Defining My Path

In September 2016 I began the Entrepreneur Herbal Course through the Herbal Academy, and I will be finishing it soon. It is always bittersweet when I finish one of their courses, but at least I have a lot of notes and sweet memories to hang on to each time. I hate to say goodbye, but I’m ready to move forward.

Never, in a million years, would I have imagined I would learn as much as I have thus far. I have learned about herbal history, herbal traditions around the world, plant identification and taxonomy, plant chemistry, wildcrafting, drying and storing herbs, defining my path, using essential oils in my herbal products, making and storing herbal products, advanced formulation, Good Manufacturing Practices, labeling my products, all the legal requirements, and SO much more.

I am so thankful for each one of the Herbal Academy’s courses, especially the Entrepreneur Herbal Course. This course has really made me think about my path as an Herbalist and which direction I would like to go.

Below is my essay from Unit 4. After four wonderful years of studying through the Herbal Academy and praying about it, I now know the path I feel called to take. I just have to create some baby steps to get there…

Entrepreneur Herbal Course, Unit 4

Define Your Path Essay

“When I first began my herbal journey in 2008, I didn’t really have one certain path that that called out to me, I just knew I wanted to help people. Since I began studying with the Herbal Academy in 2014, I have had several paths call out to me.

In 2016, while working on the Intermediate Herbal Course, I felt called to become a Clinical Herbalist. At that time, I felt that would be the best way to help a lot of people, but since then I have learned how herbalist can help people in other ways as well. Now, the path I feel calling out to me the most is the Community Herbalist path.

As a Community Herbalist, I plan to teach my fellow Oklahomans about all of the amazing plants growing wild here, in our beautiful state. I want to share the knowledge I have acquired throughout the years by offering herb classes, hands-on workshops, wildcrafting walks; and by writing and illustrating a book about the plants of Oklahoma. I also want to open a café that offers herbal teas, fair-trade coffees, wildcrafted foods, herbal foods, and other herbal inspired creations. I want my community to not only learn about these amazing plants, but learn how to use them to nourish their bodies.

The first reason I want to start my own business is to bring my husband home. He currently works away from home half of the year, so it would be really nice to have him home every day. The second reason is because it would bring my family closer together. Since we homeschool already, it would be a wonderful way to teach my children even more about herbs and what it means to have good work ethics. The last, but definitely not the least, reason is to help people. I plan to employ some people, and help feed even more.

My business will positively impact my community by offering events to bring us all together, by setting a good example, and by helping people. I feel that communities need good leaders, individuals who will organize and plant events that are not only good for the people, but good for our planet. My plan is to gather up other like-minded individuals and plan some amazing events. We will offer classes, hands-on workshops, community picnics, wildcrafting walks, arts + crafts festivals, classes for kids, hands-on workshops for kids, and so much more. We will also get a community garden and community compost going. These two things will not only help our community, but help our planet as well.

I feel that my ideas support preservation, conservation, and sustainability. Through my classes, hands-on workshops, wildcrafting walks, and other events I will be able to teach my community about the preservation, conservation, and sustainability of our planet. Through my café I will be able to set a good example by offering recycling bins and rewards for recycling; and by using glass and metal dinnerware/silverware, cloth napkins, fabric tablecloths, recycled and 100% biodegradable to-go boxes/cups, solar panels for electricity, eco-friendly kitchen appliances (large and small), and upcycled furniture. I truly believe that if we show people how easy it is to be eco-friendly and teach them why it’s so important, then they will eventually come around to the idea.

I am beyond excited to turn my dreams into a reality, but I am also really nervous. I am nervous because I have never owned a business by myself and I will be on my own until I can bring my husband home to help me. I am also nervous because I do not really know how my community will react in the beginning. Will they accept me with open arms or call me crazy behind my back? I have faith that this is what God has called me to do though, so I know – without a doubt – it will all be good in the end and that makes my heart happy. Helping people and helping our planet will bring me great joy because that is exactly why I am here!

In five years I see myself in a field of southern Oklahoma, teaching my fellow Oklahomans about the wonderful plants covering the land we call home with an array of colors. I see myself sipping a cup of herbal tea, as I read from a book about herbs to a group of children gathered all around me. I see myself making a loaf of artisan bread, enjoying the aroma of herbs as I gently fold them into the dough, and loving every moment of my life.”

-Cheyenne Anderson

What is your mission, as an Herbalist? 🌿

I feel that writing down a mission plan and describing the values you plan to implement, in order to achieve this mission, are very important steps for an Herbalist, and for the aspiring Herbalists as well. 

In the Entrepreneur Herbal Course I’m taking through the Herbal Academy, one of our assignments was to write down a mission plan and describe the values we planned to implement to help us achieve this mission. 

Here is mine…

“My mission is to assist people in building the general health and resistance of their body by providing nutrients and herbs that stimulate healing.

To achieve this, I plan to implement the following values:

Generosity: I think generosity is an awesome business value. I plan to help as many people as I can, even if they don’t have the means to pay me. In my opinion, the true definition of generosity is “giving and never expecting anything in return”.

Pursuit of Excellence: I will always try to handcraft the very best products and help people the very best way I can. I will constantly try to do better and put good into the world each and every day.

Community: I want to get my community involved. I will offer classes about herbs: culinary herbs, herbal medicine, teas, making infusions & decoctions, and syrup & tincture making. I also want to offer nature walks, teach people how to wildcraft, and teach them about all the endangered herbs.” –Cheyenne Anderson, Herbalist 

I know that my mission will never change, but I may add some values to the list as the years go by. Regardless, this is a good starting point for me and I hope all the Aspiring Herbalists and Herbalists out there decide to sit down and write out their mission plan as well. 

I hope y’all are having a great spring! 🌿 

The Blessings of being an Herbalist

I’m so thankful for my supportive husband, he has cheered me on every step of the way. ❤️

I’m so thankful God called upon me to help people. Helping people truly fills my cup and makes my heart happy. I didn’t know exactly how I was going to help people in the beginning though, I just knew I was supposed to help people.

#MyHerbalStudies Introductory Course

Through years of studying herbs, enrolling in the The Herbal Academy, and completing the Introductory & Intermediate courses, I finally figured it out. I would help people with my herbal studies.

#MyHerbalStudies Intermediate Course

As an herbalist, my goal is to assist people in building the general health and resistance of their body by providing nutrients and herbs that stimulate healing.

#MyHerbalStudies Entrepreneur Course

A lot of people think, “That’s easy enough”, but it’s really a lot more complex than one would think.

#MyHerbalStudies require a lot of concentration.

You see, each individual has unique metabolic differences, and what may stimulate healing in one individual may be ineffective or perhaps even harmful to another.

A few of my favorite books. ❤️

It’s important to have extensive knowledge of the human body, medications, illnesses, and diseases, along with extensive knowledge of herbs and foods because herbalists use a holistic approach.

My nightstand, with piles of my favorite books on it. ❤️

We believe in helping the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just addressing the symptoms.

Part of my home apothecary. ❤️

Someday, I plan to continue my studies to become a Clinical Herbalist, but for now… I’m happy where I am.😊

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It’s time to move on up to the Entrepreneur Course

  
It’s official, I have completed the Intermediate Course at the Herbal Academy

 

An herbal tea recipe from the Intermediate Course.
 
I’m always a little sad, because I fall in love with each course I’m studying and I hate to see it end, but I’m also excited to move on to the next level. I’m just a big ball of mixed emotions right now. 

 

One of the super helpful charts from the Herbal Academy.

I am learning so much more than I could’ve learned on my own, and I’m truly grateful for these amazing courses that the Herbal Academy offers. 

Part of my home apothecary.

Now it’s time to move on to the next level. I will be enrolling in the Entrepreneur Course soon, but I think I’ll take the rest of this week off to relax and read a book about herbs. 

I’m excited, nervous, and a little scared of the unknown, but I know that…

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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Unit 10, Intermediate Course, The Herbal Academy 

Happy Labor Day! 

For my “day off” I decided to finish up Unit 10 of the Intermediate Course! Unit 10 was very interesting, I learned a lot about using herbs with children, babies, and even breastfeeding mommas. I also learned a bit about the legalities of herbalism. It was all so very interesting and I soaked it all up like a sponge! 

  
With each Unit I complete, I have to submit a recipe in the recipe report forum. So, my daughters and I made the Three Needs Tea. I love that forum, there are literally thousands of very unique recipes in there!  

 

First we got our supplies ready…jars & lids, measuring cups, labels, markers, and herbs. We also made sure everything was clean & dry. 

  
Next, we mixed our herbs in the jars. We used equal parts of chamomile, catnip, and lemon balm. It smelled heavenly. 

  
Then it was time for some herbal tea! My daughters used 1/2 teaspoon and I used 1 tsp. of the Three Needs Tea blend. 

  
I thoroughly enjoyed creating this tea with my daughters, it also gave me the opportunity to teach them about each wonderful herb. 

  
My older daughter named her tea “Dream Tea”. She is the one who wears ‘rose colored glasses’ and will bust out with a song and a dance in a huge crowd, but dances like nobody is watching. 

  
My younger daughter named her tea “Strong Tea”. She’s my rough and tough little cowgirl. She loves to garden with me and learn about herbs. 

Tea time was a big hit, both of my daughters enjoyed making their own tea, but only one enjoyed drinking it. I do believe my younger daughter put in a little too much honey. I will continue having tea time with my daughters each day, I forgot how much fun we used to have when we had tea together! I hope y’all have a great week and thanks for stopping by to read my blog! 😊

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Unit 9, Intermediate Course, The Herbal Academy 

I worked all day long to complete Unit 9 and I’m so glad I did! This Unit covered the entire urinary system, how to keep this system healthy, common urinary complaints, and herbal remedies. If you’re like me, and have suffered from UTIs in your lifetime, then you would enjoy this Unit as much as I did.

The Urinary System!

How much water should you drink each day?
When we complete each Unit,  we are required to submit a recipe in the forum on the Herbal Academy’s student website. I chose to make the Electrolyte Replacement Drink and Oral Rehydrating Salts. The reason I chose these recipes was due to the fact that I had a fever for four straight days (it began on Monday) and I’m sure my body is in need of some rehydration.


This drink was so easy to make and it was definitely a treat! I’ll save the rest in my refrigerator to consume over the next few days as I work in my garden.


This recipe was easy to make as well, and I had all the ingredients on hand! I will be storing this in my medicine cabinet for future use, just in case we come down with  a stomach bug this flu season.

Just one more Unit to go, then I’ll be finished with the Intermediate Course and I can move on to the Entrepreneur Course. First, I think I’ll take some time off to rest! I hope y’all have a great weekend! 😊

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Unit 8, Intermediate Course, The Herbal Academy

When you’re down and out with a virus, I have found it’s the perfect time to catch up on your herbal studies and Unit 8 couldn’t have been more perfect!

This Unit was all about breathing, the respiratory system (upper and lower), lung imbalances, remedies, and plants, trees, & clean air. It taught me a lot about viruses (cold & flu), sinusitis, asthma, and allergies. I also learned about the herbs that are most useful during these times, their actions, and different ways to use them. I’m surprised at how much I comprehended, because my head has been a bit foggy since Monday.

With the assistance of a very helpful chart (and years of studying) I determined that my respiratory tissue state was hot/damp, so I needed to use herbs that were cool/dry. I decided to make a decoction, tisane (herbal tea), and steam for my sinuses using the herbs and essential oils I had on hand.

 

These are the herbs I used for the decoction.
For the decoction I used one quart of water, 4 tsp. elecampane root, 6 tsp. echinacea root, and 2 tsp. wild cherry bark. I simmered this decoction for 20 minutes over very low heat, strained, composted the herbs, and divided the decoction between two one quart mason jars.

 

The decoction, before I put the lid on the pot.
For the tisane, or herbal tea,  I used one quart of boiling water, 3 tsp. elder flower, 3 tsp. peppermint herb, 3 tsp. calendula flower, and 3 tsp. echinacea herb. I put the herbs into a mason jar, poured the boiling water over the herbs, screwed the lid on the jar, and let it steep for 20 minutes. Once it was finished steeping, I strained, composted the herbs, and divided the tisane between the same two jars that contained the decoction. I will be drinking one 4 oz. tea cup of the decoction/tisane mixture, three times each day to stimulate healing.

This is the tisane, steeping.
While the decoction and tisane were cooling down a bit, I prepared my steam. I placed 2 drops of tea tree essential oil, 2 drops of Rosemary essential oil, 3 drops of lavender essential oil, and 3 drops of peppermint essential oil in a metal bowl. While I brought some water to boil in my kettle, I grabbed a towel. Once the water was boiling, I gently poured it into the metal bowl over the essential oils. Then I  leaned my head over the bowl, placed the towel over my head and let the steam and essential oils do their job. I practiced my breathing exercises for about 5-7 minutes while I was  steaming, it was heavenly. I can actually breathe a bit easier as well!

I used these essential oils for my steam.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post!

Please note: A child’s serving size is quite different than an adult’s serving size, so please check with Clark’s Rule or Dr. Young’s Dosage table before giving your children herbal teas. Some herbs and EOs are not recommended for people with certain illnesses and/or diseases, pregnant women, breastfeeding women and people who take certain medications, so please consult with your holistic health care provider before using herbs and EOs.

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My Herbal Studies

When I’m not homeschooling my children, working in my gardens, or making something with my hands, you can find me curled up in my comfy bed studying about herbs.

My journey with herbs began around 2008, not long after my third child was born, and still continues to this day.

When I began my herbal studies, I would spent hours on end researching every herb known to man. My mom, sisters, and I spent days printing information and taking notes about these wonderful herbs. We compiled our information in binders and notebooks. We took notes until our hands were sore. We literally soaked in as much knowledge as we could about these herbs so we would feel safe using them in our homemade soaps, scrubs, rubs, and salves.

In 2014 I felt God calling me to do more, so I decided to take my knowledge of herbs to another level and I signed up for the Introductory Course that The Herbal Academy offered. It was a very rewarding course, I learned so many things I never knew.

Since then, I’ve completed the Introductory Course and I’m almost finished with the Intermediate Course. I just have two more Units to complete, after I’m finished with the one I’m currently working on, and then I’ll move up to the Entrepreneur Course!

As of now, my goal is to open my own little herb shop and, hopefully, someday complete the Advanced Course so I can become a Clinical Herbalist.

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