Decolonizing Herbalism: A Community Discussion

Herbal medicine is the people’s medicine, so its practitioners must serve the people.
Herbalism is medicine from the edge, so herbalists must build community with those who are marginalized.
Herbalism is “alternative” medicine in our society today, so its practitioners must advocate for the underrepresented.

To do this, we need to acknowledge the persistence of colonialist, racist, classist, patriarchal, and other oppressive attitudes within the realm of herbal medicine. We need to talk about privilege and power. As herbalists, we must find ways to honor traditional knowledge without engaging in the appropriation of native cultures, and work to preserve ancestral herbal wisdom without exploiting environments, plants, or people.

Forest of Dreams by Liga Eglite, on Flickr

We are all in this together.

None of this is easy or simple, but it is necessary. We invite you to join us for a spiraling discussion of these issues, oriented towards finding ways we can all help each other develop respectful relationships between people, peoples, plants, and places.

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
7:00pm – 9:00pm
25 St. Mary’s Court, Brookline

This is a free event, and we invite all interested parties to participate!

RSVP by filling out our contact form, emailing us at info@commonwealthherbs.com, or calling 617-750-5274.

We had a great turnout for this discussion and we’re planning to make it a regular occurrence.

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