Corinne Martin has practiced as a Certified Clinical Herbalist and amateur naturalist for over 30 years. She is an author of three books and numerous articles on medicinal plants and healing and has a deep passion and concern for the natural world. Martin recently retired from teaching holistic and integrative health at the University of Southern Maine Nursing School and now divides her time between Louisiana and Maine.
12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
State Capitol, Senate Committee Room F
The Medicinal World: Herbalists on Plant Medicine and Folk Traditions
with Corinne Martin and Lucretia VanDyke
1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Louisiana Herb Journal: Healing on Home Ground
In a world of constant change and crisis, the relationship between humans and their environment has never been more vital. Louisiana Herb Journal invites readers into the world of medicinal herbs, introducing fifty herbs found in Louisiana, with details on identification, habitat, distribution, healing properties, and traditional uses, including instruction on popular preparation methods such as tinctures and teas.Interspersed with these practical details, herbalist Corinne Martin shares stories that foster a true connection between readers and the world around them, from tales of childhood cherry picking to harvest mishaps to folklife traditions passed down through the generations. Accessible to experienced and rookie herbalists alike, Louisiana Herb Journal offers a new way of looking at the natural world, getting to know one’s “home ground” through a lens of healing and participation.
Family connections, an intimate knowledge of the surrounding lands and waters, strong community bonds, an irrepressible resilience, and a great capacity for celebrating life despite hardships are part and parcel of what it means to be from Louisiana. A celebration of the state and the cultures of those who live there, Louisiana Herb Journal reflects on the value of medicinal herbs in promoting personal healing and addressing current challenges to the state’s environmental and economic stability. Readers will gain a deeper recognition of the natural wealth Louisiana enjoys and the ways that our stewardship of wild plants can impact our personal health as well as the state’s ecological future.
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