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  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    Serenity Medicine to Remove Trauma

    by Susun Weed



    For relieving both acute and chronic trauma.
    excerpt from Abundantly Well: Seven Medicines


    A woman injured in a car accident 25 years previously
    found it relieved her chronic pain.

    Someone who fell off a cliff remembered to do this
    and walked away without a bruise.

    Repeat as often as desired.

    ~ Sit comfortably, with your back supported and upright.
    ~ Relax more and more with each breath. Be at ease. Sink.
    ~ Let go of your belly, your jaw, your throat. Relax more and more deeply with each breath. Be embraced.
    ~ Trust the breath. It is breathing you. Relinquish control.
    ~ Do nothing. Be vast. Be spacious.
    ~ Allow your mind to be open and soft. Recall the incident that traumatized you.
    ~Focus on the impact. Remember the contact. The hard part.
    ~ Then, say: “I am made of atoms. Everything is made of atoms. Atoms are mostly empty space.
    ~ Emptiness impacted emptiness. Nothing hit nothing. Spaciousness invaded spaciousness.
    ~ I am untouched.

    “I am spacious. I am serene. I am empty. I am spaciousness breathing spaciousness.
    I am breath arising from nothing, and returning to nothing.
    I am the vast open space of Nothing.”

    Breath arises and passes away. Thoughts arise and pass away.
    Sensations arise and pass away. Emotions arise and pass away.
    Life itself arises and passes away.
    Breathing in and breathing out. Arising and passing away.
    Arising out of emptiness and passing into emptiness. Alive with emptiness.
    When you are ready, stretch, yawn, and sigh.
    Open your eyes.
    Say your name out loud. Reenter the world.

    excerpt from Abundantly Well: Seven Medicines

  • Tuesday, April 06, 2021 9:13 PM | Anonymous

    Anemia Prevention Brew
    excerpt from: Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year

    ½ ounce dried Nettle leaves

    ½ ounce dried Parsley leaves

    ½ ounce dried Comfrey leaves

    ½ ounce dried Yellow Dock root

    ¼ ounce dried Peppermint leaves


    Measure herbs and put them into a glass half-gallon juice jar.
    Pour boiling water in until the jar is totally full; cover tightly.
    Steep for at least eight hours.
    This brew contains three excellent sources of iron: Nettle, Parsley, and Yellow Dock.
    It provides folic acid from the Parsley and vitamin B12 from the Comfrey.
    The green herbs all contribute vitamin C which aids iron absorption.
    The Mint makes it tasty.
    Drink freely, up to four cups a day , for one week each month.
    excerpt from: Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year

  • Tuesday, March 23, 2021 2:09 PM | Anonymous

    Tis the time for spring cleanses.

    Seems like everywhere you look, there are ads for cleanses. So Heroic!
    The Wise Woman Way nourishes, rather than getting rid of things. We add, trusting the new to push out the old.

    But what if there is so much old, so much old trauma, that there is no room for the new? Isn’t that the idea behind cleansing? With that in mind, I offer these spring cleanses, to make room for spring renewal.

    Eliminate the news. Stop drinking water. And toss the oil.

    Eliminate the News.
    Stop watching the news, stop reading the news, stop looking at the news. There is endless tragedy and strife between and among life forms. There is also endless joy. The news focuses on the tragedy and strife, according to one Buddhist wit, because we expect goodness, so we must report on the bad. It is not necessary to know the details to send kindness and compassion to all of life. When you eliminate the news, you open up the space for the joy of life. Focus on gratitude and delight in life.

    Eliminate the Water.
    While it is true that we are mostly water, every one of your watery cells is surrounded by fat. As you know, water and fat do not mix easily, so drinking water does little to hydrate the cells. Cells are designed to take in nutrient-rich liquids. Nourishing herbal infusions are nutrient dense, thus they hydrate infinitely better than plain water. Contrary to popular belief, water brewed with coffee, which is an herb, is more hydrating than plain water, and that is also true for water brewed with black tea, green tea, tea twigs, and herbs. Drink nourishing herbal infusion every day.

    Eliminate the Oils.
    Every cell in your body is surrounded by a protective film of lipids (fat). Your brain is mostly fat, including large amounts of cholesterol. Your hormones are specialized forms of fats. Just as the liquids we consume have a dramatic impact on our health, the fats we choose and use have an impact on our ability to thrive and enjoy life. (Studies show that the most hydrating liquid is full-fat milk.)

    The worst oil in your life is essential oil. Essential oils are drugs, and, as such, have their place as anti-infectives. But you wouldn’t brush your teeth with antibiotics nor burn them to “cleanse” the air, and these aren’t good uses for essential oils either. Replace all products containing essential oils with your own herbal products.  Use yarrow tincture on your toothbrush. Choose unscented beauty products. Give any essentials oils that you have to someone else.

    Sally Fallon reminds us (in “The Oiling of America”) that, with the exception of olive oil, humans have traditionally not used oils in their diets. Our primary fats are the fat we are: animal fat (yup, we are animals). The case for animal fats, including butter, eggs, full-fat yogurt and cheese, fatty fish and meats (organic or wild when possible, grass-fed meat and dairy absolutely) is a strong one and growing stronger each year. Eat less oil, and more animal fat, for a healthier cardio-vascular system, sturdier blood sugar, sharper mental functioning, stabilized moods, and more.

    Green blessings
    Spring Equinox 2021

  • Tuesday, March 09, 2021 3:47 PM | Anonymous

    Slippery Elm Balls

    No photo description available.

    * Combine slippery elm powder and honey.
    * Roll into balls about the size of a hazelnut.
    * Roll balls in slippery elm powder to coat.
    * Store in a metal tin.
    * They stay good for a long, long time, maybe decades.

    Slippery elm balls are great for digestion.

    Slippery elm is so safe that you can dissolve a ball in your mouth as often as you want, any time you feel any distress. If you’re working with an ongoing condition, at least two a day is good.
    Slippery elm restores the lining of the intestines, prevents any agents within the body from disturbing the intestines, and neutralizes any poisons that are present in or around the intestines.

  • Wednesday, March 03, 2021 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    Anemia  Prevention  Brew
    by Susun Weed
    excerpt from: Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year

    ½   ounce  dried  Nettle  leaves
    ½   ounce  dried  Parsley   leaves
    ½   ounce  dried  Comfrey  leaves
    ½   ounce  dried  Yellow  Dock  root
    ¼  ounce  dried  Peppermint  leaves

    Measure herbs and put them into a glass half-gallon juice jar.  
    Pour boiling water in until the jar is totally full; cover tightly.  
    Steep for  at least eight hours.

    This brew contains three excellent sources of iron: Nettle, Parsley, and  Yellow Dock.
    It provides folic acid from the Parsley and vitamin B12  from the Comfrey.  
    The green herbs all contribute vitamin C which aids iron absorption.  
    The Mint makes it  tasty.
    Drink  freely,  up to four cups a day , for one week each month.

    excerpt from: Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year

  • Wednesday, March 03, 2021 3:39 PM | Anonymous

    You Can Have a Green Ally!
    by Susun Weed

    Herbal medicine is people's medicine. So why don't more people use it? Because it can seem complicated and scary, for starters. That's the reason I urge you to use herbal medicine simply -- one herb at a time. And that's a good reason to have a green ally: one plant that teaches you the fundamental principals of herbal medicine.

    Herbal medicine is spirit medicine as well as body medicine. Our green allies tend our souls along with our sores. So why don't more books and courses talk about plant spirits? Or, if they do, why do they divorce it from herbal medicine? Because its not something that is easily written or even talked about. You have to connect with the devas and fairies yourself. And that's a good reason to have a green ally: one plant that opens you and guides you into the realms of green blessings.

    Herbal medicine is broad, deep, wide, timeless. It takes seven lifetimes to become an herbalist. Take the time this year to develop a relationship with one special plant: a green ally. How?

    Choose a plant that grows very near to you. . . no more than a one-minute walk from your door. You don't need to know the name of the plant, or anything about it. You will be sitting with your plant every day, so, if possible, choose one that grows in a quiet and lovely place . . . in a pot on your balcony is just fine . . . in a park is great . . . so is an alley. . . or a backyard.
    You can read about the plant you've chosen if you do know the name, but it isn't necessary. The point is to develop a special caring, nurturing, relationship with your green ally. The following six exercises can help you do this. They are from my correspondence course: ABC of Herbalism with Susun Weed, which focuses on ways to prepare and use 52 herbs and herbs for dealing with more than 20 health concerns. I also offer a year-long Green Ally Correspondence Course. For more information on my other correspondence courses visit me at Wise Woman School.

    First green ally exercise: Sit and breathe with your green ally for 3-10 minutes a day. You breathe out and the plant breathes in; the plant breathes out and you breathe in.

    Second green ally exercise: Make a detailed drawing of your green ally, as accurate as you can make it. Then do a soft-focus, impressionistic drawing of your green ally. When the weather is too inclement to breathe with your green ally, breathe with your green ally's picture.

    Third green ally exercise: What part of your green ally is usually used? Are other parts helpful? Experiment by making several small tinctures, oils, and vinegars of the different parts of your plant. Ask to plant to help you discover new ways to use her.

    Fourth green ally exercise: Observe the conditions that your green ally chooses to live in. Does your ally grow near to people (to be used) or far from them (to be left alone)? In a shady spot (cool) or a sunny one (warm)? In a wet area (moist) or an arid one (dry)? In rich soil or poor soil? Plants make alkaloids and glycosides in rich soils; resins and essential oils in poor soils.

    Fifth green ally exercise: Write a story from the point of view of your green ally. Let your ally speak to you and through you. Listen for the voice of your ally in your dreams, in your day dreams, in your mind. Write down what she says.

    If this is hard, try writing with a pen instead of on a computer; or try writing with your non-dominant hand. A warm-up exercise given to me by Jean Houston is to first write a page of praise of your ally, tell your ally how wonderful she is, and how much you like her.

    Final green ally exercise: Introduce one or more friends to your green ally. Tell them what you know, what you feel, and what you think about your ally. If it is edible, feed them some.

    green blessings,


    Study with Susun Weed in the convenience of your home! Choose from correspondence and online courses. Learn more here!

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021 3:13 PM | Anonymous
    Ginger Compress

    by Susun Weed

    Easy, effective, inexpensive, pain-relieving, and anti-inflammatory

    Excerpt from Breast Cancer? Breast Health! the Wise Woman Way.

    • Grate 5 ounces/140 grams of fresh ginger root onto a clean piece of cloth. (I use an old cloth napkin, a handkerchief, a kitchen towel, or a clean diaper.)
    • Gather the ends of the cloth together and secure them with a piece of string or a rubber band.
    • Put the bundle into a pan with 2 quarts/2 liters water and heat to 158°F/70 °C.


    Boiling will destroy much of the value of the ginger, so if you don't have a thermometer, heat only until you see bubbles forming on the bottom of the pan.

    • Keep a low flame under the pot until the water turns a pale yellow, 5-15 minutes.
    • Pull the bundle out of the water, and squeeze or press it to extract all its liquid. (Add to pan.)
    • Soak a small towel in the hot ginger liquid. Wring it out. (This is hard to do; your hands will get red and hot.)


    When you apply the hot wet towel, the skin will redden and there will be an intense sensation of heat, but you shouldn't be in pain.

    Cover the compress with layers of towels to retain the heat.

    When it cools, remove it, soak it again in the hot ginger water, and reapply. Continue until the skin gets very red and warm. Repeat morning and night.

    If there is no active infection, the towel and ginger water can be used over and over again.

    If fresh ginger is not available, dried ginger may be used, but will not be as effective.

    Fresh turmeric may be substituted for fresh ginger, but it stains everything.


    Excerpt from Breast Cancer? Breast Health! the Wise Woman Way.

  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021 3:21 PM | Anonymous

    Honey ~ Ancient Herbal Medicine
    by Susun Weed

    Simple, common honey is one of the most ancient of herbal medicines and a great ally to a healthy heart. This is in direct contrast to refined white sugar, which many believe is a cause of heart and blood vessel disease.

    Honey is a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial agent. Studies have found that regular consumption of honey decreases cholesterol, lowers HDL, reduces homocysteine, and even brings down C-reactive protein. Honey increases the benefits derived from fermented foods and aids in absorption of calcium as well. (Calcium helps muscles, like the heart, not just the bones.)

    An enzyme in bee saliva converts flower nectar to honey. The darker the honey, the more powerful the effects. And one of the very best ways to increase the medicinal activity of honey is to pour it over aromatic herbs and let them steep together for a while.

    In the photograph you can see part of my shelf of medicinal honeys: sage, rosemary, marjoram, dandelion blossom, shiso, mints of all types, lemon balm. A spoonful in a cup of hot water and you have an instant remedy for sore throat, coughs, and mild colds.

    If you live where it is warm, make some medicinal honey today. Just cut any edible aromatic herb fine, stuff a jar full and fill the jar to the top with honey. I poke mine with a chopstick to be certain the honey has gone all the way to the bottom. Check the next day and add more honey if need be.

    If you live where it is cold, perhaps you have a rosemary or a sage plant overwintering in your house. If you do, they would love a trim about now. It will jump start new growth. Just use the trimmings to make your medicinal honey.

    In a placebo-controlled trial, the coughs of children who received honey were relieved twice as fast as those who received the most common over-the-counter medication for coughs. (The placebo group got well at about the same rate as those receiving the OTC cough syrup.)

  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021 6:25 PM | Anonymous

    Natural Health and Healing in the
    Wise Woman Tradition
    By Susun Weed

    The Wise Woman tradition is invisible. Without healers, without diseases, without cures, without certificates, without guarantees, it exists. It has no rules, no right answers, no promise of life eternal. The Wise Woman tradition is a spiral of uniqueness, everchanging, like a woman, steeped in and rising out of the blood mysteries, the wisdom of womb-ones, the knowledge of those who hold their blood inside.

    The Wise Woman tradition honors the ordinary and avoids the exotic, works simply and steers clear of complication, accepts failure, chaos, and the eternal void with humor instead of fear and dread. The Wise Woman tradition is compassionate and heart- centered. It honors the Earth. It is local and ecological and urges us to use our dooryard weeds instead of the latest miracle herb from far away.

    The Wise Woman tradition maintains that health is best defined as flexibility and that deviations from normal (that is, problems) offer us an opportunity to reintegrate parts of ourselves that we have cast out, emerging healed/wholed/holy. Illness is understood as an integral part of life and self-growth, with healer, patient and nature as co-participants in the healing process.

    This is in marked contrast to other traditions of healing. In the Scientific tradition the doctor is highly visible and the patient is reduced to a body part or a disease designation. In the Heroic or Holistic tradition, the healer is the one who knows the right way to do things and the patient must follow the rules in order to get well. Most so-called alternative medicine comes from Heroic traditions, which emphasize fasting, purification, colonic cleansing, rigid dietary rules, and the use of rare botanicals in complicated formulae. Metaphysical healing also is applied that way: It views illness as a failure rather than a natural and potentially constructive process.

    The Wise Woman Tradition reminds us that wellness and illness are not polarities. They are part of the continuum of life. We are constantly renewing ourselves, cell by cell, second by second, every minute of our lives. Problems, by their very nature, can facilitate deep spiritual and symbolic renewal, leading us naturally into expanded, more complete ways of thinking about and experiencing ourselves.

    The Wise Woman Tradition encourages us to work towards good health from the inside out. And to remember that our healing choices influence not only ourselves but the entire planet.

    Month One * Waiting * Arctium lappa

    In the darkness, there is waiting. Underneath, the roots hold firm. Dare you reach down? To dig deep, deeper, yet deeper, until you grow weary, fingernails broken, anointed by your own sweat? If you do, if you persevere, you will reach her. Your fingertips will caress her cool rough black skin. Honor her power, ask for her help. You will hear her answer, feel her as she gives away to you, as she allows you to take her out of the earth.

    With your hands and cool water, softly coax the dirt away; sharpen your knife. Cut thin slices, stopping where the root grows dense and begins to yearn upward as leaf. Fill a glass jar: once with slices, then with room temperature apple cider vinegar. Watch it through six weeks of Change, and, just as the light returns at Solstice, eat and drink your potion if you wish to build strength in your liver, your life, your kidneys, your stamina, your intestines, your immune system, and your skin.

    A Study for Every Month

  • Tuesday, December 01, 2020 5:17 PM | Anonymous
    Soothing Sitz Bath, Healing Bath

    by Susun Weed

    Soothes inflamed and tender tissues, heals trauma, lubricates.


    *Soak 2 ounces/60g dried or 8 ounces/250g fresh mallow (pictured)
    or comfrey roots, leaves, and/or flowers in 2 quarts/liters of cold water in a pot overnight.
    *Then bring to a boil.
    *Cover, remove from heat, and steep for 4–6 hours.
    *Warm the liquid, pour it into a small tub and sitz in it.

    Alternately, pour it into a hot bath.
    Or refrigerate and drink it. A dose is a cup or more a day —heated or iced, sweetened or not — daily for at least ten days.

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