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.
We have learned in this pandemic that essential items including medicinal herbs can quickly disappear from grocery stores. A good way to ensure that we have access to herbs that we need is to start growing our own medicine.
I started this page to offer resources to people who are interested in deepening their relationships with medicinal plants and in learning history of how plants have supported people’s reslience.
The key is building relationships with plants. We must decolonize our way of thinking about plants. They are not objects or commodities. Plants are our relatives. They are our elders. They are living beings with vast intelligence and capabilities.
Dear beloved plant friends,
For your unconditional love
For always sharing with me
For always offering your support
For continuing to help us humans
Even when we’ve forgotten how to respect you.
We are honored that Ancestral Apothecary has been chosen to receive the Victoria Fortner Award in Diversity, Inclusion and Equity from the American Herbalist Guild that recognizes “outstanding accomplishments in the field of professional herbalism that address the health care needs of diverse communities.” I am grateful for our incredible teachers and students who shape our learning and healing community. We’ll be attending the American Herbalist Guild’s Symposium in October to accept this award. Hope to see you there! https://www.americanherbalistsguild.com/victoria-fortner-award-diversity-equity-and-inclusion
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 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.
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