I greatly appreciate the personal feedback from supporters like @.lahlah. Hearing about how the plants have blessed you is a great honor 💜
This time of year I've been pushing a lot of my "products." In a capitalist society, money means a lot, and the support y'all give me is real appreciated. But just to be clear, I don't own my "products" and sell them to you. The plants that grow in my garden or fall from the trees are not mine. They are yours as much as mine. The price you pay for my wares goes to support me being able to have a relationships with the plants in my garden, growing personally along with them, and pour love and energy into them to provide for your health needs. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to develop plant and human community relationships, and I hope that you feel that energy, too. To me, it is a mystery and magic that helps me to both connect to my ancestors AND do the work to learn where my boundaries are. What I should not take. What does not belong to me. How the plants don't always say, "Yes," but when they do, it's because we are caring for each other. As @.daughter said, in response to the herbalist who wild harvests and "asks for permission," but always gets a "yes," "Well I asked the plant and it told me, 'Fuck you.'" So no, I don't carry certain plants because I would be perpetuating manifest destiny.