I have been saving client folders for nearly forty years. The drawers were literally bursting like mushrooms with no wiggle room. It three of us two days to go through every file and shred papers where clients had not visited for over ten years.
I was amazed at how many of these people I remembered, and smiled to recall. Not an easy task! Some people I simply had to keep! Noting the changes in my intake form, timeline, and drawings of indications was really fun. Practice evolves and changes as we do.
What a wonderful job being a practicing herbalist is!
After 40 years of working hard and caring for everyone, I AM GOING ON VACATION, and learning how to play.
Rosita Avego, Stratton Semmes, and I are meeting in central Paris to wander aimlessly, arm in arm, getting lost, and not caring.
Life is good!
I will be away from May 5th until the 18th.
To save your place in Sacred Plant Medicine May 26th 10 – 5 send your check for $150 to
Earthsong Herbals 10 Central Street, Marblehead MA 01945
Please email Margi your mailing address, phone and email so that I can create the invoice for you to call in your credit card info after May 18th. (do not send cc in email) email@example.com
The materials fee is $150 To bring home products that we make. (Not required, your choice) Pay Rochelle by PayPal firstname.lastname@example.org this will confirm your spot in class. Let Rochelle know you are attending while I am in Paris May 5-18 email@example.com
or fax to 781- 631-1860 with contact information and credit card anytime.
You may call in your credit card info after May 18th. (Do not send cc in email)
As I work less I have time to process where my energies have been directed. Teaching has been a focus since I taught Headstart back in the 60s. As this last big-tons of planning- flights and people and emails and huge preparation approaches I thought to send this email out.
“Good rainy morning,
Matthew, Stratton and I will begin our 3-day intensive November 3rd at 9 AM. I cannot stress the value of sitting with any weathered herbalists to receive whatever skills through observation and partial practice. You will have a task while we talk with the client. In our setting Matt Wood and I see the client together. We have very different approaches and magically come to the same formulations. Then Stratton supervises in the apothecary. Each participant has a task preparing teas, tinctures, flower essences etc for the client.
We will wax poetic on clinical skills the other half of the day.
This is the end of the big intensive era for me. It is time for me to be a weekend grandma and enjoy playing for the duration. I will continue to teach and have solo clinical experiences.
All 3 Days $750
A single day $250
Two days $500
Monday is diagnostics all day $200 10-5
Please join Matthew Wood, Stratton Semmes and me for this last big celebration of good herbal practice!
Pondering…. where are all those students who said they wanted to become herbalists? Throughout my forty plus years of following the path I always understood the need to sit at the knee of my elders. I always scraped the funds together to travel to or bring to me exceptional Herbalists. Rosemary Gladstar, David Winston, the late William LeSassier, the late Cascade Anderson Geller, Chanchel Chabrera, the late Raylene Kawaiaea, Kay Parent, Glen Nagel, Karyn Sanders and Sara Holmes, Annie McIntyre, Guido Mase, Phyllis Light, Tammi Sweet, David Bruce Leonard and the list goes on! Of these you will note that some have passed. Suddenly and unexpectedly. Study well and frequently! Life is full of twists that bring you joy and laughter and quaking tears.
Join Rosemary Gladstar at her home for an introduction to medicinal herbalism. Covering some of the important topics for beginners, Rosemary will guide you through the maze of information on selecting your materia medica, safety issues, formulation, herbal resources, herbs for stress and anxiety and herbs for digestion. Sprinkled along the way are practical advice, delightful information, and the priceless stories that Rosemary so artfully weaves into her teaching.
8+ hours of video
* The Foundations of Herbalism Video set is Included in both The Online and Online Plus Printed versions of The Science & Art of Herbalism
Now is the season where we have beautiful Violets blooming all over the ground and they are so easy to harvest! You (and your small children with clean hands) can reach down and grasp a bunch of the leaves and flowers, gently ask them to release and give thanks. Leave half for the bees and take half for you. Put them into a basket in one layer to dry. If you put too many layers together they’ll mold! I like to use big round beautiful baskets. They are easily stackable so that drying is very efficient. Remember to dry away from light but with good air circulation.
From the dried flowers and leaves you can make violet syrup or add them into teas for breast issues. Whether it is breast cancer or fibro-cystic breasts, Violet has a definite affinity to the breasts.
You can make cough syrups by adding harvested Violets to gently heated honey or honey loquat syrup. Violet is especially good for the cough that is at the back of the throat (i.e. always clearing the throat.)
Violets also make lovely ice cubes to add into summer teas. Even Winter teas if you can keep ice cubes around that long!
Kids love them. Gathering up some beautiful violets is a great project to do with the family. You can even make candied violets, but I am not a chef.
Okay, enjoy the Spring!
It’s that time of year, and if you’re like most people, you’re feeling the holiday rush. Take a break for yourself and enjoy a long, mood-changing soak in an herbal bath. Luxurious and decadent, soothing and calming or just rejuvenating – there are herbal bath add-in for all purposes. Bathing in water infused with the goodness of herbs, essential oils and other healthful ingredients is a wonderful, healing way to care for yourself. Something we all should do more of!
Bath salts are a wonderful option and each salt has it’s own properties for enhancing health. Epsom Salts contain magnesium which can help to relax, relieve stress and soothe muscles; while Himalayan Salts draws out toxins, improves circulation, deep cleanses and leaves you with baby-soft skin.
Floating bath oils are a luxurious & tranquil choice, which will moisturize and leave your skin smelling amazing. A few of my favorites:
Lemon & Sweet Orange: Benefits oily skin and creates a happy, uplifting mood. (Caution- not if you go right out into the sun)
Jasmine: Helps dry, sensitive skin and soothes the emotions creating a sense of hopefulness.
Ylang Ylang: Benefits all skin types, is calming to the nervous system and acts as an aphrodisiac.
Remember to use caution, as essential oils are extremely powerful. They need to be diluted before use and used in correct concentrations. For each ounce of carrier oil, mix 1 – 15 drops of the essential oils of your choice. A teaspoon or two in your warm bath and you’re on your way to bliss.
Another option is steeped baths made with leaves & flowers. Any combination of herbs that you fancy is the perfect bath for you! Some options:
Rose Petals & Buds: Calm & soothe the heart while relieving inflammation and toning the skin.
Lavender Blossoms: Cleansing and relaxing inducing a sense of calm.
Elder Flowers: Relieve inflammation while toning and cleaning the skin.
Rosemary Leaf: Relieves fatigue and is a cleaning tonic for the skin.
To create an herbal bath, combine a handful of each herb you desire in a large pot. Fill with water, heat to almost boiling and make sure you keep a lid on the pot so the volatile oils do not evaporate. Remove the pot for heat and let infuse for no less that 20 minutes. Strain the liquid into your filled tub and you’re ready to go. The other option is to fill a cloth or muslin bag with your herbal concoction. Fill the bath with the hottest water you have, leave until water is at your desired temperature and get right in.
A lovely thirty minutes of relaxation can greatly affect how you’re going to deal with the rest of your day. So switch off your mind & go enjoy one of life’s little pleasures.
This Spring Margi had a great harvest of Nettles and with it she made Nettles solid extract. Two large baskets of nettle leaves gathered prior to seeding. Garble, remove leaves with gloves. Simmer slightly covered in water, turning in new leaves as they wilt. Simmer for a few hours until it has cooked down and concentrated. Chop in food processor until leaves are like a paste. Add vegetable glycerine, about half the quantity of liquid. I store in the refrigerator.
Also consume Milk Thistle seeds dry roasted and ground, about a half teaspoon a day to find relief! This combination is the best for treating seasonal allergies.
The pollen count has been record high this year and even people who have never experienced allergies before, are now suffering through the symptoms: watery or itchy eyes, sneezing, congestion & a runny nose.
Margi has even found that other air born allergies, like pet allergies, can be helped with Nettles and Milk Thistle. Goldenrod leaf and flower is also great in drop doses for cat allergies says (and he is right) Matthew Wood.
The Nettles solid extract is the best form in which to take for relief, it’s made with vegetable glycerine so it’s sweet, and it is super concentrated so an adult only needs to take 1/8th to 1/4th of a teaspoon 2-3 times a day. 4oz will last you the whole season with sweet relief from all your allergy woes. Best if started a few weeks prior to allergy blooms.
Two HUGE baskets full of Nettles were condensed down to only 3 quarts of solid extract.
Whats also great about Nettles is there are no contraindications, so anyone can take it, and in a smaller dosage it’s fine for children too.
If you go to harvest your own Nettle watch out! There are tiny hairs on the stinging nettles that contain formic acid, which will sting you and produces a tingling sensation and usually a welt. It’s this formic acid that we believe, stops the allergic reaction in it’s tracks. Or it is simply magic.
Plantain leaf is also great on an herb walk- just reach down, ask for a leaf and chew it- symptoms gone.
Here are some other thoughts on Nettles:
Ruled by the planet Mars and the zodiac sign of Aries
“Good to help get in touch with your fiery energy.”
“Drink an infusion daily to break free of stagnant emotional states and to contact the warrior within.”
“Protection against negativity.” quotes from Herbal Healers by Glennie Kindred
“Nettles have been employed as a spiritual talisman in which it was sprinkled around the house to ward off evil or carried in a sachet in order to ‘remove a curse and send it back’” – Mountain Rose Herbs