from other herbalists if I wanted to use herbs correctly and have them work for me. And you know what… that’s exactly what it was.
I’d jumped right in and started using herbs to treat symptoms and problems, just like I was trained to as a nurse, instead of learning what herbalism really was and how it worked. I jumped into the middle of using herbs instead of starting at the beginning and building my skills over time. I also only viewed herbs from a medicinal or therapeutic viewpoint and completely ignored the fact that many herbs should be used for their nutritional and balancing properties on a daily basis.
Once I realized that I’d started off in the wrong place, I began to buy books from well-known herbalists, I read their blogs, their articles, I watched videos of them teaching and doing plant walks, I took herbal courses from different herbalists, and eventually came to HANE to try out their Intermediate Herbal Course.
So if you are new to herbs or you know those that are, you’re probably familiar with the frustration that comes when the herbs you love don’t work, just like I was. So today, I’m going to share 7 reasons herbs may not work.
When I eventually learned about the reasons why herbs may not work, it opened my eyes even more to the depth of herbs and made me appreciate the study that goes into this ancient art. I can now say that I have a better idea of how herbs work and how they’re meant to be used, and yes, most times they work for me. If not, I still don’t give up. I just study more to see where I got off track again.