“Despite our problems, life is good, and our planet is an exquisite gem clothed in green blessings.” ~ herbalist Susun Weed
I first encountered the writings of Susun Weed when I was in my early 20s. I had a mail-order catalogue from an esoteric bookstore in New York City and was buying up books on herbal medicines in an effort to learn all that I could about the properties of the herbs. Susun’s book Wise Woman Herbal for the ChildbearingYear had only recently been published, and I believe I had read about it in a review in Harvest magazine.
Compared to other books I bought around that time, Susun’s herbal had few entries in it. I enjoyed the warm, conversational style of her writing. But at the time, I had no need for most of the remedies she described. So the book went on the shelf for a very long time.
I rediscovered Susun on YouTube decades later, and now I got to enjoy the pleasure of seeing her face and hearing her speak. I also got to watch her prepare the herbal remedies and to appreciate the joy and serenity that she radiates. Some days I think, When I grow up, I want to be like Susun.