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July Herbaria – Special Free Edition for Herbalists

A Sneak Peek:

The free July issue of the Plant Healer’s Herbaria Newsletter will be mailed out Monday, July 20th.  To be certain of receiving a download link, be certain to subscribe before then.  Simply go to our website and fill in your name and email address in the appropriate location on the far left side of the page:


This month’s special issue is overgrown – nearly 70 color pages in length – and includes the following:

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Dara Saville: Connecting With Our Heritage Through Herbal Practice

Our friend Dara of Albuquerque Herbalism writes about how working with herbs increases our connection to all those healers who came before, with an intimate look at Early American healing practices prior to the rise of pharmaceuticals and the first onerous laws harming medicine sellers.  As Dara concluded:

“While herbal medicine in post-industrialized America is usually lumped into the category known as ‘alternative medicine’, many of us know that it is actually traditional medicine, and the original ‘Medicine of the People'”

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Juliet Blankespoor: Plant Photography for Herbalists

The ever-awesome Julietta of Chestnut Herbal School explains here how to take great photographs of the herbs we use, in advance of her Plant Photography class this September at our 6th Annual Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference.  Subjects in this great article include aperture, shutter speed, composition, and background:

“Choosing a beautiful background is almost as important as choosing your subject. I will often look for contrasting colored flowers as a backdrop to my subject. Bright green light is also pleasing. Dappled light in the background can create an airy or painterly feeling. As mentioned earlier, shade in the background will often translate as a black backdrop in a photo if the image is illuminated with sunlight. Your background should add interest or contrast, but take care that is doesn’t distract from the story you are telling.”


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Plant Healer Event Reminisces

To start getting in the mood for the upcoming event, we’ve included both stories of the past five years of TWHC & Herbal Resurgence, and a bunch of fun pictures of you folks who attended.  One of the many contributors is Heather Luna of Nevada City Herbs & Tea, who wrote among other things this encouraging reminder:

“Saying good-byes were both sweet and challenging.  As herbalists, it is our job to inspire and awaken vitality in those who come to us, and here my own were re-animated and rekindled.  The good work in the world may now continue!”

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Robin Rose Bennett: Herbal Magic

Robin Rose shares with us here a piece on herbs for magical intention and ceremony, presenting an excerpt from her classic book “Healing Magic: A Green Witch Guidebook to Conscious Living – 10th Anniversary Edition,” with sections on Plants for Burning, the uses of specific herbs (and trees!), Here is a tempting quote from it by Robin:

“Plants are conscious beings of feeling and spirit, and they are blessed with an abundance of gifts to share. I have found that all plants are consciousness-altering. In this sense, plants grow us. They are wonderful allies to human beings, filled with love for us. Like birds and animals, plants don’t have to remember that they are part of nature; they simply are who and what they are. This inevitably helps us resonate with who we are as part of nature. Each specific plant also brings its own particular essence to a meditation, spell, or ritual.  Much of my time with plants is spent working with them as physical medicine for our bodies. I have discovered that there is a correlation—sometimes subtle, often obvious—between the physical medicine a plant offers and the spiritual/magical energy it imparts.”

You can find out more about her work at Wise Woman Healing Ways.

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Interview #1: Emily Han – Herbal Cocktails for Pleasure & Health

For the past several issues of Herbaria we’ve been including 2 interviews with compelling herbalists, whose plant medicine knowledge we are pleased to share, and whose personal stories help us navigate our own individual healing paths.  Emily literally “wrote the book” on herbal cocktails (see her site Roots & Marvel).  She will be teaching us about bitters, elixirs, cocktails, and how to ferment and blend at TWHC in a couple of months, do we’re glad we got to pick her brain a bit in advance!

“My intention for the class is to be accessible and fun as well as educational. We’ll talk about the art and science of crafting balanced cocktails; I’ll share some classic formulas and ratios as a foundation, and then encourage folks to put their own creative and healing spin on these. I’m coming out to New Mexico with a bunch of cocktail-making tools and ingredients and we’ll put them to good use in the hands-on part of the class. We’ll taste each other’s creations, and all go home with new skills and inspiration. …I envision a culture in which everyone practices herbalism to some degree, taking care of themselves, their families and friends, and the natural world around them. Thus, I believe my role – and the role of many herbalists – is to (re-)introduce people to herbs and empower them to integrate herbal practices into their daily lives through medicine-making, cooking, wildcrafting, gardening, having a sense of wonder, caring for the earth. If we can spark an interest in herbalism in various ways (such as cocktails or cookbooks), I think we can ultimately help create a healthier world.”


Interview #2: Guido Masé

Guido is an exceptionally gifted and perceptive herbalist teacher from northern Italy, a co-director of the unique Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, and valued columnist for Plant Healer Magazine.  We think you will find his words here fascinating and enlightening, a carefully selected excerpt from the much longer conversation undertaken for the future Volume 2 of Plant Healer’s “21 Century Herbalists” books of interviews.  For now, here’s a sneak peek for you:

“What I appreciate most about bioregional herbalism is the idea that the medicinal plants that grow really, really close (same watershed you drink from) are having an experience very similar to yours, they elaborate different chemicals than the same species four hundred miles away, and in so doing link you up to your local environment in a really profound way. Without eating wild medicinals that grow right outside your door, you are really just a guest, a transient in the environment. Folks who get all their food processed from the grocery store aren’t really as much of a part of the ecology-as-being as those who eat weeds. Taking bioregional herbs means you’re actually a part of the world around you, not just a guest. It doesn’t matter what herbs exactly – to a certain extent, just snacking on lambs quarters with a side of goldenrod tea allows you to be a functional, contributing part of the ecological organism.”


A New Herbal Networking Site

We want to help network the exciting new “Herb Rally” website created by Mason Hutchinson.  Mason’s caring vision is of a one-stop online hub, offering a comprehensive list of currently available herbal courses, media, workshops, and conferences nationwide… provided free as a service to all students, enthusiasts, and practitioners of herbal medicine.  If any income is generated through affiliating with organizations like Plant Healer, that money will go to fund herbal scholarships given out to those in need!  You can submit the details and dates of your classes, events, etc., and/or browse current herbal educational opportunities but clicking on:


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Spreading Like Weeds

 Herbaria subscriptions have more than doubled since this time last year, now reaching many thousands readers with its absolutely free content.  Unlike with Plant Healer Magazine, which goes out primarily to committed herbal students and practicing herbalists, subscribers to the newsletter and blog include crossover folks just getting into herbalism, or with natural healing as a side interest.  It feels like one way to spread and grow this mission of healing and love – this weedy revolution!

Advertise Inexpensively

Display ads in Herbaria Newsletter are priced low enough to be affordable to folks launching new herbal related projects.  Space in our pages is intended for the common folk, small operations and family businesses… large corporations would need to explain why they deserve to be an exception. 🙂 You can download the combined magazine and newsletter advertising pdf here:

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Share Your Knowledge, Submit Your Stories

You don’t have to be a professional writer in order to have something worthwhile to share with others.  And unlike with PH Magazine, it’s ok f your writings have been printed or posted before, so long as they haven’t been too widely distributed before.  Therapeutics, herb profiles, medicine making recipes, tips for practicing, clinical skills, conservation and gardening.   If you’d be interested, please download the:

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 Wild green blessings to you allKiva & Wolf

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  One Response to “Special Free Edition for Herbalists”

  1. And if Plant Healer Herbaria was not great on it’s own, we now have a hunky Italian herbalist (Guido). Life gets no better on a Monday!

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