Kiva and Nettles in March New Mexico Magazine

Kiva and Nettles in March New Mexico Magazine

A one page article by Wendy Sue Gist in the March issue of New Mexico Magazine includes a little about wild foraging, dandelions, and Kiva Rose’s tips for picking nettles… as well as a listing for the 2011 Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference: New Mexico Magazine Article Those of you placing orders with Mountain Rose Herbs in Oregon, can expect to find a card announcing our upcoming conference among your upcoming shipments.   Mountain Rose is one of the most ethical providers of quality medicinal and culinary herbs, and we’ve been recommending since long before the signed on as the first and one of the most devoted of TWHC sponsors.  If you haven’t checked them out before, go to the: Mountain Rose Herbs Website The March issue of...

Signs of Life: The Persistance of Green Medicine

Signs of Life: The Persistance of Green Medicine

Yes, it is January here in the mountains of New Mexico. Yes, it does get to less than -10F out there some nights. And why yes, that is a lovely new vivid green leaf from a picture I took just yesterday. Specifically, it is the leaf of a Wax Currant (Ribes cereum) growing down by the river among the Canyon Walnuts and Grape vines. While it will still be quite some time before they flower and fruit, they are well known for their persistence in leafing out even during some of our coldest weather. I greatly appreciate this tenacity, especially as we get to the part of Winter where I feel an increasing longing for green growing plants. ~~~~ Another persistent plant that manages to grow throughout the Winter, and sometimes even flower, is one of our native vervains....

December Update

December Update

Thank you to everyone who has encouraged us to take a break, after nonstop deadlines around the 2011 TWH Conference organizing and the production of the first ever Plant Healer Magazine.  There are still lots of tasks to be done this month on both projects, as well as tons of emails needing answering… but that said, we’ve still been treating the last few days as a bit of a break, and are feeling more relaxed and rewarded right now.  7Song, our valued herbalist ally and friend has been visiting and checking out what he can see of Anima Sanctuary’s plant life in Winter.  And for the past week we’ve had almost Summer-like weather, the “Indian Summer” Wolf had predicted.  While the nights have been getting down below freezing, the afternoons are brilliantly...

Earth-Deep: On Roots and the Cold Moons

Earth-Deep: On Roots and the Cold Moons

“Deep roots are not reached by frost” – J. R. R. Tolkien As the dark months roll in and the seasons change, I find myself spending a great deal of time digging, washing and chopping freshly gathered roots. The sharp fragrance of Elecampane, the earthy bite of Cebadilla, the anise intensity of Sweet Root, the unmistakable aroma of Oshá and perhaps especially the sweet spice of American Spikenard all permeate the cabin kitchen, the medicine lodge and even my skin. I have often been known to take bites right out of the freshly washed Aralia or Ligusticum roots, chewing them thoughtfully as I continue my processing. I find that this direct sensory interaction with the plants greatly aids my understanding of how the herbs work and the particular properties of...

The Sensory Language of Life

The Sensory Language of Life

One of the most fascinating aspect of working with plants is the how and why of what they do in the human body. I’m the sort of person who is endlessly (and perhaps annoyingly) curious, like an eternal four year old asking everyone –why– about even the most obvious aspects of the world around me. For this reason, I spend a significant amount of time reading medical and botanical research. It’s the same reason I spend even more time up close and personal with plants and people. All the research in the world can’t begin to replace personal experience and the knowledge that stems from it. Herbalism is, by it’s very definition, a healing art comprised of many overlapping and complimentary fields. From the essential knowledge of how to identify each plant to knowing...

Herbal Roots: Healing Wisdom for Children and Beyond

Herbal Roots: Healing Wisdom for Children and Beyond

Herbal Roots is a beautiful monthly online zine created, written, illustrated and published by community herbalist Kristine Brown. Published on the last Monday of every month, this periodical is a wonderful ongoing inspiration and resource for anyone interested in medicinal plants. Much more than a zine, Herbal Roots is really an ongoing herbal course for children and beyond. She features one herb per issue, highlighting medicinal potential, herbal lore, recipes, craft uses and beautiful hand drawn illustrations as well as lots of creative interaction focusing on the plant that’s fun for both parents and children. There’s even an ongoing herbal journal project to keep kids interacting and learning between issues! Kristine describes the zine in her own...