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  • Monday, July 29, 2013 4:19 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Choosing Local Plants

    With Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs

    www.moonwiseherbs.com
    www.midwestwomensherbal.com


    Relocation, as a bioregional herbalist (one who chooses to incorporate the plants that grow nearby) has proven 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 Americans 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 us are familiar 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 Monarda Vinegar
    -Harvest the flowers of this plant when they are in full bloom. Follow the bees they will lead you there. Ask permission, 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, July 22, 2013 2:21 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Warrior Poses

    By Sheryl Wolover

    Sheryl Wolover of Yoga Legends shares the story sequence of the warrior poses for Wise Woman forum.






    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

    http://www.pacific-elements.com/
  • Wednesday, July 17, 2013 2:03 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Meet Creeping Charlie
    By Thea Summer Deer


    When Charlie comes a creepin'
    You'll be meetin' a new friend,
    And he'll be true to you, ya know,
    Not kept away by winter snow:
    He'll be comin' back to sow,
    The seeds of friendship that will grow,
     Within our hearts and keep us lively,
     'Cause Creepin' Charlie, aint just any ivy!


    This time last year I was walking the trail with energetic healer, priestess and aspiring herbalist, Carolyn Bye. This year Carolyn is no longer with us having recently made her transition. She fought the cancer as long as she could and then passed surrounded by the priestesses who loved her. I met Carolyn only three times when she was visiting our healing community in the beautiful blue mountains of Western North Carolina. She was closely associated with Registered Herbalist, Matthew Wood and her knowledge, and her spirit intrigued me.

    We initially met on one of my plant walks and our second meeting occurred during one of my workshops. That was when she learned about my mercury poisoning and recommended a plant that helps to remove heavy metals from the body. That plant is Creeping Charlie. I had heard of this plant, but wasn't familiar with its medicinal properties. So, I wrote down the name and intended to research it at some future date.

    The third and last time that I saw Carolyn was an unexpected surprise. We had been trying to connect before she headed back north, but couldn't find an opening in our busy schedules. On Carolyn's last day in North Carolina I stopped by a friend's house in a small mountain town near to where she was staying to drop off some herbal salve. Upon my arrival I was surprised to find Carolyn there. A small impromptu gathering was underway to say farewell. No one knew this would be the last time that we would see her. While Carolyn and I may have seemed surprised to see each other, we also knew that we were meant to connect.

    "Did you find yourself some Creepin' Charlie?" she asked.

    I laughed and said, "No, not yet, but I will."

    "Well look no further," she replied and pointed down at our feet. I looked down and saw that we were standing on a carpet of Creeping Charlie. She pulled some up showing me its rhizomes and square stems. I was in awe of how our medicine always seems to be no further than where we are right now. She was providing me with a personal introduction to this plant and it is always better to have a personal introduction when meeting a new friend. I felt incredibly grateful for having been led to Carolyn in that moment. And as one of my herbal mentors, Willie Whitefeather, always says, "Look down! You are standing on your medicine." And this is how my relationship began with Creeping Charlie. I offer it up as a tribute to Carolyn Bye.

    Glechoma hederacea, is an aromatic creeper of the mint family Lamiaceae, more affectionately known as Creeping Charlie. It is an evergreen perennial, which means it is available all year long, even here in the Appalachian Mountains beneath the snows of winter. It has numerous medicinal uses and is commonly used as a salad green. Introduced by European settlers it has become naturalized in North America.

    It is not to be confused with Creeping Jenny, Lysimachia nummularia, whose leaves are rounder and flowers are yellow. The size of Creeping Charlie's fan-shaped, round-toothed edged leaves depends on environmental conditions. The opposite leaves are attached to a square stem typical of the mint family. The flowers tend toward a bluish-violet and flower in clusters of 2 to 3 in the spring. They like moist shaded areas and grow in abundance beneath the trees and along the banks of the creek near my house. Once introduced to Creeping Charlie it wasn't hard to spot on my daily walks. I used to think it was just some kind of ground ivy, which of course it is. Its botanical species name, hederaceae finds its roots in the Latin word for ivy, hedera. Creeping Charlie also appears in sunnier areas especially where the soil has been disturbed and in grass lawns as it is undisturbed by mowing. This is where I initially discovered it with Carolyn.

    Creeping Charlie spreads easily through root division and seed dispersal and is potentially invasive: one of those pesky weeds. Ha! I have to laugh at the amount of time, energy and money some people are willing to spend trying to eradicate a pretty little edible and medicinal plant. It is an attractive plant and occasionally grown as a ground cover. But make no mistake; Glechoma was brought to America because of its culinary and medicinal uses. It can be made into tea, cooked in soups, or eaten in salads. It has a long list of herbal actions including: diuretic, astringent, expectorant, anti-catarrhal, anodyne, digestive, vulnerary, mild stimulant, diaphoretic, antioxidant, anti-cancer, tonic and vermifuge. Creeping Charlie is known to relieve congestion and inflammation of the mucous membranes associated with colds, flu, and sinusitis. Studies have concluded that it has anti-inflammatory action, but no clinical human trials on the actions of G. hederacea have been concluded to date. Information on this plant has been purely based on traditional and empirical knowledge. For a plant with such a wide spectrum of pharmacological activity there are very few references of the phytochemical details and chemical composition of its essential oil.

    Unfortunately, it has long been discarded from the Materia Medica in favor of other plants with a greater certainty of action. Clearly more research is needed. Plants that were once considered cure alls, like Creeping Charlie, in my opinion fall into the category of herbal actions known as alterative. Alteratives gradually restore proper function to the body, increasing overall health and vitality. Their primary action is to favorably alter disordered metabolic processes, especially those associated with the breakdown and elimination of metabolic waste. Their secondary action is to enhance better overall absorption and assimilation of nutrients.

    Because Creeping Charlie is used as a kidney tonic and a "cure for consumption," this tells me that it works on the level of the Wood (Liver) and Water (Kidney) Elements by relieving liver congestion and tonifying the Kidneys. In the past it was thought of as a blood purifier, as were most alteratives, further pointing to the liver, which filters 2.5 liters of blood every hour. Its mildly bitter flavor is stimulating to the liver and gallbladder and it relieves headaches, also indicating its effect upon the liver (see "Headache Free in Every Season".)

    Finding any reference as to how Creeping Charlie pulls heavy metals, specifically aluminum, lead and mercury out of the body was practically nonexistent. Yet both herbalists, Matthew Wood and David Winston have used it for this purpose and that was how its knowledge came down to me through Carolyn Bye. The most telling reference I could find was its use in a tincture form by painters who experienced a kind of lead poisoning called "lead colic."

    Creeping Charlie, abundant and neglected in the Materia Medica though it may be, brings us an important lesson. That lesson is on the importance of having herbalists whose feet are literally on the ground. Researches and scientists in laboratories may be looking down through their microscopes, but knowledge of plant medicine begins in the field by looking down at what is right beneath our feet. It begins with a need for a particular medicine and the receptivity to receive information about a plant from sources other than scientific data. Both perspectives are necessary, but unfortunately the availability of good research is receding from our grasp. This is partially due to government regulation and control of herbal supplements, which relies on the opinions of those who have never given herbs to patients: researchers, manufacturers, bureaucrats, and academics. Other factors include funding sources. With the amount of money that it takes to accurately evaluate the safety and effectiveness of herbal products, government and pharmaceutical company's involvement is necessary. This further controls and limits, not expands, our choices in health care.

    I am looking forward to my personal journey with Creeping Charlie and resurrecting this herb from the slumber of disuse. Perhaps this will lighten the toxic load of heavy metals in my system. I know these plants show up in our lives in divine right timing and at the exact moment when their medicine is needed. This is what the Wisdom of the Plant Devas teaches us – an Herbal Medicine for a New Earth.

      Goodbye Carolyn Bye and thanks for introducing me to Creeping Charlie in that last brief moment we shared together. May your journey into the light continue to be guided by those plant spirits and devas that you loved and who love you. The plant devas are already in light body and they are holding open the door.

    To treat digestive disorders, colds, flu, sinusitis or to improve liver and kidney function or as an antidote for heavy metal poisoning, prepare and use as follows:
    • 1 teaspoon of dried leaves, or 2 teaspoons fresh leaves per cup. Cover with hot, almost boiling water and infuse for 15 minutes. Drink 1 cup, 3x a day. Add peppermint or honey to taste.
    • Express fresh juice with press and take 1 teaspoon 3x a day.
    • Tincture dosage: 1 – 4 ml 3 x a day, folk method (see The Herbal Medicine Maker's Handbook by James Green.)
    • Note: To use fresh harvest aerial parts April – June.


    Learn more in Thea Summer Deer's classes at Wise Woman University.


     



    Learn more in Thea Summer Deer's class, Love Your Liver: Spring and the Wood Element, a work at your pace, online class at Wise Woman University.

    For an edible spring weed recipe visit: Thea's Kitchen. Visit Thea Summer Deer: www.theasummerdeer.com

     
    Thea Summer Deer, Ph.D. is a clinical herbalist, educator, author and singer-songwriter. She began practicing midwifery in 1978 and was a founding mother of the South Florida School of Midwifery.

    Her involvement in Alternative Medicine spans 35 years as owner of Mindbody Press and Evolutionary Press, and as the executive director of Resources for World Health. She is a graduate of the Botanologos School for Herbal Studies and received her doctorate from Venus Rising University.

    Mother, Grandmother, avid cook and gardener, Thea is also an award winning songwriter performing in the acoustic duo, Thea & The GreenMan.

    Her new book, "Wisdom of the Plant Devas: Herbal Medicine for a New Earth," published by Inner Traditions International/Bear & Company, bridges botanical medicine with Earth-Spirit wisdom. ~~ Order Here ~~

    Learn more at www.theasummerdeer.com or "Like" her on Facebook.


    Listen to radio interviews with Thea Summer Deer



    Study with Thea Summer Deer Online

    ~ Indian Summer: Nourishing the Earth Element ~
    ( link to detailed description of Indian Summer: Nourishing the Earth Element )


    This class will benefit herbal and alternative medicine practitioners at any level, and individuals who want to heal and understand their digestive system for optimum health and longevity.


    ~ Hidden Treasure: Kidney Essence & The Water Element ~
    ( link to detailed description of Hidden Treasure )


    This class will benefit herbal practitioners at any level, and individuals who want to understand the vital role of Kidney Essence and how to achieve optimum health and longevity.


    ~ Heal Your Heart: The Fire Element~
    ( link to detailed description of Heal Your Heart )


    Heal Your Heart: The Fire Element, contains information I hope will someday be taught to our children as a matter of course so they grow in the knowledge that healing takes place in the context of relationships – our relationship with each other, the earth and her seasons and with the heavens.


    ~ Love Your Liver: The Wood Element~
    ( link to detailed description of Love Your Liver )


    This online course will benefit herbal practitioners at any level, and individuals who want to heal and support their liver for optimum health.


    Testimonials:

    "My goal in taking your class was to learn how the liver might affect hot flashes, but your gift of knowledge has far surpassed that and thank you." -- Helen Rollins Lord

    "I just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying the classes and how much healing I am experiencing in my own life/body right now because of the information you have shared. I truly appreciate the gift of this class." -- Kristina White

    "I am so excited to have been guided to you and am so happy to be in this phase of my life with you. Thanks for being so very approachable and responsive." -- Sandi Manoogian

    "These classes have been so inspiring, gracefully presented and dense with insightful information." -- Emily Sabino

    "Thank you so much Thea Summer Deer. you have been placed on my path in perfect timing." -- Pat Alexander

  • Tuesday, July 16, 2013 11:26 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Tree Frogs: Bringers of Balance
    ~ Joanne Dodgson ~

    I'm delighted and honored to share with you the gifts and teachings from the Plant, Animal and Spirit Nations in my medicine bundle for Throwing the Bones Ceremony. Bone Throwing is an ancient Peruvian healing art, a Calling of the Spirits Ceremony, which offers extraordinary guidance from the vast perspectives and doctoring shared by the Spirits in the bone bundle. My apprenticeship as a Bone Thrower in the ways of Ka Ta See began in 2006. For several years, I have been engaged in extensive studies and intentional cultivation of personal relationships with the Spirit Nations who have come to be part of the bone bundle. In 2012, I received permission to give Throwing of the Bones Ceremony with individuals and groups. My teacher, Kay Cordell Whitaker, apprenticed with Chea Hetaka, a Peruvian elder in the Ka Ta See lineage.  The art of Bone Throwing is a traditional medicine way passed on among the women in Chea's tribal culture in the Eastern Andes. www.pathwaysforhealing.net


    Tree Frogs: Bringers of Balance

    In the deep dark night in the rainforest, tiny rainbow-colored frogs climb up into the branches of the trees. And the Tree Frogs begin to sing. Waves of intricate rhythmic sounds vibrantly come alive. Peeps and creeks and melodies dance on the air, wafting through the trees, lighting up the night.

    With playful aliveness. Connection. Creativity. Joy.

    Pure Joy.

    Tree Frogs sing from their hearts naturally. It's who they are. It's essential. It's what they've come here to do.

    When Tree Frogs sing, they fill the rainforest with their colorful voices. With the very breath of life. And the Trees breath this in. Receiving. Soaking up the sharing.

    And when the Trees breath out, oceanic waves ripple beyond the rainforest. An ever-flowing Giving. Of the very breath of life. Which nourishes countless beings, so wildly diverse, all around our planet.

    So when Tree Frogs sing, they feed the rainforest. And the breath of the rainforest feeds the mother earth. And when the earth and her beings are abundantly nourished, there's flourishing and thriving. Boundless giving and receiving. The birthing of balance. Exuberant, radiant, interwoven Balance. This is the dance which feeds the continuance of Life.

    All because of the little frogs.

    But that's not why Tree Frogs climb into the branches of the rainforest trees and make magical music. They're not burdened by the idea that it's all up to them to heal the world. They're not trying to make others get it together and change and grow. Tree Frogs aren't forcing anyone to follow along in their footsteps. They're not waiting for applause.

    They sing.

    Just because. It's a natural thing. It's an unstoppable, passionate, creative expression of the beauty of their being. Night after night. Day after day. Through the earth's changing seasons. Rain or shine.

    Sharing the song of the heart, Tree Frogs weave Balance.
    For their lives.
    For all life.
    For our planet.
    So can we.



    JoAnne Dodgson is a healer, author and teacher of Ka Ta See, a unique Peruvian tradition from the Eastern Andes.

    JoAnne has adoctorate in counseling psychology and has pursued an extensive twelve-year shamanic apprenticeship to live and learn the Ka Ta See tradition and share the ancient teachings and ceremonial ways.

    For more information, please visit: www.pathwaysforhealing.net

      
    Listen to a 30 minute radio interview with Joanne Dodgson
    ~~ Listen Here ~~



    Study with Joanne Dodgson Online

    'Manifesting with the Moon' invites you to explore the unique energies and opportunities in each moon phase during one complete lunar cycle, one mo(o)nth.  With the moon as a guide, you will engage in an organic manifestation process which begins with claiming your intent, giving voice to your visions and dreams.
     

    ~ Shaman's Circle ~ Earth Spirits and Guides
    ( description of online course with mentor JoAnne Dodgson )

    'Shaman's Circle' offers opportunities to deepen your understandings of the path of the shaman and to integrate these ancient ways into your everyday life.  Each lesson offers discussion of unique aspects of the shaman's path such as bridging the varied dimensions of reality, living in balance with natural cycles and creating sacred ceremony.  Each lesson guides you in opportunities to discover and enrich your innate connection with the web of life on the mother earth and in the world of the spirits.

     

     
    by JoAnne Dodgson

    In the ancient art of storytelling, UnLeashing Love is filled with personal reflections and myth-like teachings to invite awakenings, passionate searchings, and rich discoveries. The medicine stories in UnLeashing Love carry many layers of meaning which open new awareness, nourish healing, and awaken deeply felt connections with the extraordinary web of life.

    UnLeashing Love is a beautiful book you'll want share with friends, read aloud to loved ones, and revisit over and over again.

    "absolutely exquisite" * "insightful & thought-provoking"
    "incredibly uplifting" * "touched my heart in so many many ways"

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  • Thursday, July 11, 2013 11:11 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    DEAR WOMAN

    WRITTEN & ILLUSTRATED BY ROSLYNE SOPHIA BREILLAT



    Dear woman, the time has come, the time is here, the time is now, within this blessed flow of the timeless feminine essence, for this time is your time to arise, reawaken, resurge, create, love and be as the wildness, wisdom, love and joy of your true essence, this exquisite and powerful and mysterious essence that has awaited so very long and so very patiently to return to her rightful and sacred place upon this Earth...


    Are you listening, are you listening intimately and deeply, wherever you are right now, whoever you are with or not with right now, are you listening?... Are you listening to the silent yet powerful voice of your womb, of this one womb of the Earth, of this one ancient and mysterious womb of the Universe, this one womb of every woman?... Are you opening, or are you fearing?... Are you yielding or are you resisting?... And if you are fearing, what is it that you fear?... Whatever seasonal transformation is surrounding you right now, is calling you right now to awaken, to change, are you listening? Are you listening to her, the power of the sacred feminine within you?... Whether you are opening to the new life of spring, to the warmth of the sunshine after the hibernation of winter, or whether you are drawing inwards within the transformational and fiery glow of autumn, are you opening?... Or are you ignoring her as you cling to the robotic life of a world that has ignored the sacred power of the feminine essence for far too long?...


    Here she is, right now.... Can you feel her?... Can you welcome her?... Can you give everything to her?... Can you receive everything from her?... Can you hear her?... What is she communicating to you?... What is she saying, within your womb, within your heart, within your yoni, within your loins?... Can you embrace her, fully, profoundly, sincerely, joyfully, in heartfelt, wombfelt gratitude, from within?... She is ready for you... Are you ready for her?... Are you ready to entirely live from your inner radiance and beauty, from the inspiration of your creative flow, from the gently nurturing heart of your mothering, from the wild, wild wisdom of your menopausal muse, from the exquisitely sensual passion of your lovemaking, for it is you, dear woman, who is so very much needed upon this ravaged, polluted Earth right now, upon this beautiful glorious sacred Earth who has lost her daughters to the misguided, misaligned world of the distorted masculine, this world that has dismissed the natural ways of the feminine... For this is your time, for this is your moment... Right now...


    Copyright ~ Roslyne Sophia Breillat ©

    Not to be reproduced without written permission of the author...


    Sophia 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. Her website is an abundant offering of female wisdom that nurtures and inspires. Sophia is the author of WOMB OF WISDOM, THE SACRED JOURNEY OF MENOPAUSE, now available through her website and HEART OF THE EARTH, NURTURING THE SACRED FEMININE, now available directly from Sophia through PayPal. Please email her for ordering and shipping details.

    Website ~ www.wildheartwisdom.com

    Email ~ sophia@wildheartwisdom.com




    Sophia (Roslyne Sophia Breillat) is a woman who lives, writes and paints from the heart. The inner richness and profound healing of her life experiences are inspiration for her flowing creativity.

    Her articles and art embrace the beauty, power and sensuality of the feminine essence and celebrate the natural flow of woman's transformational cycles. Her website offers a sacred space for woman to dive into the deep, to open to her true nature, to be who she really is.

    Sophia's training and experience includes primal therapy, intuitive massage, reconnective healing, writing, art and design, astrological counselling, instructional skills, training program design and teaching within the Aboriginal community. She has also facilitated many creative and inspiring workshops and courses.
     

    Sophie 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."

  • Tuesday, July 09, 2013 4:23 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Spring Harvest: Watercress

    With Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs

    www.moonwiseherbs.com
    www.midwestwomensherbal.com





    I am very excited about spring and all the possibilities. We have seeds planted in the greenhouse and we installed bees onto their hives earlier this week. We have mushrooms fruiting and have inoculated an area under the elder bush with more. This was a very good year for syrup, the maples were very generous this year, yielding 375 gallons of sap. Alot is happening, it is difficult to know where to start.

    So, I thought I would start with the picture above of my favorite spot to harvest
    watercress. Last week an apprentice and I ventured to the springs and harvested watercress. I made a salad that contained this as well as spinach from a local greenhouse, along with chickweed and lambsquarters. What a salad it was.. I could feel my cells jump with glee. Eating fresh young greens alerts my body that yes indeed spring is here! The wild greens offer this experience in a magnified way! I so look forward to the coming of violets, wild leeks, nettle and all the other spring plants that grace the landscape and my plate.

    Watercress (Nasturtium officinale) is an amazing plant. Greening in ice cold water, when there is still snow on the ground is a feet that many green plants do not attempt and so it is worth paying respect to this green ally. Watercress is considered a semi-aquatic plant and is a perennial, native to Europe and naturalized in the United States. Watercress is a member of the Brassicaceae or mustard family. Members of this plant family, including watercress have a very predictable flower pattern. The flowers have four sepals and four petals arranged in a cross like pattern. The stems are hollow, allowing the plant to float and the leaves are pinnate (having multidivided features).

    Eating watercress is a nutritional paradise. The plant contains significant amounts of iron, calcium, folic acid and vitamin C as well as vitamin A precursers. Watercress is a digestive aid, an expectorant and appears to have cancer fighting properties. It contains iodine, and thus is supportive of the thyroid.

    When harvesting watercress it is wise to have bare feet or wear waterproof shoes, as you will inevitably get your feet wet. That said, watercress is a damp herb and so in some traditions it is used to treat dry, irritating coughs.


    Below is a recipe for a watercress salmon spread that is delightful and deeply nourishing. Enjoy!

    Happy Spring, Linda


    Salmon/Watercress Spread


    Begin by poaching (cooking technique) or baking the salmon.

    Salmon 16 ounces (of course you can use any fish that you have available for this recipe)

    8 ounces of Thick Yogurt (homemade is ideal) or cream cheese (homemade is ideal)

    chopped fresh watercress (as much as you would like to taste)

    1 tsp. lemon juice


    powdered kelp or salt to taste


    Mix together, place in a bowl or jar and garnish with fresh watercress-flowering if possible.




     

    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.

  • Thursday, July 04, 2013 9:00 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Life's Journey with Mountain Pose
     By Sheryl Wolover




    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
  • Wednesday, July 03, 2013 12:14 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    May’s Flowering Fairy Bells Solomon’s Seal

    Polygonatum biflorum

    “Set me as a seal upon thy heart” – Song of Solomon
    by Thea Summer Deer ©2013 all rights reserved




    One bright Southern day I was blessed with a field trip to Super H Mart, an Asian market near Atlanta, Georgia, courtesy of my friend and herbal mentor, Patricia Kyritsi Howell. Wow. Never in my life have I experienced anything like this. The farmer’s market section alone would have been enough, let alone getting lost in extensive rows of medicinal herbs, exotic foods and abundant varieties of seaweeds and fungus. And on top of that: a fish market and food court.  I would have needed a whole day, no a week, to take in this place: the epitome of culture shock for this mountain girl. The “H” in H Mart by the way is short for Han Ah Reum, meaning “One Arm Full of Groceries.”


    Luckily, I was on a budget. So the one-arm-full-of-grocery finds that I brought home, while exotic, was not anywhere near as expensive as it could have been had it been purchased from my local health food store or online. One of those finds was dried polygonatum from China. Polygonatum is a genus that contains approximately 50 species of flowering plants known as Solomon’s Seal, a common plant in these here Appalachian hills. Patricia writes about it in her book, Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians. It is a perennial in the Asparagaceae family and in older classification systems, like many of the lilioids, was placed in the broadly defined lily family. Solomon’s Seal can be found blooming May through June – so this being May, I headed off into the woods.


    Some species are considered to be medicinal. The young shoots are edible and cooked like asparagus while the roots, which are the medicinal part of the plant are also edible. Berries, leaves and mature stems should not be eaten. Native Americans used it as both food and medicine, and early settlers valued the rhizome as a food for its starch content. Young shoots can be collected in the spring, not unlike asparagus, and added to soups and stews. Roasted roots can be ground into flour. Solomon’s Seal can be ethically harvested in late summer or early fall by leaving a portion of the root intact. New shoots will grow from where the root was cut.


    Solomon’s Seal is found in North America, Eastern Asia, Western Asia and Europe. The species common to Eastern North America is Polygonatum biflorum, referring to the pairs of flowers growing along the leaf axils and commonly known as, Great Solomon’s Seal. A subspecies, commutatum, is known as Smooth Solomon’s Seal. Other species include: hirsutum, Broadleaf Solomon’s Seal (latifolium in Europe) and pubescens, Hairy Solomon’s Seal. A number of species are derived from Asia, but the Super H Mart packaging didn’t give that information and was simply labeled, “Dried Polygonatum, Made in China.”


    An elegant Native American woodland plant, Solomon’s Seal likes to grow at the edge of moist woods. It will draw you in with its foliage poised along a gracefully arched stem, dangling pairs of creamy white, tubular fairy bellflowers, which are followed by attractive black seedpods. It is as if this plant were the entryway to a lesser-traveled path, lighted by breaking waves of fairy lanterns beckoning us to enter deeper into the forest’s hidden secrets. Odoratum (Europe) known as, Scented Solomon’s Seal and commutatum (a colonizing giant) are the two shade loving species most widely used in landscaping because of their beauty and attraction. The foliage is food for White Tail deer that will chomp it to just above ground level – and you should know by now that anything deer like to eat, is calling my name.


    There are many plants that are included in both the Eastern and Western herbal materia medica, though different species are used. The integration of Western and Chinese herbal therapeutics is an area greatly in need of expanded research and spearheading that movement are herbalists such as Micheal Tierra, author of Planetary Herbology, and Peter Holmes, author of The Energetics of Western Herbs.


    The name Solomon’s Seal comes from the healed over scars of the rhizome left by old leaf stems and which resemble a wax seal, presumably the official wax seal of King Solomon. Stem scars also tell how old the plant is with one scar for each year of growth. When the rhizome is cut the cross section reveals a 6-pointed Star of David. Solomon became king during the reign of his father, King David, and was credited with possessing the precious quality of wisdom. I write about the power of this 6-pointed star in my book Wisdom of the Plant Devas: Herbal Medicine for a New Earth. When Solomon prayed to God for wisdom he did not pray for wealth, nor did he wish death to his enemies, but rather he longed for discernment in the administering of justice. The metaphor is one of wise government and possessing the ability to distinguish between good and evil through an understanding of the universe. For this reason, “The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.” (1 Kings 10:24) This is the same wisdom that is expressed by the Fire Element in Chinese Five Element Theory.  The Fire Element corresponds with the heart is seen as being inseparable from the mind. Heart-Mind is where the spirit resides.


    By coming into relationship with the healing power of plants we become empowered to be our own healers.  The key actions of Solomon’s Seal are: demulcent, expectorant, sedative and tonic. In Traditional Chinese medicine it is known as Yu Zhu. Tea from the decocted root soothes inflammation of the lungs and intestinal tract.  Fresh roots can be applied to bruises and sprains as a poultice. According to herbalist, Jim McDonald, Solomon’s Seal is a useful remedy for treating injuries to the musculoskeletal system. He has used it very successfully in tincture form taken internally to strengthen connective tissues and to treat broken bones, sprains, injured tendons, ligaments, tendonitis, arthritis and herniated discs.  He states that, “Solomon’s Seal has the remarkable ability to restore the proper tension to ligaments, regardless of whether they need to be tightened or loosened.”  One of the ways it does this is by its ability to nourish yin, moisten dryness, clear wind, and to nourish and moisten sinews. It has an affinity for the lung and stomach.  Historically Solomon’s Seal was used for respiratory and lung disorders, and as an astringent and anti-inflammatory.


    Yu Zhu is used in Chinese herbal soups to relieve dry throat or dry coughs due to lung yin deficiency. It is mildly cooling and nourishes the yin of the lung and stomach. It moistens dryness in the lungs and strengthens the stomach.  It requires a long cook time of 2 or more hours and should be avoided by those with stomach deficiency or damp phlegm.


    We would not want to conclude this discussion of Solomon’s Seal without mentioning False Solomon’s Seal. False Soloman’s seal is a completely different genus and species, Maianthemum racemosum and should be avoided, as it resembles other deadly plants when young.  It produces terminal flowers in a feathery plume while Solomon’s Seal produce non terminal flowers from the axils of the leaves. Patricia told me a story that illustrates the way to know the difference between the two is like knowing the difference between a true and a false friend. A real friend you can depend on to be true through and through (the way the flowers are dispersed on Solomon’s Seal) and a false friend puts on a good front (feathery flowers at the end of the stem.)


    Learn more about the Fire Element in Thea’s online work-at-your-own pace class, Heal Your Heart: The Fire Element at Wise Woman University


    References:

    Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians, Patricia Kyritsi Howell


     



    Learn more in Thea Summer Deer's class, Love Your Liver: Spring and the Wood Element, a work at your pace, online class at Wise Woman University.

    For an edible spring weed recipe visit: Thea's Kitchen. Visit Thea Summer Deer: www.theasummerdeer.com

     
    Thea Summer Deer, Ph.D. is a clinical herbalist, educator, author and singer-songwriter. She began practicing midwifery in 1978 and was a founding mother of the South Florida School of Midwifery.

    Her involvement in Alternative Medicine spans 35 years as owner of Mindbody Press and Evolutionary Press, and as the executive director of Resources for World Health. She is a graduate of the Botanologos School for Herbal Studies and received her doctorate from Venus Rising University.

    Mother, Grandmother, avid cook and gardener, Thea is also an award winning songwriter performing in the acoustic duo, Thea & The GreenMan.

    Her new book, "Wisdom of the Plant Devas: Herbal Medicine for a New Earth," published by Inner Traditions International/Bear & Company, bridges botanical medicine with Earth-Spirit wisdom. ~~ Order Here ~~

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    ~ Indian Summer: Nourishing the Earth Element ~
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    This class will benefit herbal and alternative medicine practitioners at any level, and individuals who want to heal and understand their digestive system for optimum health and longevity.


    ~ Hidden Treasure: Kidney Essence & The Water Element ~
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    This class will benefit herbal practitioners at any level, and individuals who want to understand the vital role of Kidney Essence and how to achieve optimum health and longevity.


    ~ Heal Your Heart: The Fire Element~
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    Heal Your Heart: The Fire Element, contains information I hope will someday be taught to our children as a matter of course so they grow in the knowledge that healing takes place in the context of relationships – our relationship with each other, the earth and her seasons and with the heavens.


    ~ Love Your Liver: The Wood Element~
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  • Tuesday, July 02, 2013 11:55 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    BEAVER MEDICINE
    ~ Joanne Dodgson ~

    I'm delighted and honored to share with you the gifts and teachings from the Plant, Animal and Spirit Nations in my medicine bundle for Throwing the Bones Ceremony. Bone Throwing is an ancient Peruvian healing art, a Calling of the Spirits Ceremony, which offers extraordinary guidance from the vast perspectives and doctoring shared by the Spirits in the bone bundle. My apprenticeship as a Bone Thrower in the ways of Ka Ta See began in 2006. For several years, I have been engaged in extensive studies and intentional cultivation of personal relationships with the Spirit Nations who have come to be part of the bone bundle. In 2012, I received permission to give Throwing of the Bones Ceremony with individuals and groups. My teacher, Kay Cordell Whitaker, apprenticed with Chea Hetaka, a Peruvian elder in the Ka Ta See lineage.  The art of Bone Throwing is a traditional medicine way passed on among the women in Chea's tribal culture in the Eastern Andes. www.pathwaysforhealing.net


    BEAVER MEDICINE

    KERSPLASH!  That's how we first met, the beavers and me.  Before this encounter, during the winter months, I'd only seen signs of the beavers' presence.  They left precisely scissored stumps of willow trees along the river bank.  They built an immense beaver lodge, an intricate crisscrossing stockpile of branches partly on land and gently sloping into the rippling waters.  Only when spring began awakening along the Rio Grande did the animals themselves appear.

    Initially, I only saw their tails.  Rising up out of the water and splashing down hard.  KERSPLASH!  A resounding vibration. Un-ignorable.  What were they saying with the splash of their tails? Were the beavers talking to me?  Were they talking to each other about the woman and dog walking along the river path?

    Throughout the springtime, I cherished our close encounters with the beavers.  I loved seeing their furry faces just above the water's surface as they swam gracefully upriver against the currents or joyfully glided downstream.  While living with ease in the waters and on the land, beavers naturally share their ways of attentive discernment. They have something to teach us about making purposeful choices. 

    Instinctually, beavers select specific trees and nibble with such precision to quickly cut them down. The beavers transport the fallen branches and logs by land or water to a location they have chosen. They pile up the branches just so, making a lodge with intricate living spaces inside for all their family members. They weave branches together to form tunnels to move safely into and out of the lodge, discrete passages which they take directly into the river. Beavers have a distinctive means of communication, splashing their tails to awaken attention to a particular circumstance.

    Every action has a purpose.  Everything is a choice.

    Though I no longer live riverside among the beavers, I still hear their un-ignorable watery splashes – an energetic communication calling to my spirit and resonating in my heart and mind.  

    Kersplash!  "What are you choosing, right here and now, in this particular moment? And why?"

    Kersplash! "How are you building your life, your family, your home?   Are you selecting each and every element with discernment and care?"  

    Kersplash!  "Be aware of what you construct with the choices you make, with the thoughts you think, the actions you take. Are you heading in the direction you really want to go?"

    Kersplash!  "Remember!" say the Beavers with the splash of their tails and the rippling waves in the waters.  "You always have a choice." 




    JoAnne Dodgson is a healer, author and teacher of Ka Ta See, a unique Peruvian tradition from the Eastern Andes.

    JoAnne has adoctorate in counseling psychology and has pursued an extensive twelve-year shamanic apprenticeship to live and learn the Ka Ta See tradition and share the ancient teachings and ceremonial ways.

    For more information, please visit: www.pathwaysforhealing.net

      
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    'Manifesting with the Moon' invites you to explore the unique energies and opportunities in each moon phase during one complete lunar cycle, one mo(o)nth.  With the moon as a guide, you will engage in an organic manifestation process which begins with claiming your intent, giving voice to your visions and dreams.
     

    ~ Shaman's Circle ~ Earth Spirits and Guides
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    'Shaman's Circle' offers opportunities to deepen your understandings of the path of the shaman and to integrate these ancient ways into your everyday life.  Each lesson offers discussion of unique aspects of the shaman's path such as bridging the varied dimensions of reality, living in balance with natural cycles and creating sacred ceremony.  Each lesson guides you in opportunities to discover and enrich your innate connection with the web of life on the mother earth and in the world of the spirits.

     

     
    by JoAnne Dodgson

    In the ancient art of storytelling, UnLeashing Love is filled with personal reflections and myth-like teachings to invite awakenings, passionate searchings, and rich discoveries. The medicine stories in UnLeashing Love carry many layers of meaning which open new awareness, nourish healing, and awaken deeply felt connections with the extraordinary web of life.

    UnLeashing Love is a beautiful book you'll want share with friends, read aloud to loved ones, and revisit over and over again.

    "absolutely exquisite" * "insightful & thought-provoking"
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  • Monday, June 03, 2013 5:28 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    What's in a Belly, part 2
    by Lisa Sarasohn
    (c) 2013 Self-Health Education, Inc.

     
    What's in a belly? As revealed in my previous column, your belly hosts a microbiome, a world teeming with single-celled organisms, a.k.a. bacteria.

    These 100 trillion bacteria in your gut, 1 to 3 percent of your body’s mass, figure intimately in your physical and mental health. When balanced, in terms of their number and diversity, they support vital functions such as digestion, immunity, hormone production, and nerve communication.

    But when they're out of balance, the gut bacteria likely play a key role in several body-mind disorders. Such disorders include autism, obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune diseases, allergies, and metabolic syndrome -- the collection of risk factors, including insulin resistance, that increase the likelihood of coronary artery disease, stroke, and diabetes.

    The belly’s microbiome is receiving all the more notice these days as intestinal infection with Clostridium difficile becomes widespread. As the incidence of infection reaches epidemic proportions, the death toll due to Clostridium difficile numbers more than 110,000 per year.

    Because this pathogen forms drug-resistant spores, treatment with antibiotics is frequently ineffective. In fact, previous use of antibiotics has typically destroyed the beneficial bacteria that, if present in the microbiome, could eliminate the infection.

    One method of treatment has demonstrated more than a 90% cure rate, though. Administering fecal microbial transplantation, some physicians introduce a sample of bacteria from the gut of a healthy donor into their patients’ intestines. The newly resident bacteria restore the patients’ microbiota and their ability to eliminate the Clostridium infection.

    Fecal microbial transplantation figures in research regarding behavior as well as immunity. Dr. Mark Lyte’s experiments with mice, for example, show that patterns of anxiety and specific responses to stress can be initiated or eliminated depending on which microbes set up shop in the rodent’s gut.

    The ways in which the microbiome figures in gut-brain communication remain to be detailed. The pathways may involve the production of enzymes, hormones, and/or other biochemicals that interact with your enteric nervous system and with your vagus nerve.

    Your vagus nerve is a pair of cranial nerves extending from your brain into your abdomen and innervating your visceral organs. This nerve activates peristalsis, the wave-like motion of smooth muscle that ushers the proceeds of digestion through your intestines. Mess with peristalsis and you’re vulnerable to constipation, diarrhea, an irritable bowel, and other imbalances.

    But your vagus nerve does much more than send signals from your brain to your belly: 80-90% of the messages it carries travel from your gut back up to your brain. Your vagus nerve enables your brain to keep tabs on what’s happening with you belly-wise.

    However your belly bacteria may commune with your brain, they’re essential for your body-mind well-being. Whatever the details of gut-brain communication may be, fecal microbial transplantation has a long history as a protocol for healing.

    Western literature documents the treatment as taking place as early as the 17th century: Italian anatomist Fabricius Aquapendente applied fecal microbial transplantation in his practice of veterinary medicine.

    According to Dr. Faming Zhang and his colleagues, China’s record of fecal microbial transplantation dates to the 4th century. Described in handbooks of emergency medicine in relation to food poisoning and severe diarrhea, the treatment “was considered a medical miracle that brought patients back from brink of death.”


    Venus of Lespugue

    Some 26,000 to 24,000 years ago, an artisan in what we now call Western Europe carved a six-inch tall statuette from tusk ivory. Discovered in 1922 in the foothills of the Pyrenees, this figurine goes by the name of the Venus of Lespugue. At least one investigator suggests that the opening between the buttocks functioned as a vessel for fecal microbial transplantation.

    Perhaps we can only imagine how this and other icons of the Feminine, sacred as we sense them to be, have figured in the scope of humans’ belly-centered well-being.

    *********************

    My workshops flow from my quest for the Sacred Feminine blended with my experience practicing and teaching yoga.

    I've been a Kripalu Yoga instructor since 1979. I've also trained as a yoga and bodywork therapist.

    From 1981 to 1988, I served on staff at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, MA. During this time, I led yoga classes for thousands of guests, conducted a practice in bodywork therapy, designed workshops on many aspects of holistic health, and trained yoga teachers and bodyworkers.

    In the course of my continuing yoga studies, I learned how cultures around the world have valued the body's center as sacred. Delving deeper into this subject revealed connections between the body's center and qualities of the soul, the extent of women's power in family and society, and the degree of a culture's reverence for Sacred Feminine.

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    ~ From Belly Distress to Belly Health~
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        Drawing on ancient wisdom and contemporary practice, we'll attend to our bellies' well-being. We'll engage in experiential learning, energizing the body-mind transformation that supports healing.

        
        ~ Initiation 2012: Awakening Your Sacred Center, Part One ~
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        This online course is the first part of an ongoing process through which you embody the Sacred Feminine by energizing your body's center with breath, image, story, and movement.

         



        (New World Library, 2006) presents what I've learned about the body's center through teaching and research over a period of nearly twenty years.
     
        My articles on honoring the body's center have appeared in publications including Yoga Journal, SageWoman, Radiance, and Personal Transformation. My workshops have been sponsored by colleges and universities, health education agencies, and holistic learning centers.

        My intention is to provide you an opportunity to delight in the vitality and pleasure, the creativity and confidence, the intuition and sense of purpose that already dwell within and emerge from your body's center. My greatest joy is to offer you ways to discover the Sacred Feminine as she already abides within you.
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