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Making Herbal Preparations the Wise Woman Way

This is a companion piece to my blog post, “I am a Wildcrafter”. There are many simple herbal preparations that can be made at home, in your kitchen utilizing the plants that live right outside your door. The art of gathering and preparing herbs can change you and deepen your experience with the plants that […]

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Bitters and Transforming Bitterness

I have been exploring bitters lately. The bitter taste and how it support good health. I have always liked the taste of something bitter. A few years ago, I began to wonder about motherwort and her bitterness and if she would support my digestion as well as my nervous system, heart and womb. I began […]

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Motherwort-Womb Wisdom

Oh, Mother, bless our being Oh, Mother, bless our being Oh, Mother, bless our being We are fully wise Within your heart Within your womb Within your heart. *** I began to write about motherwort as a way of writing about the folk method of herbal crafting. The messy, simple, common way to craft a […]

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It Belongs to the Wind and the Rain

I wrote this essay in 2015.   As I walk around the spiral, I see that I have come to a place that seems similar to this one again…a place of vulnerability and looking at the things that I need to nourish and heal in my life and my work.   I feel less afraid than I […]

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Summer Solstice Plants

Summertime. The word Solstice means “pause”. My shamanic teachers have offered wisdom to me about this time of year as not a waning but a widening, an expansion of the earth’s energies and a great time of manifestation. At Summer Solstice, the energy of the earth is fully activated from the deepest parts of the […]

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Comfrey-Mother Protector

The Comfrey plants are leaning over, heavy with the rain that has fallen overnight. The sun shines now as I sit with the Comfrey. Many bees buzz around…many, many bees. The Comfrey stands about 5 feet tall. The vibrant, bright green leaves have indentations that resemble veins and arteries, or a river with many paths […]

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Wild Roses~What is Personal and Invisible

It has been many years since I discovered the wild roses growing in abundance on our land.   We moved here in December and I did not know that the thicket down on the land was over an acre of roses.  It has been a beautiful and miraculous journey since then. I have always had […]

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From My Sources of Connection and Spirit

I have been experiencing some miraculous benefaction in my life right now. And, I have also been experiencing some extremely frustrating and angry feelings at the same time. What has happened? I have been having some light headedness and dizziness lately. And the thing is that I have been on a journey to drink nourishing […]

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The Journey of the Rose~A Shamanic Herbal Tale in Three Parts

I wrote these essays eleven years ago.   I am still on my journey with rose after so many years.  Her teachings continue to inspire and deepen year after year.  Part 1 ~ Love and Beauty at your Doorstep I am looking forward to the blooming of the wild roses this year. Each day making my […]

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This is the Kind of Herbalist I Am

I am a shamanic herbalist. I communicate with the plants around me as companions and wisdom teachers. I have developed intimate relationships with the plants w ith which I live. I seek them as teachers. They have told me that they want me to constantly be talking to them. I also eat these plants and […]

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