One of America’s great master herbalists, Michael Moore, passed on yesterday, February 20, 2009. I’ve never met him, but I have benefitted from his knowledge which he kindly shared with the public through his vast and amazing website at www.swsbm.com.
Michael Moore started out as a musician and a composer. As an herbalist, he founded the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine with a residency program that ran for 28 years. He eventually started a distance learning program for those students unable to attend in Bisbee, Arizona.
Michael was also responsible for reviving many old herbalism texts, which he generously scanned and placed on his website, free for anyone who wanted to delve in. (I personally have lost myself in this site for hours at a time; it holds the number one spot in my bookmarks bar.)
Some say this master herbalist has touched more lives, helped train and inspire more herbalists than any other in America. He will be missed, but his contributions will live on, no doubt for generations to come.