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 and reveals the essential role,  often ignored by researchers,  women play in the cultures that work with these plants.

Here’s Part Two of the talk and an interview Rosemary Gladstone did with her. Enjoy!

– Ken McCarthy