Medical Astrology and Holistic Herbalism

What Does “Holistic” Really Mean? The term “holistic” is used a lot in the alternative medicine field. When we look at the “holistic” orientation from some of our traditional Western esoteric systems, we see a much bigger picture of what a system of holistic medicine looks like. In the evolutionary herbalism model, we’re approaching what…

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Medical Astrology in Practice, an interview with Kira Sutherland

In this special episode of The Plant Path, I interviewed naturopath, herbalist, nutritionist, and medical astrologer Kira Sutherland. Kira’s been a clinical practitioner for over 20 years and the use of her client’s birth chart has been one of her primary tools for holistic assessment and providing insights into how to best navigate her cases. …

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COVID-19, Herbal Therapeutics for Viral Respiratory Infections

I’ve been getting a lot of emails and requests for me to share some of my thoughts and perspectives in regards to holistic herbal medicine and how you can support your family and community during this coronavirus outbreak. So, in this video class I’m going to share some of my approaches and how you might…

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Alchemy and Mycology with Jason Scott

In the Alchemical tradition, there is a teaching that speaks towards the Three Kingdoms of Life: the mineral, vegetable, and animal. Yet for some reason the fungal kingdom has consistently been overlooked, or lumped together with plants, and they’re discussed little. Luckily for us, as mushrooms have entered more deeply into human awareness as powerful…

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The Practice of Herbal Alchemy: An Interview with Master Alchemist Robert Bartlett

One of the biggest turning points in my plant path was the moment I came across the tradition of herbal alchemy, what is referred to as the practice of “spagyrics.” After spending years studying plant chemistry, human anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, and other “hard sciences,” I always felt like this approach to plant medicine left…

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Working with Plant Intelligence with Scott Kloos

  In this special episode of The Plant Path, I got a chance to interview a fellow PNW herbalist, Scott Kloos, founder of Cascadia Folk Medicine, The School of Forest Medicine and author of Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants: Identify, Harvest, and Use 120 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness. Scott and I have known each other…

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Connecting Our Physical, Psychological and Spiritual Health

As a holistic herbalist, our goal is to work with the WHOLE person. From many traditional perspectives, there are three primary organizational layers of the human being. In Alchemy these are referred to as Salt, Mercury and Sulfur. In Ayurveda it is vata, pitta, and kapha, or prana, tejas, and ojas. The Chinese refer to…

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How to Heal and Not Harm with Medicinal Plants

As herbalists, our #1 goal in our work is to provide healing and alleviate the suffering in the people we serve. But that typically leads into our #1 fear as herbalists, which is that we might inflict harm or hurt someone with the medicinal plants we give them. This is a totally valid concern, for…

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Legal Concerns of Practicing Herbalism

A major concern of folks on the path of becoming a practicing herbalist is that they’ll get sued for practicing medicine without a license. Being an herbalist in the United States is a little bit of a grey area, as there are thousands of practitioners out there helping people with plants that aren’t necessarily licensed…

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“How much of an herb do I give?” A discussion on dosage of medicinal plants

  From a single drop to 5 mL of tincture or 1 tsp to 5 grams for a cup of tea, the range of how much of a medicinal plant to give someone is as vast and numerous as there are herbalists. Strong opinions exist on both ends of the spectrum; whether to give small…

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