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This clip from the start of The Sacred Gardener’s Medicine Making Workshop addresses the increasingly tight legal restrictions on practicing traditional and shamanic herbalism.
Why the way modern scientific ‘standardized’ herbalism, that is practiced in the name of ‘safety’ is actually dangerous, and why the grassroots traditional and shamanic herbalism, which is being wiped out by regulators, is actually safe.
“These herbal regulations and standardizations have about as much to do with safety as forest management has to do with the health of the forest. Nothing. Both are completely driven by government-sanctioned corporate industry. Like sly devils, they fabricate a facade of concern and care, which are the very means to achieve their true economic imperative.
The pharmaceutical industry essentially found its footing in our culture by discrediting herbalism. From the late 1800s through to now, the medical associations have deliberately cast traditional health practices like midwifery and herbalism as ‘backward’ unscientific ’wive's tales’, or superstitious traditions. This was the best way to steal the herbalist's, midwive's and healer's clients. But with the rise in herbalism, Big Pharma is threatened and so has now created their own herbal brands, as well as pushed hard for government regulations to push out grassroots herbalism.
The regulations make it nearly impossible for small producers to make it because they can’t afford the time or money (testing and paperwork) for something that's totally unnecessary. It's clear that people working in the herbal industry do it for love because they’re grossly underpaid, forced to compete with the machinery of industrial growers and third world workers when plants need to be hand-picked. The only purpose for regulations is to drive small herbal producers under and to line the pockets of the regulators. They are totally unnecessary because as an herbalist, people who buy herbs from me come to trust in my advice and the herbal quality of what I make and sell them. If I sell them poor quality medicine and it doesn’t work, not only don’t they come back but they tell others about the bad experience.
Come visit us in Rankin next week! We'll have sauerkraut and wild leek miso, Gomasio (herbal salt), Bulk Herbs, herbal toner, cleansing grains, copies of Steven's books.. and more! https://t.co/ZhPpUJuIHO