My lovely wife is constantly adding to her herbal knowledge. We have a lot of natural medicines growing wild here in the North Country.
She’s been adding to her library. Our herbal books are not digital but on actual paper for safe keeping. In recent years she’s joined up with a botanical society and that’s also boosted her knowledge.
The problem with herbal medicines is that they are only available in the wild during the warm months. Most plants have to be gathered during specific times. Sometimes it’s the new leaves or the flower or the berry or even the roots. Staying on top of what’s available when can be a major undertaking.
Preserving the herbal medicines is also a major part of the process. That way you have access when you need it. You really don’t want to be wandering around the woods when actively sick.
Over the years my lovely wife has transplanted a number of useful plants onto our property. To the average person they just looks like wild weeds. To those in the know, they are treasures.