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  • Tuesday, April 07, 2020 2:04 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Herbal Pharmacy External Uses of Infusions
    by Susun Weed

    In your herbal pharmacy you transform fresh and dried plants into herbal medicines. Learning to identify and use the common plants around you is easy and exciting, beneficial and safe. Making your own medicines saves you money if you follow the Wise Woman tradition of using local herbs, free for the taking.

    Even one day's work in field, forest, and kitchen can provide you with many years' worth of medicines. When you make your own, you know for sure what's in it, where it came from, when and how it was harvested, and how fresh and potent it is.

    Dried herbs are best for the infusions recommended in this book. Stock your herbal pharmacy with your own foraged or cultivated dried herbs; expand your resources and experiment with new herbs by buying dried herbs from reputable sources.

    Fresh herbs are best for the tinctures and oils recommended in this book. If you can't make your own, buy from sources who wildcraft or grow their own herbs to use fresh in preparations.

    Whether you buy or make your own medicines, remember, herbal remedies may not work or may work incorrectly if they aren't prepared correctly. Read this chapter carefully; it contains easy to follow instructions for every remedy and preparation mentioned in this book [Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year].


    External Uses of Infusions

    A soak consists of an infusion that has been rewarmed after the plant material has been strained out. The affected body part is then soaked in the warm infusion.

    If you soak your feet in an herbal infusion, it's a foot bath, an excellent way to soothe and heal the entire body, and absorb herbal benefits.

    A sitz bath is a big soak! Two or more quarts of infusion are usually needed to fill a shallow bowl or pan big enough for you to "sitz" in.

    ° A bath is an enormous soak, like steeping your body in an infusion. You can prepare an herbal bath by putting the herbs directly in the tub, but my plumber made it clear to me that herbs and drains are incompatible. Some herbals say to put the herbs in a cloth and allow the bath water to run over them but I find the resulting bath too weak. If you want a strong herbal bath, try it this way: Infuse two quarts of your favorite bath herb, strain, and add the liquid to your hot bath. Ahhhhh!

    Enemas, douches, and eyewashes are herbal infusions carefully strained and inserted into the proper body cavity.

    Plant material strained out as an infusion still contains healing qualities and can be used to poultice. Simply place the damp plant material, warmed if desired, or fresh plant material grated, chewed, or crushed, directly on the body. Poultices are preferred for first aid and infections.

    Make a compress by putting macerated fresh or infused dried plant material into a cloth. Compressing is recommended when using hairy herbs like Comfrey leaf which irritate sensitive skin. They are less messy than poultices, and are often the choice when dealing with internal organs and growths.

    For a fomentation, take a clean washcloth or a small cotton towel, soak it in a heated infusion, wring it out, and apply. Fomentations treat breast congestion, sprains, muscle aches, and the like.

    Green Blessings.
    Susun Weed

    ** Excerpt from Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:33 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Herbs that Ease Anxiety and Fear: Nettle, Oatstraw, Motherwort, and more....

    by Susun Weed

    Fear and anxiety are closely linked, but quite different. Fear is focused, anxiety is diffuse. Fear is health promoting and protective: It keeps us from jumping off cliffs. Anxiety can destroy health and increase our vulnerability: It shortens our breath, narrows our blood vessels, and interferes with the functioning of the immune system. Fear is useful energy; it calls to our courage. Anxiety is useless; it promotes feelings of insecurity, helplessness, weakness.

    Notice the difference in yourself between fear and anxiety. Whenever possible, find the fear hidden in your anxiety and let it call forth your strength and power. The following remedies can help you make this transformation.

    Bach flower remedies are easy to carry and use. A dose is 1-4 drops, taken as needed. One or more of the following may ease your anxiety: Aspen (anxious about the future); Mimulus (anxious about the past); Red Chestnut (anxious about the safety of others); Elm (overwhelming anxiety); Rock Rose (anxiety that escalates into panic).

    The smell of roses has been used for centuries to ease anxiety. A touch of rose essential oil on the seam of your sleeve will wrap you in calming fragrance all day. To magnify the effect, have a massage with rose-scented balms. Even one massage can cause a marked decrease in anxiety for weeks afterwards.

    Yoga postures, yoga breathing, and quiet, focused meditation are excellent ways to tonify (and soothe) the sympathetic nervous system. Regular practice alleviates anxiety, often permanently. If you feel so anxious you think you might burst, try the lion pose. Open your mouth very wide; even wider! Stick your tongue out; even further. Open your eyes really wide; bigger. Rotate eyes left, then right. Breathe deeply and exhale fully up to ten times. Keep the shoulders and the forehead relaxed. This pose unblocks the throat, releases facial tension, relaxes the breathing muscles, and relieves anxiety.

    Stinging nettle infusion strengthens the adrenals: relieving anxiety and building focused energy. Depleted adrenals often over-react, giving rise to sudden sensations of anxiety, fear, and nervousness. Use bulk herb, not tea bags, not capsules. Put one ounce by weight (about a cup by volume) of the dried nettle herb in a quart jar. Fill the jar to the top with boiling water and cover tightly. Let steep for at least four hours; overnight is fine. Strain herb out and drink the remaining liquid. Iced nettle infusion is particularly good. The taste is green, like spinach broth, and is better seasoned with salt than sugar or honey. Refrigerate your nettle infusion after straining it and drink it promptly as it is likely to ferment is kept for more than two days.

    Oatstraw infusion is another favorite of those who want to feel less anxious. Preparation is the same as for nettle infusion; remember to avoid tea bags and capsules. The taste of oatstraw is softer and more mellow; you will enjoy it warm with a little honey. Green oat tincture is much more powerful than oatstraw infusion. It is especially useful for those whose anxiety is combined with excessive nervous energy. Or try a hot bath with lemon balm or oatstraw; an ancient remedy for bad cases of the “nerves.” Ahhhh. . . .

    Motherwort tincture is my favorite calmative. It is not sleep inducing nor mind numbing. A dose of 10-20 drops can safely be taken as often as every ten minutes, if needed, to calm and soothe sore spirits. "Like sitting in my mother's lap," one satisfied user commented. Motherwort tea tastes terrible and is not very effective; likewise the capsules are not useful. Motherwort tincture can be taken every day if you wish, but you will find that you don't need it as you have used it for a while.

    A dropperful of St. Joan’s/John's wort tincture is the remedy to reach for when you are on edge and feel like anything will push you over it. The dose can be repeated safely several times an hour if needed. This nerve-nourishing and nerve-strengthening herb relieves the immediate anxiety and helps prevent future distress as well.

    Herbal tranquilizers are safer than prescription tranquilizers, but are best reserved for occasional use. Valerian is the best known. Because its action can be quite strong, it is best to begin with a five-drop dose, which can be repeated every 10-15 minutes until you are calm (and probably asleep). To avoid addiction, use valerian root as a tea or a tincture, not in capsules, and take it for no more than three weeks. Skullcap tincture is less addictive and often more effective. The dose is 10-20 drops of fresh plant tincture or 1-2 dropperfuls of dried plant tincture. Skullcap can also be sleep inducing, but it is rarely habituating.    

    Exercise is a ready remedy for overwhelming anxiety. If you feel like running away from it all, running or skating or walking briskly might be the very thing to do. Fifteen to twenty minutes of heart-pounding exercise will use up your excess adrenalin and “eat up” your stress.

    Extreme fear or anxiety may lead to hyperventilation. If you are breathing rapidly and shallowly and feel spaced out you can 1) breathe into a paper bag until normal breathing resumes or 2) hold your breath (you can actually put your hand over your nose and mouth) for a count of 20; then breathe out as slowly as you can.

    Calcium keeps the nerves steady. A glass of warm milk is an old wives' trusted ally for relieving anxiety. Stinging nettle is an excellent source of calcium when brewed as an infusion; one cup can contain as much as 500 mg of calcium. Oatstraw infusion is also loaded with calcium, with one cup containing up to 300 mg. Soy beverage can have the opposite effect -- that is, it may increase anxiety -- due to its ability to disrupt thyroid functioning and interfere with calcium metabolism. One herbalist who consumed large quantities of soy "milk" and soy protein bars wound up in the hospital with an irregular heartbeat and severe anxiety. If you think you are lactose intolerant, drink no more than four ounces of milk at a time, or use yogurt instead of milk. (Yogurt is generally free of lactose.)

    Of course you don't want to do all these things at once! But you could join a yoga class, use nettle or oatstraw infusion daily, and have a bottle of motherwort or skullcap tincture handy for times when you are exceptionally anxious. By working with strengthening herbs and exercises, you not only relieve the bothersome symptoms but improve your overall health. That's the Wise Woman Way.


    An excerpt from The New Menopausal Years by Susun Weed. Available at the bookshop here.

  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020 5:39 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Natural Approaches to Bladder Infections, The Wise Woman Way, Part Two

    by Susun Weed

    Step 4: Stimulate/Sedate
    • Uva Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva ursi) is an old favorite for strengthening the bladder and ending chronic silent bladder infections. I prefer a hot water infusion of the dried leaves, but know women who have successfully used cold water infusions, tinctures, even vinegars. A dose is 1 cup/125 ml of infusion; 10-30 drops of tincture;

    1 tablespoonful/15 ml of vinegar; 3–6 times a day initially, then 1–3 times a day for 7–10 days. In very chronic cases, eliminate all forms of sugar (even fresh fruit, fruit juice, and honey) for a month as well.

    • Yarrow is a urinary disinfectant with a powerful antibacterial action and an astringent effect. A small cup of the infusion, once or twice a day for 7–10 days, tones up weak, lax bladder tissues. Combines well with uva ursi. Results may be felt within hours.

    • In my experience, Echinacea purpurea and E. augustifolia are as effective as antibiotics in clearing bladder infections and do not contribute to vaginal yeast. (See Step 5b.) A dose is 1 drop echinacea tincture per 2 pounds/1 kilo body weight. (For 150 pound/70 kilo person, use 75 drops or three dropperfuls.) In acute cases, I give the dose every 2 hours. As the infection clears, I lengthen the amount of time between doses until I’m down to 1–2 doses a day, which I continue for another 2–10 weeks.

    • Women who wash their vulva with soap and water are four times more likely to get vaginal and bladder infections. Douches, bubblebaths, tampons, nylon underwear, and pantyhose may also irritate the urethra and contribute to bladder infections.

    • Known bladder irritants include: alcohol, black tea, coffee, sodas, citrus juices, chocolate, cayenne, and hot peppers. (An herbal tincture in an alcohol base won’t irritate the bladder if you take it diluted in a glass of water or a cup of herb tea.)

    • Urinating after love play flushes out bacteria and cuts down on UTIs. Urinating before love play increases your risk of a bladder infection.

    Step 5a: Use Supplements
    • Ascorbic acid wrings the kidneys, flushes the bladder, and raises urinary pH. Try 500 mg hourly for 6–8 hours. CAUTION: IC sufferers — avoid!

    • Be careful about taking calcium supplements if you are prone to bladder infections. Calcium supplements increase bacterial adherence to the bladder wall, increasing bladder infections.

    Step 5b: Use Drugs
    Antibiotics are the standard medical treatment for women with bladder infections. But taking antibiotics frequently causes vaginal yeast overgrowth (which can lead to bladder infection). One — nitrofurantoin (Macrodantin) — seems to cause microscopic scarring and ulceration of the bladder wall, precipitating IC.

    Step 6: Break and Enter
    Dilation of the urethra is expensive, painful, and causes tiny scars on the urethra, which may lead to interstitial cystitis. I have seen it referred to as “the rape of the female urethra”. No controlled study has shown this procedure to be effective at limiting chronic bladder infections. Do pelvic floor exercises instead.

    Green blessings, Susun Weed

    ~ Read Part One Here ~

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020 9:24 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)


    My nine and a half month daughter was recently found to be iron deficient. (Her count was at 60, whereas 80-100 is the normal range) Her doctor prescribed ferrous sulfate drops, as she felt that something more than just an iron rich diet was necessary. I prefer to use something more natural in the way of herbs, but I do not know which ones are safe for infants and at what quantities. Can you offer some suggestions?


    Susun's response:
    Yellow dock root tincture is an excellent iron tonic. There is a recipe for making a decocted yellow dock root iron supplement for pregnant women and young children in my book Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year. You can order one at www.wisewomanbookshop

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020 9:06 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Natural Approaches to Bladder Infections... the Wise Woman Way

    ~ Part One ~

    By Susun Weed

    Step 1: Collect Information
    Bladder infections are also known as cystitis, urethritis, and UTIs (urinary tract infections). When bacteria grow in the bladder, the resulting infection usually causes symptoms such as: a burning sensation during voiding, overwhelming urgency, frequent but minuscule urinations, incontinence, bloody urine, and pelvic pain. Up to 25 percent of bladder infections in post- menopausal women are silent or symptomless.

    Bacteria enter the bladder in three primary ways: when feces are spread to the bladder opening (such as wiping from back to front after toileting), when the tube leading to the bladder is irritated or bruised (as from use of a diaphragm, pelvic surgery, or prolonged/vigorous vaginal penetration), or when there is an in-dwelling catheter.

    The thinning and shrinking of reproductive and bladder tissues that may occur in the post- menopausal years contributes to bladder infections in older women, as does lessening of vaginal acidity.

    Sometimes tiny ulcerations appear in the wall of the bladder; this is called interstitial cystitis (IC). Some of the remedies in this section are contraindicated for women with interstitial cystitis.

    These remedies are substantially the same ones that delighted and aided the readers of my first book: Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year.

    Step 2: Engage the Energy
    • Flow, flow, flow. Head off that bladder infection by drinking a glass of water hourly as soon as you feel the first urgency or burning. It is tempting to stint on drinking if you find yourself unexpectedly incontinent, but don’t. Bladder infections only make incontinence worse.
    • Urine is ideally neutral to slightly acidic (pH 5.8–pH 7). Very acidic urine (below pH 5.5) encourages infections. An established infection gives rise to alkaline urine (pH 7.5 or higher), which causes stinging and burning. Test your urine with pH paper at any time except first thing in the morning. Cranberry juice lowers pH; vitamin C raises it.
    • Cantharis is a homeopathic remedy for scalding urine.

    Step 3: Nourish and Tonify
    • Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon) contain substances that kill bacteria and make your bladder wall so slippery that any escaping bacteria can’t latch on and thrive there. Unsweetened cranberry juice (or concentrate) is the most effective form. (The sugar or corn syrup in cranberry cocktail-type juices and cran-apple juices can feed the infection.) Drink freely, at least a glass a day, up to a quart/liter a day for acute infections unless your urine’s pH is already low.
    • Pelvic floor exercises help prevent and relieve bladder infections, too! Try this one: After urinating, close your eyes, relax, breathe out, and see if you can squeeze out an extra dribble.
    • An overgrowth of vaginal yeast may be irritating your bladder or urethra. Eat one cup of plain yogurt 4-5 times a week.

    ~ Part Two ~

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020 8:16 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Wise Woman's Journey to Nepal

    Dear Sister, dear Auntie, dear Grandmother,

    Have you ever dreamed of encountering the goddess in real life?
    Would you like to visit the "Happiest Country in the World?"
    Keep reading and let me help your dream come true.

    Last year I met Lata Love, a Nepalese woman, who asked me if I wanted to go with her to Nepal in 2020.  I said "Yes!" I will go in November.
    "OK," said she. "Now get some more women to join us. I have visas for thirteen. And visa are very difficult to get, so that is the most that can come."
    Are you one of those ten women? (Justine and Monica Jean are already signed on to go with us.) Read about the trip below.

    In addition to the usual visits and activities, Lata will take us to special gardens, markets, and perhaps a pharmacy or apothecary, too. With Lata's native's insider information about what to see and where to go, my ability to attract plants and plant people wherever I go, and my daughter Justine's skill at finding fascinating places in strange lands, we guarantee you will have a rich, rewarding, and nourishing time if you join our Goddess Tour in the Roof of the World.

    Let us reweave the healing cloak of the Ancients together.

    Many thanks.
    Green blessings.

    Contact Lata at 424-254-4208

  • Friday, February 07, 2020 12:08 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Festive Pomegranate Cordial Recipe

    It looks good. It tastes good. And it gets the hormones flowing. Watch out party!!

    Freeze one whole ripe pomegranate for 2-3 hours. Cut in half with a sharp knife.

    Then cut in quarters.

    Remove seeds and arils (the red part) and discard the peel and membrane.

    Freezing does make this step much easier but it also makes it juicier, so have a bowl of warm water handy for dipping your hands into, and keep the counter wiped, as pomegranate juice can stain.

    Choose a jar slightly larger than you think you may need for the amount of pomegranate you have. Fill the jar no more than ¾ full with pomegranate arils and seeds. Add 100 proof vodka. Fill it to the level of the pomegranate, no further.

    Then add 9-12 tablespoonfuls of sugar to the pomegranate/vodka mix. I used evaporated organic cane juice. But any sweetener could be used, including maple syrup, agave syrup, rice syrup, or honey. (Probably not molasses or buckwheat honey.)

    Shake shake shake. Shake your cordial. The sugar does not want to combine with the vodka, so shake, shake, shake. Having Kwan Yin bless the brew helps, I am sure.

    Label and date. Continue to shake every hour or so, until the sugar finally dissolves. This may take several days of effort.

    Your cordial is ready to drink when you are, but the longer it sits, the better it tastes.

  • Friday, February 07, 2020 10:51 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    by Susun Weed

    There is more than the choice between modern Western medicine and alternatives. There are three traditions of healing.

    The Wise Woman tradition, focusing on integration and nourishment, and insisting on attention to uniqueness and holographic interconnectedness, is another choice: a new way that is also the most ancient healing way known. A way that follows a spiral path, a give-away dance of nourishment, change and self-love. "Trust yourself."

    Alternative health care practitioners usually think in the Heroic tradition: the way of the savior, a circular path of rules, punishment, and purification. "Trust me."

    AMA-approved, legal, covered-by-insurance health care practitioners are trained to think in the Scientific tradition: walking the knife edge of keen intellect, the straight line of analytical thought, measuring and repeating. Excellent for fixing broken things. "Trust my machine."

    The Scientific, Heroic, and Wise Woman traditions are ways of thinking, not ways of acting. Any practice, any technique, any substance can be used by a practitioner/helper in any of the three traditions. There are, for instance, herbalists, and midwives, and MDs in each tradition.

    The practitioner and the practice are different. The same techniques, the same herbs are seen and used differently by a person thinking in Scientific, Heroic, or Wise Woman ways.

    Thinking these ways does lead to a preference for certain cures. The Wise Woman helper frequently nourishes with herbs and words. The Heroic savior lays down the law to clean up your act fast. The Scientific technician is most at ease with laboratory tests and repeatable, predictable, reliable drugs. But still, the practices do not conclusively identify the practitioner as being in a particular tradition.

    The intent, the thought behind the technique points to the tradition: scientific fixing, heroic elimination, or wise womanly digestion and integration.

    You contain some aspects of each tradition. And the three traditions are not limited to the realm of healing. The Scientific, Heroic, and Wise Woman ways of thinking are found in politics, legal systems, religions, psychologies, teaching styles, economics. As the Wise Woman way becomes more clearly identified, it opens the way to an integrated, whole, sacred, peaceful global village, interactive with Gaia, mother, earth. As each discipline spins anew its wise woman thread, we reweave the web of interconnectedness with all beings.

    Pages xvi-1 Healing Wise

  • Friday, February 07, 2020 9:58 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    The Spirit of Simples
    by Susun Weed

        What is a Simple?

    A "simple" is one herb used at a time. A "simpler" is an herbalist who generally uses herbs one at a time, rather than in combinations.

        Why Use Simples?

    Most herbalists I have met -- whether from China or Japan, Eastern or Western Europe, Australia or North America -- use herbs in combinations. Simplers, like myself, don't. Why?

    Because I believe that herbal medicine is people's medicine, I seek to make herbal medicine simple: as simple as one herb at a time. Because people worry about interactions between the drugs they take and herbs, I keep it simple: with simples, interactions are simple to observe, and simpler to avoid. Because empowerment in health care is difficult, I want to offer others easy, safe herbal remedies: and what could be easier, or safer, than a simple?

    When I was just getting started with herbs, one thing that confounded me was the many choices I had when I began to match symptoms to the herbs that relieved them. If someone had a cough should I use garden sage or wild cherry bark or pine sap or mullein or coltsfoot (to name only a few of the many choices)? One way out of this dilemma was to use them all. I made many cough syrups that contained every anti-cough herb that I could collect. And they all worked.

    As I got more sophisticated in my herbal usage, and especially after I completed a course on homeopathy, I began to see that each herb had a specific personality, a specific way of acting. I realized I couldn't notice the individual actions of the herbs when they were combined.

    It felt daring at first to use just one herb. Would wild cherry bark tincture all by itself be enough to quell that child's cough? Yes! Would mullein infusion alone really reduce a person's asthmatic and allergic reactions? Yes! Would sage soaked in honey for six weeks ease a sore throat? Yes! Each herb that I tried as a simple was successful. They all worked, not just together, but by themselves.

    The more I used individual herbs the more I came to know them as individuals. The more I used simples, the simpler and more successful my remedies became. The more I used one herb at a time, the more I learned about how that herb worked, and didn't work.

    When we use one herb at a time, we come to know that herb, we become intimate with that herb. Just as we become intimate with each other by spending time one-on-one, tete-a-tete, simply together, we become closer to the herbs when we use them as simples.

    Becoming intimate with an herb or a person helps us build trust. How reliable is the effect of this herb? When? How? Where does it fail? Using simples helps us build a web of green allies that we trust deeply. Simples help us feel more powerful. They help abate our fears, simply, safely.

    Using one herb at a time gives us unparalleled opportunities to observe and make use of the subtle differences that are at the heart of herbal medicine. When we use simples we are more likely to notice the many variables that affect each herb: including where it grows, the years's weather, how we harvest it, our preparation, and the dosage.1 The many variables within one plant insure that our simple remedy nonetheless touches many aspects of a person and heals deeply.

    One apprentice tinctured motherwort flowering tops weekly through its blooming period. She reported that the tinctures made from the younger flower stalks had a stronger effect on the uterus; while those made from the older flower stalks, when the plant was going to seed, had a stronger effect on the heart.

    Using one herb at a time helps me feel more certain that my remedy has an active value, not just a placebo value. Using one plant at a time, and local ones at that, reassures me that my herbal medicine cannot be legislated away. Using one plant at a time allows me to build trust in my remedies. Using one plant at a time is a subversive act, a reclaiming of simple health care.

    Combinations erode my power, activate my "victim persona," and lead me to believe that herbal medicine is best left to the experts.

        From Complex to Simple

    Take the challenge! Use simples instead of complex formulae. Let's rework some herbal remedies and get a sense of how simple it can be.

    The anti-cancer formula Essiac contains Arctium lappa (burdock), Rheum palmatum (rhubarb), Ulmus fulva (slippery elm), and Rumex acetosella (sheep sorrel). Rhubarb root has no possible use against cancer; it is a purgative whose repeated use can "aggravate constipation." Slippery elm bark also has no possible anti-cancer properties and has no doubt been added to counter some of the detrimental effects of the rhubarb. Sheep sorrel juice is so caustic that it has been used to burn off skin cancers, but it would likely do more harm to the kidneys than to any cancer if ingested regularly. Leaving us with a great anti-cancer simple: burdock root. One that I have found superbly effective in reversing dysplasias and precancerous conditions.

    A John Lust formula for relief of coughs (2) contains:
    Agropyron repens (witch grass)
    Pimpinella anisum (aniseed)
    Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice)
    Inula helenium (elecampane root)
    Pulmonaria officinalis (lungwort)
    Thymus species (thyme herb)
    (murillo bark)
    (3) Chondrus crispus (irish moss)
    Lobelia inflata (lobelia herb).

    • Witch grass has little or no effect on coughs; it is an emollient diuretic whose dismissal from this group would leave no hole.
    • Anise seeds are also not known to have an anti-pertussive effect; although they do taste good, we can do without them.
    • Lobelia can bring more oxygen to the blood, but is certainly not an herb I would ever add to a cough mixture, so I will leave it out here.
    • Licorice is a demulcent expectorant that can be most helpful for those with a dry cough; however, I do use it for a variety of reasons, among them its exotic origins and its cloyingly sweet taste.
    • Lungwort is, as its name implies, a pectoral, but its effect is rather mild, and its place in the Boraginaceae family gives me pause. How much pyrrolizidine alkaloid might it contain?
    • Thyme, and its more common anti-cough cousin garden sage, contains essential oils that could both quiet a cough and counter infection in the throat. A strong tea or a tincture of either could be our simple.
    • Irish moss is, a specific to soothe coughs and a nutritive in addition, would also make an excellent simple.
    • But it is elecampane that I would crown. It is not only a specific to curb coughing, it counters infection well, and tonifies lung tissues. Several small doses of a tincture of elecampane root should quiet a cough in a few hours.

        Simples are fun. Give them a try.

        1. Among the many variables, I have especially noticed that the tinctures that I make with fresh plants are many times more effective than tinctures made from dried plants. My elders tell me that preparations of common plants growing in uncommon places will be stronger as well. Many herbalists are aware of certain areas of their land that nurture plants that are particularly potent medicines.
        2. John Lust. The Herb Book. 1974. Bantam.
        3. Note that this formula, as is frequently the case, contains an "exotic" herb which Mr. Lust does not include in the 500+ herbs in his book, nor does he give us a botanical name for the plant, leaving us literally unable to prepare his formula as presented.

    Study with Susun Weed in the convenience of your home! Choose from four Correspondence Courses: ABCs of Herbalism, Green Allies, Spirit & Practice of the Wise Woman Tradition, and Green Witch - includes audio/video tapes, books, assignments, special mailings, plus personal time.

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    Vibrant, passionate, and involved, Susun Weed has garnered an international reputation for her groundbreaking lectures, teachings, and writings on health and nutrition. She challenges conventional medical approaches with humor, insight, and her vast encyclopedic knowledge of herbal medicine. Unabashedly pro-woman, her animated and enthusiastic lectures are engaging and often profoundly provocative.

    Susun is one of America's best-known authorities on herbal medicine and natural approaches to women's health. Her six best-selling books are recommended by expert herbalists and well-known physicians and are used and cherished by millions of women around the world.

  • Friday, February 07, 2020 9:09 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Study Herbal Medicine and the Wise Woman Tradition with Susun Weed

    via Correspondence Course

    Video courses are lots of fun. I enjoy making them for you. But they do not allow me to have a personal relationship with you. And I really have little patience with online courses. I prefer to help you learn and offer support for your individual herbal goals via correspondence course.

    There are many advantages to taking a correspondence course.

    My correspondence courses offer one of the easiest ways to interact directly with me and learn how to use plants simply and safely. Each of my four courses includes three hours of my time: talking on the phone and writing to you, answering your personal questions about yourself, your health, your family, your pets, your garden, and the world in general. This alone is worth more than the price of the course.

    “Better than an apprenticeship, because I can continue my work and my life while studying with Susun.”

    My correspondence courses are ideal for those who want to learn herbal medicine at their own pace, with my loving guidance. Each course includes your choice of $100 worth of free audio-visual materials: MP3 files, CDs, and DVDs of my talks, workshops, and presentations. Your choice from a long and lavish list covering scores of topics including Talking with Plants, Menopause, Elements of Herbalism, trances, songs, and much much more.

    “This course changed my life, my family, and my entire community for the better. Thank you!”

    My correspondence courses help you explore green blessings wisely and effectively. Each course includes one or more books to aid you in your studies. And a free year of my mentorship program, where you will have access to new recordings of my classes, new videos, and other special materials. And, as a bonus gift, all correspondence course students who have paid in full, may take 50 percent off of any 3 one-day workshops with me at the Wise Woman Center.

    “I appreciate how practical and specific you are, while still leaving room for fairies and playfulness.”

    My correspondence courses never expire, and there is no time limit on your participation. You can put down your course for years and then start again right where you left off. Or zip through it in a few months. You learn at your pace, at the time that is best for you.

    “Upon completing the envisioning project, I knew I had to be a midwife. That was four years ago. I am now a midwife and ready to start on the next project of my Green Witch Correspondence Course.”

    My correspondence courses are not lessons to learn, but invitations to explore and experiment, to experience hands-on, to taste and touch and smell and be part of the life of the plants and the planet.

    My correspondence courses are done in real time, via real mail. There is never any pressure. No deadlines. Nothing that you are required to turn in. The projects can be done in any order. You can write to me regularly or erratically. There are no grades. I am happy to comment on your work and answer your questions. And I will give you a graduation certificate when you are done.

    All correspondence course students are welcome to participate in my monthly zoom meeting for as long as they like.


    Go to WiseWomanSchool.com and Choose Your Course

    • ·         ABC of Herbalism: Enjoy a double-length course including 52 herbs, dozens of conditions, green ally assignments, and lots of herbal fun. Includes six herbals
    • ·         Green Witch: Attune yourself to plants, the planet, and your own divine self. Includes two herbals
    • ·         Green Ally: Spend a year or two focusing on one plant. One student wrote a doctorate on what she discovered about diatoms as a result of this course. Includes a field guide.
    • ·         Spirit & Practice of the Wise Woman Tradition: Learn how to recognize and use the Three Traditions. Work with the Seven Medicines. Includes Healing Wise and my new book Abundantly Well.

    Pay in full for your course and get your project booklet, your book/s, your audio-visual materials, and start your talk time with me right away.

    Or, start any course for only $50 and make monthly payments. You get the entire course with your first payment. All of the projects. All of the affirmations. All of the instructions. All for $50.  The supporting materials come to you as you make further payments. 

    You will be able to download your entire course at once if you wish. I will also send you a course booklet and supporting materials in the mail soon after I receive your registration.

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