This year, as spring comes, I am recognizing plant friends everywhere. Small chickweed flowers surround a sidewalk tree on my street. The feathery leaves of California golden poppy, not yet in bloom, catch my eye by the side of a road. In a park, I spot the leaves of yarrow, also feathery, but in a different way from California poppy. Walking an urban park trail, I see what I think is cleavers, and touch it just to be sure. Another plant, woodruff, looks enough like cleavers to be mistaken for it by… Read More
This class will focus on building our relationship with our herbal allies. Each class will focus in-depth on one or more herbal medicines and we will learn how they work both physically and energetically . We will learn recipes and other ways to incorporate the plants into our lives.
In these turbulent times, when I’ve lost faith in humankind, I turn to the plants. The plants love us unconditionally and have been helping humans since the beginning of time. They provide us food, shelter, clothing, medicine, spiritual guidance and beauty. They give us life every moment we breathe and take in their oxygen. Thankfully, the plants have not given up on humanity yet. They continue to support us on many levels. This post is dedicated to our Herbal Allies and sharing how we can build stronger relationships with them. What is an… Read More
Adaptogens are some of our best herbal allies to help ourselves cope with chronic stress. Adaptogens are herbs that help increase the body’s ability to adapt to all kinds of stressors: physical, emotional, environmental, social, and biological. Adaptogens help build the body’s resistance and reliance to stress by supporting the nervous, immune and endocrine systems. They help to increase the body’s strength, stamina, vitality and immunity. Many adaptogens have been considered supreme herbal tonics in the cultural systems from which they come. For example, reishi mushroom was considered in ancient China to… Read More
Herbal nervines are herbs that support, strengthen and nourish the nervous system. They can help with stress, shock, tension, pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia and other nervous systems disorders. Nervines are great herbal allies to support our bodies during acute or chronic stress. They also help the body, mind and heart to heal from stress and trauma.
By Atava Garcia Swiecicki, MA, RH (AHG) Here at Ancestral Apothecary two of our favorite subjects to explore are medicinal plants and healing dreams. As an herbalist and a dreamer, it has been thrilling for me to discover the ways in which the world of plants and the world of dreams intersect. I have trained myself and my students and clients to pay close attention to a plant that shows up in a dream. Plants that appear in dreams can be prescriptive, instructive or even direct transmitters of healing energy. Plant communication… Read More
Our healing gifts and talents are not limited to what we do while we are awake. Every night, each of us has a chance to tune into our dreams and develop our capacity to be a dreamer. Everyone’s dream medicine is unique.
European elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a time-honored folk remedy for good health. Elderberries have traditionally been made into wine, brandy and cordials. Folks made their elderberry medicine in the late summer and sipped it throughout the winter. Recently, science has discovered that elderberries protect the cell wall against viral attack. That means they can help to protect your body against any virus, including H1N1. A species of Elderberry, sambucus mexicana, is native to California. I planted an elderberry tree in my yard four years ago. This year my tree is giving me… Read More