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...

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...

Rosemary’s Remedy!

Rosemary’s Remedy!

There aren’t many of us American herbalists not familiar with the beloved Rosemary Gladstar, whose work actively promoting and spreading herbalism has had an incredible impact on the accessibility of plant medicine! While most know her best from her books and teaching, Rosemary is also an activist, phenomenal networker, community creator, endangered plant advocate, gardener, and much more. I met her personally for the first time when she graced the very first Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference/Herbal Resurgence as a teacher and speaker. Rosemary helped create a huge resurgence in herbalism at a time when botanical medicine was neither popular nor accessible for most folks. She traveled to Europe in order to study, and brought back with her an...

Anima Site Revised, May Event, & Herbal Course Reopens

Anima Site Revised, May Event, & Herbal Course Reopens

. Anima Lifeways and Herbal Site Updated You’re invited to please check out the newly updated Anima school site, featuring simplified pages and easy navigation.  Besides the new look and header, you’ll also find: •A new Introduction with easy direct links to every section and program without need of the menu •A “Home Study” page with revised offerings, including the just now reopened Foundations In Traditional Herbalism course •Extensive “Writings” pages, with a free archive of many herbal and lifeways articles by Kiva Rose, Jesse Wolf and Loba •A new “On Site Opportunities” page, with On-Site Helper details as well as information on the upcoming “Sacred Indulgence Botanical Retreat & Workshop” in May •New Applications for Retreats, Events and Programs…...

Herb Energetics 2.0

Herb Energetics 2.0

If you read my recent post on nurturing the senses, you’ll know about the release of the updated version of Herb Energetics, the multi-media course I created with John Gallagher of learningherbs.com teaching my take on the essential elements of sense-based herbalism. The course details have now been released and signup is open over at the Herb Energetics site. In case you missed that post but are interested in the course, here’s a quick definition of energetics from my perspective: Herbal energetics are generally defined as a framework of understandings of how to best match herbs to the individual and/or situation. Spectrums (such as cool/warm) and properties (such as astringent) are associated with herbs based on our observation of their effect on...