The 7 Stages of Home Medicine Makers

Did you know that home medicine makers go through 7 stages? Learn what they are, and discover which stage you are at and how you can progress to the next stage.

Home medicine makers go through 7 stages -- which stage are you at?

Stage #1: Declaration

Many people have secretly dreamed about being a Medicine Woman or Medicine Man, but have never gotten started. For you, though, something triggered one day—maybe it was a bad reaction from a pharmaceutical, maybe you got tired of the white coats’ arrogance, or maybe you saw a video that sparked your heart. Whatever it was, it helped you understand that the time to do something is NOW.

So you made a decision to start learning the old ways, start making your own medicine, and become knowledgeable about how your body works. You realize that you are responsible for your health.

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Conventional medicine encourages victims, and the conventional medical system wants you to follow its directions blindly and trust it with your life.

People who declare their intentions to become Medicine Women or Medicine Men are on a very special path and are different from the collective.

Your declaration puts you on the road less travelled. You are starting an amazing adventure where, yes, you sometimes will make mistakes or go down blind alleys . . . but you have crossed the river and decided that you are responsible for your own health.

Don’t underestimate the power in that decision. A whole new world begins to open up to you once you make a declaration of that magnitude.

And it is big.

While you are a little unsure of how this will unfold, you stand a little taller and there is a sense of strength in your core.

Stage #2: First Taste of Power

You’ve successfully treated your first ailment with a home remedy!

Maybe you used garlic to treat an ear infection (go here to pick up a free eBook on how to use garlic medicinally: www.GarlicMiracles.com).

Maybe you made some elderberry syrup which stopped that sore throat in its tracks.


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Or maybe you treated an infection with a poultice (here is a video that will show you how to do that: www.TreatingInfections.com).

Maybe it was as simple as eating a few dandelion leaves to calm an upset stomach.

But, in any case, you experienced firsthand the amazing power in these simple plant medicines.

And you want more.

Stage #3: You’ve Made All 8 Herbal Preparations

Have you made all 8 herbal preparations?

You have successfully made all of the 8 preparations every home medicine maker knows how to do: fresh herbs, pills, infusions, syrups, tinctures, liniments, salves, and poultices.

And you know what?

You get a big grin on your face whenever you remember the first time you realized just how easy it is to do all this.

(If you aren’t at this stage but want to get here fast, check out this kit with all the supplies you need to make these 8 preparations at www.MakeYourOwnMedicine.com).

Stage #4: You Can Handle at Least 12 Common Ailments

Home medicine can help you deal effectively with the 12 common ailments

You’ve become very familiar with the actions of 5 to 10 herbs, and you are confident in being able to handle at least a dozen common ailments that come up in your family: fevers, stomach aches, runny noses, coughs, burns, cuts, bites, stings, anxiety, small infections, and more.

You have a home medicine kit you’ve created that is filled with the medicines you know and trust because you made them yourself. (An easy online training to empower you to treat the 12 most common ailments is at www.HomeMedicine101.com.)

Stage #5: You Proactively Use Herbal Medicine

At Stage #5, you proactively use home medicine

You’ve moved beyond reacting to common ailments and have begun to use the power of your own medicine to proactively improve your health.

Perhaps you regularly drink nourishing herbal infusions or take herbs to help with stamina or reduce the effects of stress. Maybe you have created tonics that generally support your immune system, strengthen your teeth, or help with brain function. Maybe you are more consciously using herbs in your meals to help digestion and gently nudge your body to higher and higher levels of well-being.

At this stage, you are actively becoming stronger and healthier every day because you’ve integrated the proactive use of herbs into your lifestyle. You don’t even think about it anymore—you just do it :-). (You’ll love The Grow Network’s annual Home Medicine Summit at www.HomeMedicineSummit.com.

Stage #6: You Grow or Wildcraft Your Own Medicines

Wildcrafting and Foraging

The highest-potency medicines are those you either grew yourself or wildcrafted near where you live.

At this stage, you have the skills to grow your own herbs.

Or, if you are wildcrafting, you are able to positively identify wild plants. You know the best times to harvest, what parts of the plant to use, what the poisonous look-alikes are, and how to harvest so as not to damage the stand. (Training in these skills is available to members of the TGN Academy.)

Stage #7: Plants Have Spoken to You

You’ve had your first experience when a plant “spoke” to you.

Perhaps one day you were not feeling that great and one of the jars of herbs in your home apothecary just seemed to “jump” at you. You decided to go with your intuition and use the plant medicine. And you find, to your amazement, you start feeling better.

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Cracking open the books (or surfing The Grow Network blog), you are gobsmacked to learn that the herb you intuitively picked is known for helping your ailment! Once you’ve reached this stage, you know you have the deepest level of connection with your body, the plant kingdom, and all of creation.

What Do You Think?

What stage are you at? Where do you want to go? I would love to hear from you—please put your stage in the comments area down below.


This is an updated version of an article that was originally published on October 5, 2018.

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This post was written by Marjory Wildcraft


  • peppypoblano says:

    I am still at stage 2. I am so excited to be learning about the potential possibilities. Just the mere concept of looking at “weeds” differently brings on a certain amount of giddiness. As I wlkd through the woods every morning with the dog I am amazed at how differently I view nature.

    1. Marjory Wildcraft says:

      Hi Peppy, congratulations where you are! Yes, realizing that almost everything growing around you is either food or medicine is quite empowering. Will you be watching the Home Medicine Summit and perhaps pick up a few more ways to prepare medicines? We’ve got some great folks in the line up this year.

  • peternoah213 says:

    as i walk around different areas in & around town, just seeing the different wild plants that are just saying, here i am , look at me, then pick them, love it

    1. Marjory Wildcraft says:

      awww, yes, many people are at stage 7 first!

  • alindsay22 says:

    Stage 6. Just planted echinacea, calendula, chamomile, lemon verbena, tulsi, lemon balm and tumeric.

    1. Marjory Wildcraft says:

      Nice Alindsay. You must be in a warmer climate to be planting now? Those are some great ones to start with.

  • Heather Duro says:

    Stage 7 for me..mostly wildcrafting for my herbs (unless its in practice then simply because of the sheer amount of herb needed I buy a lot of dried herbs) with the exception of one “special” herb which is sort of a panacea in the herbal materia medica, which we often grow ourselves ..not only do the plants talk to me, I listen and talk back 🙂 Nothing more relaxing than spending time meditating amongst your plants and nature and conversing with them.

    Happy Healing

  • lilgypsywolf says:

    I am at stage 7, but I feel like there is still so much more to learn. I started when I was 13 and am now 46. I try to make it a point to continue my herbal education and learn something new about herbal medicine at least once a week. 🙂 Now one of the things I am learning is how to pass this knowledge to my 4 grandchildren. It is much simpler than it sounds and tons of fun. I love to see their eyes light up when they recognize a plant.

    1. Heather Duro says:

      I dont think being at stage 7 means we feel we dont have more to learn, just that we have mastered a way of life that allows us to be one with nature and plants understanding what they need FROM us and what they provide TO us..there is ALWAYS something to learn 🙂
      I honor your desire and success in teaching your grandkids..my grown children especially my 18 year old son, loves to walk the property identifying everything, figuring out what and how the plant can help us. One day I came back home to a huge bowl of golden rod he found in the yard for me 🙂

  • kquinnhobbs says:

    I guess i am at stage three but I grow a lot of herbs and plants used in home medicine. i started that quite a few years ago mostly for culinary use but now know some of the medicinal qualities of many.

    1. Janet says:

      I’ve always been a nature’s child. Being in the woods came naturally. I’ve been talking to plants and bugs and wild animals since I was allowed away from the house by myself. So far, however, nothing has talked back to me. I find myself in stages 4,5 and 6; not proficient in any of them, but well on my way. Everyone who knows me very well thinks I’m a little bit goofy but they concede that the stuff I make works. I only started learning herbs a few years ago and I wish it had been sooner. Younger brains don’t have so many holes for stuff to leak out! So I’m just trying to eat the elephant…one bite at a time.

  • Carolyn Fielder says:

    Stage 3. Mostly. The only formullation I have not made are the pills.

    1. Marjory Wildcraft says:

      Carolyn, they are so easy. Once you do it you will laugh at yourself for not having done it earlier.

  • BeckySnell says:

    I’m at 7, I grow roughly 60 genera of plants, I rarely wildcraft. Plants do actually speak to me, they appear to me in the dream state. Sometimes they have a voice sometimes they don’t. I haven’t gone to an allopathic doctor in probably 10+ years. I have been treating my family and friends for a long time now. There is a nice sense of freedom knowing how to take care of yourself and others. I’m continually expanding my knowledge on herbs and medicine making techniques. I’m moving into a more clinical practice.

    1. Marjory Wildcraft says:

      Wow Carla, that’s so incredable. I am thrilled you are here with the Grow Network. Would you be interested in doing a presentation to our community at next yers Home Medicine Summit?

      And yes, after stage 7 most people move on to clinical work – and rightly so! Gosh, we need so many more trained and experienced people. Our entire healthcare system has to change.

      1. BeckySnell says:

        Hi Marjory, not sure if you were replying to me or someone else. I’m not sure if I would feel qualified to speak at the summit, it would depend on what topic. Thank you for the kind words.

  • Grammyprepper says:

    Stage 2 for me…learning…altho I do have a remedy or two under my belt already, for treating allergies and colds…kids ask for it any time they are ‘sick’…

  • carlahugs says:

    As usual, my experience is hard to categorize……the first time plants spoke to me, it was carrots that I was thinning, and that was forty years ago. Since then, I’ve grown lots of food and medicine, gotten a Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine, another Master’s in Medical Qigong, and spent ten years in India learning ceremonies used for healing, among other things. Now trying to pull some info together and get it into a website, on dealing with chronic diseases such as Lyme, incorporating mind as well as body oriented techniques.

    1. Marjory Wildcraft says:

      Hi Carlahugs, ooohhh! I love that moniker 🙂

      I know the stages are a tad bit arbitrary… but I felt I needed to set something in place to help give new people an overview of the journey. We don’t all walk in a straight line 🙂
      BTW< have you checked into writing for TGN? It's definitely a platform to get information out there. We are trying to find a way to make it financially worthwhile, although that has been turning out to be challenging (for anyone who wants to blog, not just us :)). Here is the link to explore the possability. Merin Porter is the TGN Editorial DIrector and she is awesome to work with. https://thegrownetwork.com/content-creator-program/

  • screaminvern says:

    Stage 2 definitely. the relief I get from taking turmeric, ginger, and garlic for joint pain/ inflammation is beyond amazing. I have found that a turmeric and ginger tea helps me relax and sleep better at night.

    1. Richard Hutchinson says:

      I would love to have a recipe for a Turmeric and ginger tea >>>

  • Lisa K says:

    I am at stage 2 working on stage 3 but also in stage 6 I grow a lot of my own plant and I am always on the hunt for more. This Spring I plan on growing Skullcap.

  • DurwardPless says:

    I am beginning stage 4 and looking forward to all the learning.

    1. Marjory Wildcraft says:

      Hi Duward, wow, that’s impressive you are already at stage 4. Congrats. It’s a big deal. Really.

      Sending over a super illegal, non-contaminating, huge elephant sized hug.

  • jmfox says:

    I don;t know what stage, a few years back I had a heart attack, lived trough it and cured myself, not on any prescription drugs and am 81, recently went in mercury poisoning and am recovering from that on my own. It’s been a long road and a long story, but so much is available today, went I started searching many years ago there was nothing (info) . Somehow when needed the information presents itself anymore, it’s miraculous.

    1. Marjory Wildcraft says:

      Wow jmfox, 81 years old and still kicking even with those challenges… Congratulations. You rock

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