“I want to integrate both the traditional uses and the traditional wisdom and knowledge and experience with modern science.”
Christopher Hobbs is easygoing and relaxed as we sit down to discuss his book ‘Grow It, Heal It’ — more so than I’ll ever be. After all, here’s a man who has spent his life in the world of natural health, mining ancient medicine with modern science. The continuity implied has got to give him the level of peace and intelligence that he brings to the conversation.
I have always tended to be quite skeptical of any writing in this genre. It’s very easy to make claims that you cannot back up and slather them with graphics that are impressive and entertaining. But Hobbs is first and foremost a scientist who understands the technical aspects of the practice. That said, his work and his presence on the page and in-person, are far more humane than are typically associated with the words “research scientist.”
For me, the striking aspect of ‘Grow It, Heal It’ was the cookbook slant. It’s not really in the text, but I love cookbooks, and the idea of being able to create your own medicinal herbs at home, with the recipes you find here is very appealing. It’s also nice that the work in the book does not involve a lot of high-tech, high-maintenance gardening stuff. I’m edging my way into growing my own herbs, as I have some nice places in the front yard to do so.
Chris and I talked about his work, and his take on how growing your own herbs (and yes, he does mention that herb as well, only very briefly) can save you money and cure your headaches — literally, in this case. If you’re interested in growing herb, matters of mind, body and spiritual health, or just want to hear something you can easily do in your own home, then Christopher Hobbs is your man.