51. Maternal Mammalian Ecstasy: The Ancient Hormonal Blueprint for Optimal Birth and Bonding - Sarah Buckley

Through untold eons mammals have evolved a beautiful birth-giving physiology based around a complex cascade of hormones that are released during labor. We give both mother and baby the best chance at a peaceful, ecstatic birth and postpartum period when we remember and respect this ancient dance.

IN THE INTRO:

  • Complex parenting topics: sleep, immunity, birth

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • Sarah’s mainstream doctor grandfather and how she got interested in natural birth

  • The exquisitely designed ancestral/mammalian hormonal blueprint of labor

  • The impact of (unnatural, external) stress on a laboring woman and how it disrupts the optimal hormonal flow

  • Creating optimal conditions for birthing and for bonding

  • The hormonal consequences of bypassing the natural physiological onset of labor (such as by induction or scheduled C-section)

  • How feeling unsafe (at a subconscious, limbic system level) disrupts the flow of birth

  • The irony of how we treat animals in labor v how we treat human women in labor

  • The ecstatic, altered state of mind we enter into during labor

  • What first time mothers need to know but are often not told

  • Fear and mystery in birth

  • The body is designed to transcend the (natural, intrinsic) stress and pain of labor and they play a critical role in bonding

  • The role of vocalization in labor

  • Newborns need placental blood: cord clamping and how our cultural beliefs around that have changed over time

  • What “No hatting, no patting, no chatting” means for the postpartum period

  • Ancestral family sleep and motherbaby biological regulation: the many reasons that co-sleeping is best for babies and the science that backs it up

  • The fascinating phenomenon of some birth attendants being able to smell the moment before the baby is born

LINKS

50. Kneeling to the Earth: Herbalism is Remembering - Rosemary Gladstar

Soft power, honoring our elders, and banishing imposter syndrome by remembering that we’re in service to the earth.

IN THE INTRO:

  • Honoring the lineage of plant healers that led to this podcast

  • Intuitive breast care w/ herbs

  • What every herbalist should know

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • Kneeling to the earth- herbalism isn’t about you, please don’t be afraid to share your voice

  • How Rosemary’s name (which came from her two grandmothers) set her on her path from an early age

  • Plants that carry soft power & the medicine of rosemary (the plant)

  • What Rosemary learned about plant healing from her Armenian grandmother

  • The necessity of recognizing our elders

  • How Rosemary came into teaching herbalism to others during the American herbal renaissance of the 1970s

  • How herbalists seem to come to the same conclusions as one another over and over again, and realizing that it’s because we aren’t figuring new things out but simply stepping back into the ancient human/plant relationship and the knowledge that comes with that

  • The importance of monitoring, conserving, preserving, and cultivating wild plants and how United Plant Savers has changed the face of American herbalism

  • How plants that grow in abundance tend to be super nutritive plants that our ancestors used in daily life as food and medicine, and how rarer plants tend to have more specific medicine and were used more sparingly in acute cases

  • The ongoing Fire Cider controversy and what happens when folks choose trademarks over traditions

  • Life transitions, looking back on Rosemary’s incredible legacy, and looking forward to what’s next

LINKS:

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49. Grieving the Spirits of the Land & Bringing Healing to the Ancestors

Mariee Sioux’s music is medicine for the living and medicine for the dead, a direct portal both to and from the ancestors and the land spirits. In this interview she shares profound stories of hurt, healing, and visions gifted from the otherworld.

IN THE INTRO:

  • Making grief more beautiful and more bearable

  • How to enter the Giveaway of the Grief in Exile album

Songs played during this episode are-

  1. Wild Eyes

  2. Black Snakes

  3. Grief in Exile

  4. Two Tongues

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • Mariee never dreamed she’d be a musician & how that ended up happening

  • Mariee’s connection with her indigenous Mexican and American maternal ancestors and her Hungarian and Polish paternal ancestors

  • Songs pouring through you and the magical process of bringing something into being

  • When the ancestors choose one person in their lineage to drop their stories into

  • Ethnic stereotypes and what people will say to your face

  • Mariee’s work with the Nisenan, the native people of the lands she and I live on, and how growing up here she literally never knew there were remaining tribal members here

  • “I experienced so many spirits on the land that hadn’t been grieved”

  • Some deep medicine stories- how this podcast has changed Mariee’s life (so much interweaving serendipity, since her music opens and closes every episode)

  • How datura embedded into Mariee’s consciousness and how that plant relationship touched her life, even before she’d ever worked with the plant physically

  • The amazing ancestral vision Mariee was gifted that supports the music and voice medicine she carries in this lifetime

  • The different ways that people who come from lineages with unmetabolized grief and trauma [all of us] carry that ancestral inheritance

  • How magic and the synchronicities start showing up once we commit to following our soul calling

  • A digression on the Aquarian archetype

LINKS

Get the PDF transcript of this episode here.

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48. Matriarchy in Action & Ancestor Assisted Birth - Emilee Saldaya

Birth has been systemically taken from us by the powers that be, but each birthing body holds deep knowledge of how to bring forth life. This conversation is part of a much larger cultural remembering of what our ancestors instinctively knew about giving birth and nurturing our babies.

IN THE INTRO:

  • If we're not changing our minds, we're not growing

  • Mammalian birth [mama & mammal & mammary are etymologically related, and there's a reason for that]

  • How the Taoist medicine perspective of how energy moves through the female body explains why everyone wants to be around women

 IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • How Emilee’s radical teenage years led to her work now.

  • Supporting mother’s instincts so that the mother-baby conversation can happen.

  • Birth story: Dolphins(!), their potent medicine, and telepathic connection to birth (I cry).

  • The spectrum of birth experience from beautiful and respectful, to dark and scary.

  • How Emilee’s first hospital birth helped align her with her dharma.

  • Our special likeness to all mammals through hormonal sequencing and our need to birth in a safe, familiar space (the choice of birth location changes the hormones flowing through the body during birth).

  • Ultrasound technology safety and what affects our choices to use it.

  • We are culturally trained to fear birth, and be terrified of death.

  • How Patriarchy & Christianity disempowered birthing women.

  • Fear- allying ourselves with it, rather than struggling to “overcome” it.

  • Holding space for all individual birth experiences while still rejecting The System.

  • Surrogacy, the primal wound, the commodification of bodies, and our bodily sovereignty as women.

  • Staying open and nuanced in complex conversations.

  • Meeting your divinity through birth, and the sacred spirituality of pregnancy.

  • We birth the way we live.

  • We are all descendants of women who birthed at home (like 99.999999999% of our female ancestors). Birth is in our bones.

  • Creating a matriarchal household/family.

  • A freebirth is a birth unhindered, undisturbed, in the support of loved ones, and outside the system that oppresses women and especially women of color.

  • When we align with truth, in our power, we are unshakable.

LINKS:

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45. The Deepest Magic: To Know Yourself, Know Your Ancestors

You come from a long line of healers, midwives, songstresses, herbalists, dancers, birth-givers, artists, and wise folk. 

You are a direct descendent of powerful visionaries and earthwise geniuses, and their ancient knowing resonates today deep in your marrow.

These are not empty platitudes or the wishful thinking of modern spiritual yearners; these statements are genealogical fact.

In this episode I talk about:

  1. Why these statements are true

  2. How knowing our ancestors helps us to know ourselves

  3. 3 ways to connect with your ancestors

LINKS:

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43. A Plant Spirit Healing Story

This is a vulnerable and very personal story of how a plant friend recently stepped in to create a bridge of communication between me and my mother, who died three years ago. It was an unexpected and super meaningful healing message for me, and I switched my podcast release schedule around to share this story. Real magic happens when we cultivate relationships with plants and stay open to messages from the multiverse y'all.

I also talk about synchronicity, dealing with overwhelming grief, and how we can heal with a plant even when it is not physically present in our space or in our body.

Also I cry a lot.

 

Mentioned in this story:

Further reading: My blog post Angelica: Mama Bear of the Spirit Realm (more about Angelica as bear medicine and more about its medicinal properties)

 

Oh and hey I'm currently running a $300 shop giveaway! You can ENTER TO WIN on Facebook or on Instagram

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41. The Dreaming Channel & Remembering Ourselves Home - Toko-pa Turner

We are entitled to a (re)membership with the holy, the never-ending and ever-evolving wisdom of dreams, and guidance on the path of remembering ourselves home.

I forgot to mention this episode's Patreon offering in the intro, but check out the Links section below to access Toko-pa's Dream Recovery Kit ebook, designed for the individual who is feeling estranged from their dreams, this guide will help you cultivate a rich dream life. This kit contains guidance for dream recall, tips for overcoming blocks, exercises for deepening your practice, and ideas for ritual and dream incubation.  

IN THE INTRO:

  • Ancestral Voices, Women's Weariness, & the Illusion of Linear Time

  • Chronic pain

  • Dreamwalking

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • A childhood in exile, a lost community, and finding belonging again

  • Being grabbed by the hair and dragged into the bottomless underworld

  • An incredible story about physical pain, a powerful dream, the grandfather who jumped from a train on the way to Auschwitz, and ancestral healing 

  • Healing is open ended

  • When a family must keep their stories secret in order to survive, and how that silence affects the lineage- "Nothing influences children more than the silent facts in the background" -C.G. Jung

  • The dreaming channel is always open- being in reciprocity with the world behind the world

  • We are literally made of story, and dreams are the original stories

  • Why we should not be down with OPI- Other People's Information

  • Dreams are nature pulsing through us, and incline us toward our unique medicine

  • The multiplicity of our coherence

  • Not all dreams carry equal weight, but there is no such thing as a throwaway dream either

  • Approaching a dream as if it were a wild animal in a forest

  • Heirlooms, the storying of objects, and what we reclaim when we make things by hand

  • To feed the holy that sustains us, give in a way that doesn't require any more taking

  • The meaning of Toko-pa's name (which was given to her at birth)

LINKS:

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40. Ancient Medicine & the Love of the Ancestors - Atava Garcia Swiecicki

We each carry our own unique ancestral medicine, and can (and should!) spend a lifetime uncovering it. A teacher of herbal, folk, and indigenous medicine, Atava is deeply grounded in and a powerful guide through this sacred work.

IN THE INTRO:

  • Synchronicity, mushroom medicine, and the deer dress

  • Herbal Medicine Giveaway

  • Ancestral Apothecary's Student of Color Scholarship Fund- investing in herbal education is investing in the health of your community

  • The Ancestor Song

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • Invocation

  • When an ancestor becomes an ally from the other side

  • How to know when it's really a message from spirit and not just our own projection

  • Food as the one surviving cultural tradition within a family

  • Remembering your indigenous mind

  • How giving time and attention to our roots can heal relationships among the living

  • Ancestral connection and reverence work never ends

  • Healing is in our bones, our blood, our DNA

  • Being witnessed in our stories

  • Remembering that the plants are (literally) our ancestors

  • Using plants to ground deeply when talking about and facing ancestral issues like colonization and slavery- we're never alone as long as we have our plant allies

  • Making space for people of color to explore and reclaim their ancestral medicine 

  • Teaching healing skills so that people can treat those within their own communities and not need saving from elsewhere

  • Herbalists are the grassroots community healers

  • You're going to be a better herbalist and healer if you're rooted in your own ancestral traditions

  • We all come from people who work with plants

  • Love is the basic fundamental vibration that keeps the universe moving- how love and community saw Atava through uterine cancer & remembering to reweave the energy of love back into the healing arts

  • A beautiful death: how the love we give and receive in this life carries us into the realm of the ancestors

LINKS:

Get the PDF transcript of this episode here.

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Photo of me wearing Atava’s dress on the land of Mariee Sioux’s family in 2009 (so young!)

Photo of me wearing Atava’s dress on the land of Mariee Sioux’s family in 2009 (so young!)

38. Healing Our Indigenous European Ancestors - Lyla June

Our task as European-ancestored people, seeing what's been hidden beyond our short-sighted view of history, and why healing isn't possible in the absence of love.

IN THE INTRO:

  • Who gets to claim their ancestors?

  • Healing broken lineages

  • Cultural appropriation & reparations

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • How Lyla, raised to acknowledge only her Native American side, came to understand and honor her indigenous European ancestors

  • What happens when people hate their ancestors (and therefore themselves)

  • Making space for everyone's healing- permission to grieve all the ancestral traumas 

  • Going way back in time to understand colonizer/oppressor actions

  • Lyla's early experiences with sexual abuse, alcohol, and drugs and how they informed her perspective on restorative justice

  • Pilgrimage to the Sacred Motherland of Europe- "These mountains may have lost their people, but that doesn't mean they don't need ceremony"

  • Seeing through the thin wall of time that dominates our understanding of history & remembering that the vast majority of our ancestors lived before cultures and humans got broken

  • Indigenous languages are the sound of the land speaking through the people

  • Love is the only thing worth doing here

  • Where do we go from here? It depends on where we came from

LINKS:

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37. Ancestral Legacies, Lost Cultures, & Personal Mythmaking - Janelle Hardy

The stories that call to us, the ancestors who live in us, the cultures that are lost to us, and so much more...

IN THE INTRO:

  • Self care and energy hygiene for sensitive types

  • Ancestral languages

  • Elderberry magic

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • Making peace with our names, the legacy of patriarchal naming, changing names, prehistoric kinship ties, and pondering how our most ancient ancestors chose names

  • Spectral visitations from the grandfather who died before Janelle was born

  • Rootlessness, and what is lost when people set out on their own and leave their land and people behind

  • How our ancestors live in us, even when we can't claim their culture as our own

  • Language as a gateway to the ancestors

  • Megalithic monuments and the transition from hunting and gathering to farming in Europe

  • Starting a podcast

  • Knowing whose land you're living on

  • The ancient tales we're drawn to

  • Diving deep into embodiment and creativity

  • The profound inner and outer journey of Personal Mythmaking

  • Navigating the world as a Highly Sensitive Person and empath- "I need a lot of self care to be connected to my deep self"

  • Biodynamic craniosacral therapy, somatic experiencing, and other coping mechanisms/self care

  • Chronic trauma responses and nervous system stuckness

  • The more ephemeral cultural transmissions: textiles, fiber arts, music, dance, cooking, etc.

LINKS:

34. Womb Wisdom, Addiction, & the Way of the Wounded Healer - Anja Robinson

IN THE INTRO:

  • Free Handcrafted Healing Herbal Oils online workshop!

  • Evolutionary health, symptoms as adaptations, why there's no such thing as the optimal diet, and why we didn't necessarily evolve to be healthy

  • One of our last remaining collective/ancestral rituals

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • Why to start herbally & nutritionally preparing for your period at ovulation

  • Understanding nutritional needs throughout the menstrual cycle

  • Tracking your period

  • Coffee & chocolate for the cycling woman- good or bad?

  • Iron, blood, oxygen, and women

  • How Anja overcame six years of alcohol and drug abuse and built a healthy, healing life

  • We share our stories of growing up with an alcoholic parent, and of our mothers' deaths, and what it feels like when you get that phone call we all dread

  • A super important but always overlooked perspective on nutrient deficiency in addicts and the role of nutrition in recovery

  • It's never too late to change your path

  • When Anja found out about her German great-grandmother being the town mystic and Tarot reader, and how this ancestor's sensitivity has echoed down through the motherline

  • Food, drink, and herbs for winter nourishment

  • Carminitives: a simple, delicious, and healing class of herbal medicine that you already have in your kitchen

 

LINKS:

BOOKS-

*The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease by Daniel E. Lieberman

*Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler

*Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom by Dr. Christianne Northrup

*Sex, Time, and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution by Leonard Shlain

*The Alphabet Vs the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image by Leonard Shlain

*It's OK That You're Not OK by Megan Devine (and her website Refuge In Grief)

*Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth by Stephen Harrod Buhner

PODCASTS-

*LifeSpa with John Douillard

*Dr. Gabor Mate on Russell Brand's Under the Skin podcast

Past Medicine Stories episodes mentioned-

*8 w/ Stephen Harrod Buhner (sensory gating channels)

*18 w/ Suuzi Hazen (iron, liver, evolution)

*20 w/ Kami McBride (herbalism, oils, menstrual wellness)

*30 w/ Cilla Whatcott (fever, illness, immunity)

MISCELLANEOUS- 

*My video An Herbalist's Perspective on Cold & Flu

*Period Tracker apps

*Dr. Zach Bush

32. Having Cancer, Facing Grief, & Choosing Your Own Healing Path - Tara Coyote

Choosing an unconventional treatment route for a disease that scares us all, what it looks like when you really face your grief, and a beautiful story of ancestral echoes, connections, and healing.

In the Intro:

  • Only you know the healing path that's right for you

  • Defining "alternative medicine" & (yet another) plea for nuanced thinking

  • The metabolic approach to cancer

In the Interview:

  • Meeting at the Death Cafe

  • How Tara came to choose the cancer treatments that she did, and what her protocol looks like

  • Apitherapy: the medicinal properties of bee venom

  • Healing with horses

  • Being embodied during grief and the power of grief rituals 

  • The gifts of a cancer diagnosis

  • Feeling your ancestry in the earth

  • The uncanny echoes between the lives of Tara and the grandmother she never knew, and a discussion of intergenerational trauma and healing

  • Dealing with a major life disruption in the midst of a cancer journey

Show Notes:

31. Word Witchery, the Ancestors, & Tarot - Sanyu Estelle

Why to always work with the ancestors first, diving deep into the meaning of the words we use, and more...

In the Intro:

  • A word about this podcast

  • November Tarot Forecast

  • The best bio ever

In the Interview:

  • The power of words & etymological knowledge

  • Ancestral migratory paths

  • The history of "queer" & being multisexual

  • Sanyu's Belizean and Ugandan roots

  • Why to work with our ancestors first and foremost

  • What it looks like when a genealogy/research nerd pieces together an ancestor's life

  • Placing our forebears in the wider socio-historical context of their times: discovering a great-grandmother's life through understanding colonialism and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade

  • The feeling of being the first generation in a new land 

  • The ancestors & Tarot

  • Being claircognizant 

  • When illness is a spiritually energetic leveling up

  • The interweaving of Christianity and spiritualism

  • Working with dreams

  • Opening yourself to the wisdom & weirdness of the multiverse

  • Naming things collapses possibilities

  • Taoism rules

  • The Plant Alchemy Deck

Links:

SanyuEstelle.com

Life as Ceremony Magazine

My website MythicMedicine.love

Medicine Stories Patreon (podcast bonuses)

The Medicine Stories Facebook group

Take my fun Which Healing Herb is Your Spirit Medicine? quiz

Mythic Medicine on Instagram

Music by Mariee Sioux (from her beautiful song Wild Eyes)

29. Otherworld Openings: When the Ancestors Call

In which I ramble about some of my ancestral resonances, the blocks I've had around exploring parts of my heritage, and what happens when we step through the portal to the Otherworld and let the magic in...

  • When different lineages call- following what pulls me in the moment

  • My deep ancestry in the American south, and the sense of home I feel even though I've never been there

  • Embarrassing confession: my first concert

  • Connecting to our ancestors through music and dance

  • My DNA results, how they've changed over time, and a comparison between the 3 different autosomal tests I've done (Ancestry.com, FamilyTreeDNA, LivingDNA) 

  • The best time to buy a DNA test

  • The 5th great grandparents I just found through Ancestry's cool new feature DNA Circles

  • A killer resource for old books on genealogy & myth/lore

  • Finding the meaning of surnames

  • When the portal to the Otherworld opens

  • A message for you from the archetype of the Seer

   

Links:

My website MythicMedicine.love

Medicine Stories Patreon (podcast bonuses)

The Medicine Stories Facebook group

Take my fun Which Healing Herb is Your Spirit Medicine? quiz

Mythic Medicine on Instagram

Music by Mariee Sioux (from her beautiful song Wild Eyes)

Forgotten Books

Ancestry.com's Surname Origins page

The Wildwood Tarot

My 5th great grandmother, Millie Gilliland, born in North Carolina in 1800

My 5th great grandmother, Millie Gilliland, born in North Carolina in 1800

27. Anti-Racist Genealogical Research (for Everyone) - Darla Antoine

People of color have limited genealogical resources with which to find their ancestors, while people of European descent's ancestors gave up their ethnic identities in order to become "white". Both of these outcomes, which have cut most Americans off from their roots, are a direct result of racism and white supremacy. In this interview we discuss the history of colonialism in America and its effect on ancestral knowledge, and Darla shares tips and considerations for POC engaged in genealogical research and for white folks wishing to make meaningful cultural reparations.

 

In the Intro: 

In the Interview:

  • Genealogy is America's favorite form of ancestral reverence (and the difference between genealogy and ancestry)

  • The story of Darla’s maternal indigenous grandmother and white grandfather

  • The construction of whiteness in early America

  • White bias in DNA tests and considerations for people of color interested in taking a test

  • The history of the One Drop rule for black folk and Blood Quantum for Native Americans

  • Ideas for people with settler ancestry who wish to make cultural reparations

  • Manifest Destiny & how oppressors need to make up myths for why they deserve to oppress people

  • Genealogy research self care ideas for people of color

  • Putting our personal family stories in a larger socio-historical context

  • Project ideas for making something tangible out of your genealogical research

  • Breaking down autosomal, mitochondrial, and Y chromosomal DNA and what those tests show

  • The importance of forming a research question when engaging in genealogical research

Links:

26. Ancestral Reverence as Devotion to the Earth - Daniel Foor

Your body is your ancestor altar, how hungry ghosts affect the living, the earth as the repository of ancestral wisdom, & more...

In the Intro:

  • Cleatus B. Wright , January 20, 1929 - February 27th, 1929

In the Interview:

  • The hunger for our ancestors

  • The story of Daniel's first ancestral connection, and the healing that followed

  • The ancestors are the collective wisdom of our species in all its beauty and trauma

  • Time collapses when in communion with the ancestors

  • Not all of the dead are equally well

  • The deeply embedded alcoholism in my fatherline

  • Addiction as the hunger of the dead moving through the bodies of the living, and the act of taking the substance as a form of ancestral communion

  • There are very few personal problems- a look at unmetabolized ancestral pain and systemic injustice

  • The dead can change

  • Ancestral forgetting as a function of the damage wrought by colonialism

  • We don't arrive at healing by exiling those who commit harm: an approach for white folks wishing to address their slave owning/colonizing/oppressive ancestral legacy (rather than ignoring it or living in perpetual guilt)

  • The role of the ancestors in social and earth justice

  • The interweaving of ritual, genealogical research, and healing

  • Synchronicity

  • They are shaking us awake in the burning house- the growing sense of urgency coming to us from the ancestors at this pivotal point in human history

  • The dead are in the earth, and the ancestors are animating the earth that is our bodies

  • Approaching activism in a more ritual oriented way

  • When a child is a returning of an ancestral lineage, mothering is my main form of ancestral reverence, and remembering that our children are the future ancestors of our further descendants

  • Are souls that die suddenly lost in limbo?

  • I ask Daniel a vulnerable question about my mom, who died in a car accident in November 2015

  • The most important way that we prepare for death is to be ethical and kind

  • Animism: living humans are just one kind of person / coming into relationship with the wider web of being

Links:

24. Plant Spirits & Deep Remembering that Speaks to the Bones - Fay Johnstone

Fay Johnstone is a Shamanic Practitioner, Herbalist and Reiki Master with a passion for helping people and plants grow together. She believes that restoring our sacred relationship with the Earth and connecting to our natural environment, seasons and cycles is essential in order for us to maintain our vitality, health and well being. Fay is the author of the book Plants that Speak Souls that Sing, a guide to transforming your life with the spirit of plants, inspired by Fay's five years as an organic flower and herb farmer. It’s her goal to help us weave nature and enchantment back into our own lives to feel more in harmony with our true nature and sense of self. Fay offers workshops educating on Plant Spirit connection and Earth based ritual and shamanic treatments across the UK, online and from her home in Scotland.

In the Intro:

In the Interview:

  • Returning to an ancestral homeland and taking up ancestral activities

  • Being called by something invisible

  • When something that feels like failure turns out to be a blessing

  • How plants can connect us to the source of creativity

  • Giving ourselves the time and permission for inner exploration and play

  • Bringing enchantment and ritual to our relationship with plants

  • A deeply transformative mugwort medicine story

  • Generational forgetting & shame around using plant medicine

  • A vision/visitation from the great-grandmother that Fay never knew

  • Our bodies carry our stories

  • Meeting the spirit of plants with the breath

  • The benefits of not having a ton of plant knowledge

  • Bypassing the brain to get to the heart

Links:

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20. Herbalism, Menstruation, & Innate Knowing - Kami McBride

In the Intro:

  • My number one herb book

  • My healing pilgrimage to the skull of a blue whale

  • I say somthing that's hard to say

  • Edible & Medicinal Flowers eBook

  • The dark places of the soul & sharing our stories

In the Interview:

  • The strong childhood memory, and teenage crisis, that started Kami on the plant path

  • Recalling the era when being an herbalist was an underground, misunderstood, frowned-upon thing

  • You never know where or when the seeds you plant will sprout

  • Bringing information to the culture so that it can later be mirrored back to our children (or loved ones) by someone other than us

  • Unspoken soul transmissions from the ancestors

  • How to extract ancestral stories from your living relatives (do it now!)

  • What you are seeking is also seeking you

  • We are downloading decades of ancestral information right now & it’s causing information overload- when do we know enough?- an ancestral strategy for simplifying our herb learning

  • You don’t have to know everything, too much information clogs the channels

  • Stepping into power as bleeding women

  • Healing menstrual shame & a look at the learned cultural practices of plugging and drugging (which, in the long run, just repress and create more pain)

  • How your blood & bleeding time reflects your state of health back to you

  • Aligning with the energy of your moon time- enhanced perception, clarity around boundaries, awareness of emotion

  • Menstruation is a truth serum

  • Sensitivity is what’s gonna save us

  • Women, exhaustion, and rest

  • One small change that has dramatically reduced PMS symptoms for many of the women Kami and I know (including me!)

  • Returning to our innate body wisdom

Links:

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19. Reclaiming Kitchen Wisdom & Ancestral Healing - Darla Antoine

Calling in the grandmothers! The more dependent we are on the industrialized food system- and the more entranced we are by diet culture- the further removed we are from our ancestors. Food is a bridge between the land, our bodies, and those whose bodies we come from.

Darla Antoine is a mixed race Okanagan tribal member, ancestral activist and healer, mother and accidental homesteader in the high mountains of Costa Rica. Darla helps mixed-race and mixed-culture seekers become rooted into place and lineage by combining her master's degree in food and culture, ancestral healing and her own experiences as a mixed race woman and expat.

In the Intro:

  • My unexpected, super transformative, podcast hiatus: shingles and a family emergency

  • Fat is love (and an absolutely necessary nutrient for the brain & every single cell in the body)

  • Giveaway!

In the Interview:

  • Ancestry that’s deeply embedded in the land

  • The Grandmother Hypothesis

  • How diet culture keeps us separated from our ancestors

  • Disordered eating & how the fear of fat is pushing us away from what it means to be human

  • To learn about your ancestor’s lives, look below the level of empire (& what that means)

  • Reclaiming kitchen wisdom as an act of resistance against the dominant, patriarchal, industrial food system

  • The medicine that people of mixed race are bringing to the world right now

  • Dreams as guideposts

  • A mythic matriarchal dreamscape

  • Charting serendipity: When you’re in the right story, nothing doesn’t fit

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17. True Holistic Healing: Bridging Plant & Human Consciousness - Sajah Popham

The vital intelligence of nature is the force behind all growth, healing, and renewal, and our work as plant healers deepens greatly when we can match whole plants with whole people living inside the dynamic multiverse of the whole cosmos. 

One of the most common stumbling block upon the path of the budding herbalist is the this-herb-for-that-ailment approach to plant medicine. If you ever catch yourself asking "What's this plant good for?" then this mind blowing episode, and my guest Sajah's FREE online video course (which changed my life forever last year by deepening my understanding of what true healing is), is for you:

 Vitalist Herbalism Mini Course

Sajah Popham, founder of Organic Unity and The School of Evolutionary Herbalism, is a student of the universal truths found within both ancient and modern herbal traditions from around the world. The focus of his work is on integrating ancient teachings for a new paradigm of plant medicine, one that is truly holistic in its honoring of the spirit, energetics, and body of both people and plants. His unique synthesis bridges herbalism not only east and west, but north and south, above and below, into a universal philosophy that encompasses Ayurveda, western alchemy and spagyrics, astrology, clinical herbalism, and modern pharmacology. 

Sajah’s vitalist approach utilizes plants not only for physiological healing and rejuvenation, but for the evolution of consciousness, for a truly holistic practice of plant medicine. Sajah’s teachings embody a heartfelt respect, honor and reverence for the vast intelligence of plants in a way that empowers us to look deeper into the nature of our medicines and ourselves. He lives in southern Oregon with his wife Whitney where he teaches at his school, makes spagyric medicines, and practices his art.

In the Intro:

  • The way in which most of us (including me) are called to the plant path

  • It's time to remember who we are

  • The multidimensional medicine of Calendula

  • What I do when I want to remember new information forever

  • How understanding the ancient idea of vitalism changed my approach to plant healing

In the Interview:

  • The real definition of holistic medicine (it's probably not what you think it is)

  • Approaching plant relationships the way we approach human relationships

  • Why a balanced approach to herbal learning includes intellect, intuition, science, tradition, personal experience, and the experiences of others

  • The best way to get to know a plant

  • The two words that Sajah saw in a newspaper while clearing tables at a coffee shop job and how they changed his life forever

  • The role synchronicity played in introducing Sajah to one of his most beloved plant allies

  • Alchemy- the wholeness of the plant and the wholeness of the person integrated into the wholeness of the cosmos, and the importance using plants for the psyche and spirit as well as for the physical

  • Mythic astrology, the archetypes of the zodiac, and plants as bridges connecting our internal microcosm to the celestial macrocosm

  • Lung herbs and grief

  • Ancient ancestral resonances and the memory we carry in our DNA

  • The vitalist approach to herbalism- “something that is created by the whole is going to be more intelligent than something created by the part”

  • Plants mentioned include oregon grape root, devils club, wood betony, ceanothus, osha, and mullein

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