My name is Amy Seger, and as a dyed-in-the-wool plant geek, wear many hats . I am an herbalist, horticulturist, and educator. I am interested in ethnobotany, herbal medicine, nutrition, natural/healthy living and alternative medicine. I am from East Tennessee, and I attended The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. There, I completed degrees in Ornamental Horticulture & Landscape Design (BS) and Plant Sciences (MS). Then, to fulfill a long-term goal of mine, I moved to Asheville, NC, for two years to study herbal medicine.
Through my educational journey, I have become an enthusiastic advocate of a person taking responsibility over of one’s health. While that may sound like a strange statement at best, herbal medicine recommendations may include anything from resting more, to being more mindful food choices, to incorporating lifestyle changes to combat chronic disease. More commonly than not, helpful herbs might be found in your own backyard!
From a horticultural standpoint, I support a bridge between the beauty of gardening and the health-enhancing benefits of herbs. There are many plants growing (as “weeds”) in your yard that have health-enhancing properties. Let’s consider the lowly dandelion, plantain, yarrow, and violet!