Written by Meghan Rhodes MCPP MAPA
When was the last time you had to run to the drugstore or pharmacy to buy medicines?
The last time I did was 2009. That was the last time I bought paracetemol and that thick, pink digestive upset medication.
That was nearly 15 years ago before I dove deep into the knowledge and personal power that is herbalism.
Fast forward to the last few years. When disease spread, I had my herbs. When I gave birth, I had my herbs. When my daughter picks up another immune-building bug, I have my herbs.
I grow and make what I can - which isn't everything yet, but if we had to get by on just what is growing in our garden and on the land area us, we could. What I source is from independent, high quality suppliers, often run by families.
I know every ingredient and process of anything we put on or in our bodies as a family.
No one hands me a piece of paper to go get some little pills that come in a tiny box with a huge piece of paper covered in miniscule print bursting with warnings and side effects.
I have sovereignty over my medicine through herbalism. And because of that, I have sovereignty over my health and the health of my family.
It's worth asking yourself - who controls your health? And are you happy with the answer?
One way is to cultivate self-reliance, exploring ways to be empowered through independence. We can grow our own herbs. We can make our own medicines. We can understand our bodies. We can trust our instincts.
We can bring care back into our homes and support ourselves to tend one another.
Knowing you can do it yourself - and often, do it better - gives fulfilment. It gives satisfaction. It gives vitality and longevity.
It gives resilience.