Herb Walks with Rosita Arvigo

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 … Read more

Plant Wisdom talks with LearnYourLand.com

In the woods with Adam Haritan

A deep dive into the eastern woods

Plant Wisdom talks with Adam Haritan of LearnYourLand.com

You can 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 … Read more

“The Ingenious Botanist in the Mountains of Tajikistan”

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 … Read more

The Incredible Neem Tree

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, … Read more

Warning: Essential oils are NOT risk-free

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 … Read more

Discovering a sacred tradition

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.

Click here for an in depth interview with Eliot Cowan

– Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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Foraging & Feasting with Dina Falconi


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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 … Read more

Plant Spirit Medicine

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 … Read more

Juliette de Bairacli Levy

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 … Read more