NEW PLANT HEALER COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS
We do all we can to present information and inspiration to our quarterly Plant Healer Magazine, that empowers and equips the subscribers to this over 250 pages-long quarterly, on a wide range of topics related to herbs and healing of all kinds… and that provides a platform for the growth and expression of exciting writers and teachers. One of the ways in which we do that, is by making sure we feature a wide range of subject departments contributed to by a variety of voices with diverse perspectives – including departments on clinical practice, seeing clients, materia medica, radical herbalism, herbal traditions, tools and formulations, plant lore, historic herbalism, and so much more. A second way, is by hosting longterm quarterly columns, articles and explorations by authors committed to bring you new, never before published content every issue. In the Spring edition of Plant Healer, we bring to you 3 new columns, along with yet another appealing department.
#1: Psyche & Substance: Plant Medicine in The Bush of Ghosts by Dr. Kenneth Proefrock
With the retirement of our long-loved lead column, we needed something extra special to replace it with – something filled with fresh and brilliant looks at the practice of herbalism itself, the interface of mythos and science, ethics and spirituality, along with the most useful understandings and practices around natural healing and healing with herbs. The perfect person for this role was never in doubt: Kenneth Proefrock of Vital Force Medical Center, naturopath and plant wizard extraordinaire. Many are looking forward to his Good Medicine Confluence classes in May. Kenneth’s inaugural column in the coming Spring issue includes a very personal introduction to it, followed by an in-depth discussion of respiratory ailments and some of the most useful plants in their treatment.
#2: Heart & Hearth: Radical Family Herbalism by Juliette Abigail Carr
With so much attention given to “official” certification and hierarchical professionalism, it feels important to support the traditional roles of unofficial community provider and home practitioner. There is something very radical about such self-empowered herbalism, and we do not know of anyone who practices, embodies, teaches, and expands the notion of Home Herbalism better than Juliette Carr,Good Medicine Confluencee teacher, and founder and teacher of the excellent Old Ways School of Plant Medicine herbal courses. She will cover all kinds of relevant topics, including women’s health care and the use of herbs for children.
#3: Birth Root: Rediscovering Birth, Reclaiming Autonomy by Astrid Grove
Astrid is a midwife, mother, and self-authorized Colorado herbalist with an immense amount to share on the important topics of herbs for pregnancy and birth, and who often brings a nontypical perspective to all matters related to the health of women before, during, and following the giving of birth. She will also be teaching several Good Medicine Confluence classes on such topics. Her first quarterly column for Plant Healer describes some important herbs to have on hand when preparing for a free-birth.
#4: Delicious: Foods For Health & Pleasure
We have been without a foods focused department for awhile, but no longer! Our latest department, “Delicious,” will be the place for articles by numerous contributing authors, writing about nutrition, healthy cultivated foods and their constituents, wild foods gathering and preparation, and yummy recipes that you can replicate at home. While it is “The Potager” Rachel Berndt with the Elderberries in the banner, the first “Delicious” article is an essay to go with the “Wild Foods For Wild People” class being taught at the Good Medicine Confluence by herbalist and frequent Plant Healer Magazine contributor Sarah Baldwin.
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