Whitewater-Baldy Wildfire Close To Anima – May 27 Map

Whitewater-Baldy Wildfire Close To Anima – May 27 Map

(Please see the Anima Blog for the previous post talking more about the fire) Whitewater/Baldy Wildfire May 27 Update and Latest Map Now Level With Anima Sanctuary and Only 10 Miles East of Us The Whitewater-Baldy continued it’s mad race yesterday, the 50mph winds pushing the flames hard and fast.  If the winds had continued being south winds blowing straight north, our Anima Sanctuary would already be burning by today (Sunday).  In a single night the fire gobbled up another 20 plus thousands acres of forest ecosystem, to over 130,000 acres by this morning, a long thin spur of the fire has made it as far north as the Anima property, and only about 10 miles to the east of us! Because the winds have shifted for now, the leading spur is continuing towards the...

Critical Intuition Excerpt by Paul Bergner

Critical Intuition Excerpt by Paul Bergner

Critical Intuition: Knowing The Difference Between Intuiting & Projecting Excerpted from the Herbal Rebel Column in the now available Spring 2012 Issue of Plant Healer Magazine by Paul Bergner In previous columns, I have spoken of a Four Directions model of obtaining knowledge, of study, that may be applied to herbalism or any other field of endeavor. In the North, we diligently study traditions and what previous generations have left for us in books or oral tradition. In the South we throw ourselves into practical experience, alone, in groups, or in our communities, tasting and experimenting the plants and the contexts of their healing, testing the promise of the studies of the past. In the East, in this era, we look at new information or perspectives that...

Kids, Common Infections, Herbs & Antibiotics by Aviva Romm

Kids, Common Infections, Herbs & Antibiotics by Aviva Romm

Kids, Common Infections, Herbs & Antibiotics Excerpted from the now available Spring 2012 Issue of Plant Healer Magazine by Aviva Romm September 1, 2011, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report on the problem of unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for kids. They found that doctors are unnecessarily prescribing antibiotics for kids more than 50% of the time, most often for upper respiratory infections (colds, coughs, ear infections, sinusitis, and sore throats). Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing is the primary cause of antibiotic resistance, which is a major global public health problem. Further, medical science is waking up to the fact that pediatric antibiotic exposure is not benign for the individual, and may lead to asthma, eczema, and...

New Plant Healer Columnist: Phyllis Light – Appalachian Herbalist

New Plant Healer Columnist: Phyllis Light – Appalachian Herbalist

It’s important that Plant Healer Magazine not have so many columnists that room runs out for contributions from others.  Last time we announced the addition of quarterly contributions from Susun Weed… and this round, we found we couldn’t resist adding just one final column: . Mountain Medicine: Traditional Healing Folkways by Phyllis Light Phyllis D. Light (http://phyllisdlight.com) is one of the foremost repositories and champions of both traditional Southern Appalachian herbalism and folk herbalism in general.  We are so happy to have her insightful and personable articles every issue, covering everything from plant profiles and medicine making to childhood tales and poignant history, case studies and thoughtful ruminations, the practices that grew out of...

Growing At-Risk Medicinal Plants – by Juliet Blankespoor

Growing At-Risk Medicinal Plants – by Juliet Blankespoor

Growing At-Risk Medicinal Plants Photos and Text by Juliet Blankespoor Growing our own medicine creates an intimate connection with healing plants as we watch them emerge from the ground, and grow leaves, flowers, and fruits. I tend to be more curious about the plants around me, as I see, smell and feel them throughout the seasons. My curiosity inspires research, experimentation, medicine making, and therapeutic usage. Deep, long- lasting plant friendships are born from these interactions. There are some important environmental reasons for cultivating rare native medicinals as well. We lose vast populations of our native flora, many of which are important medicinal plants, as our wild lands are converted to roads, development, lawns and agriculture. Cultivating...

The Wild Herbalist: Class Notes by Jesse Wolf Hardin

The Wild Herbalist: Class Notes by Jesse Wolf Hardin

THE WILD HERBALIST Steps Towards a More Empowered, Intensely Effective & Satisfying Life & Practice Class Notes by Jesse Wolf Hardin All Photos ©2011 Kiva Rose From the notes for The Wild Herbalist class being taught by Jesse Wolf at the upcoming TWH Conference Saturday, Sept 17th – 2:50-4:50 To Register: www.TraditionsInWesternHerbalism.org Envision a nature-informed, liberatory herbalism as wild and powerful, intimate and diverse, intuitive and sensorial, fresh and effective as the wild plants themselves… and as life changing as those particular plant allies that personally inspired most of us of to get into this study and practice in the first place. “She always knew herself as wild.  As a little girl she smiled at things not one else...