Have you heard of The Herbal Academy’s new online resource for all things herbal? Here is our review of Herbarium and what every herb lover can expect to find there.
By the way, The Herbal Academy is such a great place for quality herbal information that I included them in the resources section of my book, The Do It Yourself Homestead. Also included in that book is a whole section on planning and planting a medicinal herb garden.
HANE is an affiliate of mine because I am simply so impressed with their work. They take the huge concept of herbal medicine and make it manageable for us every day people. If you haven’t tried their Introductory Herb Course or their Intermediate Herb Course, I highly recommend them. All online, all at your own pace and very well done.
Their new site, The Herbarium, is a digital reference library for your studies. As my blogging friend Chris, from Joybilee Farms points out in her review, you’re going to need high speed internet to enjoy this site. The graphics are breathtaking and so helpfully full of detail. However, they’re coupled with videos and lots of text so you’ll want some good digital speed.
Unlike their courses, this site is meant to be like an interactive collection of the coolest herb books you’ve ever read and like having a congregation of all your herbal mentors in one place. Candyland for the herb-nerds like me!
Features of Herbarium
In The Herbal Academy’s own words.
We are herbalists, a spirited group of individuals from all walks of life, joined together by our gratitude for nature and our desire to live and heal with plants. Along our herbal journey, we have grown closer to the earth and closer to the fellow beings whom it sustains. We have learned and continue to learn how even the smallest, seemingly insignificant plant has value. Real value — to its ecosystem and to us.
This connection that we share, this knowledge that we have gained, and all that we have yet to learn – these are the roots of The Herbarium.“
Being a hub of information, you’d better believe I’m using Herbarium as a resource for our homeschool herbal studies. I’ve been bugging Amber over at HANE about creating more content for children and while this site isn’t for young children, my almost teenager is going to love it. I’m going to study the sections of the website more in depth and break it up into chunks for DD to write reports on and do experiments with – there’s a lot to choose from…
The Library and Shop
There’s a LIBRARY tab and from there you’ll find articles, videos, print outs like recipe cards, spice information and information on HANE’s new e-book. Hold the phone – new book?! Uh, yeah – Cooking With the Seasons.
With membership in the Herbarium, you get access to this book AS WELL AS every other e-book they publish this year. There’s also a shop page where you can find all HANE’s products.
There’s also the MONOGRAPH section which is full of specific information for specific herbs. There are all kinds of search parameters: how to use, herbal action, taste, how to prepare, etc.
My son has been struggling to get rid of bronchitis and I’m looking for something to help him with his breathing. I wanted to know more about licorice root for that, so I popped that into the search. I learned so many things I didn’t know, and I’ve used licorice root a lot.
Herbarium is Relevant Year Round
Any season of the year, for any herbal need you have, you’re bound to find something of value in Herbarium.
Part of why I love Tasha Tudor, Little House and the homesteading lifestyle in general is the rhythm of life that one adopts. I need to rest in winter; move slower, eat broth and make plans for future herb gardens. In summer, I’m all movement and watermelon and bare feet. Seasonal eating, seasonal living – seasons! Important to ebb and flow. Herbs work their way easily into our everyday during the year. You harvest them during the growing season, then preserve and make use of them as the cold winds of winter blows.
For more seasonal living inspiration, including herbal projects, be sure to check out my good friend Kathie’s book:
For more information, be sure to visit The Herbal Academy’s site and poke around Herbarium. Be sure to visit the sections I haven’t even mentioned! For example, the downloadable media, handpicked gems by the Academy staff, an online community and so much more.