Earthwork Part Two: Herbs for Grounding

by Janet Kent. We talk a lot on this blog about reconnection, the potential for healing of individual, society and environment when we reconnect to the more-than –human world. Here, I want to talk about a kind of reconnection possible wherever we are, the medicine of presence. In this culture of over-stimulation and information overload, … Continue reading Earthwork Part Two: Herbs for Grounding

Emergency! Herbs for Overwhelm and Freakout

                                                              by Janet Kent A few days ago I had to spend a while in a big box store. I do this from time to time without much hassle but this time, no such luck. Something about the bright, bright fluorescent lights and the crowded aisles of holiday shoppers put me in a strange but … Continue reading Emergency! Herbs for Overwhelm and Freakout

Everything Matters: Why this is No Time for Cynicism

by Janet Kent Voices of cynicism under the guise of “reason” inundate us early in life. By cynicism I mean not only the assumption that individuals are acting out of self-interest, but also the belittling of the impact of individual and collective action. When we are children, mostly well-meaning adults advise us not to get … Continue reading Everything Matters: Why this is No Time for Cynicism

Earthwork, Part One: Staying Grounded in Tumultuous Times

by Janet Kent. Our world has become increasingly chaotic. Uncertainty is the rule. For many who live subject to the whims of the current administration, fear and powerlessness have become the dominant emotions.  Arbitrary and cruel executive orders come down from the oligarchs daily, sending shock waves through an already stunned public. News of the … Continue reading Earthwork, Part One: Staying Grounded in Tumultuous Times

Herbalism in an Age of Mass Extinction, Part Two: Ecologically Minded Practice

by Janet Kent Consciousness of the growing stressors wild plant communities face can inform our herbal practice in many ways. There is currently a debate over whether ethical wildcrafting is even possible within the context of environmental catastrophe. I plan to write more on this topic soon, but for now, I will assume that people … Continue reading Herbalism in an Age of Mass Extinction, Part Two: Ecologically Minded Practice

Dark Medicines: On Seeing Patients with “Bad Habits”

by Dave Meesters Faced with a patient who habitually uses certain problematic herbs or substances such as tobacco, coffee, alcohol, cannabis, or harder drugs, most herbalists instinctively frown upon such use, or take a “harm reduction” approach that emphasizes the harm these tools may inflict. More discerning practitioners will pass judgment only if the substance(s) … Continue reading Dark Medicines: On Seeing Patients with “Bad Habits”