Using Clay as Medicine

Clay may have contributed to the beginning of life on earth, recent scientific studies are suggesting. Several universities, including the Universities of Glasgow and Cornell, found that clay forms a hydrogel in simulated ancient sea water. This hydrogel contains a...

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Trees as Spiritual Masters

My ‘lucky star’ was to be born with a solid connection to the plant world. My grandfather, a doctor and keen naturalist, had a garden covered in beech trees. Feeding the birds and squirrels was a daily routine and losing myself in the auburn woodiness of the place was...

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The Spirit of Yerba Mansa

The BackgroundLife’s rich path recently took me from rural France to New Mexico in one fell swoop. After acclimatizing for a while, I began to get excited about a new challenge, learning the herbs from this unique part of the globe. I arrived in autumn and...

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Distilling Rabbitbrush in New Mexico

Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus sp) distillationpH 5.00Grey clouds brushed across white skies as we made our way up the sandy, narrow track from the small hot spring tucked into the rocks beside the Rio Grande in Taos. We had thought that we would harvest some...

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Distill My Heart: Milkweed in Three Acts

This article was put together by Dr. M. Leona Godin, Cathy Skipper, & Florian Birkmayer MDDistill My Heart: Milkweed in Three ActsAct One by Dr. ML Godin about her encounter with milkweed hydrosol in a class taught by Cathy Skipper & Florian...

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Depression cuts the ground from under our feet!

DisconnectionThrough my work as a practicing herbalist in France, I noticed that many of my patients and especially those suffering from depression, anxiety and stress seemed to lack what we called in France ‘ancrage’. Literally translated this means anchoring, which...

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Aromatic Allies for Healing Historical Trauma

The more I work with my own trauma and facilitate workshops about trauma, the more I realize the importance of working with historical and transgenerational trauma. We are not isolated humans in isolated lives, we are part of a larger picture. That larger picture...

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Light Up Winter with St. John’s Wort

What better time of the year to talk about St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) than as we approach the winter solstice; a time when nature is fast asleep under a duvet of snow and all is still. The days are short now, and will be at their shortest around the 21st...

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Scents of Belonging

As you may well have realized by now, I am passionate about the importance of reconnecting with and healing our ancestral lineages. The journey of the wounded healer is central to the work of AromaGnosis. The more I advance on my journey, the more I realize that...

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