Herbal Wisdom

I am a Green Witch

I am a green witch. I have been initiated into this practice. My green witch name is Crow’s Daughter. This is a calling for me. It used to frighten me because of what people say about witches. Witches are evil. Witches worship the devil. When I was very young, I knew only love and goodness. […]

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The Old Way is the New Way

I have been thinking about medicine and what it really is. What is happening with the plants is very much beyond the most common definition of medicine…”science and art of diagnosing and treating disease.” There is another definition though…medicine can be “a ritual practice and or shamanic practice.” Both these definitions were in the dictionary. […]

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We are Wholeness~A Holographic Perspective and Nourishing the Nervous System

The perspective of the hologram is one of the wise woman ways that can gives us a more accessible way of coping and also thriving in a world that appears to be so challenging. In the wise woman tradition, we aren’t really parts made into a whole. We are wholeness.  Thus, the nervous system is […]

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Stinging Nettle~Listening, Asking, Harvesting, Drying, Utilizing

Stinging Nettle is just coming up here at our farm. Its a bit later than usual this year.  When it is about six inche s tall, it looks to me like a purple-green dragon emerging from its cave of hibernation. I am thankful for the return of nettle to our Whidbey Island landscape. This plant […]

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Douglas Fir Vinegar-The Messy, Kitchen Table Method

I have been thinking a lot about the art of medicine making and how simple it is and how beautiful it is. To connect with the plants, to find out what they have for us, to gather the plants, to prepare the plants and to utilize the plants for healing. To be grateful. It is […]

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It Belongs to the Wind and the Rain

I wrote this essay almost two years ago.  I have come around the spiral again to this and thought it was a good one for our times.   “All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy, for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves. We must die to one life […]

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Plant Cunning

Sometimes I find myself just looking at the plants in the garden.  I look up at the trees.  I notice a blade of grass, its shape, its sharpness and its bright green leaves.  I see and then I see more deeply.   When I first started studying herbalism, I would look at the plants to identify […]

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Vulnerability ~ A Path of Strength and Wildness

Almost one year ago, I signed up for a course to rebuild my website. With the help of Heather, my accountability partner and advocate, I am almost done. Through this process, I have returned to my current website and seen how beautiful it is in many ways. The colors, the leaves to signify the different […]

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I am a Wildcrafter

I am a Wildcrafter I began writing about wildcrafting yesterday and although I got a lot of my ideas into the writing, I felt like something was missing. Then an apprentice graduate of mine came to pick me up and she and I and two small children went out to harvest plantain from our church’s […]

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Veganism, Plant Sentience and the Sacredness of Life

Veganism, Plant Sentience and the Sacredness of Life I read somewhere recently about reasons to become a vegan. The reason that stood out for me, “Plants are not sentient.” This brought all kinds of emotion for me, and started me thinking and thinking about the debate about eating animals. I started to investigate and research […]

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