As a physician, botanical medicine is how I heal people from sickness and bring individuals to a higher level of health and wellness. Medicinal plants are what I grow in my own garden. They are what I seek out in my travels and on simple walks. They are what I study in my medical books. The natural world is my paradise with seemingly limitless boundaries. We coexist as living organisms and our histories run long and deep throughout the world.
As an artist, I am embarking on a visual and educational journey to explore 365 specifically selected plants that are used as medicines on the planet. With 7 continents, 5 oceans and a botanical history spanning over 8,000 years, the number 365 represents 1 year of human interaction with plants in all its biodiversity and beauty. I am documenting plants as a visual scientist to better understand the properties that evoke mystique and healing for the human body and spirit.
Globally, we choose plants as our medicines in astounding numbers and these numbers continue to grow each year. There is an international movement of consumers choosing natural foods and medicines as a primary way to achieve and maintain better health. Healthcare in countries big and small, support individuals in this movement as it is a key part of disease prevention.