Philosophy & Practices
For as long as humans have existed, we have been cultivating relationships with plants for food, medicine, fuel, clothing, shelter, and beauty. Plant medicines have traditionally been 'remedies of the people,' accessible in kitchens, gardens, and the local ecosystem. Sweet Flag community herbalist Sarah Sorci has found people-plant connections to be nourishing and empowering on many levels. She believes that intimacy with and reliance upon the local ecosystem is a necessary component of any environmentally sustainable culture. Sweet Flag Herbs seeks to facilitate rich relationships with wild and cultivated plants, as well as others in our community and ourselves.
In Sweet Flag herbal formulations, all plant material and additional ingredients are sustainably wild-harvested or organically/naturally grown. Click here to learn what "sustainable harvesting" means for Sweet Flag Herbs.
Sarah wild-harvests and cultivates as much plant material as possible herself. Click here to learn about herb cultivation partnerships with Gong Garden and Greystone Nature Preserve.
Supplemental purchases are made from ethical herb businesses, including Mountain Rose Herbs.
Sweet Flag Herbs acknowledges that the medical environment in which we live has changed drastically over the last 100 years, and continues to change with new medications, procedures, and research. An herbal medicine practice that is accessible, safe, and effective for everyone requires adequate knowledge of herb-drug interactions, as well as the phytochemistry of medicinal plants. To ensure that herbal recommendations are as appropriate as possible, Sarah researches herb-drug interactions for any client using a medication. She also collaborates with Dr. Hilary Stevenson (PhD, Molecular Pharmacology) when presented with unfamiliar pharmaceutical medications.
In 2015, Sarah completed a Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training for Medicinal Herbs, offered by NC Cooperative Extension and the NC Natural Products Association. Her organic farming background has provided ample experience in safely growing and handling fresh plant material.
ACCESS FOR ALL
Herbal consultations and formulations are not yet covered by most medical insurance, making them difficult to afford for some. The CSA model is offered for the significant savings imparted on products and consultations. A scholarship form is available for those unable to afford a non-CSA consultation. Sarah prioritizes education in hopes of strengthening confidence in growing, harvesting, and making one's own medicine-- the most affordable option, available to everyone.
Sweet Flag Herbs is grateful to be part of a community of learning, sharing information and experiences. Thus, botanical and ecosystem information, traditional uses, growing recommendations, etc. are provided whenever possible. Dialogue and feedback are most welcome!