Herbalism 101

Herbalism is all about the senses: seeing, touching, tasting, smelling and hearing.


  • recognising plants by their family groups
  • recognising plants by key identifiers
  • able to identify poisonous plants
  • recognising plants in and out of bloom
  • understanding the help and harm of the Doctrine of Signatures


  • feeling the textures of leaves
  • recognising the shapes of stems
  • spending time holding types of plants and becoming familiar with their energies
  • recognising plants by their textures


  • recognising the five flavours: sweet, bitter, salty, sour and umame or acrid
  • being able to identify poisonous plants without tasting


  • recognising the power of scent emotionally, physically and spiritually
  • understanding what it means if an herb smells foul to one person and good to another
  • understanding aromatic herbs and their uses


  • listening to our body and what it tells us
  • recognising symptoms and understanding the root of these symptoms
  • listening to our body, emotions and spirit as a collective
  • reacting in harmony with our senses
  • understanding the medicinal actions of herbs
  • listening to how our body energetics feel and what the plant energetics are

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