The Medicine Woman Mobile Clinic

The Medicine Woman Mobile Clinic

Friends and clients joined in celebrating the launch of herbalist Kiva Rose’s mobile Village-Herbalist Clinic at her office in Catron County, New Mexico, in a formalizing of her years of providing herbal health consultations to the residents of this singularly remote region of the American Southwest. The Medicine Woman Mobile Clinic: What it Means to Be a Village Herbalist by Jesse Wolf Hardin www.animacenter.org Natural healing and self sufficiency can benefit anyone, no matter where we might live.  That said, self care and community health care are in some ways even more vital in rural areas than they are in cities, given the few regular medical services available and the many miles from town, farm or ranch to the nearest well equipped hospital.  Relative...

Weeds and Wildlings

Weeds and Wildlings

Grassroots Herbalism: The Weeds & Wildlings of Folk Medicine by Kiva Rose Any of ya’ll who’ve been reading The Medicine Woman’s Roots for very long are likely familiar with my penchant for all things weedy and wild. Garden flowers are pretty enough, but I prefer the bad attitude of rebellious weeds and fierce insistence of wild plants growing out of sharp-edged rock crevices and boggy swamp bottoms. Rare, esteemed herbs from the other side of the globe can be useful enough medicines, but my heart (and the heart of my practice as an herbalist) definitely lies with the common, abundant plants that grow just outside my door and down by the river. Even in my small, feral garden, I don’t baby anyone. If they can’t hold their own with the Lamb’s Quarters and Wild...

The Medicine Woman: Returning to Her Roots

The Medicine Woman: Returning to Her Roots

I’ve recently opened an office, one day a week, at the new Frisco Wellness Center here in the local village of Reserve. I call my herbal and nutrition consulting The Medicine Woman Herbal Clinic, and share the space with Kristen Ehrlich, who is a massage therapist. While I’m already seeing folks there, we’re celebrating the opening with an open house and small gathering at the Wellness Center on June 12th (that’s 43 Main Street next to the daycare and community garden, if any of you locals happen to be reading this). In the process of opening up this office, I’ve also been conducting a serious reevaluation of my own practice and work as an herbalist. I have always considered myself to be very hands-on, common sense and grounded in what...

Common Sense Tips for Practicing as a Village Herbalist in Rural America

Common Sense Tips for Practicing as a Village Herbalist in Rural America

Here you’ll find a few pointers for both neophyte and tenured herbalists practicing in rural areas based on my own experience. Seeing as my community is a tiny village in the mountains of New Mexico, I have neither office nor herb store nearby so I am my own walking dispensatory and workspace most of the time. There’s lots of old-fashioned house calls and short followups in the general store here, and my work as an herbalist mingles and blends with everything else I do within the community rather than being a nine-to-five thing. I’m sure some of this applies to an urban practice as well, but I can only speak from what I know, so my tips are firmly situated from a country person’s perspective. Be a Part of the Community. I’m a fringe-dweller and loner by nature...