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! 🌿 

Just keep working…

I have felt a lot like Dory recently, only I have been working and not swimming. Yesterday I worked on a couple more lip balms and last night I labeled them. 

  
I made some vanilla lip balms. My daughters loved these so much that I let them keep one to share. 

  

We now have Mango, Strawberry, and Vanilla lip balms! I’ll be pricing them soon and if you would like to buy some, check out my Facebook page. 
  

This recipe was super simple to follow, so I’ll be sharing it with y’all today! Just keep reading, reading, reading. 😉
  

I also created my own recipe, which is very similar to c@rmex! 

  

I’ve been working on this recipe for a little while now and today I decided to try it out! 
  

It turned out to be better than I thought! 😉 
  

The Soothing Lip Balm is cooling to your lips and has a nice *tingle* sensation. 

 

I used these mica powders and flavorings in my lip balm recipes!
 
You can find the recipe for the Lip Balms here. Thanks for stopping by and I hope y’all have a great weekend! 😊

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Forest Bathing 

 

I was forest bathing and fishing on a river in Oklahoma.
 
“In Japan, a forest bathing trip, called shinrin-yoku (森林浴) in Japanese, or sēnlínyù (森林浴) in Mandarin and sanlimyok (산림욕) in Korean, is a short, leisurely visit to a forest.

A forest bathing trip involves visiting a forest for relaxation and recreation while breathing in volatile substances, called phytoncides (wood essential oils), which are antimicrobial volatile organic compounds derived from trees, such as a-pinene and limonene. Incorporating forest bathing trips into a good lifestyle was first proposed in 1982 by the Forest Agency of Japan. It has now become a recognized relaxation and/or stress management activity in Japan.”

-Wikipedia
  
Before I began my herbal studies, I had no clue what forest bathing was. I just knew that I loved to go exploring in the twelve million+ acres of forest found in Oklahoma. I love the sounds, smells, and tall trees in our forests.  It could be the nature-lover in me or it could be the Native American in me, all I know is that forests make me feel peaceful and at home.

Our campsite from October, 2015.

Approximately 28 percent of the land in Oklahoma is forested, so it’s not hard to find a forest that’s close to my home. The forests in Oklahoma provide numerous ecological services such as clean air and water, recreational opportunities, and scenic beauty. 

 
So get out there y’all, find a forest near you and bathe in it! My family enjoys nature walks, camping, hunting, and fishing in our forests. Yoga, meditation, picnicking, and photography are some more great ways to enjoy the forest!  😊
  

Do you have some ideas on how to enjoy the forest? Please comment below, I would love to hear your thoughts! 😊

If you live in Oklahoma, to find a forest near you visit this site.

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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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Herbs for Kids!

 

The majority of our learning happens outdoors!
 
When you’re an herbalist who homeschools her children, then you’re bound and determined to teach your children about herbs. I’m not the only one right? 😉

 

My son really enjoys the nature walks we take!
 
As the earth was waking up from a long winter’s nap and the trees were beginning to bud, I decided it was time to teach my children about herbs, especially the herbs that are safe for them to use.

 

My daughters, far away, in their own little make-believe world.
 
The first place I began looking for curriculum was at the Herbal Academy’s blog.

 

We enjoy learning indoors too!
 
I found a ton of materials and lessons there, so I began printing the free printables and planning out lessons for my children.

 

Tiny treasures, in my daughter’s hand.
 
My children learned so much this last spring, and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I have decided to continue our lessons about herbs throughout this school year! Keep your eyes peeled for more posts about Herbs for Kids!

 

They’re never too young to learn about herbs and plants. My two year old niece and I, enjoying a day in the park.
 
I hope you enjoyed this blog post, and thank you for stopping by! 😊

Garlic Honey 

Garlic and honey are both highly antiseptic. This combination can be used topically on staph and other infections, or spread on toast to stimulate healing!

Ingredients:

  • 6 cloves raw garlic
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • Sterilized, dry glass jar and lid

Directions

  • Finely grate raw garlic and let sit for 10 minutes to activate medicinal compounds.
  • Add honey to garlic and mix.
  • Can be consumed immediately.
  • Store in a sealed, sterilized, and dry jar.
  • Stir well with dry clean spoon and turn jar to mix daily and before taking.
  • For internal use, spread 1 tablespoon on a piece of bread and eat, twice a day during active infection.

For this recipe and more awesome recipes, visit The Herbal Academy’s Blog!

Please note: I like to keep my Garlic Honey in the refrigerator, since the bacteria that cause botulism can grow in foods that are not canned properly. Do NOT feed honey to babies less than 1 year old. Honey may contain the spores that can produce botulism bacteria in infants under 1 year of age. 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 garlic honey. Some herbs 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 trying this recipe.

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