I started this blog when my family and I first got involved in the SCA locally, but due to Morcant's insane work-travel and the fact that I was finally heading back-to-school to finish my degree, the time just wasn't right for us. (Do you know that if you spend more than six months in New York a year, you have to pay income taxes in both New York and Iowa? We found that out in 2013.)
So that is my excuse as to why I haven't put much effort into this blog. The attempt was still fruitful. I remembered how much I loved history and decided to pick up a double major. I managed to take advantage of my academic access long enough to get at a lot more period documentation which I know have stashed in my Zotero.
I've had a few people tell me that studying physick and herbal preparation isn't very common in the society and that I will have a hard time finding someone to study under or are worried that herbs are dangerous. I am not particularly worried about that.
I am a professional herbal educator and consultant in real life. (Yes, that's actually a thing.) I've been at it for over 20 years, now. Interestingly enough, I actually got my start at it that career when I was young and running around with a long since disbanded SCA group in the Dubuque area.
I am also fairly knowledgeable in various historical healing modalities. One of my favorite subjects - one I am kind of considered an expert on- are the lady experimenters of the late 15th and early 16th century.
In addition to teaching herbal self-care classes at Kirkwood Community College and other local venues, I teach at mundane conferences all over the country including the Midwest Women's Herbal Conference , the American Herbalist's Guild Symposium, Traditions in Western Herbalism, and the Good Medicine Confluence. I am an associate academy educator at the Herbal Academy of New England, and I write articles for several herb magazines including The Essential Herbal Magazine, Plant Healer Magazine, Natural Herbal Living Magazine and the Herbal Academy's Herbarium.
Please understand that if I mention herbs or you see me using herbal preparations at an event, I am not necessarily playing at period practices.My use of herbs is part of my everyday life. I grow most of my own herbs and make most of my own preparations. Some uses are period, some are not. I have strewing herbs under my appliances and an entire herbal apothecary in my home. If I mention that that I have an apprentice, it is because I often have real-life apprentices helping me out.
I have plenty of resources in my home that inform me as to an herb's safety and possible interactions with pharmaceuticals. I promise, I am a safety gal.