The 4th annual Herbal Medicine Workshop is set for next week in southern Illinois.
Dayempur Herbals General Manager Terry Hickey says plant-based herbal medicine is considered the original medicine and was taught in medical schools in the early 20th century. But, then towards the mid-20th century, she says it went away after the American Medical Association threatened to pull schools' accreditations if they continued to teach botanical treatments.
Hickey says natural medicine is making a comeback.
"If you ask most people, they will say their grandmother or their great-grandmother did this and this and this and it was all natural, it was all plant-based. So, the wisdom and the knowledge is coming back to the forefront."
Hickey says they place the focus on different herbs each year, so people learn something new.
"Yes, they're going to see the herb garden again, but I'll tell you there are 50 different herbs in that garden and you didn't absorb all of that in one viewing of it. So, there's a lot to learn just what's there and then we keep it fresh by introducing a new herb in our presentation that can help people go deeper into their understanding of that particular remedy."
Hickey says this year's workshop will feature some new herbs for people to see in the garden, as well as exploring how they grow, there will also be demonstrations on how to make the medicine.
The event is June 14th from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Dayempur Farm in Union County. Directions will be provided to those who register at dayempurherbals.com, on their Facebook page or by calling 618-713-5996.