The Native Medicinal Plants Awareness Journey is 14 issues of plants that are at risk for extinction and being protected by the United Plant Savers. Through their conservation efforts and the efforts of countless other individuals who are working to cultivate and protect these species, we hope to not only rescue these plants from extinction but also help them to thrive in their natural environments.
Because of this, here at Herbal Roots zine, we have dedicated this year’s collection of issues to bringing awareness to 12 of those herbs:
False Unicorn Root
True Unicorn Root
In addition, there are 2 back issues: Echinacea and Slippery Elm which are also on UpS’s at risk list.
Interested in being a part of this journey? You can join in for a year of fun and learning with Herbal Roots zine!
Everyone who joins will receive the following:
Upon enrollment you will be added to a special membership website which gives you immediate access to the free printables and companion guidebook, and the two back issues (Echinacea and Slippery Elm) once they have been completely updated. Each month a new issue will be released. Quizzes will be offered at the end of each month and a certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the year once all segments have been completed.
About the project, Native Medicinal Plant Awareness for Children:
This is a multi-faceted project which will include 12 issues of Herbal Roots zine, a 2019 wall calendar and an at risk native medicinal herbals coloring book, all of which is being created over the course of the next year.
I am devoting a year of Herbal Roots zine to focusing on native medicinal species that are on the United Plant Savers’ “at risk” list. In addition to the existing sections of each issue, I will be adding in sections on the conservation and cultivation of those plants and how to help existing wild spaces to thrive.
This project will focus on teaching kids about the importance of conservation and the cultivation of 14 of our most endangered species of native medicinals through stories, songs, poems, games, puzzles, etc. The outcome of this project will be 14 individual issues, each issue devoted to a particular endangered or “at risk” native medicinal herb.
In the past I have been hesitant to write about plants that are endangered and at risk due to the over harvesting of such plants. I feel the time has come to address this concern directly, by teaching our next generation of herbalists the proper course of action when using native medicinals for medicine through responsible cultivation and stewardship.
I love teaching herbalism and botanical drawing and I'm excited to bring these two loves to the online teaching world. I am the creator, author and illustrator of the popular online herbal zine, Herbal Roots zine, which teaches children about the medicinal uses of herbs through fun activities like games, puzzles, songs, stories and recipes. I began this zine back in 2009 when I was looking for resources to teach my youngest 2 children, which I was homeschooling, when I realized there wasn't much available for teaching kids about herbs. It is now in its 10th year of publication.
I am a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and in addition to writing the monthly ezine, I teach classes in my community as well as all over the United States to both adults and children. I have created and ran kid camps at herbal conferences around the country as well and have run a kid's camp out of my home during the summer. I also see clients out of my home office and make all natural herbal goat milk soaps which I sell in local stores and online.
When I'm not homeschooling my youngest two (which are now in 7th and 9th grade) I am usually drawing plants or walking my dog Lulu in the woods while taking photos of the plants that are growing there.
Teaching others about herbs is my focus with a passion on sharing my knowledge with children as they ARE our future!