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  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 11:58 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Good Morning Yoga Body
    with Sheryl Wolover

    Lets begin the morning with easy movements before the big day begins





    Greetings I'm Sheryl Wolover, native to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.  Mother of two children raised with Susun Weed's herbal infusions  somewhere in the 1980's~
     
    I am the creator of YOGA LEGENDS. Yoga DVD's that link poses together through story telling~  
    Owner of Pacific Elements studio for Massage Therapy (1984) and Yoga classes (2003)~
    My family (including the animal family) live around a beautiful lake side where we garden and gather herbs for food and medicine~
    *=Oceans+Mountains^^^^ of Peace,Sheryl ~ yogalegends.com

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 11:17 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Mullein Infusion and Mullein Milk to relieve acute lung problems, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, SARS, even coughs, to strengthen the lungs, or to restore health to lung tissues after "assaults" such as tobacco smoke or radiation and to relieve allergies and asthma:

    Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is a stately fuzzy-leaved plant frequently found on roadsides and other sunny open places. This common weed is one of the world's best lung allies. You can buy dried mullein, or harvest your own.


    No other wild plant looks like it: its large (a foot or more) fuzzy (used for candlewicks) leaves and the upright (five feet or more is common) stalk of yellow flowers (a famous ear oil is made from them) make it easy to recognize.


    To harvest, I cut the entire stalk of plants just beginning to flower and hang them, upside down, in a shady place to dry.


    To brew mullein infusion, I fill a quart canning jar about half full of cut and crushed mullein leaf and stalk pieces. (If using commercial herb, I use one ounce by weight.) I fill the jar to the top with boiling water, cap tightly, and let it sit at room temperature for four hours, or overnight.


    Mullein leaves are fuzzy, and mullein infusion can be too. To protect my throat, I always strain my mullein infusion through tightly-woven cloth (like a handkerchief) before drinking. The dose of mullein infusion is 1-4 cups a day.


    Mullein infusion will last for 5-6 days refrigerated. It brews up to a dark brown liquid with a smoky flavor that I find quite appealing, especially with milk and honey. (More on milk below.)


    To relieve acute lung problems, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, SARS, even coughs, 2-4 cups of mullein infusion a day, plus elecampane, echinacea, and/or poke root tinctures are consumed until health has returned. To strengthen the lungs, or to restore health to lung tissues after "assaults" such as tobacco smoke or radiation: 1-2 cups of mullein infusion daily for six weeks is suggested. To relieve allergies and asthma, 2-4 cups of mullein infusion every day for 6-8 weeks is amazingly effective.


    Organic whole milk is, despite rumors to the contrary, one of the best foods you can eat to help your lungs. You don't have to drink milk to get its benefits. Eating raw milk cheeses and yogurt counts too.


    I've been told the milk produces mucus. This idea was begun by Arnold Ehret who decided that milk and bread were "mucus forming" by slashing his arm open and looking at his blood after eating one food alone for three days. Not very scientific, to say the least. In a recent study of mucus production in the respiratory system, on a scale of one to ten, with ten being the most, water scored zero, milk one, and orange juice ten.


    Organic whole milk has been considered the optimum food for mending and protecting the lungs for thousands of years. A friend just recently sent me a long article on the milk cure (especially effective for lung complaints) written in 1926. I have personally seen milk (and yogurt) help women cure themselves of Khrone's disease, severe animal hair allergies, severe asthma, osteoporosis, and life-threatening food reactions. I prefer to use goats' milk, but any organic milk or dairy product can be helpful to the lungs.


    Modern milk production leaves a lot to be desired, it is true. That's why I prefer organic. That's why I get milk from a local farm where I can easily see whether or not the animals are well tended. That's why I support integrated organic farms - ones with animals.

    Herbal tradition has it that mullein infusion should be mixed half and half with whole milk to effect the greatest benefit for the lungs. Breathe deeply. Worry and anxiety deplete the immune system.


    Wise women through the centuries have kept themselves and their families safe from contagious diseases.


    If we are actively dealing with infection, especially lung infections, these three powerful roots stand ready to help us: elecampane, echinacea, and poke.

  • Monday, August 07, 2017 3:54 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Aquarius Full Moon Lefty Oracle Reading!
    by Kathy Crabbe

    Full Moon Lefty Oracle: Jolene - missing the embarrassment

    ***Excerpted from the Lefty Oracle Deck***

    Mantra: I am daring.
    Affirmation: I am so proud to be me, can't you see?
    Element: Spirit

    Song
    Yes, I AM wearing a fox tail.
    Why?

    Maybe it’s a cat tail
    to impress my friends,
    of course.

    No, really, it’s just me being me;
    without shame or excuses.
    Just plain ol having fun.

    Crazy?
    Definitely.
    And proud of it.
    Dang, grrr.

    If this card appears in a reading expect the unexpected. Be prepared to be unprepared and be okay with that. Jolene, like many a Lefty is a trickster who was sent to shake you up and out of your comfort zone. Be optimistic and aware; have fun, yet keep your wits about you. This is a time of growth and new experiences that will expand your consciousness. Enjoy!

    In my own life, this particular card was inspired by a girl I spotted at a café in Santa Cruz, California wearing a tail. This amused me to no end and I just had to paint her as part of the deck to inspire you and me to be more odd, quirky and outlandish just for the fun of it.

    Creative Journal Prompt
    Try to do one new thing that feels a bit embarrassing every day for one week and keep a journal starting now.

    Creative Journal Prompt Number 2
    Take a chance, be silly and laugh at yourself now and then. It can be healing for body and soul. Name one silly thing that you spotted someone you admire saying or doing recently. What was so daring or amusing about it? Now, dare yourself to do something similar or pair up with a dare devil partner and dare each other. Document the experience and share it with others, encouraging them to do the same and describe how it helped you in the process.

    Expressive Body Movement Challenge
    Pretend, like Jolene, that you now have a tail. What kind of tail? Walk around as if you are that creature.





    Kathy Crabbe has been an artist forever and a soul reader since awakening her intuitive gifts at age forty after five years painting with her non dominant left hand. This awoke her intuition in a big way. In 2008 she created a Lefty Oracle deck and started giving intuitive soul readings that have touched many lives in profound and playful ways. Kathy lives in sunny Southern California with her pet muses and architect husband in an adobe home they built themselves.

    Kathy’s art and writing has been published and shown throughout the world at museum shows, galleries, art fairs, magazines and books including the San Diego Women’s History Museum, We’Moon Datebook, and Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach to name a few. She has self-published several books, zines, oracle decks and ecourses and maintains a regularly updated blog, etsy store and portfolio site. Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Queen’s University and a Graphic Design Diploma from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Canada. She has been working as a professional artist since 1992. Kathy has been an educator and mentor at Laguna Outreach Community Artists, Mt. San Jacinto College, Wise Woman University, Inspire San Diego Studio, HGTV, Michelle Shocked’s International Women’s Day Show as well as teaching her own classes: “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul”, and New Moon Circles. She is a founding member of the Temecula Artist’s Circle, the Temecula Writer’s Café and the Riverside Art Museum’s Printmaker’s Network. Metaphysically speaking, Kathy has studied with Francesca De Grandis (Third Road Celtic Faerie Shamanism), Adam Higgs (psychic mediumship), Om, devotee of Sri Chinmoy (meditation), Atma Khalsa (yoga), Susun Weed (Green Witch Intensive), Joyce Fournier, RN (Therapeutic Touch), Steven Forrest & Jeffrey Wolf Green (astrology) and she received certification in crystal healing from Katrina Raphaell’s Crystal Academy.
    Learn more here.


    Kathy’s 4 week eClass “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul” is once again being offered at Wise Woman University so get ready to Moon Collage your heart out starting one week prior to the New Moon each month…more details here: eClass.



  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017 3:22 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Mystical Nature Poetry and Herb Tea Recipe

    By Dayna Colvin

    Ó Copyright 2017 All Rights Reserved

     

    Emerald Meadows

    Lush Emerald green meadows

    Spread with magnificence

    Dotted with rainbow flowers

    Lily pads with frogs, butterflies, bees, and birds

    Nourishing the blue green earth

    Enjoying the natural magical rhythms

    The abundant healing light love

    Connects all the mystical earth beings

    Sit there and watch the clouds roll by.

     

    Radiant Glowing Full Moon

    Radiant glowing full moon

    Creating sparkly prisms

    Across the night sky and the earth

    Its beautiful powerful glow

    Calls on and magnifies

    The magical mystical healing energies

    Of the Spirit and elemental realms

    Casting shadows and silhouettes

    Like a spotlight.

     

    Silent Solitude

    I enjoy my silent solitude

    Sweet moments when the air is quiet

    All I hear is nature

    Birds chirping and singing

    Bees buzzing

    Dancing thru the air

    Pollinating the rainbow flowers

    Wind gently whistling thru the trees

    Crickets and fireflies

    Filling the crisp air with their rhythmic songs

    I quietly tune into their silent music

    I can feel the soul heartbeat of Mother Earth

    Meditation in nature heals me

    I can relax breathe calm

    I feel grateful.

     

     

    Peppermint and Ginger Are Wonderful Healing Herbs For Self-Care

    Peppermint and ginger are two of my favorite healing herbs. I discovered peppermint when I was 10 years old and I have used it all my life for treating all my ailments. I discovered ginger 20 years ago when I had a bad cold and I needed a healing herb to help my immune system. I’m very deeply thankful for their healing medicinal benefits.  I have a very sensitive delicate stomach and these wonderful healing herbs have helped me so very much in so many ways.  What I love most about peppermint is the fact that it grows wild everywhere and there will always be a wonderful healing bounty of it. Ginger mainly grows in the Middle East and various other parts of the world, but both herbs can be planted and grown in your very own herb garden. 


    I often drink peppermint tea when I don’t feel well and I need to burp and stimulate my appetite to feel strong.  I drink ginger tea for similar reasons, but I also love to add fresh ginger or ginger powder to my delicious healthy meals. The strong pungent aromas are very healing.  I love the flavors and aroma. I never leave home without peppermint. 


    It’s energizing, cooling, a natural decongestant, and it creates a sweet, beautiful, positive, healing energy in any toxic negative environment.  I carry a bottle of organic peppermint essential oil in my purse.  I have three boxes of organic peppermint tea in my cupboard.  I have 2 bags of ginger powder and 3 large pieces of fresh ginger. Next to garlic, which is also a wonderful, healing, medicinal herb, peppermint and ginger are herbs that no one should be without and I can honestly say that I would encourage everyone to have these in their first aid kit and medicine cabinet.  Enjoy good health and healing wellness self-care.

     

    I’d like to share a delicious healing herbal tea recipe I make when my dear husband and I don’t feel well and need a gentle energy boost.  It is a wonderful mixture of herbs that mix very well and is delicious. 

     

    In a mug, pour boiling hot water over

    2 tsp. fresh mint leaves, rinsed

    1/2 tsp. fresh cut ginger, rinsed

    2 tsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice

    1 tsp. maple syrup or your favorite organic unrefined sweetener

    Let the hot tea steep and brew for 30 minutes until the herbs blend well and is very potent.  When the aroma fills the air and the tea tastes very minty and gingery, you know the tea is ready to sip.  You can enjoy this delicious healing herbal tea on cold days, but you can also enjoy it chilled on hot days.  It’s wonderful to sip it slowly throughout the day and the herbal potency will help you feel good for hours.  Enjoy and have a lovely day.

  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:38 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    The sacred art of healing with smudge sticks


    by Arwen Ek



    Smudging is the ancient practice of bathing in the smoke of sacred herbs such as cedar, sage, pine pitch, frankincense, myrrh, juniper, mugwort, and sweetgrass. These herbs are ritually harvested and prepared with a sacred healing intent – often during a full moon or on an important spiritual holy-day. (For an in-depth article on harvesting healing herbs in the wild, please read Wildcrafting the Wise Woman Way).

    Most of the herbs used for smudging are high in volatile essential oils, making them fragrant, and flammable. When these oils are heated they release into the air bringing their anti-microbial properties into the atmosphere. While heating to the point of combustion destroys the chemically beneficial properties of these oils, the visible smoke becomes a spiritual salve of sorts connecting our visible existence with the invisible spirit world or higher planes of consciousness.

    Smoke is used in many guises to lift our spirits, to make offerings, and to cleanse: sweetgrass is used to cleanse the sweat-lodge; frankincense and myrrh are burnt at Mass; the peace pipe is shared in the elder’s tent; a lit stick of incense is an object of focus for deep meditation; bundled and dried herbs are burnt to cleanse a sick room.

    My mother taught me the art of making smudge sticks from my youngest age, and her tradition of twisting multi-colored twine, gathering and drying the herbs and wrapping is one that I proudly continue and pass on today.


    Please visit this site for more detail about the medicine wheel: http://www.sun-nation.org/sun-circle-of-life.html

    My mother always used these five colors of twine: white, yellow, red, black, and green (or blue) to wrap a smudge stick. These five colors tied together bring balance and harmony. The twine is measured out three arm lengths and then twisted together. This is done by tying one end to a doorknob or bedpost, or having another person hold the static end, and then walking out the length of the string until it is taut. The five strings are twisted clockwise a certain number of times, folded in half (don’t let go!), twisted clockwise again, folded in half (this is why it’s good to have two people to do this), at which point you let go of the twisting end of the string. It will unravel counter-clockwise into a beautiful and strong rope about two and one-half feet long, just enough length to wrap a 9″ smudge stick.

    As you are twisting, it is very beneficial to imbue the braided strings with your most positive, sincere, compassionate, healing intentions.

    The finished twine is then wrapped around a 9″ bundle of dried herbs (approximately one and one-half inches in diameter) five wraps up, and criss-crossed five times down. Ascending and descending energy, balance of creative and destructive forces, or whatever unity of opposites you relate to.



    The Smudging Ritual


    Once the smudge stick is constructed, you may like to let it “mellow” on your altar for a moon-cycle – gathering healing energy, integrating all it’s parts, receiving your healing intentions over a period of time. When it is needed, the smudge stick will be a welcome ally in clearing bad energy, or asking for help with deep healing, especially in chronic or long-term illness.

    Light the smudge stick and blow out the flame. It should burn like a big stick of incense with plenty of smoke. Make sure you have a safe place to extinguish the stick when the ritual is complete. One smudge stick will last through many rituals over the course of many years. Gather feathers, if you can, to help spread the smoke and direct it into a space or over a person as you are working. Feathers represent the air element, and with the smoke from your burning smudge stick will help direct your intentions. If no feathers are available, use your hands.

    Speak to the spirit energies, or sing a song, or ring a bell, or play a drum. Vibrate the space with your love and intention as the smoke carries your positive thoughts to the heavens.



    Red Earth Herbal Gathering is a sacred ceremonial container created by and for women to honor and activate our inherent life-nurturing power. We gather together to learn from and inspire each other through ceremony, workshops, deep healing and community building. By recognizing the beauty and power of what it is to be women doing our sacred work, our life’s calling, we step into our collective potential to support the great turning of our planet at this time.


    Join us at Red Earth Herbal Gathering from August 19-20th at Pachamama Farm and Wellness in Longmont, Colorado!
    www.redearthherbalgathering.com

  • Thursday, July 13, 2017 11:23 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Timeless Wisdom: The Feminine Way ...
    Written & Illustrated By Roslyne Sophia Breillat
    Excerpt From Womb Of Wisdom, The Sacred Journey Of Menopause


    There is no place for the bondage of the world within this unique journey into power. For the world is born of time and it does not belong in this place of no time. When a woman enters this timeless realm of her menopausal rebirth, she will discover many, many things. She will have myriad insights. She will gather much wisdom into the purification of her heart. And she will discover that she is no longer aligned with who she thought she was, who others expect her to be or who society dictates her to be. If she remains softly and courageously open, she will discover she is not her physical body, she is not her chronological age, she is not her feelings or her thoughts. And she will discover that her true essence is not born of time. If she continues to live from the intuitive wisdom of this exquisite place, she will discover that She, the timeless female spirit, is the profound void of all creation, the ancient mystery of the womb essence, the powerful darkness that immortally births all life.

    The contemporary woman lives in a society, insidiously addicted to the incessant demands of time, whilst it simultaneously runs an illusory race against time. Instead of trusting her body’s natural ability to awaken with the rising sun and to slowly and sensuously embrace the dawning day she relies upon the jarring call of alarm clocks to shock her from peaceful slumber. She then rushes from one appointment to another, from one timetable to another, from one place to another. This creates discordant waves of stress in her body and her psyche, through suppressing her natural timeless flow and her innate capacity to freely embrace each moment. She is then unable to enjoy the spontaneous universal flow that is aligned with the natural undulation of her feminine rhythm.

    For a woman’s body and psyche are attuned to an intrinsically flowing way of living and being that dances, moves and breathes with the timeless essence of Mother Earth’s ever changing cycles. Whenever this natural rhythm is disrupted, ignored or suppressed through trying to fit her natural rhythm into too many stressful schedules, into too many structured routines, into too much rushing and forcing and trying to please, she loses touch with this spontaneous dance of her timeless feminine flow. And whenever she relies upon the unnatural suppression of pharmaceutical drugs or the deadening force of unnecessary medical intervention, she lose faith in the instinctive knowing of her body’s intuitive healing power and the natural intelligence of her womb’s immortal wisdom. Whenever she defers to any misuse of masculine authority or to any artificial ways of eating and living and doing and being, she becomes disconnected from the timeless wisdom of her body, the sacred love of the Earth and the inherent truth of her feminine power.

    Whenever she is emotionally attached to others’ ideas of how she should live her life, or to anything at all that creates havoc with her natural cyclic flow, she loses all connection with her innate sense of harmony. And she forgets her ability to trust her timeless essence. For a woman’s inherent place rests sweetly and powerfully within the exquisite mystery of the timeless. This place of infinite beauty nurtures her from within in myriad ways inexplicable to the rational linear mind. And whenever she unites with the vastness of this formless place, she knows real confidence, fulfilment, real joy.

    Whenever she softly surrenders to the life giving power of this place, she is nurtured by a strength and purpose of true femaleness. Whenever she heeds the intuitive guidance that emanates from this place, she embraces the bounty of her timeless wisdom, authority and power. She then knows the blessedness of true contentment and she knows the blessedness of true peace. When she is naturally aligned with this timeless inner source of her wise and gentle feminine spirit, she instinctively knows when, how, why and where to look at facts, figures, schedules, timetables, diaries and clocks.




    Sophia (Roslyne Sophia Breillat) is a wise woman who lives, writes, and paints from the heart. Her prolific articles and paintings embrace the wisdom and grace of the female essence and the beauty of the Earth. She is acknowledged as a powerful and courageous writer whose creative work features in many international websites and magazines and her website is an abundant offering of female wisdom that nurtures and inspires. Sophia is the author of two books, WOMB OF WISDOM, THE SACRED JOURNEY OF MENOPAUSE and HEART OF THE EARTH, NURTURING THE SACRED FEMININE. Both of these books can be ordered directly from sophia@wildheartwisdom.com

    Email: sophia@wildheartwisdom.com
    Website: www.wildheartwisdom.com
     

    Sophia offers two courses at the Wise Woman University:


    ~ Being Woman ~ (detailed description of Being Woman online course)


    This six week online course provides a sacred and nurturing space where woman can learn to surrender more deeply to the natural receptivity of the female psyche. "...so blessed to have had gentle words of encouragement and support from you through the "Being Woman" course at W.W.U.... You have inspired me to continue my quest... Thanks so much!"

    ~ Dawning of Wisdom ~ (detailed description of Dawning of Wisdom online course)

    Throughout this series of lessons she will learn to trust the innate flow of her intuitive nature and to listen more intimately to the wellspring of her inner source. And we will explore together how to live more fully as the embodiment of the feminine essence within the structures of a masculine civilisation.

    "I LOVE your class, it is beautiful and thought provoking and well done... Thank you Sophia for your role as wisdom keeper, confidante and mentor."

  • Friday, July 07, 2017 11:24 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Capricorn Full Moon: The Garden Is Within
    by Kathy Crabbe



    During this Capricorn Full Moon on July 8, 2017 feel safe trusting that God/dess or your higher power has your back.

    In my own life, I'm learning what it means to come into my power as a Crone, at age 51. I've gone through menopause (early) and have come out the other side; wiser and more fulfilled. I've finished three years of training and initiation into Third Road Celtic Faerie Shamanism with Francesca De Grandis and I feel fantastic; more grounded, strong and beautiful and ready to help others do the same. It hasn't been easy (of course), but we all age, grow up and then give back. I give you my paintings (my heart and soul) and my wisdom and intuitive knowing with thanks to the Divine through my soul readings and past life readings.

    May your soul be blessed, this Cappie Full Moon with strength, flexibility, healing and love.

    Be still within.
    Allow the cacophony of voices pulling you in different directions to be still.

    Breathe in fresh air
    and be blessed.

    Feel your heart beat
    and be blessed.

    Hear the bird's song
    and be blessed.

    Feel the earth beneath you
    and be blessed.

    Then go within
    and hear your breath
    breathing you,
    welcoming you,
    Home.
    The garden is within.


    Lefty Oracle of the Month: Jolene, missing the embarrassment gene

    Mantra: I am daring.

    Affirmation: I am so proud to be me, can’t you see?

    Element: Spirit

    Song
    Yes, I AM wearing a fox tail.
    Why?

    Maybe it's a cat tail
    to impress my friends,
    of course.

    No, really, it's just me being me:
    without shame or excuses.
    Just plain ol having fun.

    Crazy?
    Definitely.  
    And proud of it.
    Dang, grrrr.

    If this card appears in a reading expect the unexpected. Be prepared to be unprepared and be okay with that. Jolene, like many a Lefty is a trickster who was sent to shake you up and out of your comfort zone. Be optimistic and aware; have fun, yet keep your wits about you. This is a time of growth and new experiences that will expand your consciousness. Enjoy!

    In my own life, this card was inspired by a girl I spotted at a cafe in Santa Cruz, California wearing a tail. This amused me to no end and I just had to paint her as part of my Lefty Oracle Deck to inspired you and me to be more odd, quirky, and outlandish just for the fun of it.

    Excerpted from the Lefty Oracle Deck.





    Kathy Crabbe has been an artist forever and a soul reader since awakening her intuitive gifts at age forty after five years painting with her non dominant left hand. This awoke her intuition in a big way. In 2008 she created a Lefty Oracle deck and started giving intuitive soul readings that have touched many lives in profound and playful ways. Kathy lives in sunny Southern California with her pet muses and architect husband in an adobe home they built themselves.

    Kathy’s art and writing has been published and shown throughout the world at museum shows, galleries, art fairs, magazines and books including the San Diego Women’s History Museum, We’Moon Datebook, and Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach to name a few. She has self-published several books, zines, oracle decks and ecourses and maintains a regularly updated blog, etsy store and portfolio site. Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Queen’s University and a Graphic Design Diploma from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Canada. She has been working as a professional artist since 1992. Kathy has been an educator and mentor at Laguna Outreach Community Artists, Mt. San Jacinto College, Wise Woman University, Inspire San Diego Studio, HGTV, Michelle Shocked’s International Women’s Day Show as well as teaching her own classes: “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul”, and New Moon Circles. She is a founding member of the Temecula Artist’s Circle, the Temecula Writer’s Café and the Riverside Art Museum’s Printmaker’s Network. Metaphysically speaking, Kathy has studied with Francesca De Grandis (Third Road Celtic Faerie Shamanism), Adam Higgs (psychic mediumship), Om, devotee of Sri Chinmoy (meditation), Atma Khalsa (yoga), Susun Weed (Green Witch Intensive), Joyce Fournier, RN (Therapeutic Touch), Steven Forrest & Jeffrey Wolf Green (astrology) and she received certification in crystal healing from Katrina Raphaell’s Crystal Academy.
    Learn more here.


    Kathy’s 4 week eClass “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul” is once again being offered at Wise Woman University so get ready to Moon Collage your heart out starting one week prior to the New Moon each month…more details here: eClass.



  • Thursday, June 29, 2017 2:04 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Choosing Local Plants: Bioregional Herbalism
    by Linda Conroy


    Relocation, as a bioregional herbalist (one who chooses to incorporate the plants that grow nearby) has proven for me to be an opportunity to connect with new plants on an intimate level.


    One of those plants is Monarda fistulosa, commonly known as Bee Balm or wild bergomot. While I grew Monarda didyma in my garden while living in Seattle, I did not harvest very much, as there were only a few plants. I occasionally harvested petals for salad and that was the extent of it. I had of course read about the healing qualities but was utilizing other more abundant plants for the purposes that I have since applied to bee balm. Since relocating and getting to know the ever abundant midwest native Monarda fistulosa, I have begun harvesting this plant in abundance. I incorporate her spicy leaves and flowers into salads, vinegars and honey. I dry the plant for infusions (steeped 2 hours for flowers) and enjoy her ever fragrant flowers in sachets.

    Monarda is a plant in the Lamanicea or mint family. The plant is aromatic and grows in what botanists call a subshrub pattern, in other words large clusters.

    Wild bergamot was also considered a medicinal plant by many Native American people including, (but not limited to) the Menominee, the Objibwe, and the Winnebago. It was used most commonly to cure colds, and was frequently made into a tea. Today, many families still use wild bergamot during the cold and flu season. It is often sweetened with honey to subdue it's strong flavor.

    Bee Balm has strong antiseptic qualities which stem from the fact that this plants contains thymol, or thyme oil. It can be applied for cleaning minor wounds and/or skin infections, as a mouth rinse for throat and mouth infections and it has been used as a carminative (an herb that reduces or expels gas). This plant also contains anitfungal qualities. While living in the Pacific Northwest, Red Cedar was one of my favorite plants for clearing fungal infections including athlete's foot. Today Mondarda is my choice.

    In many of the talks I offer, I speak to the need for choosing plants that grow around us. Many of use are familar with the concept of local food, yet few of us stop to think where our remedies come from. Historically people had everything they needed right around them and we can too. Many of the plants that we use, which come from afar can be replaced with plants that grow right in our own bioregion.
    Take the challenge.

    Here is a link to a wonderful article on this topic written by Rose Barlow Local Herbs

    Recipe for Mondarda Vinegar

    -Harvest the flowers of this plant when they are in full bloom. Follow the bees they will lead you there. Ask persmission, if granted thank the plant. I like to thank the plant by breathing and singing with it. Sharing breath is the greatest gift we can offer our green allies, acknowledging and keeping in our consciousness our dependence on them for every breath we take.
    -Place the flowers in a jar. Filling and packing the jar lightly.
    -Once the jar is full, pour apple cider vinegar over the plant. I prefer organic raw vinegar.
    -Place a lid on the jar. I have been using plastic canning jar lids, as they will not rust.
    -Label the jar, with the common name, botanical name, date and any other pertinent information.
    -Place the jar in a dark place.
    -Strain in 4-6 weeks. Store in a dark place.
    -Enjoy this on salads, in water to create a refreshing beverage and/or soak your feet in a diluted foot bath to clear up athlete's feet. Many wonderful uses!



     

    Linda Conroy is a bioregional, wise woman herbalist, educator,wildcrafter, permaculturist and an advocate for women's health.

    She is the proprietress of Moonwise Herbs and the founder of Wild Eats: a movement to encourage people and communities to incorporate whole and wild food into their daily lives. She is passionate about women's health and has been working with women for over 20 years in a wide variety of settings.

    Linda is a student of nonviolent communication and she has a masters degree in Social Work as well as Law and Social Policy. Linda has been offering hands on herbal programs and food education classes for well over a decade.

    She has completed two herbal apprenticeship programs, one of which was with Susun Weed at the Wise Woman Center and she has a certificate in Permaculture Design.

    Linda is a curious woman whose primary teachers are the plants; they never cease to instill a sense of awe and amazement.

    Her poetic friend Julene Tripp Weaver, eloquently describes Linda when she writes, "She listens to the bees, takes tips from the moon, and follows her heart."

    Listen to a thirty minute interview with mentor Linda Conroy

     

    Study with Linda Conroy from Home

    ~Empower Yourself with Herbal Medicine Making~
    ( Link to detailed description of Empower Yourself with Herbal Medicine Making )

    The goal of the course is to have participants become familiar with herbal medicine, to become comfortable incorporating herbs into daily life and to gain hands on experience making simple remedies at home.

  • Monday, June 12, 2017 11:45 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Fire Meditation
    with Sheryl Wolover

    Please take 3 minutes of your time and join me in a Fire Meditation.
    Find a comfortable seated position and breath into the peacefulness~





    Greetings I'm Sheryl Wolover, native to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.  Mother of two children raised with Susun Weed's herbal infusions  somewhere in the 1980's~
     
    I am the creator of YOGA LEGENDS. Yoga DVD's that link poses together through story telling~  
    Owner of Pacific Elements studio for Massage Therapy (1984) and Yoga classes (2003)~
    My family (including the animal family) live around a beautiful lake side where we garden and gather herbs for food and medicine~
    *=Oceans+Mountains^^^^ of Peace,Sheryl ~ yogalegends.com

  • Wednesday, June 07, 2017 10:44 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Wildcrafting the Wise Woman Way
    by Arwen Ek

    Three words: Reverence. Ethical. Beauty.

    Reverence

    When you are embarking on your spring wildcrafting weed walk, do a short meditation to set a positive and compassionate intention. Visualize yourself walking in the forest, noticing the birds, the squirrels, the tiny, baby sprouts pushing up through the rich and moist layer of forest mulch. Visualize a soft smile on your face, and stepping softly on Mother Earth. barefoot in the chamomile

    Bring an offering – some kind of libation, a gift, and a prayer. It doesn’t matter what traditions you choose or keep, and if you don’t have a tradition that links you to the land, some way of relating to nature, now is your chance to invent one. The Native Americans use incense and feathers to make offerings to the four directions and the three planes (heaven, earth and the human realm of activity). Many other traditions use alcoholic spirits – beer, wine or brandy for example – and reverently pour a glassful onto the earth while saying a prayer, specifically inviting the spirits of the land to enjoy these libations. Or, take a precious stone, feather, piece of bone or some other sacred object from nature and return it to nature. Remember, you are a guest on the land, wherever you choose to harvest your medicinal and nutritional plants.

    ***Please note: if you choose to use incense, DO NOT leave any fire unattended in the forest!!!! Please!! And, do not leave any edible offerings (beside a sprinkling of birdseed, for example) that might attract bears, etc. I really, really hope that is self-evident to my readers! ****

    Sing to the plants. If you are very quiet, and bend down really close to the earth, putting your ear to the dirt and closing your eyes…you might just hear the song of the earth, song of spring, the resonance of the plants you are seeking. Sometimes a melody will spontaneously occur to me, sometimes I pray for my ears to be opened to the song of pine or nettle or arnica. When I meet the plants, we sing together. Here is a song that carries so many memories of my childhood, in the herb garden or in the forest with my mother, meeting the plants and the animals. It’s a Navajo song for healing called “Now I walk in beauty”:


    Now I walk in Beauty
    Beauty is Before Me
    Beauty is Behind Me
    Above and Below Me

    Ethical

    The beginning of ethical wildcrafting is to do a lot of research about the plants that you will be harvesting. Know their root systems, their growing cycle, when and how they propagate and whether they are rare or endangered. Ask your local herbalists, ecologists, and naturalists. Ask them to take you out and show you the land. Read Susan Weed and Michael Tierra, and any other reputable source for information on wild medicinal plants.

    Ask permission – of the owner of the land, obviously, but also of the plant. I love Susan Weed’s advice on talking to plants in her Healing Wise and asking their individual permission – hello, nettle, may I have some of your leaves today? She even claims if you talk really nice, and handle ever so gently, she can harvest nettle without being stung. Interesting…inspiring!

    OshaHarvest when the plant is seeding, and spread the seeds back into the earth. Reseeding this way will ensure next year’s harvest to be plentiful and the survival of the precious medicinal plants. Consider Osha, which only grows above 9000′ and will only grow wild. She will not tolerate any kind of artificial environment, so any medicinal products containing Osha had to be wildcrafted. It is particularly important to space your harvesting, and bury the seeds in the top layer of loose forest soil.

    Take only what you need, don’t clear the area of all the dandelion and then let your harvest go bad at home. Have a specific use in mind, and specific quantities measured out before you go out with your scissors and spade. Remember that these wonderful wild herbs, roots, leaves, flowers, berries and all, are food and medicine for local wildlife who depend on these plants for survival. Think SUSTAINABLE.

    Beauty

    Think beauty, sing beauty, wear a beautiful hat, walk with dignity, respect, awareness. You are not just harvesting wild medicinal plants, you are consciously contributing to the beauty of the area. Pick up trash and pack it out – always. Build a small carin (rock pile) in a sacred spot. Spacing your harvesting will allow the soil to breathe better. Don’t pick flowers unless you are consciously harvesting medicinal varieties like calendula, arnica, or dandelion. I used to love picking wildflowers when my husband Greg reminded me, “that is God’s boquet.” Meaning, let it be, and enjoy the natural, wild beauty as it is.

    Leave no trace. No trash, no food, no detritus. Repair the soil and rocks where you have harvested. Harvest flower tops at random intervals, so that it would be impossible to notice any were missing.

    …and finally, gratitude.

    I learned the art of wildcrafting from my own mother. She patiently took me into the wilderness, she showed me how to cultivate and harvest medicinal plants at our garden at home. Of course, as a kid I thought it was so corny to sing to the plants. Now I get it…thirty years later! Kids don’t usually understand the importance of reseeding or not destroying an entire plant colony in one go. I was so reckless in my younger years…but my mom’s gentle wisdom has stuck with me. And my husband is a constant reminder: respect mother nature, give to the earth and She will take care of you. Thank you thank you, mom, for your love and patience. I hope that I am beginning to understand what you tried to teach me, the wisdom of the earth, the healing power of simple plants.

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    Red Earth Herbal Gathering is a sacred ceremonial container created by and for women to honor and activate our inherent life-nurturing power. We gather together to learn from and inspire each other through ceremony, workshops, deep healing and community building. By recognizing the beauty and power of what it is to be women doing our sacred work, our life's calling, we step into our collective potential to support the great turning of our planet at this time.
    Join us at Red Earth Herbal Gathering from August 19-20th at Pachamama Farm and Wellness in Longmont, Colorado!
    www.redearthherbalgathering.com

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