Ancient Wisdom, Modern Practices

One of my favorite places: The New York Botanical Garden.

One of my favorite projects there: Their thirty year project to discover and study the medicinal plants of Belize in respectful conjunction with local healers.

Here’s the whole story straight from the people who lived it.

PlantWisdom.org did an in depth interview with Rosita about her life and work and you can listen to that here.

The book they’re … Read more

In praise of plantain

The Amazing Golden Thread
Bushcraft on Fire
 
Plantagos, Plantains
Eat the Weeds
 
Common Plantain
Northwest Forager
 
Nature’s Miracle Healer
Rick Van Man
 
Plantain – Anti-bacterial band-aid plant
Wisewoman Tradition
 – Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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Insights from the healing forest

Ethnobotanist and herbalist Rocio Alarcon grew up in the Andean highlands of Ecuador in a family that respected and used plants, depending on them for their daily survival.

As a young adult she received an academic training and then went to the Amazon to conduct her real studies.

In this talk from the excellent YouTube channel Herb TV, she discusses the social dimensions of ayawaska use and other shamanic practices … Read more

The other pharmacy

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Everyone knows (i.e. has been indoctrinated to believe) that when you’re not feeling well you go to the pharmacy for over-the-counter meds.

Or – if you have the time, the money, the patience and a decent doctor – you go to your doctor for a prescription.

While it’s great that these resources are available when needed, there’s a wee bit of a problem with this:

1. In 2010 alone, there … Read more

Small scale urban farming

Lots of people have the dream of farming as a living.

If you feel this in your heart, what’s stopping you?

If your image of farming is owning 20 acres in the country, maybe it’s that image that’s getting in your way.

You can grow, you can make money, and you can get started with a lot less than you think.

Farming is a business and if you go about … Read more

All the leaves of the forest

If you knew the story of all the leaves of the forest, you would know all there is to be known about the gods of Dahomey.

– Dahomean proverb

– Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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The GMO fraud

Although genetic engineering receives disproportionate attention, traditional crop breeders have been more successful at raising yields.

Although genetic engineering receives disproportionate attention, traditional crop breeders have been more successful at raising yields.

Monsanto has succeeded in subverting virtually every mainstream news outlet and academic plant science program in the US. Those it has not bought off, it has terrorized into silence.

Of the handful of legitimate scientists who have published research questioning the safety of GMOs more than one has had their careers ruined by pressures … Read more

Herb Sources

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This is a beginning list. We will add to it as we learn of new reliable sources.

Avena Botanicals

Green Terrestrial
(802) 375-8087

Herbalist and Alchemist

The Herb Wyfe

Jean’s Greens

Jeanne Rose’s Herbal Product

Mountain Rose Herbs

Simpler’s Botanicals

– Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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Remembering Gene Logsdon

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One of our goals for PlantWisdom.org was to do a interview (or three) with farmer/author Gene Logsdon.

Unfortunately before we got to it, Gene passed away after 85 rich years.

Fortunately for all of us, he left us with a lot of writing including over twenty-five books and a fertile weekly blog of nine years (including a post just one week before he passed away.)

What did Gene write about?… Read more

What is herbalism’s proper role?

Herbalism is not science “lite.”

It’s also not an alternative therapy.

It’s a sophisticated healing system unto itself that has played and continues to play an essential role in the care and survival of the human race.

This is a talk that David Hoffman gave to the American Herbalists Guild Symposium in Portland, Oregon on November 5th, 2005.

In it he addresses the subversion of herbalism by Big Business and … Read more