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Are you trying to recover ancient botanical knowledge? You should be, according to Erin McIntosh, speaking at the Mother Earth News Fair. “Reclaim your birthright,” was the apprenticing herbalist’s message to fair attendees at The Herb Companion Stage today.
McIntosh offered a starting point to fair-goers in Puyallup for delving into the natural world of herbal medicine: her favorite herb, skullcap. According to McIntosh, skullcap is the calming herb to have on hand. She said the herb had a toning effect on the nervous system, as well as being nutritive and mildly sedative; not enough to knock you out or make you feel drugged, though.
“I carry skullcap tincture in my bag to have it nearby wherever I go, and it makes a great tea, too,” says McIntosh. She is the Communication Manager for Mountain Rose Herbs and an apprenticing herbalist at Columbines School of Botanical Studies, where she botanizes and wildcrafts medicinal plants in the magnificent Oregon Cascades. McIntosh also blogs for The Herb Companion magazine.