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Friday, December 13, 2013

Mineral Rich Bone Broth Recipes

Feeling Bad?  Recovering from an illness?  Worried about malabsorbtion, low level of Mg or Ca or Iron in the body?  Bone broth should be part of your road to recovery.  Read about it here

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Mental Health and Herbalism

I just finished a class in Mental Health and Herbalism and it gave me a lot of time to reflect on so many subtle and powerful forms of healing.  

One definition of Mental Health: the psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment

Many holistic forms of medicine consider mental health to be an essential part of healing and that many physical manifestations of illness are rooted in emotional holds. In Holistic Medicines, you may choose to use herbs to treat mental illness but do not forget the wide array of therapies to use with your teas and tinctures.

Treatments to Consider Integrating into your Mental Health Protocols:
Flower Essences
Platicas/Story Medicine: learning to Listen or finding someone to listen with an open heart and open mind
Aromatherapy for the spirit
Cleansing with Smoke and water/Limpias(Barridas)/Sound: herbs, resins, smudging, tuning forks, bowls, bells, herbal baths
Ritual and Ceremony, Chanting, Prayer and Song
Herbal Teas
Family and Community Support
Nature Therapy
Magick and Divination
Earth treatments
Temazkals/Sweat Lodges
Energy Work

Constitution and time of year play a big part.  The treatment must fit the client
Always go back to the original insult or injury to the body.  Find the beginning of the story.  Start the treatment there
The Elements of Ritual: Intention is key.  Create sacred space and teach your clients how to
1)Clearing space, this may be done with smoke or sound,  or something to clean the area(brooms)usually widdershiins
2)Protecting the area you are working with a circle.  Drawing the area.  Sometimes these areas become permanent
3) Asking for other energies to be present with you, lighting a candle to signal this(ancestors, spirit guides, earth energies)
4)  Pray or perform ceremonies of healing in this space
5) Seal the intent.  Sometimes this is done with something that can be carried around afterwards
6) Release the energies
7) Close the circle

This sort of creation of sacred space is important for both you and your clients/loved ones.  What your put energy towards becomes your reality.  Words and intent are part of this

Herbs for the Spirit: May be used in drop dosage
any herb can be used to affect the spirit and mental health in drop dosage some common examples include:
Mimosa Albizia : He Huan Ha Collective Happiness Flower, regulating to life force
Pasque Flower  Anemone : Let things move thru you like the wind, and ground you from wind and make decisions
Lemon Balm Melissa: Bee Happy and Alive, headaches, glandular support, elevate
Vervain Verbena Bendability and shifting.  Movement from one place to another in the psyche.  You can do it, if you want to
Chasteberry Vitex: Take away the haunting addiction,calm the frantic desire
Wood Betony Stachys: Bring to center and clear the head for dreams
Rose Rosa: Open and soften the heart

Aromatherapy for the Spirit
Vetivert-grounding and opening
Lavender-panic attacks and anxiety
Mint-Invigorating and clears the head
Cedarwood-Grounds and centers and slows
Orange-Lifts the spirit
Rose-Again softens the heart

Flower Essences for the Spirit

Some ways of assessing the correct remedy for yourself or a client:
Muscle Testing
Pulse Reading
Cranial Sacral

Things to remember:
  • Spend time creating the proper Space for healing, especially when dealing with mental health issues
  • Protect yourself by be present and grounded. techniques include wearing a white or light colored head covering
  • Drugs: When to Say When. Sometimes Drugs can save people's lives. Dont suggest or act in ways that could create a life threatening situation. I am very much a believer in natural therapies and seen them do amazing things. Some people have gotten off of meds and led much healthier lives BUT I lost one of my close friends many years agowhen she tried to stop taking her medication. She ended up taking her life while in a bad epsiode. For her I will always remember that there is a time and a place for medications. With all of that said Walk in Beauty and may you find peace

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Mother's Milk

I love making this drink for women who just gave birth, are breastfeeding and need extra energy and sustenance.  Its also great after a long illness.

1 cup of the juice of 1 young coconut
1-2 medjool dates
cacao nibs--a sprinkle
1 cup soaked cashews and/or almonds/hazelnuts
1 cup of strong tea of nettles and or raspberry leaves/or oatgrass
1 handful of fresh berries--your choice
1 teaspoon of powdered reishi mushroom
1/2 a teaspoon of maca if appropriate for your constitution

Blend until frothy
Drink as a shake

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Check it out!  An herb festival outside of Austin this Fall
Dear Medicinal Plant Lovers,
It is with great joy that we invite you to participate in Herbalismo! We hope that this historic event will bring together practitioners and students of many herbal traditions in our region to celebrate plants and healing in the Deep South. Well respected Herbal Elders like Rosemary Gladstar, Paul Bergner, Matthew Wood, Margi Flint, and Will Morris are joining us in the festivities and offering their own special and unique teachings and support. A large percentage of our Teachers will be bioregional—some you may have heard of, others have been hiding in nooks and crannies—and we are drawing them out of their cabins, their books, their swamps, and backwoods hideaways to join with us in this inagural conference.
Herbalismo! is a celebration of our local traditions and together we will honor and learn from practitioners who have cherished and kept the fires of ancient knowledge burning in our modern world. Sacred ceremonies are planned with the lovely Maria Elena Martinez, who will also lead the building of an altar for Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos. Another dear friend and herbalist, Filiberto Delgado will be building a traditional sweat lodge. The festival explores all the different ways we can honor plants and the people who love and use them for healing.
Classes are diverse, ranging from traditional herbs and midwifery from parteras, Native Hill Country wild plant walks from local experts, permaculture in herbalism, and beginning medicine making to advanced clinical study. We have guests coming from all over the South to share their own special ways of connecting to the Earth and to plants and to dance with us to the drumbeat of the Earth and her cycles. If there’s one thing that we’re known for in Austin, it’s how to have great festivals!
Herbalismo! promises enriching opportunities for learning from teachers to whom we rarely have access, covering topics that are relevant to our modern health challenges. We welcome you to join us as the light wanes and the shadows darken.
We are Gathering.