Herbalism is the first known system of medicine and the basis of all other forms of medicine. It is the study of plants: their energy, flavors, patterns, affinities and actions. It is the study of the body: its energy, systems, patterns, afflictions and processes. And it is the art of intertwining these wisdoms with intention and intuition to help bodies heal themselves, balance and rebalance patterns of disharmony, with the support of plants and their practical magic.
An herbalist is a professional carer who connects people with plants, who sees them as whole individuals regardless of disease or condition, who strengthens the innate healing power of others through herbal preparations, diet and lifestyle. An herbalist is someone who dedicates their life to working in some way with medicinal plants: indigenous healers, scientists, naturopaths, holistic doctors, researchers, writers, herbal pharmacists, drug manufacturers, wild artisans, seed savers, and farmers, among others.
Implementing herbalism in the spa should be taken seriously and professionally. Start slowly, with common and innocuous herbs and flowers that can be professionally integrated into treatments such as infusions, scrubs and bath salts, or dried herb bundles to burn for energetic cleansing. Remember that when it comes to herbal medicine, a herb refers to any plant or part of a plant (seed, bark, root, stem, heartwood, leaf, flower, pistil, etc., moss, lichen, algae, nectar , resin, or fungus) that offers known medicinal benefit and is used for that purpose. It is important to note that herbs are organisms; complete beings, with an essence that is more than the sum of its parts.
If you want to offer herbal medicine in your spa, I recommend using fresh plants, setting up your own gardens and starting with mint, peppermint, chamomile, lavender, thyme, among other common and safe plants. Consult a specialist and set up workshops and rituals to invite guests to connect with nature.
By Adriana Azuara