PHYLLIS D. LIGHT, MA, RH (AHG), is a fourth generation herbalist and healer. Her studies in Southern and Appalachian folk medicine began at the age of ten in the deep woods of North Alabama with lessons from her Creek/Cherokee grandmother and continued with well-known folk herbalist Tommie Bass. She received a master of health studies from the University of Alabama. Light is a registered herbalist and currently acts as vice president of the American Herbalist Guild as well as a member of the Admissions Committee. She is also the president of the American Naturopathic Certification Board. Locally, Light is the director of the Arab, AL, Appalachian Center for Natural Health, which offers both online and residential classes. Learn more at phyllisdlight.com.
"Few people know about the practice of Southern Folk Medicine.
Heavily based on ancient Greek and European practices, melded with
Native American, Christian, and African influences, this system
offers us a uniquely American way to look at and positively
influence the human body and relieve disease. Written in an
easy-to-understand and autobiographical manner, this book will open
your mind to a new way of understanding wellbeing, illness, and
--David Winston, RH (AHG)
"This book is a treasure! It is at once charming to read and
chock-full of plant wisdom. With the growing interest in scientific
Western herbalism, ancient Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese herbal
medicine, with which the author is well acquainted, Light is able
to remain true to her ancestral roots of Southern Appalachian
herbal medicine. As such, it inspires our deeper appreciation for
Southern Folk Medicine."
--Michael Tierra, OMD, founding member, American Herbalists Guild and author of The Way of Herbs and Planetary Herbology "Southern Folk Medicine captures a part of our herbal traditions that is little known, practiced by fewer yet, and at risk of being lost. Much more than an individual's personal journey or interpretation, it presents a history of the development of culture and medicine in the South, integrates this with its relevance to modern healthcare today, and is reflective of a living tradition whose evolution continues."
--Roy Upton, herbalist and president, American Herbal Pharmacopoeia