Jewelweed: Oh snap! with Heather Irvine | 122

Listen in on today’s episode where herbalist Heather Irvine teaches us all about jewelweed…enjoy!

Today’s episode is brought to you by the Breitenbush Herbal Conference.

This event is one of the nation’s longest running herbal conference and is an annual gathering for herbalists and healers of all kinds.

The next event will take place on September 5 – September 8, 2019 at the Breitenbush Hot Springs in Oregon. It’s a couple hours drive from Portland and Eugene, or an hour and half east of Salem.

People come from all corners to celebrate and learn from some of the most inspiring teachers in our herbal community.

This years speakers include Autumn Summers, Erika Galentin, Glen Nagel, Heather Irvine, Howie Brounstein, Julie James, Lara Pacheco, Missy Rohs, Nicole Telkes, Steven Yeager and Thomas Easley.

The healing waters and ancient forests of Breitenbush provide an unforgettable setting for this gathering.

Workshops, demonstrations and herb walks appeal to all levels of students. Fine handmade goods and books will be available in the Herbal Marketplace.

Much joy and laughter is to be shared during the Talent Show and Raffle. One can also take a hike along one of the forest trails, a meditative walk through the large labyrinth, start the morning with an energizing yoga practice or receive a healing massage after a day of soaking in the sacred hot springs.

 The Breitenbush Herbal Conference is so much more than just a "conference". It's a personal healing retreat for your body and mind.

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Cooling Herbal Energetics for Hot Weather with Maria Noel Groves and Missy Rohs | 121

Join Maria Noel Groves and Missy Rohs in today’s episode as they discuss herbal applications for hot weather! Enjoy!

Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), clinical herbalist, runs Wintergreen Botanicals, nestled in the pine forests of New Hampshire. Her business is devoted to education and empowerment via classes, health consultations, and writing with the foundational belief that good health grows in nature. 


Missy Rohs is a co-founder and instructor at the Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies in Portland, Oregon.  She approaches herbalism with an eye to personal empowerment, community-building, and practical engagement with healing herbs.  Her relationship to plants is guided by a strong conservation ethic and a deep love of Cascadia’s ecosystems.  She grows and wildcrafts her own medicine with a focus on sustainable herbal remedies: those that grow easily in populated habitats, and those that can be harvested in the wild with minimal impact.

Missy’s path to herbalism began with labor solidarity, community organizing, and police accountability advocacy.  She sees her herbal practice and teaching as another facet of working for social and environmental justice.

Missy will be teaching at the upcoming Breitenbush Herbal Conference in Breitenbush, OR from September 5 - 8, 2019.

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Peer Support: A Radical Paradigm with Age-Old Roots - A conversation with Dawn Cohoe and Selena Rowan | 120

Listen in with Selena Rowan as she interviews herbalist and peer support specialist Dawn Cohoe of Maple Twig Medicinals. They cover wide ranging ground exploring the concept of Peer Support, a non-hierarchical practice of giving and receiving help, most commonly applied to mental health and addictions recovery but with wide ranging applications, including herbal medicine. Peer support is based on a philosophy of respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement on what is helpful, with its goal to promote holistic healing and growth in the context of community. 

Dawn and Selena touch in on the radical origins of the modern peer support movement in relationship to the mental health system and mental health recovery, personal stories relating to peer support, and breaking down the false dichotomy between "those who know" and "those who don't". Dawn reminds us that when working in any helping profession, whether that be when supporting those in mental health recovery or in any other situation, we as practitioners "need more vulnerability and less fragility." 

To learn more, connect with Dawn at www.mapletwigmedicinals.com and Selena at ninesistersbotanicals.com and follow their pages on Facebook!

(Content warning: This discussion makes brief mention of suicidal thoughts. If you or a loved one are experiencing distress, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24/7 to provide support at 1-800-273-8255. )

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Backyard Herbs for Stress & Pain Support with Maria Noel Groves | 119

Today’s episode features the one and only Maria Noel Groves! Listen in as she covers lots of ground, she talks about many herbs from her new book, Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies. This episode was a keynote she gave at the 2019 NHMGAA Spring Symposium.

Get a signed copy of Maria’s new book, Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies (plus an astonishing amount of bonus goodies)

Bonus access will be emailed to you automatically on all orders placed through Maria (not on Amazon, etc.) before April 30.

Bonus e-Books contain...

  1. In-Depth Book Overview Including Easy Reference Lists of Recipes & Plants Covered

  2. Quick Guide to Medicinal Uses of Common Culinary Herbs

  3. Additional Plant Profiles of Alder, Aloe, Evergreens, Magnolia, New England Aster, Peach, Witch Hazel

  4. "Bonus Chapter" on Medicinal Mushrooms including Growing, Wildcrafting, Processing, Recipes, and Profiles on Reishi, Shiitake, Turkey Tails, Chaga, and Maitake

  5. Huge Chart Overview of Growing Needs and Habits of ALL the Plants Covered in the Book and Bonus e-Book

Four Special Remedy Making Videos Featuring Recipes from the Book!

  1. From the Tummy Soothing Garden ~ Tea: Gut Healing Tummy Tea Take 1, Marshmallow Overnight Cold Infusion (with some amazingly tasty additions!)

  2. From the Brain Boosting Garden ~ Tincture & Teas: Rosemary Fresh Plant Tincture, Fresh Rosemary-Lemon Tea, Minty Memory Tea

  3. From the Immune SOS Garden ~ Elderberry Syrup & Oxymel: Darcey Blue's Amazing Elderberry Syrup, Alcohol-Free Elder-Rosehip Oxymel

  4. Also from the Brain Boosting Garden ~ Powders & Bonbons: How to Powder Your Own Herbs, Brainiac Bonbons (honey-nut butter-herb balls)

Special Seed Coupon from Strictly Medicinal Seeds

  1. $5 off your seed order of $50 or more - AMAZING selection! Expires April 30.

10% off One of Maria's Online Herbal Study Course Series

  1. Applicable for the full Home Herbalist Series OR the Beyond the Home  Herbalist Series Expires April 30.

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REPLAY | Lion's Mane Monograph with Heather Irvine

Listen in as Heather Irvine goes in-depth on lion’s mane!

Also, we'll get to hear a fun herbal song from Kyle with Tippecanoe Herbs as he sings about oh little lion's mane.  Be sure to follow him on Instagram @tippecanoe_herbs

Here's the lyrics to the song! 

Saw you lying in the arms of a hardwood
my oh my got you on my brain.
You're sure a prize, for the eyes
Oh little lion's mane, 
Oh little lion's mane

And you gotta lotta nerve
coming here easing all my pain.
You're still mending, all my loose endings
Oh little lion's mane
Oh little lion's mane

Lion's mane, 
Lion's Mane I found
but you're up there
And I'm down here on the ground.

Thanks to Heather and Kyle for always sharing their talents with us! And thanks to y'all for listening. 

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Herbalist Interview: Hope Najjar with Selena Rowan | 116

Meet Hope Najjar - a born and raised Californian with Chicana and Lebanese roots with  incredible energy and clear vision. Hope is opening Night Hawk Art and Healing Collective in our tiny town of Laytonville, part of the Eel River watershed in rural inland Mendocino County of far northern California. The Night Hawk Collective has goals as lofty as its name sake, and hopes to serve as a community hub, empowering the community through sharing traditional methods of healing and promoting self-care. 

This community is on a precipice after over 5 years of historic drought and water crises, concurrent with historic fires (including the Mendocino Complex, the largest fire in California history), ecological fracturing, threatened extinction of our local salmon and collapse of local fisheries, and severe and sudden economic decline due to the third economic boom and bust cycle in the region's history of extractive industries (in the past few decades we've experienced the collapse of the logging, fisheries, and cannabis production industries). Amidst all this, Hope is part of a generation of young folk here working hard to cultivate a community resilient enough to survive the current and future changes we face. 

So listen with herbalist Selena Rowan of Nine Sisters Botanicals, and join the movement for sustainable, enthusiastic, loving, creative culture and community as we traverse through the unknown and unpredictable experience that is our current time.

For photos of Hope’s shop, go to www.kvadelnieksphotography.com

All photos by K. Vadelnieks ©
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What It Means to Be an Herbalist Today with Marie White | 115

Canadian herbalist Marie White dives into what it means to be an herbalist today, why adaptogens are trending, and what that means for bridging rich herbal traditions, the sustainability of wild harvesting, and the way we practice as herbalists.

Topics covered: adaptogens, cordyceps, goldenseal, Devil's Club, indigenous herbalism, overharvesting, climate change, the new herbalism

Recording credit: Robert Majewski 

Music credit (with permission): El Búho, Rumba Juankita (History of Colour edit)

Marie White is a Canadian herbalist and educator. Her work has appeared in print and online and she has collaborated with alive magazine, St. Francis Herb Farm, and the CHFA (Canadian Health Food Association), among many others. Marie studied herbalism at L'Herbothèque in Québec as well as with herbal practitioners on Vancouver Island, BC. She is currently School Manager at Wild Rose College of Natural Healing.

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Consciously Integrating Mind Body Spirit and Earth with Plant Medicine Yoga: An Interview with Eugenia Merkoulov and Crystal Rose Bryan | 114

Eugenia Merkoulov, founder of Plant Medicine Yoga, follows in the footsteps of five generations of Slavic medicine women. Born in Ukraine and raised outside of New York City, she was fortunate to experience a holistically-minded and rich multicultural upbringing. Eugenia's discusses her Eastern European traditions, work with planetary herbalism and integrating other healing modalities to empower communities in this podcast.

Eugenia shares her unique approach with Crystal Rose Bryan, of ReVidalization, a nonprofit focusing on arts, education and rural economic development on the McKenzie River in Oregon where Eugenia resides.

Visit Eugenia online

Visit Crystal online

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The Seed, Root + Bloom Community with Xochitlcoatl Bellx | 112

In today’s episode, Xochitlcoatl Bellx will tell us all about Seed, Root + Bloom, a hood community honoring earth's sacred offerings and ancestral wisdom.


We invite you to come to the medicine of the plantitas, the medicine of the ancient ones, the medicine of the brujas whose tongues are still resisting:


**distance + in-person**
bipoc centered + only space: RITES OF PASSAGE
a 9 month journey to your ancestors + plant medicine in a bipoc centered, guided + remembering space. we remember our ancestors through an african spirituality, tantric yoga + mayan understanding of the chakras (energy centers). we come to build sacred and lifelong partnerships with plants + spirits


all beings wishing to connect with plants: PLANT ANCESTOR

our ancestors have taught us that we are beings of rhythms + ritual. each moon cycle we open new gateways of being as we invite plant ancestor into our healing practice. each new moon you will receive a digital copy of our plant ancestor work book blessed with a combination of materia medica (an overview of the physical, spiritual, energetic ways to work with each plant), recipes, stories, songs, meditations, original art + moon calendar.

for more on this visit seedrootandbloom.com/offerings

reparations:

for millennia, Black, Indigenous, and racially oppressed communities [bipoc] have simultaneously been enslaved and exploited by people of Western lineages, while our traditions and medicines have been taken and appropriated. We call on you to do better. we call  you to commit to a path of reparations. distribute your wealth, your resources, your political voice for our collective healing. white comrades to decolonize yourselves, to secure a healthier future for your seeds you must commit to living in resistance with indigenous, black, asian, people of color + the diaspora. fund bipoc healing today: 

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Herbs for Athletes with Chris Kitchen | 111

In today’s episode, herbalist and scientist Chris Kitchen lets us in on his thoughts about herbalism and athletics. I really enjoyed this episode and know you will, too!

REFERENCES

Chris Kitchen has his own herbal consulting practice, Mandragora Herbal, just outside of Seattle, Washington. He is a member of the American Herbalist Guild and studies at the Hermit's Grove in Kirkland, Washington. Chris’s pastimes also include gardening, rowing, skiing, spending time outdoors and taking care of his rescue animals.

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8 Minute Segment of Natural Cardio Care with Guido Masé | 110

Registration ends this Friday!

Use coupon code HERBRALLY to receive $20 off.

Here’s an eight minute clip of the first class in the Natural Cardio Care online course with Guido Masé.

In this new 6-week online BotanicWise course, Natural Cardio Care: An Herbalist’s Perspective, Guido will guide us through the various components of self-evaluation for better cardiovascular health. 

Guido has a talent for explaining complicated subjects in an interesting and understandable manner. He creates a bridge between the scientific community and the public, feeding both groups with practical information that can be used personally in the home, or with clients in a clinic.

Natural Cardio Care is designed to empower both individuals dealing with cardiovascular issues AND clinicians wanting to broaden their therapeutic options for clients.

Each week, in addition to core classes taught by Guido, a special guest speaker will be featured, sharing a unique perspective on how we can support our cardiovascular system naturally.

Joining the guest list is Christopher Hobbs, Kerry Smith, Tammi Sweet, Deb Soule and Kat Maier.

This course features live classes, with the option to watch replays until August 2019. Best of all you will walk away with your own customized natural heart care program that you will create through self-evaluations. If you are a practitioner these methods can be used to work with your clients.

Full disclosure: a portion of the proceeds from this class benefits my work and BotanicWise, an organization providing plant wisdom, connecting like-minded people and building a community to steward land, medicinal plants and supportive relationships with each other. I've taken plenty of classes with Guido at this point (along with some of the other speakers) and highly recommend this class. 

Find course details and schedule here.

Don't forget to use the coupon code HERBRALLY to receive $20 off!

Guido Masé on the Upcoming Class "Natural Cardio Care: An Herbalist's Perspective"

Registration ends this Friday!

Use coupon code HERBRALLY to receive $20 off.

In this new 6-week online BotanicWise course, Natural Cardio Care: An Herbalist’s Perspective, Guido will guide us through the various components of self-evaluation for better cardiovascular health. 

Guido has a talent for explaining complicated subjects in an interesting and understandable manner. He creates a bridge between the scientific community and the public, feeding both groups with practical information that can be used personally in the home, or with clients in a clinic.

Natural Cardio Care is designed to empower both individuals dealing with cardiovascular issues AND clinicians wanting to broaden their therapeutic options for clients.

Each week, in addition to core classes taught by Guido, a special guest speaker will be featured, sharing a unique perspective on how we can support our cardiovascular system naturally.

Joining the guest list is Christopher Hobbs, Kerry Smith, Tammi Sweet, Deb Soule and Kat Maier.

This course features live classes, with the option to watch replays until August 2019. Best of all you will walk away with your own customized natural heart care program that you will create through self-evaluations. If you are a practitioner these methods can be used to work with your clients.

Full disclosure: a portion of the proceeds from this class benefits my work and BotanicWise, an organization providing plant wisdom, connecting like-minded people and building a community to steward land, medicinal plants and supportive relationships with each other. I've taken plenty of classes with Guido at this point (along with some of the other speakers) and highly recommend this class. 

Find course details and schedule here.

Don't forget to use the coupon code HERBRALLY to receive $20 off!

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Becoming a Practicing Herbalist with Micah McLaughlin | 109

Today’s episode is brought to you by the Great Lakes Herb Faire! This recording is from their 2018 event in Chelsea, MI.

Thanks to the Great Lakes Herb Faire and Micah McLaughlin for sharing this audio!

CLASS DESCRIPTION
It can feel frightening and overwhelming to move from being an at-home herbalist to starting your practice. In this class, we'll explore possibilities in forming a business that meets your own unique needs and how to avoid the pitfalls of many startup practices. Understanding your goals as a person is the first step in launching your herbal practice. This class will be useful for those asking questions like “What kind of business do I want to create?” and “Is this business I created really serving my community and the life I want?” 

Micah McLaughlin is a naturopathic practitioner specializing in the integration of the body and mind. Micah uses the traditional naturopathic tools of sclerology, muscle testing, holistic counseling, and facial/fingernail/tongue analysis to find the root of his clients’ health complaints. With an approach of curiosity and investigation Micah looks for the energetic and emotional blocks underlying symptoms, often requesting that these be “noticed” or “examined” by his clients. Herbs, flower essences, supplements, breath work, and energy work are used as Micah helps people connect to who they truly are. Through this process clients are able to shed their limiting beliefs and embodied patterns and find healing on a physical, emotional, and often spiritual level. Micah was trained at the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education and founded Continuum Healing in 2008 and co-founded the Wellness Collective GR in 2015. He further studied Western Herbalism and the Enneagram, deepening his passion to treat the whole person. Micah  has written and taught his Survival Herbalism course at various primitive skills schools throughout the country. Micah deeply believes in the healing ability of the body and inspires his clients through hope and empowerment.

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Guido Masé: Herbal Medicine in Cancer Therapy - Managing an Integrative Protocol | 107

Today’s episode was recorded at the 2018 Great Lakes Herb Faire. Thanks to Anna Fernandez for providing the audio. Please take a moment to check out their upcoming event in Chelsea, MI from September 6 - 8, 2019: LEARN MORE

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

Botanicals have an important role to play for the cancer patient. Their primary strength is helping to improve quality of life, lessen the chance of infection, and protect vital organs when taken alongside conventional treatment. But questions often arise: what are the potential interactions with modern treatment? What herbs have the best track record, and at what dose? What effects can herbs have in hormone-sensitive cancers? We will work through these questions and review current research to help highlight safe and effective use, and reinforce the idea that herbal medicine isn’t just helpful – it is an essential component of the cancer patient’s support plan.

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REPLAY | Hawthorn Monograph with Heather Irvine

It’s been about a year since we released this awesome episode on hawthorn with Heather Irvine, so I thought it’d be a good time to revive it.

CLICK HERE to read Heather’s original hawthorn monograph.

Heather will be presenting at the upcoming Breitenbush Herbal Conference this September! We hope to see you there.

Hawthorn is one of those country herbs whose leading quality one might at first describe as benevolent. It is much more powerful though! A great tree, low and broad in stature, it occurs wild in edge-lands of landscapes or occasionally planted for beauty, especially with respect to its generous white blossoms or deep red fruit in the fall and winter. It serves food and sanctuary to wildlife. Overzealous thorns protect birds and smaller critters from those larger ones which receive a memorable gauge and at best a pause to lick one’s wounds! In and around a Hawthorn’s understory, clumsy human types get so focused on the prize… zeroing in on more flowers or more berries, faster, receiving a poke followed by a clumsier startled retraction. Birds and squirrels laugh at us for sure!
— Heather Irvine

For more monographs: www.herbrally.com/monographs

You can visit Heather online at GivingTreeBotanicals.com

Let us know what you thought of the episode! Thanks so much for listening. 

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