What is herbalism?
Posted by Claudia Stocker on
Claudia Stocker is a certified Herbalist who works in Guelph, Ontario. Claudia has a natural affinity for herbs and plants, particularly for their healing properties.
But what exactly is an herbalist and what do they do?
Simply put, herbalism is the study of plants for medicinal purposes. Plants have been used for as long as humans have existed to treat everything from a mild rash all the way to conditions such as depression, anxiety, burns and more. Through various traditions across the world, plants have been known to treat many conditions and this knowledge has been passed down through generations. An herbalist is someone who harnesses various plants and herbs for their healing properties by using flowers, leaves, roots and even barks in treatments such as teas, baths, tinctures, creams and salves to treat a particular condition. An herbalist will work on finding the root cause (pun intended) of an illness or condition and treat it.
While an herbalist isn't a medical doctor or mental health practitioner, herbalist treatments can be complimentary to many other treatments. In additon, herbalists must undergo extensive training in order to be recognized as certified. In Ontario, to be recognized as an herbalist with the Ontario Herbalists Association, a practitioner must complete one of the following category requirements:
"Receive at least 1100 hours of instruction / training, or equivalent in distance education format.
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