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About Susun Weed


Susun's Biography

Susun S. Weed has no official diplomas of any kind; she left high school in her junior year to pursue studies in mathematics and artificial intelligence at UCLA and she left college in her junior year to pursue life.

Susun began studying herbal medicine in 1965 when she was living in Manhattan while pregnant with her daughter, Justine Adelaide Swede.

She wrote her first book -- Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year (now in its 29th printing)-- in 1985 and published it as the first title of Ash Tree Publishing in 1986.

It was followed by Healing Wise (1989), New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way (1992 and revised in 2002), Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way (1996) and Down There: Sexual and Reproductive Health the Wise Woman Way.

In addition to her writing, Ms Weed trains apprentices, oversees the work of more than 300 correspondence course students, coordinates the activities of the Wise Woman Center, and is a High Priestess of Dianic Wicca, a member of the Sisterhood of the Shields, and a Peace Elder.

Susun Weed is a contributor to the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women's Studies, peer- reviewed journals, and popular magazines, including a regular column in Sagewoman.

Her worldwide teaching schedule encompasses herbal medicine, ethnobotany, pharmacognosy, psychology of healing, ecoherbalism, nutrition, and women's health issues and her venues include medical schools, hospital wellness centers, breast cancer centers, midwifery schools, naturopathic colleges, and shamanic training centers, as well as many conferences.

Susun appears on many television and radio shows, including National Public Radio and NBC News.

Check out Susun's Publicity Schedule


In Susun's own words:

Dedicated to the Wise Woman tradition, I help women to learn the oldest ways of healing - together we are rediscovering the green witch/healer in each of us.

My goal is to change how we think about health and healing. May we all reclaim herbal medicine as the simple, safe primary care it is; a gift of health from the green nations.

My primary ally, my teacher in all things is Nature: the Earth and her many companions. I live with the plants, and the weather, and my goats.

I grow most of my own food, heat with wood, milk the goats twice a day. No radio, no recorded music, no TV, no newspaper intrudes on my day or interrupts my thoughts. I listen to the plants. I put their words into print. I publish their thoughts.

From March through November each year, I open my home to students, apprentices, and visiting teachers. Our workshops focus on the teachings of the Wise Woman Way, which nourishes wholeness through story, ceremony, and weeds. We have classes on herbal medicine, spirit healing, shamanic skills, priestess trainings, sacred sexuality, grief, chanting, and more.

Teachers from all over the world come to the Wise Woman Center, but the primary teacher is always Mother Nature, the Great Goddess. Each apprentice chooses a goddess archetype to live with during her stay, and she chooses a green ally -- one plant -- to work with for a year.

Part of their work is to herd the goats, which requires being alone in Nature for most of the day. I do my best to create for the apprentices the same situations that allowed me to hear the plants speaking, that opened my heart to the ways of Nature. We do trances, we chant, we listen to the plants.

I want my students to learn as I learned, not what I learned. I want them to find their own way and to trust their own intuition. This is the goal in my books, too. I am not telling women how to do it right -- because there is no one right way -- I am sharing all the ways there are to do it, so they can choose, so they have their own power.

Green Blessings, Susun Weed

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Susun's One Day Workshops
(Wise Woman Center, Woodstock, NY)

This day-long workshop is taught by Susun Weed at the Wise Woman Center in Woodstock NY. Class is from 10 am to 5pm. Each one-day workshop with Susun Weed at the Wise Woman Center includes talking stick ceremony, a weed walk, wild-food lunch, and instruction.

At each workshop we will identify, harvest, and use local plants for food and medicine.
Registration Fee: $75. Register online or via mail: PO Box 64 Woodstock NY 12498

Women can join us for a moon lodge on the Friday of each of these weekends.

Overnight lodging for Friday and Saturday nights is available nearby.

REGISTRATION POLICY: Once you register we will send you a map and further details.

REFUND POLICY: If you cancel more than two weeks (15 days or more) before the workshop, we are able to offer you a full refund minus a $25 office fee. If you cancel within two weeks (14 days or less) of the workshop, we will be happy to apply your payment (minus a $25 office fee) to any other class at the Wise Woman Center. No show; no refund; non-negotiable. You may transfer your payment to another person at any time, no extra charge.

CONTACT US: Wise Woman Center PO Box 64 Woodstock NY 12498


"In a time of increasing complexity. . .someone still teaches the simple things."



“Your classes are more than expected: insightful, informative, joyous, and clear.”



One-day workshops (10AM-5PM), open to men and women. You'll be outside among the plants with Susun and the goats, learning to identify, harvest, and use local plants for food and medicine. Fee: $75, includes lunch with a wild salad.

This day-long workshop is taught by Susun Weed at the Wise Woman Center in Woodstock NY. Each one-day workshop includes talking stick ceremony, a weed walk, wild-food lunch, and instruction.

"You opened the door to quite an education and lots of fun, too."



April 26 Wild Leeks! Spring Tonics and Treasures

Description update coming soon
Treat your spring fever with birch water, root beer, dandelion wine, rampions, wild horseradish, and nettle soup! Bite buds, smell roots, laugh at goats, think green!


April 27 Hands-on Herbal Medicine/Spring

You will identify, harvest, dry, prepare, and consume herbal remedies, teas, infusions, vinegars, tinctures, salads from plants such as violet, garlic mustard, dandelion, burdock, cronewort, and chickweed. Great class for beginners.

"The lessons you've given me will be my companions forever."

May 24: Hands-on Herbal Medicine: First-Aid

The best way to develop confidence in the healing powers of herbs is to use them for first aid. From bruises to burns, cuts to stings, and beyond, we will focus on the herbs to reach for first. We will identify and talk about plantain, comfrey, yarrow, aloe vera, and a variety of plants to help you.

"You are a wonderful teacher and an incredible example."

May 25: The Best Herbs for Menopause

By the power of three, we will open the book of women's mysteries and invoke the presence of our green allies. Come meet, up close and in person, vitex, motherwort, yellow dock, raspberry, blue cohosh, black cohosh, dandelion, and more. The day begins with a Talking Stick Ceremony where you may share your story and your questions (which will be addressed during the day). Let us reweave the healing cloak of the Ancients.


"You opened a grounded, ancient, wise, visionary, magical world to me."

June 21: Hands-on Herbal Medicine: The Great Remedies

High summer is the time for making some of the most important remedies in my cupboard, the ones I rely on year after year, month after month the mainstay, dependable allies. And it's time to harvest herbs for infusion, too. Come along as we encounter the great remedy herbs: St. John's/Joan's wort, yarrow, plantain, red clover, comfrey, nettle, linden, and whatever gifts the fairies bring us. The day begins with our Talking Stick Ceremony where you may ask specific questions which will be addressed during our time together.


June 22: Talking with Plants

Learn the language of plants. The Medicine Wheel of Plant Uses makes it easy. By tasting, smelling, feeling, looking, and even listening to the plants you can learn if they are poisonous, medicinal, or edible, and how to best use each one.


"The simplicity of your approach is amazing and empowering."


July 26: A Day Devoted to Trees

Trees are mystical, magical, and medicinal. Trees gives us shelter, warmth, and food. Let's wander in the forest and learn from the trees. There will be stories, songs, shamanic trances, fun facts, and a wealth of medicinal lore. Oak, ash, linden, birch, maple, sycamore, beech . . . who will entice us? How will we be touched?


July 27: Hands-on Herbal Medicine: More Great Remedies

The summer is waning, but the plants aren't. Join Susun for a walk and a talk and hands-on experience identifying, harvesting, and making wild meals and herbal remedies from the plants of late summer. What will we find in addition to Saint Joan's wort, wild oregano, mullien, mallows, purslane, amaranth, and lamb's quarter? We will make a wild food salad and create one or more tinctures, vinegars, or oils. You'll receive an "Herbalist's To Do List" to help you remember all the remedies and meals that late summer plants offer.

"I continue to relish the special communion I felt in that amazing circle of Wise Women."

Sept 13: Herbal Medicine Chest

Identify, discuss, learn to prepare and use simple herbal remedies against headaches, sunburn, muscle pain, wounds, indigestion, parasites, Lyme disease and more.


Sept 14: Magical Plants

We will talk about fairies and devas, plant spirit medicine, the magic of psychoactive plants, mojo bags, flying oils, love charms, and dream pillows. We will come to understand how to combine our own intentions with the energies of the plants to create more of what we want in life.


"Your dynamic presence and remarkable story telling make learning fun and easy."


Oct 11:  Hands-on Herbal Medicine: Digging Roots

Time to get ready to dig roots and make antioxidant honeys.  Join me for a full day of identification, harvesting, preparing, and using the wild foods (including mushrooms) and medicines that grow all around us.  Be prepared to get your hands dirty.

Oct 12:  Winter Readiness

Learn the difference between cold colds and hot colds. Explore antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory herbs. We will discuss relief for sinus infections, throat problems, congestion, and breathing difficulties. Learn how to stay healthy and deal with winter miseries.


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This day-long workshop is taught by Susun Weed at the Wise Woman Center in Woodstock NY. Class is from 10 am to 5pm; you will be given directions once you register. Each one-day workshop with Susun Weed at the Wise Woman Center includes talking stick ceremony, a weed walk, wild-food lunch, and instruction.

At each workshop we will identify, harvest, and use local plants for food and medicine.
Registration Fee: $75.

Women can join us for a moon lodge on the Friday of each of these weekends.

Overnight lodging for Friday and Saturday nights is available nearby.

REGISTRATION POLICY: Once you register we will send you a map and further details.

REFUND POLICY: If you cancel more than two weeks (15 days or more) before the workshop, we are able to offer you a full refund minus a $25 office fee. If you cancel within two weeks (14 days or less) of the workshop, we will be happy to apply your payment (minus a $25 office fee) to any other class at the Wise Woman Center. No show; no refund; non-negotiable. You may transfer your payment to another person at any time, no extra charge.

CONTACT US: Wise Woman Center PO Box 64 Woodstock NY 12498


Join me for Work/Learn Days in 2014:
August 16 - 17

Work weekends:

April 19-20: Work-exchange Weekend
May 10-11: Mother’s Day Work-exchange Weekend
June 14-15: Father’s Day Work-exchange Weekend
June 28-29: Work-exchange Weekend
July 5-6: Independence Day Work-exchange Weekend
Aug 2-3:Work-exchange Weekend
Sept 28: Work-exchange Day
Oct. 4-5: Work-exchange Weekend
Oct 25-26:Halloween Work-exchange Weekend
Nov 1-2:Work-exchange Weekend
Nov 9: Work-exchange Day
Nov 22-23: Work-exchange Weekend
Dec 6-7: Work-exchange Weekend



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Susun's away from home schedule 2014

Contact individual sponsors for further information and registration details

January 18: Meta Center, NYC, Women’s Health Symposium with Susun Weed, Annelie Whitfield, Susan Willson & Suzy Meszoly. Contact Suzy: 845-616-0860
February 27-March 2: Orlando FL, Holistic Living School Conference, contact
April 25: Woodstock NY, Mirabai, 845-679-2100
Sept6-8: In the redwoods of CA, International Goddess Festival, website:
Sept 19-21: Frost Valley, NY, Green Nations Gathering, contact
Dec. 21-Jan 18: Health and Well-Being Adventures in Costa Rica with Susun

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Healing Intensives for Women
with Susun Weed

these intensives are at the Wise Woman Center, Woodstock, NY

“Thank you for creating a place where women are challenged to know and share our deepest selves, our dearest dreams.”

Thurs-Sun/ July 10 - 13, 2014

Reweave yourself in wholeness. Learn healing plants. Share sister spirit. Be initiated as a green witch.
4 days, 3 nights: $600. $100 deposit.

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For women aged 14 and older
August 4 - 10, 2014

A one-week apprenticeship for aspiring shamanic herbalists who want to learn from and play with the Green Goddess. And for past apprentices to share their wisdom and knowledge.
Class size limited

click here for more details and to register for the green goddess week...
The cost of this one-week apprenticeship is $1300.


susun weed travel schedule “To think I almost didn’t come to the Green Goddess Apprentice week.
You changed my life.” Green Blessings, Cindy

Register by mail: Susun Weed PO Box 64 Woodstock NY 12498
Register online:

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Correspondence Courses

I offer four Correspondence Courses, each suitable for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. All courses are multicultural. Most students complete in 13-15 months, but there is no time limit. The course cost is the same for all students, regardless of where they live; international students are welcome!! Learn about my newest course -- ABC of Herbalism, click here to learn more about this correspondence course -- Study 52 herbs with Susun Weed.

Green Witch course helps you develop personal power in relationship to plants and the planet. You'll prepare an herbal first-aid kit, encounter your Goddess archetype, work with your menstrual/ menopausal energies, create rituals, and learn Wise Woman ways of living and healing. Includes 26 projects, books, tapes, talk time, gifts, more. Total cost $450

Spirit & Practice of the Wise Woman Tradition course helps you help yourself, your family, and others with the Three Traditions of Healing (Wise Woman, Heroic, Scientific) and the Seven Medicines (Serenity, Story, Energy, Lifestyle, Herbal/Alternative, Drugs, and Hi-Tech Medicine). Includes 26 projects, books, tapes, more. Total cost $450

Green Allies course teaches you all the basics, plus advanced workings, of herbal medicine. As you focus on one plant of your choice, you will learn the language of plants, connect with plant spirits (fairies, devas), make medicines, and discover the deep magic of plant give aways. Includes 26 projects, field guide, books, tapes, talk time, more. Total cost $450

ABC herbalism correspondence courseABC of Herbalism is a double-length course that guides you in the wise use of 52 herbs. You'll make teas, infusions, tinctures, vinegars, oils, honeys, poultices, soups, and beauty aids. Learn how to use herbs to build powerful immunity, boost nutrition, increase energy, and help ease problems of menopause, menstruation, asthma, allergies, cancer, headaches, heart disease, obesity, sleep problems, more. Develop a relationship with a green ally. Includes 52 projects, herbals, books, tapes, talk time, more. Total cost $550

Click here for lots more information about Correspondence Courses

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Shamanic Apprenticeships

Live-in shamanic apprentices join Susun's active, eventful life at Laughing Rock farm, learning as they work and play with the plants and animals. The program is intense: physically, emotionally, mentally.

If you just want a nice place in the country to study herbs, this is not it. But if you want to nourish your wholeness, to increase your wisdom as well as your knowledge, and to help reweave the healing cloak of the Ancients, then please read further.

Wise Woman Herbal Apprenticeship - Open to all

A live-out apprentice group limited to eight students. Begin April 21 with a special weekend for you, including a private tarot reading. After attending fifteen one-day classes, graduate (optional initiation) Nov 11. Books, meals, camping, all materials included. Fee: $1300. (Work options available.)

“The strength I developed as an apprentice is rare in the world; it sustains me.”

“I can’t believe how much I learned in one week!”

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Green Goddess Apprentice Week
for Women Only
Mon-Sun /August 4 - 10, 2014

Gather green allies, explore botany and plant spirit medicine, make remedies to take home, attend a moon lodge, learn yoga, find your Goddess archetype and your spirit shield, be initiated in a magical ceremony.
7 days, 6 nights, all supplies: $1300. (Work options available.)

All Green Goddess Apprentices must be paid in full by June 15, 2014.

“You are a wonderful teacher, with a skill for explaining things in a down-to-earth way that makes it easy to take the information and run with it, use it, live it."

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Live-In Herbal Apprenticeships - For Women Only

Live with me for 6-13+ weeks as a Shamanic Herbal Apprentice.
You'll deepen with herbal medicines, spirit healing, green allies, Goddesses, consultations, trances, ceremonies, sisters, songs, tai chi, yoga, and surprises. Work exchange required.
Or live with me for 2+ weeks as a Simple Herbal Apprentice.

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Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeships 2014 - For Women Only
April 15: Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship, Spring Group begins
May 13: Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship, Early Summer Group begins
June 17: Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship, Mid-Summer Group begins
August 12 : Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship, Late Summer Group begins
Sept 9 : Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship, Autumn Group begins


“The Wise Woman Center is an incredible space for learning and growing:
the women are magnificent, the food stupendous, and the lessons continue to unfold.”


Click here for lots more information about Apprenticeships




"You are one of the few women in my life that I consider a way shower -- an example of my life-long quest -- learning to love myself. . . . Celebrate with me! I stood up for myself with the fierceness that I would use to protect my children -- without guilt."
Barbara ~ from a letter dated October 2002 (Barbara apprenticed in 1992 for two weeks)


"Exposure to the sun can burn my skin and hurt something wicked if I am unconscious and impatient and proud. But the sun's warmth and light nourishes me and fills me with energy and a clear vision of my path when I am conscious and respect Her boundaries. The sun's power is unquestionable, undeniable, and yet sort of invisible, important as breath. I will never forget to keep the 'sun' in Susun. Thank you for the exposure!"
Abbi ~ from a letter dated November 2002 (Abbi apprenticed in 2002 for 13 weeks)

"The days I spent apprenticing are unforgettable. Memories, daily tasks, objects, songs -- so many things remind me of those few weeks. Thanks for every word, thought, and hand you shared with me. And thanks to all the sisters I met during my stay. I think often of you and the generous energy that surrounds your house." Suzanne ~ from a letter dated January 2000 (Suzanne apprenticed in 1999 for 4 weeks)

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Susun S. Weed's Curriculum Vitae


Ms Weed is included in Who's Who of Intellectuals and Outstanding People of the 20th Century. Her five books -- which have won awards such as "Best Health Book of 2003" -- and her appearances -- worldwide -- have helped millions of women attain better health and become more powerful in themselves.

Ms Weed has no diplomas of any kind, having left high school in her junior year to pursue mathematics and artificial intelligence at UCLA, and having left there in her junior year to pursue life. She began studying her study of herbal medicine fifty years ago in 1965.

Her areas of focus are: folkloric herbalism, eco-herbalism, ethnobotany, pharmacognosy, philosophy and psychology of healing, comparative religion, and women's health/spirituality. She is especially interested in altered states of consciousness as they pertain to learning, healing, birthing, and dying; and the roles of plants in these states.

Ms. Weed has five best-selling books in print:
Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year
Healing Wise, the Big Green Herbal
New Menopausal Years, The Wise Woman Way
Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way
Down There: Sexual and Reproductive Health the Wise Woman Way
Her work has been translated into German, French, Dutch, Japanese, and Spanish.

Ms. Weed has published in peer-reviewed journals (Journal of Nurse-Midwifery), and writes regular columns for SageWoman (print magazine), Herbal Healer, and Aspire (online magazines).
She hosts three radio shows, including one of five year's duration at
Ms. Weed is a contributor to the Textbook of Botanical Medicine for Women (menopause), and the Routledge Encyclopedia of Women's Studies (herbalism, menopause, and nutrition).

She sits on many advisory boards such as the Oregon Menopause Project, Women of Wisdom Foundation, and Weston A. Price Wise Traditions Foundation. She's been on numerous radio and tv shows including Fresh Air Radio, National Public Radio, NBC News, ABC Nightline News, Prescription for Health, Ask the Family Doctor, Wisdom Channel, and America's Talking.

Susun S. Weed has instructed students at venues such as: Yale Nurse Midwifery School, State University of New York (Scholar-in-residence), Benedictine Hospital, Vassar Brothers Hospital, Northern Dutchess Hospital, Conn. Inst. for Herbal Studies, California School of Herbal Studies, New York Open Center, Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies, Florida School of Midwifery, American College of Nurse Midwives, University of Rhode Island, Uni. of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey, Interface Institute, Sufi Order Healing School, Heart of the Goddess Center, John Bastyr Naturopathic College, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Blazing Star Herbal School, Natural Healing Institute, Rowe Confrence Center, and Self Heal Herbal Center.

She has also trained health-care professionals abroad at such prestigious schools as: The Kosmos/Amsterdam, Waikato College of Herbal Studies/New Zealand, Weg der Mitte/Berlin, Brustgesundheit Centrum/Germany, and Australasian Herbal College/Australia.

During the past decade Weed has been a featured teacher at: Green Nations Gathering, International Herb Symposium, Women's Herbal Conferences, American Herbalist's Guild conferences, Bioneers, HerbFest, Women's Botanical Medicine Conference, Pacific Northwest Herbal Symposium, Midwifery Today Conferences, Midwives Association of North America (MANA) conferences, American Wholistic Veterinarian Association meeting, and the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors conference.

Susun Weed is the founder of the Wise Woman Center (near Woodstock NY) and the Wise Woman University (online). She is the voice of the Wise Woman Tradition, which nourishes the wholeness of the unique individual.

Weed believes that herbal medicine is people's medicine and has devoted her life to reweaving the healing cloak of the Ancients. She is credited with first calling her work complementary medicine and continues to pioneer the concepts of integrative medicine, the medicine of the future.

Ms. Weed is an initiated member of the Wolf Clan and has been elected as a Peace Elder. Her encyclopedic knowledge, joyous spirit, dynamic personality, and information-rich website have made her a renowned voice in the herbal renaissance.
Ms. Weed's oeuvre is archived at the Lloyd Library in Ohio.

SUSUN WEED PO Box 64, Woodstock NY 12498

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Advice for You

Disclaimer: This information is shared with the understanding that you accept responsibility for your own health and well-being. The results of any treatment can not always be anticipated and never guaranteed. Consult your inner guidance, knowledgeable friends, and trained healers in addition to the writings here.

Below you will find a sampling of past questions and answers:

January 2002

Sheep sorrel and nursing is it safe?
Oatstraw infusion increases sexual desire
So you want to study herbal medicine?
Six steps of healing for bladder kidney health
Flax seed oil goes rancid in five minutes!
Soy products should be avoided
Witch hazel eases hemorrhoid swelling
Comfrey leaves no problem; comfrey root, watch out
Low-fat diet can be causing sporadic periods
Our grandmothers had kids into their fifties!
Echinacea and yarrow help for bacterial vaginitis
Hysterectomy does not mean you need to take hormones

December 2001

Avoid Echinacea on a daily basis
The "disease" Candida is a myth
Rosecea - use burdock, yarrow, or aloe vera gel
Infusions or tinctures? There are differences..
Increase your bone mass naturally - not with Fosomax
Wise Woman Ways for You - nourishing our own unique wholeness
Wild Yam Cream does nothing - don't buy the hype
Ten tips for women with PMS - and why to avoid supplements
Does wild yam tincture work? It depends on your body...
Avoid using sheep sorrel while nursing - it's dangerous!
The path to success is strewn with failure

November 2001

Bones Need High-Quality Fats
Infusion of Raspberry leaf - uterine tonic
Orgasms increase fertility!
Hypericum perforatum is the herb for herpes
Hot flashes are healthy!
Recipe for Brewing Infusion of Red Clover
Initiating Delayed Labor Naturally

October 2001

Seaweed helps to remove heavy metals
Nettle strengthens the kidneys, adrenals, and liver
Nourishing Herbal Infusions rather than estrogen and progesterone
Motherwort tincture to lower blood pressure
Use Wild Yam or Vitex to increase fertility
Red Raspberry strengthens uterus and prevents miscarriages
Red Clover, Nettle, and lots of lentils boost phytoestrogens and reduce cancer risk
Thank you for the blessing of your books - from childbearing to menopause - Beth

September 2001

Use Burdock for a healthy cervix!
Yellow Dock root is an excellent iron tonic...
Motherwort tincture for a healthy heart...
Menopause and Heart Palpitations?

August 2001

Cayenne and Flooding

Join Susun Weed on blogtalkradio, Tuesday nights 7:30-9:30 pm EST.
Call in with your questions 1-646-929-2463 or email ahead of time to

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NOTE: It is helpful if you have read Susun's article and books before calling her, as you will find answers to your preliminary question there and so Susun will be able to help you with more indepth questions you may have.

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