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...

A Holistic View of Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, & ADHD

A Holistic View of Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, & ADHD

Asperger’s and Autism are much misunderstood conditions, featuring brain and behavioral patterns that are abnormal but in some ways more interesting and advantageous.  The problem for anyone dealing with this condition, is finding the healthiest ways of functioning in this society without dissing one’s true nature, gifts and needs.  Asperger’s has made things difficult for my partner Kiva Rose when it comes to social interaction, but has also helped to make her the unique and admirable person she is.  The following is an eye-opening look at this topic from our friend and ally Katja Swift, excerpted from a longer version found in the Winter issue of Plant Healer Magazine.  You can learn about the herbal courses being offered in the Boston area by...

The Enchanted Healer: Creating Our Next Book

The Enchanted Healer: Creating Our Next Book

ENCHANTMENT DIARY Creating Our New Book “The Enchanted Healer” Every moment that I wasn’t working on Plant Healer Magazine projects or the HerbFolk Gathering in the last two years, I have been giving to the creation of our next book, “The Enchanted Healer.” The second in what will be our trilogy for Healers of very kind, this will be our first full color book, and the first to bring light to subjects of plant spirit, shamanism, awareness, the senses, and awakeness and enchantment in our work and lives. For those of you who enjoy feeling like a part of our efforts, here below are some journal entries about the production process. They are numbered rather than dated, but roughly appear in chronological order. Entry #1: Inspiration For A New Book As important as...

Muscle Aches and Tension: Materia Medica, Part 1

Muscle Aches and Tension: Materia Medica, Part 1

Muscle Aches and Tension: Materia Medica, Part 1 by Kiva Rose   The cold moons are a time when many longstanding aches and pains worsen, and also when recent injuries often become more problematic. The low temperatures seem to make the pain  and stiffness seep into the very bones and can make free movement difficult indeed. In part one of this post, I’ll be covering a few important herbs for internal use. In the next post, I’ll cover herbs for external use, and in the third, I’ll cover a few herbs specific to muscular pain related to joint issues. This first post is a quick and dirty overview/breakdown of herbs that can be used internally to loosen up skeletal muscles, thereby making movement easier and also potentially bringing longer standing healing to...

Holiday Blessings & Year’s End News

Holiday Blessings & Year’s End News

Holiday Blessings & Year’s End News It’s been a busy year for Plant Healer and Anima Sanctuary.  For over 6 months we were unable to drive in to our canyon property, with everything being carried in and out across the river on our backs… but still we managed to make some improvements to our water and solar electric systems, remake the Plant Healer and HerbFolk Conference websites, produce 4 more issues of acclaimed Plant Healer Magazine plus 30 blog posts and a dozen free Newsletters, and publish “The Plant Healer’s Path” book as well as the 2013 Plant Healer Annuals.  Over the past 12 months we’ve increased our impact with the addition of several thousand new readers. New Plant Healer Annuals Have Been Shipped To...