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Rosemary Gladstar Receives First-Annual ABC Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award

(AUSTIN,Texas,Feb.20,2013)TheAmericanBotanicalCouncil(ABC)hasannouncedthatitsfirstMarkBlumenthalHerbalCommunityBuilderAwardwillbegiventoRosemaryGladstar,therenownedherbalist,teacher,andauthorknowntomanyastheGodmotherofAmericanHerbalism.AmonghermanyaccomplishmentsandeffortsthathavehelpedgrowarichherbalcommunityintheUnitedStates,Gladstarfoundedseveralschoolsofherbaleducation,foundedandorganizesannualherbalconferences,leadsinternationalherb-focusedjourneys,andhasauthoredorco-authoredaboutadozenbooksontopicsrangingfromherbalmedicinerecipestomedicinalplantconservation.

“Iknowofnootherherbalistwhohasdonemoretocreateasenseofrelationship,community,andidentityamongherbalistsandotherswithastronginterestinherbsandherbalhealingthanRosemary,”saidABCFounderandExecutiveDirectorMarkBlumenthal.“Herenergy,enthusiasm,passion,creativity,love,andgenerousspiritarebountifulandcontagious.Thereisnoonelikeher."Gladstar,thedaughterofArmenianimmigrants,firstlearnedplantmedicineduringinformalgardenwalkswithhergrandmother,MaryAbelianEgitkanoff.Shewasinstantlyinterestedintheplantworld,whichwasapparentinthemiddleschoolprojectsshechosetodoonmedicinalherbs.Intheearly1970s,Gladstaropenedherownherbshop,Rosemary’sGarden,inSonomaCounty,California.Then,in1974,sheco-foundedtheteacompanyTraditionalMedicinalswithDrakeSadlerandcreatedmanyoftheteas’originalformulations,includingthepopularSmoothMove®,ThroatCoat®,andMother’sMilk®.In1978,shefoundedtheCaliforniaSchoolofHerbalStudies(CSHS),whichisstillinoperationtodayasthecountry’soldestherbalschool.Inthefollowingyears,shefoundedtheBreitenbushHerbalConference,theInternationalHerbSymposium,andtheNewEnglandWomen’sHerbalConference—thelattertwoofwhichshestilldirects.“Inthoseearlydays,”saidGladstar,“whenherbalismandherbalistswerefirstpeekingupfrom‘underground’—wheretheyhadrestedquitecontentedly,itseemstome,foranumberofdecades—therereallywasn’tverymuchgoingonherballyatall.Wewereratherisolated;thereweren’tnewsletters,gatherings,orschoolsthatIknowofintheUSthatservedtobringustogether.[So,]theseearlygatheringswererevolutionary,really,andhadalottodo,Ithink,withnourishingandcreatinganherbalcommunity.WhenIlookatplantcommunities,theythrivetogether.Thegreaterthe diversityinthegarden(ormeadoworwoodland),thebetterthehealthofthecommunity.Andit’scertainlytrueofherbalists,aswell.”Inthe1980s,GladstarcreatedSageMountainHerbalRetreatCenter,a500-acrebotanicalsanctuaryinVermontwhereshecurrentlylivesandhostseducationaleventsandprograms.Additionally,sherunshercommendedherbalhome-studycourse,“TheScience&ArtofHerbology,”andhasbeenleadingtheinternationallyfocusedPlantLoversJourneyssince1986.Gladstar’sseveralbooksonherbs—includingHerbalHealingforWomen,RosemaryGladstar’sFamilyHerbal,andthe2012RosemaryGladstar’sMedicinalHerbs:ABeginner’sGuide —regularlysellwellandreceiveglowingreviewsfromherherbalpeersandloyalreaders.TheUnitedPlantSavers,whichGladstarfoundedin1994,remainstheprojectthatsheismostpassionateaboutduetoitsfocusonpreservingandconservingnativeNorthAmericanmedicinalplantsandtheirhabitatsfromunsustainablewild-collection.Shecontinuestoserveonthegroup’sBoardofDirectorsasfoundingpresident.“ForRosemary,thelinkingofherbstohumansisonlyamechanismforpeopletobringawarenesstoMotherEarthfromwhomwealloriginate,”saidABCBoardofTrusteesPresidentStevenFoster.“Rosemarylaidthefoundationfortheriseoftraditionalherbalism,whichhasblossomedintotouchingtheheartsofandteachingtensofthousandsofpeople.Smallgatheringsofacoupledozenfolksoflikemindgrewintointernationalconferences,symposia,classes,andretreatsthatwerekeytotheriseoftwogenerationsofpracticingherbalistsinthemodernherbalrenaissance.”“RosemaryGladstar introducedherbaliststoeachother,andtotheworld,”saidfellowherbalistCascadeAndersonGeller.“Shegaveherbalismaface,approachableandlovable. She gaveabigleguptoherbalistsofcurrentrenown,helpingthemtoachievesuccessandgrowtheirreputations.[Shealso]isabrilliantbusinesswoman.Allofherbusinesses,evenwhenshehasmovedon,continuetoflourishinsomeform.Toachievesuchsuccess,andtobesowelllovedbycolleaguesandstudentsalike,isremarkable.HertrustworthinessshinesbecauseitislegitimateemanatingfromanopenheartandmindwithrootsentwineddeepinMotherEarth.Bywalkinghertalk,Rosemary’sachievedincredibleenergythatshehasgenerouslyshared.”Everhumbleandmodest,Gladstargivesmuchcredittoherherbalpeers.“Wehelpeachothergrow,”shesaid,“eitherbypushing,pulling,encouraging,tugging,orjustpurenourishinglove. Atthispointintime,theherbalcommunityisreallycomprisedofmanycommunities,allinterlinkingthroughourloveofplants.Butasextraordinaryastheplantsthatbringustogetheranduniteusasanherbalcommunity,arethepeoplewholoveplants. Theyareanamazinggroupofdiverse,bright,eccentric,talented,andamazingindividuals.Icountmyluckystarstobeamongstthem….Again,Iamhumbledandhonoredbythisaward.”Althoughsheisunabletobepresentinpersonduetoapriorcommitment,GladstarwillaccepttheMarkBlumenthalHerbalCommunityBuilderAwardviapre-recordedvideoatthe8th AnnualABCBotanicalCelebrationandAwardsCeremonyinMarchinAnaheim,California.TheABCeventoccursduringtheannualNutraconconferenceandNaturalProductsExpoWest.TheABCBotanicalCelebrationandAwardsCeremonyisunderwrittenbygenerouscontributionsfromthefollowingmembersoftheherb,dietarysupplement,andnaturalproductsindustry(i.e.,rawmaterialsuppliers,supplementandteamanufacturers,analyticallaboratories,alawfirm,aninsurer,amediacompany,andatradeorganization):



AlkemistsLaboratoriesAminTalati,LLCChromaDexEuroPharmaGrifconEnterprisesHorphagResearchIndenaUSA,Inc.MartinBauerGroup

 MegaFood NaturalFactorsNutritionalProducts NewChapter,Inc. NewHopeNaturalMedia PlusPharma,Inc. RFIIngredients,LLC TraditionalMedicinals,Inc. UnitedNaturalProductsAlliance