Feb 092015

Announcing The February Issue of Plant Healer’s


Folk Herbalism, Starting an Herbal Business, Passion Flower, & Wild Nettles Recipes

The 40 pages-long February issue of Herbaria will be sent out to subscribers this Wednesday, the 11th.  These supplemental newsletters are absolutely free, but you must be subscribed to receive a copy.

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This issue will include:

Passiflora (Passion Flower) by Juliet Blankespoor

Passiflora (Passion Flower) by Juliet Blankespoor

Passion Flower: Materia Medica, Ecology, & Edible Uses

Actions include: hypnotic (sleep-aid), analgesic (pain-reliever), hypotensive (lowers blood pressure), nervine, anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), anti-spasmodic, and antidepressant

Read Juliet Blankespoor’s amorous ode to this “drop-dead gorgeous” plant with so many medicinal uses.   She writes that “Often when I am teaching, a student will interrupt my ramblings on ecology, botany, or cultivation to ask the proverbial “But what is it used for?”  This cut-to the-chase question somehow smells of skipping romantic courtship.”  Juliet’s plant profile and incredibly scrumptious photos are sure to inspire or excite your own love affair with this healthful Flower of Passion.

Elka harvesting yummy nettles to eat.

Elka harvesting yummy nettles to eat.

Spring Nettles Feast

Elka shares her story of a nettles-hearted feast, with mouth watering recipes such as Nettle Dip with Yogurt, Sautéed Mustard Greens with Parsnips, and Sautéed Onion with Acorn Meal.  As always, our partner and Plant Healer Magazine food columnist encourages us to celebrate and to savor every healthful meal we make, as we savor every healthy element of our precious lives.

Kiva Rose Hardin with wild Aralia.

Kiva Rose Hardin with wild Aralia.

What It Means To Be a Folk Herbalist

Kiva Rose writes about herbalism for all us folks, a true Medicine of The People.  “There are those who assert that the term “folk” applies only to non-professional or lay people using local or handed down knowledge to treat illness. More realistically, folk herbalism is simply whatever herbal practitioners (whether professional or not) and practices that aren’t currently recognized as valid or acceptable by conventional medicine and mainstream culture. In the U.S., that seems to be just about damn near all of us… Even where our traditions have fractured and been partly forgotten, new knowledge and experiences are forever sprouting up with each new generation – the insistent call and craft of plant-based medicine consistently regrowing even when cut down. Every folk herbalist is an integral part of this emerging resurgence from our shared roots.”

Filling herb orders at Humboldt Herbals.

Filling herb orders at Humboldt Herbals.

Starting an Herbal Business, Building Community:  

An Interview With Community Herbalist Julie Caldwell

There is a huge value to reading dialogues with other folks in the field of herbalism:  Hearing their stories, helps us understand and express our own.  We are forewarned and empowered by knowing their challenges and solutions.   Their passion for the plants and for healing affirms and encourages our own.  We will face similar choices, while choosing our own personal ways.  And the deep healing knowledge they share, helps give us the ability and tools to be more effective ourselves.  They provide examples and serve as worthy role models – modeling examples of the myriad ways in which we can honorably, effectively, and satisfyingly live and practice.  

In our most recent interview, we sit down with the heartful herbalist Julie Caldwell, founder and owner of Humboldt Herbals, and a most evocative teacher.  The complete conversation will appear later in Plant Healer Magazine, but for now you will be able to read an excerpt in February’s Herbaria – focused on launching an herbal business and making it serve the health and growth of the larger community.  We’ll close this post, with what we consider some inspiring Julie quotes:

“Herbalism (and most herbalists) is driven by a desire to help others achieve a full and vibrant life experience.  That’s a beautiful and powerful thing.  Our tradition is ancient, and our connection sacred.”

“Plant medicine is the people’s medicine.  We need to make sure as we move forward as an herbal community that we never lose touch with that basic truth, and that we do all we can do to foster self-reliance, empowering people to know how to use and embrace the medicine all around them.”

“The simple desire to help others is profound, and actions taken toward that end –  no matter how seemingly small – change the world.”

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  3 Responses to “Folk Herbalism, Passion Flower, & Nettles Recipes”

  1. i am delighted to find your site. Have been collecting heirloom herb seeds and will be starting a lot more on my farm this spring. Have been also studying The Complete Herbal Handbook For Farm and Stable by Juliette de Bairacli Levy and finding it very interesting.
    Will be planting a lot of the recommended herbs for my goats and for myself.

  2. Can’t wait to read your newsletter! The picks are great!

  3. Such a lovely gift to receive in this Love month!

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