Hi all you lovely herbalists!
I have a question that I ponder a lot, and that is how do you all feel about the ethics of taking plants (herbs or otherwise) from the wild? I ask because as a lifelong naturalist/environmentalist/gardener type I've always followed the mantra of "Take only pictures, leave only footprints." I've taught that to my children, friends, relatives, blog readers and any other person that goes hiking with me. So, understandably I have a feeling of guilt when I consider taking any part of plant when on my journey, even though I know Mother Nature loves for us to use her gifts. Perhaps it's the engineer in me that calculates out in my brain that fact that if every person who sees something takes "just one" piece of plant, one rock, one bird feather, etc. then there will be none left. It's an irrational thought, but I think it just the same! All the plants I use currently come from my Certifed Wildlife Habitat garden and yard, from dried herbs I purchase, or from the many plants I propagate myself.
So, who can help me out with some interesting perspectives on herbal wildcrafting? I'd love to hear your answers!!
Kathy from Dragonfly Dew