Ann Armbrecht is the director of the Sustainable Herbs Program under the auspices of the American Botanical Council. She is a writer and anthropologist (PhD, Harvard 1995) whose work explores the relationships between humans and the earth, most recently through her work with plants and plant medicine.
In this episode, Ann talks about her early work in Nepal, studying with Rosemary Gladstar, and her new book, the Business of Botanicals, which explores her lifelong question- can intention survive a global supply chain as the awareness of the benefits of herbal medicine grows exponentially? Her early experiences gave her a foundation in understanding the personalities of herbs and the intentions of the herbalists as key to botanical therapy.
She is the co-producer of the documentary Numen: The Nature of Plants and the author of the award-winning ethnographic memoir Thin Places: A Pilgrimage Home, based on her research in Nepal. Her latest book is The Business of Botanicals: Exploring the Healing Promise of Plant Medicines in a Global Industry (Chelsea Green Publishing, February 2021). She lives with her family in central Vermont.
Disclaimer: The information presented in this podcast is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor if you are in need of medical care, and before making any changes to your health routine.