Weed Wanderings Herbal Medicine with Susun Weed
December 2004
Volume 4 Number 12

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What's Inside Weed Wanderings this Month...


Healing Wise ...
You Can Have a Green Ally!
by Susun S. Weed © 2004

Special Notice:
Announcing a brand new correspondence course "ABC of Herbalism with Susun S. Weed"


You Can Have a Green Ally! by Susun S. Weed © 2004

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?

Visit Madeleine Tuttle online at http://www.willtuttle.com/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 latest 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 www.susunweed.com

Green ally exercises from "ABC of Herbalism with Susun S. Weed"

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.

Visit Madeleine Tuttle online at http://www.willtuttle.com/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.

Study with Susun Weed in the convenience of your home! Choose from four Correspondence Courses: Green Allies, Spirit & Practice of the Wise Woman Tradition, Green Witch, and ABC of Herbalism - 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

Visit Susun Weed at: www.susunweed.com and www.wisewomanbookshop.com
For permission to reprint this article, contact us at: susunweed@herbshealing.com

Vibrant, passionate, and involved, Susun Weed has garnered an international reputation for her groundbreaking lectures, teachings, and writings on health and nutrition. She challenges conventional medical approaches with humor, insight, and her vast encyclopedic knowledge of herbal medicine. Unabashedly pro-woman, her animated and enthusiastic lectures are engaging and often profoundly provocative.

Susun is one of America's best-known authorities on herbal medicine and natural approaches to women's health. Her four best-selling books are recommended by expert herbalists and well-known physicians and are used and cherished by millions of women around the world. Learn more at www.susunweed.com

Introducing a brand new course:

ABC of Herbalism
A Correspondence Course with Susun Weed

A special course for the aspiring herbalist who would like to have me "by your side" teaching you how to identify, harvest, and buy 52 healing herbs. I'll "watch over your shoulder" as you make nourishing herbal infusions, tinctures, vinegars, oils, honeys, poultices, soups, and beauty aids with:
Aloe vera Flax Milk Thistle Rosemary
Arnica Garden sage Motherwort Skullcap
Burdock Garlic Mullein St. Joan's wort
Comfrey Ginger (Zingiber) Nettle Thyme
Catnip Hawthorn Oats Tumeric
Chickweed Hops Olive Uva ursi
Corn (Zea) Jewelweed Osha Violet
Dandelion Kava kava Onion Wild Cherry
Ephedra Kelp Plantain Willow
Elder Lavender Peppermint Witch hazel
Echinacea Lemon balm Queen Anne's lace Wormwood
Fennel Linden Raspberry Yellow dock
Fenugreek Mushrooms Red clover Yarrow

Your studies will be both experiential and intellectual. You will make and use herbal remedies as well as reading about them in a variety of sources. You will try out my favorite remedies for relieving:
asthma/allergies earache infections obesity
bladder infections fevers joint pain pain
constipation headaches menopause woes sleep problems
cancer indigestion menstrual cramps wounds

You will also learn how to nourish and promote:

heart health liver health powerful immunity
incredible energy healthy hair/skin well-behaved hormones

Your course materials include:
* Fifty-two herbal projects and twenty health projects to complete at your own pace. (Value $100)
* Guidance in developing a green ally.
* Six herbals: 1. A City Herbal; 2. Common Herbs for Natural Health; 3. Healing Wise; 4. The Herb Book; 5. Natural Health Bible; 6. Opening Our Wild Hearts to the Healing Herbs. (Value $80)
* Up to four more books -- your choice from the enclosed list. (Value up to $65)
* Four of my audiotapes or one of my videotapes -- your choice from the enclosed list. (Value $40)
* Three hours of phone time to talk with me personally. (Value $300)
* Initiation and completion gifts.
* Erratic mailings several times a year for two years. (Value $50)
* A 50% discount on three days of classes with me. (Value up to $150)
* A graduation certificate for you to frame and hang. (Priceless)

Total price for ABC of Herbalism is $500. (Total value exceeds $750). Pay in ten $50 installments and receive your course materials as you pay. Or pay in full and receive all your course materials at once.

Register online at www.wisewomanbookshop.com or via mail:
Susun Weed PO Box 64, Woodstock, NY 12498 ~ phone/fax: (845) 246-8081


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