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To The Plant Healer Magazine Summer Issue

by Jesse Wolf Hardin

The 280 pages-long Summer Issue Releases June 2nd

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Plant Healer Magazine for Herbalists

Plant Healer Magazine for Herbalists

Summer is always the start of an exciting conference season, as well as a time of growth for us and our herbal crops.  In the upcoming Summer issue of Plant Healer Magazine you’ll find Julliet Blankespoor’s latest in-depth piece on growing our dream herbal gardens, followed by bioregional herbalist Dara Saville’s piece on native-hearted urban medicine gardens that reflect the beauty and power of a region’s wild ecosystems.  And Susun Weed evokes Summer’s bounty with her piece on the “Peas Mother.”

Paul Bergner, too, continues talking about growth in his latest Herbal Rebel column, though in this case it means the deliberate growing of our thinking skills.  We can’t emphasize enough the importance of an intelligent and balanced approach to herbalism, as ably mapped on Pablo’s medicine wheel of healer literacy and competency.  Many folks are excitedly looking forward to the release of his new online courses, hopefully in 2015.

Speaking of new releases, sweet Robin Rose Bennett’s new book is finally available, and is considered to be her best by far: The Gift of Healing Herbs: Plant Medicines & Home Remedies for a Vibrantly Healthy Life (see her announcement in the Resources section).  We’ve happily featured several excerpts in past issues of this magazine.  And now with its release, Robin returns to writing other original works for you, beginning with this quarter’s excellent piece by her on Yarrow, Honey, & Topical Herbal Medicine.

We’re honored to continue showcasing Matthew Wood’s growing body of work, including another segment on liver health and herbs for the liver.  All his Plant Healer pieces will one day be compiled into another landmark volume for this field and community.  But coming up first, will be a publication about pulse diagnosis by himself, Phyllis Light and Francis Bonaldo, and we’re pleased to be announcing it in advance here.  You may find that you recognize the style of its cover art, created by myself for this valuable book.

Our friend 7Song’s botanical and herbal expertise just keeps growing, and so do the length of the awesome columns he writes for Plant Healer… leading us to split up his newest article on the incredible Cactus family for this and the upcoming Fall issue.  We’re mighty grateful to have his devoted involvement and support, and very happy to be able to showcase his knowledge for all of you to learn from and make use of.  Those of you who have or plan to study with him are fortunate indeed.  The same can be said of the work of amigo Jim McDonald, this time bringing to you a crucial discussion of alteratives and so-called “tonics.”  Michigan-based Jim is considered by Kiva to be unsurpassed in his ability to synthesize and practically/informally express his understandings of herbal actions.  Jim and 7Song’s continually growing wisdom and experience benefit us all, and consequently every person that we ourselves ever seek to help.

Katja Swift continues growing her knowledge, experience and abilities while she and her partner Ryn Midura grow their Massachusetts school for herbalists… and this issue she provides us with a very detailed and very important article on herbal support for kids going through puberty.  Sabrina Lutes manages to write regularly for us while taking care of a growing family, and her piece about moms taking time to recuperate could explain how she is able to pull it off.

Plant lore and history can greatly deepen our understanding of not only plant medicines but the  human/plant connection and social context in which healing takes place.  Gracing our Plant Lore department once again is the very inspiring Corinne Boyer, telling the wondrous tale of the Willow throughout time.  And beloved Virginia Adi, who so kindly shares with us her fascinating history of Gentian.

Familiarity with the plants we use is crucial to our effectiveness as herbalists, hence the value we place on well written plant profiles.  Ocotillo is an incredible plant of the desert Southwest that dear Rebecca Altman covers for us here, exposing not only the secrets of this healing species but also her own undeniable secret draw to the wilder Southwestern lands beyond her L.A. enclave.

We would be amiss, of course, to ever talk about the use of wild medicinal plants without a reminder of the absolutely necessity of conscious, aware, caring, ethical foraging practices.  In Kiva’s concluding column, she discusses Sustainable Wildcrafting.  She makes the crucial point that plants do not exist only to serve us… and that we must protect those increasingly scarce herbs that give so much to our health and well being.

Our partner and provider of nourishment celebrates Summer tomatoes this issue, with her own special sauces and salsas.  After writing food and self-care articles as “Loba” for over 20 years in publications including SageWoman and Plant Healer, she has decided to own her true nature – her characteristic elkness, if you will – by bravely changing her name to Elka.  I’d say that qualifies as some serious personal growth!

For contributor Wendy “Butter” Petty, what grows wild is best.  We’re thankful to run her celebration of wild onions, informing us, and infecting us with her unbridled love for these nutritional veggies.

Sam Coffman continues to produce some our most practical, information-filled articles, this time two contributions to the Seeing People (clinical skills) department: one on Mucosal Immunity, and the other about streetwise, remote and post-disaster herbalism.

We can cite our readers’ growing curiosity about ancient healing traditions as one reason for our happiness with Stephany Hoffelt’s article on the community healers of historic Ireland…. another would be mine and Kiva’s own abiding interest in the subject.

Asia Suler speaks about the ways in which plants affect us beyond their known clinical actions, inspiring connectedness, enrapturing us with their slowly revealed mysteries, mirroring something in ourselves, and sometimes showing us the way…

For an insightful perspective on the growing field of herbalism, there is no one better to turn to than David Hoffman.  David was there with Rosemary and others at the rebirth of this movement over 3 decades ago, helping to inspire a new direction.  And while most famous for his scientific and clinical understandings, he remains today one of the brilliant subversives whose radical, ecocentric vision of an empowered herbalism could lead us to a future of ever more powerful healing and cultural alternatives.  Those of you who may not have read our lengthy discussion in our book 21st Century Herbalists should be happy to find the abridged interview in Summer’s Plant Healer.  His emphasis on the spirit of healing and the importance of enchantment make him a perfect presenter at this September’s HerbFolk Gathering: The Enchanted Forest.

Together, our Plant Healer writers have again created a most amazing magazine issue, providing you with the inspiration and information needed in our work to heal ourselves, our clients, and our world.  A huge thank you to all.


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