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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

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...

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...

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

Astrological Principles and Practice with Adam Sommer

3/7/2018
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In this special issue of The Plant Path, Sajah interviews Adam Sommer, founder of the Exploring Astrology podcast and practicing astrologer for over 10 years. In this interview Adam and Sajah explore the fundamental principles behind a holistic astrological practice and how astrology can be used as a powerful tool for healing. Be sure to subscribe to Adam's podcast here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/exploring-astrology-podcast/id413880792?mt=2 And check out his apprenticeship and...

Duration:01:07:42

The Only Way I Could Learn Astrology...

3/4/2018
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Alright... I confess!! I really struggled with learning astrology when I first started. I couldn't figure out what was wrong with me! I'd read about a planet or a sign of the zodiac and afterwards wouldn't be able to remember anything about it. It was like in one ear out the other. I thought maybe I wasn't smart enough, couldn't understand it, it was over my head, or that I just wasn't meant to be an astrologer... Until I started to study medical astrology and began to directly see the...

Duration:00:22:15

The Best Psychological Model For Herbalists

2/27/2018
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One of the critical elements of the new paradigm of plant medicine is that there are more and more practitioners are incorporating the psychological, emotional and spiritual levels of being in their clinical work. I think this is an essential component of healing that cannot be overlooked, especially if we want to be holistic practitioners- for we are not just our bodies, and indeed, our psyche and soul directly influence the nature of our physiology. After interacting with thousands of...

Duration:00:14:54

Potentizing Your Herbal Medicine With Astrology

2/19/2018
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In order to be an effective herbalist, you have to of course, know your medicines inside and out- you must know them holistically. You have to also know how to properly assess the individual asking you for help, know how to ask them the right questions and assess them holistically to determine the root cause of the issue they are having. But from there, you have to hand them an herbal preparation that is going to work on the wholeness of their being, one that will be potent and...

Duration:00:22:14

The Power of Medical Astrology- Interview with Judith Hill

2/14/2018
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Medical Astrology provides an incredibly precise and in depth tool the herbalist can use to understand people holistically as well as the true nature of medicinal plants. In this interview, renowned medical astrologer Judith Hill discusses the core principles of Medical Astrology, how it can be integrated into your herbal practice, and the unique ways it bridges physiology, psychology and the soul. Judith Hill is an award winning author of ten books including Medical Astrology: A Guide...

Duration:01:14:50

Plant Medicine Through the Wheel of the Year: Imbolc - featuring Darcey Blue

2/6/2018
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Today we’re joined by Southwest herbalist Darcey Blue for a special Imbolc episode. In this episode, we discuss the potency of this sacred time of year and how to align with the energies that are coming alive right now. Upon this threshold between late winter & early spring, is the time where seeds are beginning to stir within the belly of the Earth Mother. In this fast paced modern world where our lives run on a different kind of clock & calendar than the rest of nature, it's easy to...

Duration:00:59:39

Plants, Planets and Evolutionary Medicine

2/2/2018
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The synergy of astrology and herbalism provides a truly holistic framework that unites the physiology, psychology and soul of the person, with the physical, energetic and spiritual properties of plants. The result of this synergy gives us as herbalists the ability to attend to every layer of the human organism through the power of the holistic plant- especially when the plants are prepared according to the tradition of Alchemy. Each planetary force represents a spectrum of potential...

Duration:00:18:01

Entheogenic Plants, The Quintessence and Energetic Architecture

1/31/2018
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This week I’ve been writing about what I refer to as the Energetic Architecture of nature, which are the fundamental underlying patterns of life expressed throughout a broad spectrum of medical and spiritual traditions from across the world. One of the primary patterns of Energetic Architecture is the 5 Elements of nature: Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Ether. In section II of my upcoming book, Evolutionary Herbalism, I’ve been exploring these principles and their vast spectrum of...

Duration:00:28:31

Evolutionary Herbalism: The Book

1/24/2018
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While I’ve been writing this week, I thought you might be interested to hear about the things I’m studying and sharing in the current chapters I’m working on. So I decided to bring you along on the journey with me as I’m creating this book. Here’s the first podcast in the series that I’ll be sharing throughout the next 5 months of writing the book: Evolutionary Herbalism. ———————————— CONNECT WITH SAJAH AND WHITNEY ———————————— To get free in depth mini-courses and videos, visit our...

Duration:00:37:40

The Calling to the Plant Path

12/15/2017
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Each one of us has a story of how we ended up walking the plant path. Many stories I’ve heard have been a mixture of a dark night of the soul kind of healing crisis - meets - falling head over heels into the world of herbalism kind of love story with plants. Though each herbalist has their own tale to tell, there’s one thing we most likely have in common - there was a pivotal moment where a plant touched something deep within that awakened the calling to share their healing medicine with...

Duration:00:27:36

Fire: The Primary Element of Transformation

11/1/2017
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The Fire Element in the Alchemical Tradition is said to be the most important force- for it is the primary Element of transformation. The alchemists saw Fire as the terrestrial, or Earthly manifestation of the Sun, which is responsible for all changes and transformation in nature- from the turning of the seasons to the growth cycles of plants. This innate transformational property of the Sun is contained within plants which is released as the heat and light of Fire, which is what is used...

Duration:00:26:11

The Art of Distillation

10/25/2017
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Distillation is one of the primary alchemical processes used in the production of true spagyric extracts. The 2 primary methods of distillation used are for essential oils, which extracts the Sulfur (Soul) of the plant, as well as for alcohol, which extracts the Mercury (Spirit) of the plant. This episode shares some more detail around the deeper meaning and symbolism of distillation as a critical method of creating transformational forms of herbal extracts. Get our FREE mini-course on the...

Duration:00:29:55