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The Plant Path is a window into the world of the herbal medicine. With perspectives gleaned from traditional western herbalism, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Alchemy, Medical Astrology, and traditional cultures from around the world, The Plant Path provides unique insights, skills and strategies for the practice of true holistic herbalism. From clinical to spiritual perspectives, we don't just focus on what herbs are "good for," but rather who they are as intelligent beings, and how we can work with them to heal and consciously evolve.

The Plant Path is a window into the world of the herbal medicine. With perspectives gleaned from traditional western herbalism, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Alchemy, Medical Astrology, and traditional cultures from around the world, The Plant Path provides unique insights, skills and strategies for the practice of true holistic herbalism. From clinical to spiritual perspectives, we don't just focus on what herbs are "good for," but rather who they are as intelligent beings, and how we can work with them to heal and consciously evolve.
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The Plant Path is a window into the world of the herbal medicine. With perspectives gleaned from traditional western herbalism, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Alchemy, Medical Astrology, and traditional cultures from around the world, The Plant Path provides unique insights, skills and strategies for the practice of true holistic herbalism. From clinical to spiritual perspectives, we don't just focus on what herbs are "good for," but rather who they are as intelligent beings, and how we can work with them to heal and consciously evolve.

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Episodes

Working with Plant Intelligence with Scott Kloos

5/17/2019
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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. This was a really fun conversation, as Scott and I discuss a wide range of methods of working with the medicinal intelligence of plants. From how they have the ability to heal us spiritually, to the best...

Understanding Herbs Astrologically

3/4/2019
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In a similar way that the astrological pattern enables us to see the relationship between the human body, psyche, and soul, so too does it allow us to understand the connection between a plant's physical, energetic and spiritual properties. It's common in modern day herbalism to have one particular system for understanding the medicinal properties of a plant and how it acts upon the body, and a totally different model for how a plant can heal the mind, heart and spirit. But in a truly...

Duration:00:24:51

Connecting Our Physical, Psychological and Spiritual Health

2/25/2019
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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 Jing, Shen, and Chi. From the most simplest orientation, we can say that we have a body, a spirit and a soul- the spirit in this context referring to the vital force, as well...

Duration:00:28:35

Medical Astrology and Holistic Herbalism

2/18/2019
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Often when we consider the context of holistic herbalism, we tend to think of using the whole plant to heal the whole person. And by "whole plant," we aren't referring to the root, leaf, flower and seed/fruit of the plant, but rather using its holistic medicinal nature: chemistry, energetics and spirit, which will then heal the persons body, mind and soul. But there's a bigger picture to what "whole-istic" healing really encompasses, a bigger picture that is brought in through the unique...

Duration:00:14:51

How to heal and NOT harm with medicinal plants.

2/10/2019
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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 indeed there are some plants that can cause problems in some people. But for the most part, the majority of medicinal plants you are most likely to use in your practice are super safe, gentle,...

Duration:00:16:55

Legal Concerns of Practicing Herbalism

2/3/2019
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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 physicians. This is in certain ways a blessing because there is no governmental body telling us how to (and how not to) practice herbalism. But it does lead to legal...

Duration:00:22:45

"How much do I give?" A discussion on herbal dosage.

1/27/2019
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Herbal dosage is a common question amongst people on the path to becoming a practicing herbalist. Unfortunately, there isn't a straightforward answer the works across the board. Some use very low doses, some use very high doses. The one thing that's clear, is that both approaches to how much of an herb to give WORKS, and gets healing results from their clients, which is the #1 most important thing. Read the full blog post...

Duration:00:20:40

Your Body is Nature

1/21/2019
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Central to traditional systems of medicine is the understanding that the human organism is a reflection of Nature- that our bodies are not machines or composed merely of "biochemical gears," but rather that we are composed of natural forces that exist all around us. That we are a part of the ecological context of the Earth. This perceptual orientation switches not only how we understand a human being, but how we perceive and treat disease, study a medicinal plant, compound formulas, and...

Duration:00:16:58

Your Next 12 Months Towards Herbal Mastery

1/10/2019
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A new year brings a lot of us to a place of reflection, introspection, and a desire to vision forward into our lives with greater clarity and direction. This is always a critical thing to do in all areas of our lives, and as herbalists, it's good to take a look down our plant path and see what direction we want to move into. This episode is all about creating a strategy to optimize your herbal studies for the next 12 months so that by this time next year, you'll be amazed at the level of...

Duration:01:05:42

An Herbal Formula for an Embarrassing Condition

10/8/2018
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I always like to say that every client you see is a chapter in your experiential book of learning herbal medicine. And that is the very best book you can get to learn about how to use plants effectively. Recently, I was blessed with the opportunity to treat a condition I’d never treated before… hemorrhoids. This can be a bit of an embarrassing condition for people, and they might dance around what’s really going on with them and not outright say it. While I had learned about what...

Duration:00:30:13

Herbal Certification: Necessary or Not?

9/21/2018
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I get asked a lot about whether our programs certify you to become an herbalist. This is a big question in the herbal education world, and it can be a little confusing as there is no singular "herbal certification" out there- the best is really becoming a Registered Herbalist (RH) by the American Herbalist Guild (AHG). Most schools will offer a "certificate of completion" after going through a course. There's a wide range here. I've heard of people becoming a "Certified Master Herbalist"...

Duration:00:14:11

The Practice of Herbal Alchemy: Interview with Robert Bartlett

9/13/2018
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This special issue of the Plant Path explores the tradition and practice of Herbal Alchemy and Spagyrics with world renowned expert on the subject Robert Bartlett. This episode explores the tradition of Alchemy, it's applications in modern herbal pharmacy, the therapeutic effects of spagyrics, and the overall practice of REAL Alchemy. Robert Bartlett is the author of two critically important books on the art and practice of Alchemy: Real Alchemy and The Way of the Crucible. He was the chief...

Duration:01:19:12

Essential Oils vs. Fixed Oils

8/16/2018
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People commonly confuse the term essential oil with infused oils, not realizing they are in fact two different types of extraction. We also have the term herbal oils or aromatic oils, which also contributes to the confusion, as these terms have all been used interchangeable and applied to both essential oils and infused oils. In the modern era of the essential oil craze, many forget to traditional usage of herbs infused into carrier oils to convey their medicinal properties. These forms of...

Duration:00:08:28

The Holistic Properties of Valerian

8/14/2018
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Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is one of those herbs that a lot of people are aware of, especially in regards to its usage as a remedy for sleep. But why does Valerian help us sleep? What are the underlying properties that lend to this popularized usage? And what else can Valerian be used for? In this episode, Sajah explains the holistic properties of Valerian as a nervine hypnotic and potent antispasmodic remedy, with applications reaching beyond just insomnia. You’ll learn about some...

Duration:00:21:09

The Medicine of Water, Food + Herbs from an Indigenous Perspective on Healing - with Chenoa Egawa -

6/28/2018
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Today we're joined by Chenoa Egawa, a Coastal Salish ceremonial leader, singer, speaker, environmental activist and artist. In this episode, Chenoa shares stories and wisdom from her ancestry and life experience to uplift and inspire along the healing path. Chenoa shares her insights on health, wellness and healing through ancestry. She speaks of the healing power of water and food as the first medicines. She shares guidance for how to wildcraft, harvest and work with plant medicines with...

Duration:01:17:22

The Herbal Equation

5/23/2018
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It's easy when you first get started studying herbal medicine to just focus on the plants- after all, that's usually what gets us into herbalism to begin with- we love plants! But the plants are just one half of the "herbal equation." It's one thing to learn everything there is to know about herbs, to harvest them, grow them, and prepare them into medicines, but we have to pull back and remember the entire purpose of working with herbs to begin with: to heal someone. This necessitates that...

Duration:00:10:04

The Human Body: Machine or Ecosystem?

5/16/2018
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Modern biomedicine tends to view the human body like a machine made up of multiple "gears." When something goes wrong, we simply need to fix the broken part. This mechanistic view of the body is significantly different from more traditional perspectives on our anatomy and physiology. Central to the vitalist traditions of herbalism is the perspective that the body is a reflection of the natural world, a microcosm of nature- that it is an ecosystem. The practice of true holistic herbalism is...

Duration:00:14:36

Developing Your Herbal Competence and Confidence

5/2/2018
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As we walk the plant path, there eventually comes a time when we come up against certain blocks that prevent us from reaching that next level in our practice of herbalism. While it's critical that we learn the external skills, strategies, principles and practices to become an herbalist, there is also an internal component to our work as an herbalist that is essential to address. In order to be the greatest herbalist possible, in order to reach the next level in our work with plant...

Duration:00:23:37

Developing Relationships with Botanical Beings - featuring Asia Suler

4/25/2018
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Having a connection to the herbal allies you work with is essential to truly accessing the deepest levels of healing offered by plant medicines. But how do you develop a relationship with these botanical beings? In this episode, Asia Suler shares a guide for connecting to the primordial language of nature where we can learn from our plant allies. This connection to the natural world weaves us back into relationship with life. It opens the gateway to guide us in becoming instruments of...

Duration:01:12:57

Preventative Medicine With Astro-Herbalism

3/13/2018
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One of the main problems with modern medicine isn't just based on the fact that pharmaceutical drugs can often cause more problems than solutions, but rather, it's a problem of philosophy which directly influences the way medicine is practiced. The overarching philosophical approach to modern medicine is based on the treatment of symptoms. It is a system of medicine that has its primary orientation around disease, rather than health. This is one of the unique attributes of "alternative"...

Duration:00:17:33