Welcome to this “herbological 2.0” site authored by me, medical herbalist Jonathan Treasure. This site is a work-in-progress container for various & motley commentaries on philosophical, theoretical and cutting-edge scientific issues of western herbal medicine practice. This stuff is probably of most interest to inquisitive students & practitioners of western herbal medicine, but may also be useful to anyone curious about the complex ways plants and humans interact. This focus reflects my long term preoccupation with these kind of questions, which despite their arguably fundamental importance, tend to receive rather less attention attention compared to the perennial favorites of herbal monographs, tea recipes, and take this for that recommendations.
In case you were looking it, the previous incarnation of herbological.com existed for a decade plus from 1998-2008; it included Herbal Bookworm book reviews and Herbal Hypotheses (position papers). As an early advocate for the idea that herbalists could and should benefit from using the internet, it was perhaps inevitable that my original herblog succumbed to the time and energy draining demands of regular content updates, and in 2009, and after almost 5 years working on my Herb-Drug, Nutrient Drug Interactions textbook, I mothballed the original herblog and then dismantled the entire herbological site.
Eradicating one’s cyberhistory is more difficult than you might think; serial requests for copies of deleted herbological posts accumulated even as I was ‘in recovery’ – meanwhile rogue sites were copying and reposting my old material, often without credit or acknowledgement; so eventually I put together a “Greatest Hits” collection from herbological.com as a free eBook. You can still grab it by signing up here.