Chaos to Recovery: Part II

                   Living seasonally is something herbalists do as naturally as the shifting tides, but after injury and loss it can be a challenge to plug back into life as usual. This year Will was able to throw off the chill of winter along with the weight of last year’s burdens to return to his normal routine.  Just as the sun’s warmth called to the wild flowers to bloom again, the herbs called Will to return to his work.  This Spring Will has been in full swing and finding his footing after the tragedies he overcame. The Saturday Carrboro Farmers Market and the Downtown Durham Farmers Market seasons have resumed, and patrons can find all their favorite herbals on display at Will’s Wild Herbs booth.  Class rosters are filling up fast with herbal enthusiasts eager to learn about botanical medicine on Will’s plant walks and classes.  Will’s travel calendar has also been busy with herbal events planned across the country.  (Be sure to visit the events page, Facebook, and Instagram for upcoming dates and pictures). There are new faces on the mountain too, as Will has integrated an amazing new assistant, and continues to welcome students and apprentices.  Things are abuzz and Will attributes regaining his balance in part, to returning to the natural cycles of life that have brought peace to an otherwise chaotic chapter in his life.

As mentioned in the previous post, Will incurred trauma on all levels but was able to dig deep and find the strength to heal.The process required a multilevel approach, in which he sought out the support of other practitioners from various modalities.Massages, acupuncture, and craniosacral therapy is helping address his emotional and physical trauma.There were also multiple allopathic physicians along the way.Naturally, herbal formulas have also been involved in his recovery.Most of the herbals he’s taking are those he wildcrafted and processed himself, but a few he has sourced from Herb Pharm.The herbals that Will has relied on most recently are Ginkgo Biloba, Milk Thistle, Saw Palmetto, Chickweed, Burdock, Gotu Kola, Bacopa, Asian Ginseng, Wild North Carolina Ginseng, and Slippery Elm Root. Formulas he has used include the Soft Tissue Compound and Male Vitality Compound. Will also was able to cut his nicotine intake in half.Will’s accident has given him the time and space to pause and renew commitment to his own self-care, which is often difficult for those in the healing arts to do. We are all excited to see the next evolution of Will’s Wild Herbs and hope you will join us in this summer’s events.

Will Endres and long time friend Armand Boyer

Will Endres and long time friend Armand Boyer

Will Endres and Brooke Crowley, his apprentice and assistant, at Southwest School of  Botanical Medicine in Tempe, AZ

Will Endres and Brooke Crowley, his apprentice and assistant, at Southwest School of Botanical Medicine in Tempe, AZ

Sweet Everlasting

Sweet Everlasting