Weed Wanderings herbal eZine with Susun Weed

August 2004
 
Healing Wise ...
Be Your Own Herbal Expert Part 5

by Susun Weed ©
2004
 

Herbal medicine is the medicine of the people. It is simple, safe, effective, and free. Our ancestors used -- and our neighbors around the world still use -- plant medicines for healing and health maintenance. It's easy. You can do it too, and you don't need a degree or any special training. Ancient memories arise in you when you begin to use herbal medicine -- memories which keep you safe and fill you with delight. These lessons are designed to nourish and activate your inner herbalist so you can be your own herbal expert.

In our first session, we learned how to "listen" to the messages of plant's tastes. In session two, we learned about simples and how to make effective water-based herbal remedies. The third session helped us distinguish safe nourishing and tonifying herbs from the more dangerous stimulating and sedating herbs. Our fourth session focused on poisons in herbs and herbal tinctures, which we made and then collected into an Herbal Medicine Chest.

In this, our fifth session, we will find out how to help ourselves and our families with herbal vinegars, one of the green blessings of the Wise Woman Way.

Why Use Herbal Vinegars?

Herbal vinegars are an unstoppable combination: they marry the healing and nutritional properties of apple cider vinegar with the mineral- and antioxidant- richness of health-protective green herbs and wild roots. Herbal vinegars are tasty medicine, enriching and enlivening our food, while building health from the inside out.

Herbal vinegars are far better for the bones and the heart than soy beverages. They have a reputation for banishing grey hair and wrinkles. Sprayed in the armpits, herbal vinegars are highly effective deodorants. As a hair rinse (try rosemary or lavender vinegar) they add luster and eliminate split ends.

Anything vinegar can do, including clean the kitchen, herbal vinegars can do better.

Vinegars Seek Minerals

Minerals are important for the health and proper functioning of our bones, our heart and blood vessels, our nerves, our brain (especially memory), our immune system, and our hormonal glands. No wonder lack of minerals can lead to chronic problems and getting more can make a big different in health in a few weeks. One of the best way to get more minerals -- besides drinking nourishing herbal infusions and eating well-cooked leafy greens -- is to use herbal vinegars.

Vinegar and Your Bones

It is not true that ingesting vinegar will erode your bones. Adding vinegar to your food actually helps build bones because it frees up minerals from the vegetables you eat and increases the ability of the stomach to digest minerals. Adding a splash of vinegar to cooked greens is a classic trick of old ladies who want to be spry and flexible when they're ancient old ladies. (Maybe your granny already taught you this?) In fact, a spoonful of vinegar on your broccoli or kale or dandelion greens increases the calcium you get by one-third. All by itself, apple cider vinegar is said to help build bones; when enriched with minerals from herbs, I think of it as better than calcium pills.

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Study with Susun Weed in the convenience of your home! Choose from three Correspondence Courses: Green Allies, Spirit & Practice of the Wise Woman Tradition, and Green Witch - includes audio/video tapes, books, assignments, special mailings, plus personal time.

Learn more at www.susunweed.com or write to:

Susun Weed
PO Box 64
Woodstock, NY 12498

Fax: 1-845-246-8081

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Welcome sisters, you are invited to join us, announcing:

Green Goddess Apprentice Weeks
http://www.wisewomanbookshop.com/bookshop/greengoddess.php
$800-1000 per week; $100 deposit Enrollment limited to ten women.
For ages 14 and up.

Two one-week apprenticeships for aspiring herbalists who want to learn from and play with the Green Goddess. And for past apprentices to share their wisdom and knowledge. Here in the safety of the Wise Woman Center we will play with the fairies, dance with the devas, sing with the stars, and reweave the healing cloak of the Ancients. We hope you can join us!

"I learned more from spending one day with Susun than I have in months of study with others."

The fee includes all meals, lodging, instruction, textbooks, and supplies.
* Organic vegetarian meals (dinner Monday through lunch Sunday)
* Camp site or shelter in our tipi or studio
* Twenty hours of class time with Susun
* All supplies, including materials for making herbal medicines, and textbooks valued at more than $100: Field Guide to Wildflowers (Peterson)
Healing Wise (Susun Weed)MoonDays (Premo-Steele)
City Herbal (Silverman)
Witches, Midwives, Nurses (Erenreich)
Natural Health Bible
* Tarot reading with Susun
* Classes with visiting teachers and past apprentices
* Campfire singing circles
* Yoga instruction
* Tai chi instruction
* Moon lodge gathering
* Talking stick ceremony
* Optional initiation as a green witch

During your Green Goddess Apprenticeship you will also:
* Learn how to identify plants
* Learn how to use common plants for food and medicine
* Learn about plant families and botany
* Make one or more herbal remedies to take home
* Enjoy Goddess archetype presentations
* Go for walks in the woods
* Connect deeply with plants and the planet
* Be supported by the spiral of sisters

In addition to studying you can:
* Swim in the pond or the river
* Paddle the canoe
* Visit Woodstock, Colony of the ArtsSchedule

Your Green Goddess Apprentice week begins at noon on Monday and ends about 4pm on Sunday. You may arrive as early as 11am if you wish to settle in first. If you are flying in, please check with us about options for arriving early or staying later. There is a $5 pickup fee to get you from the bus in Woodstock or Saugerties.

Our days begin with breakfast (out from 8:30 until 9:30), followed by class (10am - 1pm), then lunch and talking stick (1:30 - 3:30), afternoon class (3:30 - 6pm), dinner (6:30 - 8pm), and finally evening campfire circle of stories and songs (8pm - 10pm). On Monday, we will choose our goddess archetypes and our green allies and pick a wild salad for an early dinner. On Friday, we will also eat one hour earlier since the moonlodge starts at 7pm. On Sunday, we will have a lavish high magic ceremony followed by a late lunch and a final talking stick. Many surprises await us on all the days in between.

To Register
Please send your name, age, address, phone number, e-mail address, and letter of application (words or images) with your $100 deposit -- which will be returned if we cannot accept your application. A color photograph is helpful if you can include one. Tell us which week you wish to attend and whether or not you could come to the other week if your first choice is full. Payment for this event may be made in installments charged to your credit card. All Green Goddess Apprentices must be paid in full ten days prior to their arrival.

Mail your application to :
Wise Woman Center PO Box 64, Woodstock, NY 12498 Fax questions to: 1-845-246-8081

Work-exchange

There are three work-study positions open at each Green Goddess Week. Each position requires 50 hours of work over an eight day span (the seven days of the green goddess week plus the day before it begins or the day after it ends) plus a payment of $500. You will not miss any class time if you do work exchange; you will be busy from 8am to midnight. To apply for one of these positions, please write. Tell us of your willingness to work and your desire to participate.

You may use work-exchange credits from any work exchange weekend toward this event.

Past Apprentices
Are you a past apprentice of Susun's? If so, you qualify for a special discount at the Green Goddess Weeks. All past live-in apprentices may come for two days and nights free; further days are half price at $70 each, or $50 plus 3 hours of work. (Offer good only to apprentices who graduated.) If you completed a live-out apprenticeship, you may take 25% off , bringing your cost to $600-750 for the week.

Class Size
We will accept ten students in this program, plus three work-exchange students, plus apprentices who may be here already as well as visiting apprentices. Please register early.

Blessings,
Karen Joy
wisewoman@herbshealing.com
www.susunweed.com

To register for Wise Woman Center workshops and intensives, send deposit (see specific workshop for deposit amount) and indicate which workshop you want to attend and contact info:

Wise Woman Center PO Box 64, Woodstock, NY 12498
Fax questions to: 1-845-246-8081

You may also choose to pay by credit card: www.wisewomanbookshop.com
Please send us email, to confirm availability, before registering online.

 

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Susun Weed is one of America's best-known authorities on herbal medicine and natural approaches to women's health. Her four best-selling books--recommended by expert herbalists and well-known physicians--are used and cherished by millions of women globally. Topics include childbearing, breast health, menopause, wellbeing, and more.

The Wise Woman Center exists to re-weave the healing cloak of the Ancients. This land is sacred, it is a safe space for women, and a place for the teachings of the Wise Woman Way. The Goddess lives here, as do goats, fairies, green witches, and elders. There are many classes, workshops and intensives that are offered at the Wise Woman Center.
For a schedule of events, please call, write or e-mail us.

Susun Weed and The Wise Woman Center
PO Box 64 Woodstock NY 12498
845-246-8081
susunweed@herbshealing.com

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