Hello All Plant Lovers,
Our first Herb Walk will be on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 6:30 – 8:00 PM. We will meet at the Illinois Prairie Trail at Westmore-Myers Rd and North Broadway in Lombard, IL There is a parking lot within several feet of where the trail begins.
This is a rain or shine event….barring tornadoes. If you are late, look for us down the trail or alongside …
In the woods with Adam Haritan
VIDEO A deep dive into the eastern woods
Plant Wisdom talks with Adam Haritan of LearnYourLand.com
click here to see Adam’s growing library of videos.
My hope: That people all over the world see these videos and some are inspired create ones of similar quality and depth.
If you’re an Eastern Woodlands person, they will amplify your love and appreciation of where …
"Weeds", Botany, Education, Ethnobotany, Food, Fungi, Interviews, Medicine, Mind, Resources, Videos
A mediation on human dignity.
A short documentary on the daily life of a botanist in the mountains of Tajikistan.
Not a whole lot of specific plant information, but insight into the soul of a plant lover and a look at the rich plant life in an environment you don’t expect to find much.
It’s also a portrait and reminder of what human life is like away from our overdone …
Ken McCarthy interviews Klaus Ferlow, master herbalist and leading North American advocate of sturdy, fast-growing, versatile Neem tree.
Called “arista” in Sanskrit, it means “perfect, complete, imperishable.” It’s also known in India as the “village pharmacy.”
The neem tree grows rapidly, even under challenging desert conditions, anywhere where there is no frost.
The leaves, flower, twigs, bark, roots, oil, and oil cake are all useful.
Uses include: non-toxic pesticide, …
A while back, I wrote about the “commercially inspired over-enthusiasm” for essential oils.
In response, I received a flood of vociferous hate mail.
Hate mail to PlantWisdom.org? Yup. That’s part of the word we live in.
Unfortunately, most of what appears online and elsewhere about essential oils comes from people who manufacture and sell them.
That said if you dig even a little – Google: “essential oil dangers” – you’ll …
In my article about
I pointed out that some people have an allergy to echinacea and they need to search out alternatives. the effectiveness of echinacea as a temporary immune booster
How do you know if you have an echinacea allergy?
There are two ways:
1. Do you have a ragweed allergy?
If you do, you may also have an allergic reaction to echinacea.
Ragwood and echinacea are members …
Eliot Cowan, author of “Plant Spirit Medicine”, shares the story of how he discovered his calling to become a medicine person in the Huichol shamanic tradition.
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an in depth interview with Eliot Cowan
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The ideal introduction to plants, herbs and “weeds” would be to have a grandmother (or grandfather) take us by the hand through the fields and woods from an early age.
In these “modern” times, few of us have that experience. Our guest on this installment of PlantWisdom.org, Dina Falcone, certainly didn’t.
Dina grew up in New York City’s East Village in the 1970s, an urban …
What are plants?
Dumb bundles of cellulose that exist merely to do our bidding?
Sophisticated bio-chemical factories that are the source of countless medicines – and medicines to come?
How about this?
“Plants know us and love us as grandchildren.”
What is a grandparent?
Someone older than you…someone related to you…someone who cares about your well-being…someone in a position to help you in profound ways.
Carlos Castaneda (1925-1998) in his …
Juliette de Bairacli Levy was born in Manchester, England in 1912.
After studying veterinary medicine at the University of Manchester, she decided to spend her life traveling the world studying the herbal healing practices of people in Mexico, France, Spain, England, Portugal, Greece, Israel, Turkey, Algeria, and French and Spanish Morocco.
Her research was particularly valuable because she gathered much of her knowledge in the era before the widespread use …