Muscle Aches and Tension: Materia Medica, Part II

Muscle Aches and Tension: Materia Medica, Part II

Muscle Aches and Tension: Materia Medica, Part II by Kiva Rose   (This is part two of three in the Muscle Aches and Tension series, you can part one on internal therapeutics right here) The most effective and nuanced external treatment of muscle aches and tension requires a basic knowledge of energetics and differential diagnostics. Don’t be intimidated though, all you need is a simple understanding of a few basic patterns and you’ll be to apply your herbal knowledge with a great deal more subtlety and precision. I have omitted potentially toxic or mind altering herbs from this list post, and hope to cover low dose external botanicals at some point in the future. Please don’t allow the pain relief of herbs to fool you into thinking you’re totally healed...

Giving Plant Healer Books for Herbalists

Giving Plant Healer Books for Herbalists

Giving Plant Healer Books For Herbalists This Holiday Season ___________________________________ Choose from a dozen different books, specially written for herbalists, natural healers, plant ad nature lovers of all kinds and ages.  From an empowering kid’s book to herbal how-to and a historic novel, we hope you will find something meaningful to give to your friends and family. Have Your Gift Books Signed The authors will happily sign any gift books for you.  Just be sure to include a note with your payment telling us the name of the person to sign it to. Order From the Bookstore & Gallery Page at: www.PlantHealer.org A few of our more recent titles follow: The Plant Healer’s Path: A Grassroots Guide For The HerbFolk Tribe by Jesse Wolf Hardin with Kiva...

What the Forest Holds: A Solstice Story in Pictures

What the Forest Holds: A Solstice Story in Pictures

It may be hot indeed down in the middle mountains and deserts of the Southwest, but head up a few thousand feet and the subalpine forests are cool and lush with the verdancy of the Summer Solstice. This past week Wolf and I took a much needed break to explore the cienegas of the Little Colorado river in the White Mountains just above our canyon home. . Wading through the cool currents of the river, we stopped to examine almost every little flower and leaf underside. Surrounded by Alder thickets and rambling briar patches, the sunlight fell on us in dappled patches through the trees. The scent of Wild Roses made the air sweet and heady, giving an even more enchanted feeling to an already fairy tale like walk. . The river banks were fertile and green, wildflowers...

A Daily Devotion: Passion, Purpose, and Practice for the Herbalist

A Daily Devotion: Passion, Purpose, and Practice for the Herbalist

A Daily Devotion:  Passion, Purpose, & Practice for the Herbalist by Kiva Rose Hardin “You too can be carved anew by the details of your devotion” -Mary Oliver “It takes long practice, yes. You have to work. Did you think you could snap your fingers, and have it as a gift? What is worth having is worth working for.” -Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials I have frequent discussions with my students in which they’re struggling to understand how they can fit into what they see as the role of an herbalist. Some may base it more on a clinician model, while others have been more influenced by a village wise woman archetype. Either, and anything in between, can work wonderfully if that’s the role that best suits the individual and their context. The...

Spiced Roots: Autumn Updates & Harvest Celebrations

Spiced Roots: Autumn Updates & Harvest Celebrations

As the light shifts from the brilliance of high Summer to the shadow-touched gold of Autumn, and the last flood of color bursts from the wildflowers, I find myself rearranging my herb shelves. Nutmeg, Ginger, and Cinnamon get pulled to the forefront, along with the rooty earthiness of Burdock, Elecampane, roasted Chicory, Astragalus, and Codonopsis. I sort through the clay and glass containers filled with dried mushrooms for medicine and food (often at the same time), stopping to sniff their wild musk in between other tasks. Dandelion-leek miso and jars of seaweed are pulled out for easy access, and the tea kettles and soup pots are all brought out and reintroduced to the woodstove. In the kitchen, Loba’s been turning mountains of fresh Peaches into jam, sauce,...