Herbal Allies, An Introduction to Herbal Medicine

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’ll learn recipes & other ways to incorporate the plants into our lives.

Herbal Allies for Stress and Trauma

Gracias a todxs, thank you to all who joined us for our Herbal Allies for Stress and Trauma. We (Batul and Atava) enjoyed talking about our favorite herbal allies. Plants we covered included chamomile, passionflower, lemon balm, pericón, cempazuchitl, scullcap, CA poppy, lavendar, rose, reishi and ashwaganda.

Self-Care as a Political Act

“In the East Bay, women of color and queer people are making alternative health-care practices accessible and culturally relevant to their communities — as well as a key part of their activism.”

Ancestral Apothecary featured on Bespoken Bones Podcast

We were honored to be invited to be interviewed for Pavani Moray’s Bespoken Bones Podcast, “ancestors on the crossroads of magic, sex and science.”  We talked about ancestral healing and plants as ancestors. Check out the episode with Atava Garcia Swiecicki, Ancestral Apothecary founder here: http://bespokenbones.com/episode-009-plants-are-our-ancestors/ Please also check out all the other great interviews as well: http://bespokenbones.com/  

My Solstice Hope

I am grateful to be part of a circle of healers dedicated to healing themselves, their communities, their ancestors and the earth. And this circle is growing and getting stronger.

Support from our Herbal Allies

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

Herbal Support for Stress and Trauma, Part 1: Nervines

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.

Tips to Connect to your Dream Medicine

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.

Featured Class: Herbal Allies

Over ten years ago, I developed the first version of Herbal Allies with a class called Plants as Spiritual Allies.  Modern herbalism often focuses on the physical healing qualities of plants and I wanted to create an herbal class that gave space to learning the emotional and spiritual healing properties of plants. From an indigenous science perspective, plants are not only alive, but they also have spirit and intelligence.  As modern people, we have much to learn from our plant relatives.  The first step for many of us is learning how to… Read More