Herbalist Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on April 17th and honors the people who attempt to find the root cause of a medical condition or illness, and then treat said condition using herbs. Herbalists have been around for thousands of years and have used their knowledge of plants to create teas, oils, skin creams, and capsules to treat various conditions.
Herbalists also teach us about self-care and what we can do to keep ourselves healthy. We think all of these contributions are good enough for them to get their own holiday, don’t you?
The History Of Herbalist Day
According to Internet lore, this holiday was created by the Herbal Academy of New England in 2014. Although we have been unable to independently verify whether this is true or not, we have seen this notation mentioned on several websites so far.
Interesting Facts About Herbs
- The green leafy parts of a plant that’s used to season food are known as herbs.
- Spices are any part of a plant, other than the leaves, that are used for seasoning food.
- Herbs are used for medicinal, culinary, and sometimes spiritual uses.
- In India, turmeric has been used for medicinal purposes for over 6,000 years.
- Egyptians created herbalist schools over 5,000-years ago.
- Bay leaves were thought of by the Greeks to protect against lightning, sorcery, and disease.
- Herbs contain essential oils that can be extracted to make cosmetics, perfumes, soaps, and other such products.
Observing Herbalist Day
This holiday is a good day to give thanks to an herbalist or to learn more about herbalism. On this day, people can also use the hashtag #HerbalistDay on their social media accounts and let other people know about this holiday.