Monday, March 30, 2015

Coyote Medicine

One of the memoir and teaching style books I read lately is Coyote Medicine by Lewis Mehl-Madrona.  He weaves the world of Western Medicine with Native American healing traditions.  It's a beautiful journey and exploration about really being healthy, healed and well.  I really appreciated hearing about going through medical school, trying to practice allopathic medicine and all the problems with the system and how he couldn't abide by the status quo.  I know I certainly reach my fill with that system and seek alternatives (at least a blend of the best of these different worlds).

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Wild Spring Edibles and Garden Preparations

Here are some common weeds we harvest from our yard to eat with our salads.  Many people eagerly pluck these out of their way, but we know what kind of nutritional power they pack so we try to take advantage of their Spring time.  It's interesting to note that during Spring is when we need what they offer the most as we strengthen our liver etc.

So about a week ago, I started a TON of seeds.  We felt like they were taking up a lot of the reading room, and every couple of days, I'd uncover them and favor the strong ones etc.  Well, they have mostly all sprouted (three to a pod usually), and I spent the better part of the weekend separating them so they grow and have more room.  Whew!  This is the most I've ever grown--lots of heart and intentions!  Here are the three stations in there:

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Numen: The Nature of Plants

We watched the Numen documentary Friday  night--really engaging.  (It was a gift from the Sustainable Herbs Project.)  Lots of well-known herbalists participated, and there was lots of information about healing traditions and the power of plants.  Great stuff.

Healing Wise

Healing Wise (Susun Weed) was a beautiful read.  It looks at three different perspectives or systems of healing (Wise Woman, Heroic and Scientific) and really goes in depth about not just facts but the feel of each.  The majority of pages, however, are herbal allies.
You might expect to have a bit of an encyclopedia, but it's a totally different way of looking at them.  It's just a few with every angle explored.  They are herbs that grow fairy plentifully and are often considered weeds (chickweed, violet, stinging nettle, burdock, oatstraw, three seaweeds).  There are many food-type recipes included as well.  At the end of the book, there is a small guide for different herbal preparations.  This book is a keeper!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mark Gungor: Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage

I stumbled onto Mark Gungor's work/ministry for couples during some educational work that the amazing Ruby Payne presented at an ESOL conference I went to last week.  In her presentation, we were looking in depth at male brains vs. female brains to look at how the school system basically sets boys up for all kinds of maladies.  In any case, every teacher in the room was laughing to tears with this little clip of his that she showed:
In all honesty, just find Ruby Payne's work to find insights like these and tons of humor.  Her four hour session with us passed in minutes!   I was showing Eric this little blurb above about brains, and we both enjoyed it enough to check out his other parts of this seminar.  Wonderful stuff!  I'm not saying I agree with absolutely everything, but I agreed with most of it.  It's like Ruby Payne says with regard to the gender questions--there are patterns that don't have to become stereotypes.  Here below is the whole hunk of a seminar.
It's worth looking into his material.  I might read a book or so.  I did his little $15 flag page stuff, and it was right on! :)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Art of Home Herbalism and props to some others!

Another class, I know.  But this one looks so stellar and spreads out through November so I can really flesh it out and try recipes.  It's called The Art of Home Herbalism, and it's from Thyme Herbal (Brittany Nickerson).  The teacher is connected to sources I recognize and respect like Western Herbalism, TCM and Ayurveda as well as teachers I recognize.  She's also very interested in food as medicine and utilizes Weston A. Price ideas.  All good stuff.  There's a real sense of connectedness to seasons/cycles in her work which is important to me.  (Just look at her medicine wheel graphic to see that.)  I'm excited to try her recipes and learn the info.

We have to read a couple of books in the process.  I already have/use Bottany in a Day (Thomas Elpel) and Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health (Rosemary Gladstar), but I had to horder David Hoffmann's Holistic Herbal.  Besides all the work on our own, monthly we'll do a webinar chat time to handle questions etc.

As an aside, I did purchase 7Song's Herbal First Aid course even though I won't have time to go through it now.  It's only available for a week, and they won't ever offer it again.  So I decided that having a rather adventurous second-born indicates a good herbal first aid course.  I've already learned a few things from the videos they published to entice us.  7Song is a very thorough teacher by all accounts.  (Plus, as an Herb Mentor member, I get a discount!)

I just can't say enough about John Gallagher's programs (and his family along with Rosalee de la Foret) Learning Herbs and Herb Mentor.  Every thing I have ever purchased, do or learn from them has been SUPER.  I started with an Herbal Remedy Kit waaaaaaay back in the day.   That was gold since I got to really get my feet wet and do things as I learned.  I got excited about ways to get the girls involved and got/play Wildcraft (board game) and the Herb Fairies books/program.  This fall, as I mentioned in the blog before, I did their "Herbal Cold Care" course and have made many remedies.

The Path of Practice: A Woman's Book of Ayurvedic Healing

I recently read Path of Practice by Maya Tiwari.  Her name/recommendation has come my way from different circles.  She is a teacher her in the US and an Indian/Hindu (?hard to classify) nun essentially.  She has a school called Wise Earth School not too far from us in the Smokies, and her books emphasize similar teachings regarding sadhanas--basically healthy practices to keep ourselves aligned with nature etc.
This book was a delight, truly.  She explores things from a spiritual context, but she includes lots of stories of people she has helped and other sources that are more scientific.  There are many ideas I'd like to explore further from different poses to recipes she recommends.