It’s starting to make me uncomfortable, seeing herbs described and defined by what they can do for us. And if we think they’re especially useful, they’d better watch out- we’ll hunt and gather them to extinction.
Plants were not put here for people, as the old story tells. They were living on this planet for eons before we came along and were keeping pretty busy without us.
Calendula flowers, for example, provide nectar and pollen for bees and butterflies. Calendula roots form active partnerships with fungi, benefitting the soil. The fact that Calendula has so many health and beauty benefits for people doesn’t mean that we have more rights to it than any other being.
I hope people can learn to think about plants in a bigger way. We’ve done so much taking. There’s a lot of giving back to do.