The Taste of Healing: Understanding Herbal Energetics

The Taste of Healing: Understanding Herbal Energetics

Folks who have been reading this blog for any length of time at all are probably very familiar with my emphasis on herbal energetics, and how important I feel they are to learn to avoid the frustration of hit and miss treatment. Essentially, energetics provide a look at the essential tendencies of both plants and people, so that we can match them together most effectively. You can read more about my approach to energetics right here.  A few years ago, I did a multimedia course that covered the big picture of energetics, from sensory awareness to taste and impression to actions to constitutions. A number of folks were so excited by the process, that they wanted even more in depth training, especially when it came to the nitty gritty application. One of the...

In the Burned Forest: A Walk Through the Mist

In the Burned Forest: A Walk Through the Mist

In the more lightly burned areas of the forests just above us in the White Mountains of Arizona, the Fireweed is blooming in colorful profusion between the blackened spikes of destroyed trees. This beautiful member of the Onagraceae family is also one of my favorite herbs, being especially talented at reducing inflammation, astringing lax tissue, and encouraging healing, especially in the gut. This makes it a rather ideal addition to gut healing infusions, especially if a food intolerance or other trigger has been recently removed. Rhiannon declared this bit of mountainside a piece of her personal heaven, and danced through the mist and ferns for a while before settling into harvesting just ripening Raspberries. She particularly enjoys the not quite red fruits,...

Midsummer in the Mountains: Nocturnal Flowers and Woodland Revels

Midsummer in the Mountains: Nocturnal Flowers and Woodland Revels

Come high Summer in the Southwest, the wildfires rage and nearly everything dries to dust. There’s a great stillness as the land seems to hold its breath in anticipation of the rainy season that usually arrive sometime in the second week of July. There’s a palpable tension as we all wait to see how much fire damage will accumulate around us and what will survive until those first blessed drops of rain kiss the parched earth.  Even here in the mountains, the grass has all turned gold and the river trickles across the rocks in small rivulets. Wildlife clings close to any water sources and the afternoons are quiet as the sun beats against volcanic cliffs. The vibrant and diverse communities of life often only become apparent after the sun begins its dip into the...

An Insider’s Look at First Aid with 7Song

An Insider’s Look at First Aid with 7Song

In my clinical practice I have seen everything from widespread issues such as anxiety, insomnia, and menstrual regularities to deep seated chronic conditions like lupus, cancer, and viral hepatitis to more acute and first aid type situations that include punctures, head wounds, and blunt trauma. I’m interested in all the ways in which the body can work and heal, but I admit an overriding fascination with first aid. One thing I like about first aid is that it calls on me to adapt quickly to the situation, and get good, clear results. Certainly I like those kinds of results in any case, but in first aid it’s incredibly important that treatment be effective and quick. Hesitation or lack of skill can mean increased harm to someone, especially if they’re looking to...

Sam Coffman & The Herbal Resurgence

Sam Coffman & The Herbal Resurgence

Sam Coffman & The Herbal Resurgence –Herbal Resurgence Rendezvous – Near The Grand Canyon – Sept 19th-22nd– by Jesse Wolf Hardin www.HerbalResurgence.org We’re really stretching the bounds of herbalism and herbal conferences at the 2013 Herbal Resurgence Rendezvous, hosting over 50 of the most adventurous class topics again this September.  From Anne Merrill’s “Ecology of The Body” to “Animist Herbalism” by Sarah Lawless, teachers will be taking the craft ever deeper into the heart of what the folk tradition is all about. Now, thanks to a last minute rescheduling, we’re pleased to announce the addition of a teacher who can provide a radically strong emphasis on herbal empowerment and preparedness: Sam Coffman! Sam is the founder and instructor of...

The Medicine Woman’s Vision: In Picture and Story

The Medicine Woman’s Vision: In Picture and Story

As any of you who have been following this blog for any length of time know, my partner Wolf is an incredible artist, and has created countless illustrations to accompany my writing and work. He was the one who drew my first logo, back when I was still doing medicine making under the name Bear Medicine Herbals, with the sweet grizzly bear, Oshá in flower, and the blue moon in the background. The deeply felt and exquisitely expressed magic of his art perfectly matches what I want to convey through my writing and healing work.   It was to him, then, that I turned to when I realized that all of the recent transitions in my life and work required a new pictorial representation. I very much wanted it to represent both a return to my original medicine woman roots,...