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Remembering what it is to be human upon the earth // Story is medicine, magic is real, healing is open-ended and endless // Exploring the mythic journeys we undertake when coming to know ourselves through interviews with herbalists, story keepers, ancestral listeners, consciousness explorers, earth dreamers, and other wise folk.

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Remembering what it is to be human upon the earth // Story is medicine, magic is real, healing is open-ended and endless // Exploring the mythic journeys we undertake when coming to know ourselves through interviews with herbalists, story keepers, ancestral listeners, consciousness explorers, earth dreamers, and other wise folk.

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By Victoria Violet 🍄 - Nov 10 2019
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Amber Magnolia is such a wonderful guide. As a massage therapist, new mother, and plant enthusiast, I have naturally found myself being pulled towards organic plant medicine and everything else that the plant world has to offer us. Each podcast is so informative and I have applied so many new things to my life since listening. Thank you for helping me to continue to grow and expand in my knowledge, love, and understanding of plants, fungi, and the entire natural world. Keep being you and doing exactly what your doing. You are changing lives. Mine and my family’s included! I already purchased a Reishi elixir from Mythic Medicine and I find myself reading blogs from One Willow Apothecaries almost daily. (Thank you Asia and all the wonderful herbalists and guest speakers!) So much love to you my plant sister all the way from Florida!

Just the right frequency

By Lifesabeachsoloveit - Nov 06 2019
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Wow!! Amazing podcast!! Found this at perfectly the right time, just resonating to the depths within and all around me. Thank you!

iTunes Ratings

590 Ratings
Average Ratings
565
13
5
3
4

Thank you!

By Victoria Violet 🍄 - Nov 10 2019
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Amber Magnolia is such a wonderful guide. As a massage therapist, new mother, and plant enthusiast, I have naturally found myself being pulled towards organic plant medicine and everything else that the plant world has to offer us. Each podcast is so informative and I have applied so many new things to my life since listening. Thank you for helping me to continue to grow and expand in my knowledge, love, and understanding of plants, fungi, and the entire natural world. Keep being you and doing exactly what your doing. You are changing lives. Mine and my family’s included! I already purchased a Reishi elixir from Mythic Medicine and I find myself reading blogs from One Willow Apothecaries almost daily. (Thank you Asia and all the wonderful herbalists and guest speakers!) So much love to you my plant sister all the way from Florida!

Just the right frequency

By Lifesabeachsoloveit - Nov 06 2019
Read more
Wow!! Amazing podcast!! Found this at perfectly the right time, just resonating to the depths within and all around me. Thank you!
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Medicine Stories

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Remembering what it is to be human upon the earth // Story is medicine, magic is real, healing is open-ended and endless // Exploring the mythic journeys we undertake when coming to know ourselves through interviews with herbalists, story keepers, ancestral listeners, consciousness explorers, earth dreamers, and other wise folk.

Rank #1: 26. Ancestral Reverence as Devotion to the Earth - Daniel Foor

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Your body is your ancestor altar, how hungry ghosts affect the living, the earth as the repository of ancestral wisdom, & more...

In the Intro:

  • Cleatus B. Wright , January 20, 1929 - February 27th, 1929

In the Interview:

  • The hunger for our ancestors
  • The story of Daniel's first ancestral connection, and the healing that followed
  • The ancestors are the collective wisdom of our species in all its beauty and trauma
  • Time collapses when in communion with the ancestors
  • Not all of the dead are equally well
  • The deeply embedded alcoholism in my fatherline
  • Addiction as the hunger of the dead moving through the bodies of the living, and the act of taking the substance as a form of ancestral communion
  • There are very few personal problems- a look at unmetabolized ancestral pain and systemic injustice
  • The dead can change
  • Ancestral forgetting as a function of the damage wrought by colonialism
  • We don't arrive at healing by exiling those who commit harm: an approach for white folks wishing to address their slave owning/colonizing/oppressive ancestral legacy (rather than ignoring it or living in perpetual guilt)
  • The role of the ancestors in social and earth justice
  • The interweaving of ritual, genealogical research, and healing
  • Synchronicity 
  • They are shaking us awake in the burning house- the growing sense of urgency coming to us from the ancestors at this pivotal point in human history
  • The dead are in the earth, and the ancestors are animating the earth that is our bodies
  • Approaching activism in a more ritual oriented way
  • When a child is a returning of an ancestral lineage, mothering is my main form of ancestral reverence, and remembering that our children are the future ancestors of our further descendants
  • Are souls that die suddenly lost in limbo?
  • I ask Daniel a vulnerable question about my mom, who died in a car accident in November 2015
  • The most important way that we prepare for death is to be ethical and kind
  • Animism: living humans are just one kind of person / coming into relationship with the wider web of being

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Sep 06 2018

1hr 35mins

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Rank #2: 30. The Innate Intelligence of the Immune System - Cilla Whatcott

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Real immunity is not gotten from a pill or a needle- it’s not a one time thing that comes from outside us, but an ongoing process that develops over time and springs from the vital intelligence of the human body.

In the Intro:

  • Love + Immunity
  • The incredible complexity of the human body
  • The Health Helix

In the Interview:

  • How the death of her mother sparked a teenage Cilla's interest in natural health, and how a dream visit from her mom decades later led her to the work she's doing now
  • How modern medicine disempowers parents and dismisses the instinctive knowing mothers have about their own children
  • MAMA- no one loves or observes your child as much as you do. You are your child's healer. Trust yourself.
  • What happened in 1989 that shifted public consciousness around health & self empowerment
  • The false vaxxer/anti-vaxxer dichotomy
  • How homeoprophylaxis (HP) educates the immune system by echoing how nature works
  • We each have particular disease susceptibilities
  • What happened when I gave my daughters their first dose of homeopathic varicella (chicken pox)
  • The Pathogen v The Terrain
  • Microbes have been here a lot longer than we have and we must co-exist with them mindfully
  • The important healing work of fever, runny nose, and other symptoms and how suppressing these processes shuts down the vital force and drives disease deeper
  • Cilla shines some light on my constant childhood ear infections
  • The connection between immunity and emotions- boundaries, repression, and expression
  • The developmental leaps children make after being allowed to overcome disease on their own
  • Herd immunity cannot be created artificially 
  • The success that the Indian and Cuban governments have had with HP
  • Action steps for how to best support innate immune intelligence

In the Outro:

  • The three myths we assume are true when we talk about vaccines
  • Cell mediated v humoral immunity
  • The autoimmune disease epidemic
  • When measles came to my daughter's school
  • Our family's recent experience with pertussis (whooping cough)
  • A deeper look at herd immunity: chicken pox/shingles, pertussis, and measles

Links:

CillaWhatcott.com

My website MythicMedicine.love

Medicine Stories Patreon (podcast bonuses)

Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness by Thomas Cowan, MD

Miller's Review of Critical Vaccine Studies by Neil Z. Miller

Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History by Suzanne Humphries, MD and Roman Bystrianyk

The Vaccine Trade Off episode of the Wise Traditions podcast

High Dose Vitamin C for Pertussis webpage by Dr. Suzanne Humphries

The Medicine Stories Facebook group

Take my fun Which Healing Herb is Your Spirit Medicine? quiz

Mythic Medicine on Instagram

Music by Mariee Sioux (from her beautiful song Wild Eyes)

Oct 08 2018

2hr 5mins

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Rank #3: 4. Multidimensional Plants & the Fabric of Consciousness - Asia Suler

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There are countless medicinal plants and fungi out there, and among them are a special class of vision-enhancing gatekeepers to the Otherworld. These beings can expand our consciousness and allow us to perceive more than our physical senses can normally detect.

Asia Suler of One Willow Apothecaries is an herbalist, educator, and writer with a deeply layered, highly intuitive relationship to the medicine of the earth. Her incredible way with words and ability to convey complex subjects with ease have made her a highly sought after herbal teacher (lucky for us she has many online courses!). I love the plant haling and consciousness exploring aspects of our talk, but I also *really* love our conversational foray into living under patriarchy and why the nice girl trope has to die.

In the intro:

  • Bear medicine 
  • My ancient ice age grandmother & the Saami
  • Herbal Tip - drawing salves
  • "The center is the goal, and everything is directed toward that center"

In the interview:

  • How Asia’s full name is "a pretty perfect etymological encapsulation of what I ended up doing with my life”

  • Journeying to ancestral lands & how the ancestors are in the land (literally tho)

  • The fabric of the Otherworld: the limits of our senses, atomic space, the playground of consciousness, and dark matter

  • Dream visitations from the dead

  • Angelica: a visionary plant / opens portals of imagination / releasing trauma & coming in to our bodies

  • Reishi as a psychedelic, and the untapped potential of the subtle

  • Asia’s encounter with a creepy dude in the woods, #MeToo, and how being a nice girl is no longer a good evolutionary strategy for staying safe

  • Ghost Pipe as a tool for releasing ghosts

Links:

Asia's website, One Willow Apothecaries

Sylvia Lindsteadt

Rainbow Heart Beams Elixir

The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker (READ IT)

Mythic Medicinals herbals

Take my fun Which Healing Herb is Your Spirit Medicine? quiz

Medicine Stories Facebook Group

Medicine Stories Patreon

Dec 12 2017

1hr 38mins

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Rank #4: 22. You Are Magic & Fear is Never the Truth - Yaya Erin Rivera Merriman

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 In the Intro:

  • Books to live by
  • Mitochondrial meanderings
  • The deep ancestry of all humans

In the interview:

  • The sound of the thing you are called by, and choosing a name with multilayered meaning
  • From outcast to leader
  • What being the daughter of an immigrant taught Yaya about communication & self expression
  • When you realize you're magic
  • Making the radical choice to express the way you really feel (that way, if people hate you, at least they hate the real you and not a false impression of who they assume you are) (also, that way, you attract the exact right people into your life)
  • Why dreams are real, our favorite dream teacher/writer, & how to work with your dreams (and nightmares)
  • Fear is never the truth
  • Magic, nature, and layers & layers of ancestral depth ("I feel like I have an intact ancestral identity in a way I didn't even three years ago")
  • Healing chronic pain
  • Sensory overload and how "there's a lot of undeniably magical things happening all the time, but life is loud"
  • Navigating the world as an empath/Highly Sensitive Person
  • A lot of chronic conditions are due to long term nervous system overwhelm
  • Herbal body oiling
  • How a radical diet change healed Yaya's endocrine (hormonal) and nervous system
  • It's good to do things that our ancestors would recognize from their time on earth
  • Shapeshifting mythical archetypes & fields of consciousness
  • Discovering your own relationship with the plant realm

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Jul 31 2018

1hr 42mins

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Rank #5: 3. Becoming the Medicine & Seeing the Wide Arc of Time - Sophia Rose

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There is a wider reality behind and beyond the everyday world, and Sophia Rose's approach to plant medicine and healing reflects this in myriad ways. From using herbs in dream work to incorporating plant smoke in ritual to connecting with departed loved ones through flowers, the natural world provides countless doorways into the unseen.

Sophia Rose is a clinically trained and magically minded folk herbalist, word weaver, and educator based in Austin, Texas. Through the long-running La Abeja Herbs and her new project Garden Party, her writing is medicine to the soul and her plant potions are medicine to the body for thousands of people worldwide. I am honored to bring some of Sophia's personal story medicine to more folks with this interview.

We talk about:

  • The archetypal energy of datura (moonflower)
  • We are holographic representations of plants
  • Dreaming with herbs
  • Working with smoke medicine
  • Seeing the wide arc of time
  • Sophia’s healing journey after a friend’s suicide
  • Intuitive grieving and grief as a sacred responsibility
  • Sophia’s radical reconceptualization of what death is
  • The last ancestor who had a whole heart
  • Your name is your first lesson
  • We work with plant medicine so that we can become the medicine

Links:

Garden Party

La Abeja Herbs

Music by Mariee Sioux (from the song Wild Eyes)

Mythic Medicinals herbals

Take my fun Which Healing Herb is Your Spirit Medicine? quiz

Medicine Stories Facebook Group

Medicine Stories Patreon

Dec 03 2017

1hr 6mins

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Rank #6: 8. Planetary Intelligence, Ancestral Resonance, & the Perception of the Heart - Stephen Harrod Buhner

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There is a vast intelligence in Nature, which both precedes and envelopes human consciousness. By opening our doors of perception- the heart, the senses, the nervous system- we can engage in communion with this field and come to know the world in which we are embedded as sentient, responsive, and ever-adapting, just as our ancestors did.

Stephen Harrod Buhner is an earth poet and the award-winning author of twenty books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine. He teaches about the sacredness of plants, the intelligence of Nature, and the states of mind necessary for successful habitation of Earth. 

In the intro:

  • The attentive noticing of the soul
  • An herbalist's perspective on cold & flu
  • Empowerment & herbalism
  • Giveaway!

In the interview:

  • Stephen’s memories of his physician great-grandfather, and how DNA carries more than just physical information down through the generations
  • The tendency toward high sensitivity in plant people
  • Sensory gating channels & discerning meaning from the touch of the world upon us
  • The doors of perception & how psychedelics, or “neurognostics”, effect them
  • Plant perception and the neural networks in root systems- humans do not have a monopoly on intelligence
  • The function of psychedelics in the ecosystem, apart from and long before human use
  • The birth of James Lovelock’s Gaia theory and how real innovation & paradigm shifts can only happen outside of institutions
  • How we can recover the intelligence of the heart in the direct perception of nature
  • Visionary plant encounters & knowing plants through dreaming states
  • Aisthesis- the exchange of soul essence between two life forms 
  • The misunderstood nature, vast intelligence, and ecological necessity of bacterial & viral life forms
  • The age of miracle drugs is over, just as so many people are stepping into the world of herbalism
  • Herbs are much better able to deal with infections and disease than technological medicine is
  • Stephen’s opinion on whether or not humans, and the earth, will survive
  • What happened in the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918: “The thing we haven’t learned is the dangers of our hubris”
  • True self-empowerment v reliance on outside medical knowledge
  • The paradigm shift that happens when you realize that all around you are plants with exceptional medicine that you can learn to use
  • The process of eldering and the point when the inevitability of dying becomes predominant 
  • Herbal lineage, the march of generations, and young folks as the torch-bearers for the future of herbalism

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Jan 30 2018

1hr 50mins

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Rank #7: 13. Psychedelic Healing: From Microdosing to Transcendence - James Fadiman

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Safe, therapeutic, and sacred psychedelic journeys have the potential to enact profound transformation and healing on both a personal and a societal level. Many mistake these substances for party drugs, but their true medicine lies in the properly prepared and undertaken journey inward.

Scientists were just starting to understand the therapeutic benefits of LSD, psilocybin, and more in the 1960's when the many studies being done were suddenly shut down. Research is thriving again today, and we are beginning to understand their role in healing addiction, PTSD, anxiety and depression, and so much more.

James Fadiman has been at the forefront of this research for over 50 years. He is a writer and researcher with a PhD in Psychology and is the author of many books, including The Psychedelic Explorers Guide, which details how both journeyers and guides can create optimal conditions to have the best possible experience. Jim has also popularized the phenomenon of microdosing (taking tiny, sub-perceptual microdoses of psychedelic substances to enhance performance and treat ailments). 

In the Intro:

  • How Jim and I met
  • The amazing free resource Jim is making available to listeners

In the Interview:

  • That feeling when the future Ram Dass gives you LSD in Paris and changes your life forever
  • Ken Kesey, Albert Hoffman, Huston Smith and other heroes of mine who Jim knew
  • Why psychedelic research got shut down in the 60's and what was being researched then
  • How psychedelics work
  • How to have safe, therapeutic, and sacred journeys
  • Microdosing for: depression, colds, menstrual problems, asthma, allergies, stroke, and SO MUCH MORE
  • Dying is absolutely safe

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Mar 27 2018

1hr 44mins

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Rank #8: 52. Decolonizing the Mind: You Belong to Your Ancestors - Tamira Cousett

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Embodying the blessing of being a child of diverse lineages, being rooted first in our ancestral stories and second in our cultural narratives, embracing our inherent worth as we step into the work we came here to do, and so much more...

IN THE INTRO:

  • Imaginal remembering
  • How primal human posture has greatly diminished my pain
  • Gathering the stories of your elders

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • Tamira’s childhood experiences with the unseen, and how that was (not) held in her family
  • We are accountable to our ancestors
  • The process of remembering and learning to be in daily, direct communication with those who hold the container for our lives
  • Being a bridge between our children and the ancestors- incorporating small ritual into our lives and sharing our peoples’ stories
  • Our children are the ancestors returning as the new faces of the lineage
  • The evolution of Tamira’s ancestral healing journey as a black woman in the south with both African and European ancestors
  • Seeing today’s -isms as rituals of disconnection that feed shame and hatred and anger, which further fuel racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, etc.
  • Remembering that black and white are not ancestral categories and stepping back to view the larger historical narratives of our people
  • The story of the harmonizing of two of Tamira’s lineages, one of West African descent and one of European- what was shown to her during the ceremony and how the healing changed her life (we cry)
  • Victimhood, blame, forgiveness, and how our redemption is tied into one another’s
  • Claiming first the identity of being a child of your ancestors before being anchored in the (very real and valid) identities the world assigns you
  • Ancestral connection banishes imposter syndrome- you belong with and to your people always, they’re holding the container of your life so that you can bring your medicine forward (and when we feel this belonging this we are much less likely to perpetuate cultural and personal harms)
  • Holding space for childrens’ grief, and the generations of unmetabolized grief wreaking havoc on our culture

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Jul 22 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #9: 38. Healing Our Indigenous European Ancestors - Lyla June

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Our task as European-ancestored people, seeing what's been hidden beyond our short-sighted view of history, and why healing isn't possible in the absence of love.

IN THE INTRO:

  • Who gets to claim their ancestors?
  • Healing broken lineages
  • Cultural appropriation & reparations

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • How Lyla, raised to acknowledge only her Native American side, came to understand and honor her indigenous European ancestors
  • What happens when people hate their ancestors (and therefore themselves)
  • Making space for everyone's healing- permission to grieve all the ancestral traumas 
  • Going way back in time to understand colonizer/oppressor actions
  • Lyla's early experiences with sexual abuse, alcohol, and drugs and how they informed her perspective on restorative justice
  • Pilgrimage to the Sacred Motherland of Europe- "These mountains may have lost their people, but that doesn't mean they don't need ceremony"
  • Seeing through the thin wall of time that dominates our understanding of history & remembering that the vast majority of our ancestors lived before cultures and humans got broken
  • Indigenous languages are the sound of the land speaking through the people
  • Love is the only thing worth doing here
  • Where do we go from here? It depends on where we came from

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Feb 04 2019

1hr

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Rank #10: 42. You Are Your Own Healer: Earth Intuition & Self Knowledge - Asia Suler

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Asia Suler talks about how being in relationship with the aliveness of the earth brings us deeper into ourselves, healing within the complexities of chronic health conditions, working with the story medicine of flowers, and so much more…

IN THE INTRO:

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • How plants bring us deeper into ourselves, and the kind of second sight that only comes when we tune into the aliveness of the earth

  • The cultural fallacy that spirituality and rationalism can't coexist

  • The chronic health issues that revealed to Asia her intuitive self and brought her to the plant path

  • We don't have to do it alone

  • When it comes to healing, the body works on its own timeline

  • One willow to rule them all: how one (ever-evolving) plant relationship can transform a life 

  • But literally on an actual physical, biological level, you are your own healer

  • Your pain, symptoms, ailments- everything is happening for you

  • The daily routine that keeps Asia's past chronic health issues at bay

  • The interplay between stress, the nervous system, and health

  • Being truly seen, and the difference between being seen by nature v being seen by humans

  • When you're given a book on a subject you've never heard of before and the truth it contains makes you cry

  • Finding the core flower essence for your multidimensional self

  • Bringing story medicine into your healing

LINKS:

Medicine Stories Patreon (Meet a Plant Ally guided meditation)

Mythic Medicinals Reishi Elixir - Triple Extraction

Asia's article Reishi: A Psychedelic of the Unseen

My interview on the Free Birth Society Podcast- the stories of my one unassisted birth and one midwife assisted birth

Medicine Stories Facebook Group

Take my fun Which Healing Herb is Your Spirit Medicine? quiz

Mythic Medicine on Instagram

Music by Mariee Sioux (from her beautiful song Wild Eyes)

and again here's Asia's FREE Opening Earth Intuition online course!

Apr 03 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #11: 45. The Deepest Magic: To Know Yourself, Know Your Ancestors

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You come from a long line of healers, midwives, songstresses, herbalists, dancers, birth-givers, artists, and wise folk. 

You are a direct descendent of powerful visionaries and earthwise geniuses, and their ancient knowing resonates today deep in your marrow.

These are not empty platitudes or the wishful thinking of modern spiritual yearners; these statements are genealogical fact.

In this episode I talk about:

  1. Why these statements are true
  2. How knowing our ancestors helps us to know ourselves
  3. 3 ways to connect with your ancestors

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May 01 2019

42mins

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Rank #12: 20. Herbalism, Menstruation, & Innate Knowing - Kami McBride

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In the Intro:

  • My number one herb book
  • My healing pilgrimage to the skull of a blue whale
  • I say somthing that's hard to say
  • Edible & Medicinal Flowers eBook
  • The dark places of the soul & sharing our stories

In the Interview:

  • The strong childhood memory, and teenage crisis, that started Kami on the plant path
  • Recalling the era when being an herbalist was an underground, misunderstood, frowned-upon thing
  • You never know where or when the seeds you plant will sprout
  • Bringing information to the culture so that it can later be mirrored back to our children (or loved ones) by someone other than us
  • Unspoken soul transmissions from the ancestors
  • How to extract ancestral stories from your living relatives (do it now!)
  • What you are seeking is also seeking you
  • We are downloading decades of ancestral information right now & it’s causing information overload- when do we know enough?- an ancestral strategy for simplifying our herb learning
  • You don’t have to know everything, too much information clogs the channels
  • Stepping into power as bleeding women
  • Healing menstrual shame & a look at the learned cultural practices of plugging and drugging (which, in the long run, just repress and create more pain)
  • How your blood & bleeding time reflects your state of health back to you
  • Aligning with the energy of your moon time- enhanced perception, clarity around boundaries, awareness of emotion
  • Menstruation is a truth serum
  • Sensitivity is what’s gonna save us
  • Women, exhaustion, and rest
  • One small change that has dramatically reduced PMS symptoms for many of the women Kami and I know (including me!)
  • Returning to our innate body wisdom 

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Jul 11 2018

1hr 29mins

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Rank #13: 51. Maternal Mammalian Ecstasy: The Ancient Hormonal Blueprint for Optimal Birth and Bonding - Sarah Buckley

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Through untold eons mammals have evolved a beautiful birth-giving physiology based around a complex cascade of hormones that are released during labor. We give both mother and baby the best chance at a peaceful, ecstatic birth and postpartum period when we remember and respect this ancient dance.

IN THE INTRO:

  • Complex parenting topics: sleep, immunity, birth

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • Sarah’s mainstream doctor grandfather and how she got interested in natural birth
  • The exquisitely designed ancestral/mammalian hormonal blueprint of labor 
  • The impact of (unnatural, external) stress on a laboring woman and how it disrupts the optimal hormonal flow
  • Creating optimal conditions for birthing and for bonding
  • The hormonal consequences of bypassing the natural physiological onset of labor (such as by induction or scheduled C-section)
  • How feeling unsafe (at a subconscious, limbic system level) disrupts the flow of birth
  • The irony of how we treat animals in labor v how we treat human women in labor
  • The ecstatic, altered state of mind we enter into during labor 
  • What first time mothers need to know but are often not told
  • Fear and mystery in birth
  • The body is designed to transcend the (natural, intrinsic) stress and pain of labor and they play a critical role in bonding
  • The role of vocalization in labor
  • Newborns need placental blood: cord clamping and how our cultural beliefs around that have changed over time
  • What “No hatting, no patting, no chatting” means for the postpartum period
  • Ancestral family sleep and motherbaby biological regulation: the many reasons that co-sleeping is best for babies and the science that backs it up
  • The fascinating phenomenon of some birth attendants being able to smell the moment before the baby is born

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Jul 08 2019

1hr 33mins

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Rank #14: 7. The Motherline: Embodied Ancestry & Feminine Magic - Lara Veleda Vesta

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The scrolls are in our bones, and an embodied relationship with our ancestors can bring countless rewards and reveal things a merely intellectual path cannot. Through myth, ritual, and creative expression we can remember the feminine magic of our grandmothers and reap their blessings.

Lara Veleda Vesta is an artist, writer, and educator with strong, well tended ties to her Northern European ancestors. Her works and offerings focus on folk spirituality, archaic magic, mythology, ritual, and women’s remembrance. Our conversation runs deep and meanders from the cultural legacy of the burning times to the language of symbol to the nature of fate to the illusion of linear time and its effect on our modern lives to mold toxicity to snake medicine. And so much more!

-In the Intro:

Garden Party Giveaway!

The status of the podcast

Healing the Witch Wound

Herbal Tip: plant recognition & the human brain

-In the Interview:

The Motherline- intergenerational trauma, we’re all descended from survivors, and we are never separate from our ancestors

“Things are real and not real simultaneously”

Ancestral connection as an embodied path: connecting with the ancestors via direct information from your intuition, art, and ritual

The scrolls are in our bones: the ancestral dream that changed my life

Listening to the language of symbol

Hyndla- goddess of the bloodlines (let's bring her back!)

The woven web of Wyrd- the matrix of existence

Fate is interactive, time is non-linear, everything is happening simultaneously

The Disir- support, guidance, and blessings from the sacred grandmothers of your lineage

Go sit on your ancestors graves (for real tho)

Collapsing time and shifting consciousness 

How linear time separates us from nature, the ancestors, myth, and indigenous ways of knowing

"Get off the grid of your thinking"

The multiplicity of reasons you are never alone

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, mold toxicity, and invisible disabilities

Disregarding cultural expectations: exhaustion, trauma, and illness in women (especially at midlife)

The ancient Northern myth of Golveig- “Thrice burned and yet she lives”- and what it can teach us about feminine power, magic, surviving patriarchy, and healing after pain and trauma

Snake medicine & feminine magic

-Links:

Lara’s website

The Wild Soul School

Lara’s Patreon

Take my fun Which Healing Herb is Your Spirit Medicine? quiz

Max Dashu and The Suppressed Histories Archives

Jung and the Ancestors by Sandra Easter

My blog post Ancestral Voices, Women's Weariness, & the Illusion of Linear Time

The New Midlife Crisis for Women on Oprah.com

Jan 21 2018

1hr 32mins

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Rank #15: 53. Healing Herbal Oils: How To Make and Use Them - Kami McBride

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Every woman throughout time has taken some kind of plant and some kind of fat, put them together and used it as medicine. Herbal body oils are the One Remedy to Rule Them All. And no one knows more about making and using them than Kami McBride.

IN THE INTRO:

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • How herbal oils came into Kami’s life and immediately replaced petroleum based products
  • If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, don’t put it on your skin
  • Kami’s favorite herbs for oil making
  • Mugwort as a deepening, driving, carrying herb
  • St. John’s Wort for bruises, burns, cuts, eczema, growing pains, inflamed skin, muscle pain, nerve pain, neck tension, spasms, back pain, insomnia, anxiety, relaxation, children’s health, smashed fingers and a million other things
  • How oiling nourishes and calms the nervous system
  • If the skin is dry, then the nerves are dry- this dehydration makes us feel agitated and irritated and anxious (and is exacerbated in summer and fall), “Oil is the antidote to nervousness”
  • The skin is an immunological organ- why oiling is so important for supporting optimal lymphatic and immune system health
  • Using oils with kids
  • Earlobe oiling! Game changer
  • Herbal oils for sleep support- goodnight insomnia
  • When you study herbalism you’re also learning about the earth and the human body
  • No one can tell you how much of an herbal preparation to take- even doctor’s dosage recommendations are guesses (know thyself!)
  • How herbal body oiling helps you develop deep listening to and knowledge of your body
  • Embedding self care into the culture
  • All the places where Kami keeps little bottles of oil for immediate access
  • How oils helped revive Kami’s ailing great aunt
  • The skin as a reflection of internal health
  • How making an herbal oil is different from making an herbal tincture

MAKING OILS:

  • Learning to make shelf stable and potent herbal oils 
  • How to know which herbs to use fresh and which to use dry
  • Preventing spoilage when making fresh plant oils: the 5 things to pay attention to (FLAHM)
  • Using alcohol in your oil making for greater potency and preservation
  • The most controversial of all oil making questions- should you solar infuse your oils?
  • There’s not just one way to make your herbal medicine- herbalism is vast
  • If you’re making a blend, should you make separate oils and blend later or just put all the herbs into one jar?
  • Should you oil your face? And our skin care practices
  • “Every woman throughout time has taken some kind of plant and some kind of fat, put it together and used it as some kind of medicine”
  • Why making your own oils will save you SO MUCH MONEY
  • Oils are the least amount of effort for the most return home remedy and are such an effective and easy place to start your herbal journey
  • All the first aid uses for herbal oils

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Aug 05 2019

1hr 22mins

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Rank #16: 46. Sex, Trauma, Magic, & the Ancestors - Pavini Moray

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Remembering that our ancestors can guide us because they've done this all before, relating ancestral healing & communion to our sexually traumatizing culture, helping people without assuming that we hold knowledge of what it is they need, and so much more...

IN THE INTRO:

  • Lilac water

  • Creating apart from perfection

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • The sweet vulnerability of praying out loud

  • Bespoken Bones and the magical process of naming things

  • Discarding the expert paradigm- “I don’t know what you need to know”

  • When jealousy is pointing you toward what you want to be doing

  • Navigating the pathway of harm to healing

  • Discerning the well from the unwell dead/ancestors

  • Trancestral healing & the blessings and the powerful magic of complex gender

  • The difference between our ancestors of blood and our ancestors of heart

  • Engaging trauma as an alternate state of consciousness in which deep healing can happen and potent gifts can come forth

  • Coming back into sexual wholeness

  • We’re living in a sexually traumatic culture

  • Sexual liberation is not a state we permanently get to, it’s a path and a process and a practice

  • Most of us don’t feel like we can bring our whole, authentic selves to our relationships

  • Shame, you know we talk about shame

  • The throughline of selfhood

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May 08 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #17: 18. Land Based Living, Mothering, & Eating - Suuzi Hazen

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Our denatured modern culture doesn't work for our Paleolithic human bodies, as the epidemics of autoimmune issues, degenerative disease, and so many other modern health problems show us. Relearning what our ancestors knew about plants, animals, the land, and the human body in order to integrate that knowledge into today's world is a vital step toward health and wholeness.

This is an in-person conversation between two close friends, two mothers (Suuzi once nursed my baby for me y'all), two women trained in different forms of holistic healing who share an interest in ancestral wisdom and a commitment to honest vulnerability.

Suuzi Hazen runs a small mixed farm in Northern California, where she lives with her husband and sons. She has a Master's Degree in Oriental Medicine and a BA in English Literature and Women's Studies. Growing up in rural Canada, she spent her childhood outdoors exploring nature and enthralled by stories of her farming ancestors. She's fascinated by and very knowledgeable about traditional and aboriginal lifeways, especially regarding families, child rearing, hunting and foraging, nutrition, and sexuality. 

Best NOT to listen with kids in the room.

In the Intro:

  • Giveaway!

In the Interview:

  • How we met & accepting help as an exchange of energy
  • Sex & bodies & desire after having a baby and other realities of modern motherhood
  • How we've lost basic wisdom about health
  • The microbiome & the deep self (Dr. Zach Bush is everything)
  • Mitochondria & degenerative disease
  • Autoimmune issues are the new infectious disease
  • Everything that happens in your body has meaning & everything you do has an effect (damnit)
  • Modern Western medicine is LTRLY based on cadaver studies- dead bodies are considered baseline
  • Our food journeys- from processed food and industrialized agriculture to vegetarianism and veganism to traditional foods 
  • Ancestral food resonances 
  • My past with anxiety, depression, self harm, weight gain & loss, and the aftermath of my vegan pregnancy
  • Nursing babies literally deplete the minerals from your bones- deep nourishment is needed 
  • The illusion of human supremacy: there's not such a big difference between plant and animal consciousness
  • Nature is an ongoing life/death/life cycle and we all consume the bodies of other entities; as Susun Weed says, "Now I eat you, now you eat me"- we are not separate from nature
  • Animism as the oldest form of human spirituality
  • Distorted notions of clean v dirty food 
  • Why our ancestors and modern hunter gatherers prefer organ meat over muscle meat
  • A deep dive into the liver- human livers, animal livers, the functions and energetics of this vital organ
  • Food choices, food prices, food privilege 
  • Love languages and more on sex & motherhood (in which Suuzi introduces me to the word "choreplay")

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May 29 2018

1hr 22mins

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Rank #18: 34. Womb Wisdom, Addiction, & the Way of the Wounded Healer - Anja Robinson

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IN THE INTRO:

  • Free Handcrafted Healing Herbal Oils online workshop!
  • Evolutionary health, symptoms as adaptations, why there's no such thing as the optimal diet, and why we didn't necessarily evolve to be healthy
  • One of our last remaining collective/ancestral rituals

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • Why to start herbally & nutritionally preparing for your period at ovulation
  • Understanding nutritional needs throughout the menstrual cycle
  • Tracking your period
  • Coffee & chocolate for the cycling woman- good or bad?
  • Iron, blood, oxygen, and women
  • How Anja overcame six years of alcohol and drug abuse and built a healthy, healing life
  • We share our stories of growing up with an alcoholic parent, and of our mothers' deaths, and what it feels like when you get that phone call we all dread
  • A super important but always overlooked perspective on nutrient deficiency in addicts and the role of nutrition in recovery
  • It's never too late to change your path
  • When Anja found out about her German great-grandmother being the town mystic and Tarot reader, and how this ancestor's sensitivity has echoed down through the motherline
  • Food, drink, and herbs for winter nourishment
  • Carminitives: a simple, delicious, and healing class of herbal medicine that you already have in your kitchen

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BOOKS-

*The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease by Daniel E. Lieberman

*Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler

*Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom by Dr. Christianne Northrup

*Sex, Time, and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution by Leonard Shlain

*The Alphabet Vs the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image by Leonard Shlain

*It's OK That You're Not OK by Megan Devine (and her website Refuge In Grief)

*Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth by Stephen Harrod Buhner

PODCASTS-

*LifeSpa with John Douillard

*Dr. Gabor Mate on Russell Brand's Under the Skin podcast

Past Medicine Stories episodes mentioned-

*8 w/ Stephen Harrod Buhner (sensory gating channels)

*18 w/ Suuzi Hazen (iron, liver, evolution)

*20 w/ Kami McBride (herbalism, oils, menstrual wellness)

*30 w/ Cilla Whatcott (fever, illness, immunity)

MISCELLANEOUS- 

*My video An Herbalist's Perspective on Cold & Flu

*Period Tracker apps

*Dr. Zach Bush

Dec 03 2018

1hr 34mins

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Rank #19: 50. Kneeling to the Earth: Herbalism is Remembering - Rosemary Gladstar

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Soft power, honoring our elders, and banishing imposter syndrome by remembering that we’re in service to the earth.

IN THE INTRO:

  • Honoring the lineage of plant healers that led to this podcast
  • Intuitive breast care w/ herbs
  • What every herbalist should know

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • Kneeling to the earth- herbalism isn’t about you, please don’t be afraid to share your voice
  • How Rosemary’s name (which came from her two grandmothers) set her on her path from an early age
  • Plants that carry soft power & the medicine of rosemary (the plant)
  • What Rosemary learned about plant healing from her Armenian grandmother
  • The necessity of recognizing our elders
  • How Rosemary came into teaching herbalism to others during the American herbal renaissance of the 1970s
  • How herbalists seem to come to the same conclusions as one another over and over again, and realizing that it’s because we aren’t figuring new things out but simply stepping back into the ancient human/plant relationship and the knowledge that comes with that
  • The importance of monitoring, conserving, preserving, and cultivating wild plants and how United Plant Savers has changed the face of American herbalism
  • How plants that grow in abundance tend to be super nutritive plants that our ancestors used in daily life as food and medicine, and how rarer plants tend to have more specific medicine and were used more sparingly in acute cases
  • The ongoing Fire Cider controversy and what happens when folks choose trademarks over traditions
  • Life transitions, looking back on Rosemary’s incredible legacy, and looking forward to what’s next

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Jun 24 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #20: 36. Magic Makes Us Human & Plants Keep Us Rooted- Rebecca Altman

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How strategic inefficiency can make us more efficient, knowing your personality type, and being deeply rooted in place.

IN THE INTRO:

  • What time can do (my recent family emergency)
  • Ancestral Lineage Healing
  • Lion's mane mushroom & hawthorn berry medicine

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • How the journey through grief, depression, and getting on and then getting off 5 different pharmaceuticals at once led Rebecca to herbalism
  • Meeting the spirit of a place/seeing your home with new eyes
  • Sexy desert plants: creosote (chaparral/Larrea) & ocotillo
  • Where there is no word for magic because it's just a normal part of life & why believing in magic makes us human
  • The West's missing rites of initiation & why we have such a hard time adulting
  • Realizing that no one else is going to tell you that you belong, that you have the gift, that you are magical
  • The humoural approach to herbalism & healing: why knowing your personal balance of temperaments (sanguine, choleric, meloncholic, and phlegmatic) can help you to know yourself better
  • The debilitating cultural preference/lie embedded in The Hero's Journey 
  • The virtues of working inefficiently
  • A practice to get you rooted and step you back inside yourself: reconnecting to what we cut off in order to get things done quicker & better
  • Root medicine: shatavari & ashwaganda

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Jan 14 2019

1hr 38mins

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