41. The Dreaming Channel & Remembering Ourselves Home - Toko-pa Turner

We are entitled to a (re)membership with the holy, the never-ending and ever-evolving wisdom of dreams, and guidance on the path of remembering ourselves home.

I forgot to mention this episode's Patreon offering in the intro, but check out the Links section below to access Toko-pa's Dream Recovery Kit ebook, designed for the individual who is feeling estranged from their dreams, this guide will help you cultivate a rich dream life. This kit contains guidance for dream recall, tips for overcoming blocks, exercises for deepening your practice, and ideas for ritual and dream incubation.  

IN THE INTRO:

  • Ancestral Voices, Women's Weariness, & the Illusion of Linear Time

  • Chronic pain

  • Dreamwalking

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • A childhood in exile, a lost community, and finding belonging again

  • Being grabbed by the hair and dragged into the bottomless underworld

  • An incredible story about physical pain, a powerful dream, the grandfather who jumped from a train on the way to Auschwitz, and ancestral healing 

  • Healing is open ended

  • When a family must keep their stories secret in order to survive, and how that silence affects the lineage- "Nothing influences children more than the silent facts in the background" -C.G. Jung

  • The dreaming channel is always open- being in reciprocity with the world behind the world

  • We are literally made of story, and dreams are the original stories

  • Why we should not be down with OPI- Other People's Information

  • Dreams are nature pulsing through us, and incline us toward our unique medicine

  • The multiplicity of our coherence

  • Not all dreams carry equal weight, but there is no such thing as a throwaway dream either

  • Approaching a dream as if it were a wild animal in a forest

  • Heirlooms, the storying of objects, and what we reclaim when we make things by hand

  • To feed the holy that sustains us, give in a way that doesn't require any more taking

  • The meaning of Toko-pa's name (which was given to her at birth)

LINKS:

40. Ancient Medicine & the Love of the Ancestors - Atava Garcia Swiecicki

We each carry our own unique ancestral medicine, and can (and should!) spend a lifetime uncovering it. A teacher of herbal, folk, and indigenous medicine, Atava is deeply grounded in and a powerful guide through this sacred work.

IN THE INTRO:

  • Synchronicity, mushroom medicine, and the deer dress

  • Herbal Medicine Giveaway

  • Ancestral Apothecary's Student of Color Scholarship Fund- investing in herbal education is investing in the health of your community

  • The Ancestor Song

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • Invocation

  • When an ancestor becomes an ally from the other side

  • How to know when it's really a message from spirit and not just our own projection

  • Food as the one surviving cultural tradition within a family

  • Remembering your indigenous mind

  • How giving time and attention to our roots can heal relationships among the living

  • Ancestral connection and reverence work never ends

  • Healing is in our bones, our blood, our DNA

  • Being witnessed in our stories

  • Remembering that the plants are (literally) our ancestors

  • Using plants to ground deeply when talking about and facing ancestral issues like colonization and slavery- we're never alone as long as we have our plant allies

  • Making space for people of color to explore and reclaim their ancestral medicine 

  • Teaching healing skills so that people can treat those within their own communities and not need saving from elsewhere

  • Herbalists are the grassroots community healers

  • You're going to be a better herbalist and healer if you're rooted in your own ancestral traditions

  • We all come from people who work with plants

  • Love is the basic fundamental vibration that keeps the universe moving- how love and community saw Atava through uterine cancer & remembering to reweave the energy of love back into the healing arts

  • A beautiful death: how the love we give and receive in this life carries us into the realm of the ancestors

LINKS:

Photo of me wearing Atava’s dress on the land of Mariee Sioux’s family in 2009 (so young!)

Photo of me wearing Atava’s dress on the land of Mariee Sioux’s family in 2009 (so young!)

39. Kitchen Herbalism: The Body Remembers - Kami McBride

Herbalist Kami McBride is back to dive even deeper into the uses of plant medicine for long term vitality and well being. This time we focus on home & kitchen herbalism, which is both super easy/accessible to everyone and the most important way to utilize herbs for daily health. Win win!

INTRO:

  • Home herbalism is the best kind of herbalism

  • Put this spice (already in your kitchen!) on a cut to stop bleeding quick

  • Kami's fabulous book, The Herbal Kitchen, has a new 10th anniversary edition!! Pre-Order now and get these bonuses:

    • The Turmeric Sessions Video Class

    • Pesto for All Seasons eBook

    • Kitchen Medicine Workshop

    • Herbal Kitchen Recipe Cards

    • Pre-order access to Herbal Kitchen chapter on Herbal Honey

INTERVIEW:

  • How simple kitchen herbalism bypasses the overwhelm many new herbalists feel (IT'S SO EASY Y'ALL)

  • Culture begins in the kitchen

  • Empowering yourself to take care of everyday illnesses and ailments at home

  • The magic that happens when women gather to make food and medicine together (with our uniques lineage of women standing behind us)

  • How Kami has her kitchen set up so that incorporating healing herbs into every meal takes no thought

  • Herbal sprinkles alone can change the whole food culture in a home

  • No one eats perfectly healthy at every meal, but adding herbal salts, vinegars, oils, honeys, etc. to each dish automatically and dramatically boosts the nutritional- and flavor!- content

  • Kitchen herbalism returns a vast diversity of missing micronutrients to the Standard American Diet

  • Digestion is literally the foundation of health, and an herbally oriented kitchen supports the flow of blood, energy, and oxygen to your digestive track at every meal

  • Evolving our medical care to the next level begins at home

  • Pesto is as sacred as the elements and is incredible for fighting colds & flu (and has endless possibilities beyond basil!)

  • Reawakening our senses & activating ancestral taste and scent perception

  • Why you need the bitter flavor in your life

  • Alchemy Oil, Chai Honey, and mind blowing Herbal Cordials

  • The best herbal food gifts to give for every occasion

  • Mega next level meal planning- taking 15 minutes to ask yourself what's going on with your/your living mates lives and health this week, and then planning meals and herbal condiments around that

LINKS:

Pre-Order The Herbal Kitchen now to get the bonuses!

My website MythicMedicine.love

Medicine Stories Patreon (podcast bonuses)

The Medicine Stories Facebook group

My fun Which Magical Herb is Your Spirit Medicine? quiz

Mythic Medicine on Instagram

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

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38. Healing Our Indigenous European Ancestors - Lyla June

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

LINKS:

37. Ancestral Legacies, Lost Cultures, & Personal Mythmaking - Janelle Hardy

The stories that call to us, the ancestors who live in us, the cultures that are lost to us, and so much more...

IN THE INTRO:

  • Self care and energy hygiene for sensitive types

  • Ancestral languages

  • Elderberry magic

IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • Making peace with our names, the legacy of patriarchal naming, changing names, prehistoric kinship ties, and pondering how our most ancient ancestors chose names

  • Spectral visitations from the grandfather who died before Janelle was born

  • Rootlessness, and what is lost when people set out on their own and leave their land and people behind

  • How our ancestors live in us, even when we can't claim their culture as our own

  • Language as a gateway to the ancestors

  • Megalithic monuments and the transition from hunting and gathering to farming in Europe

  • Starting a podcast

  • Knowing whose land you're living on

  • The ancient tales we're drawn to

  • Diving deep into embodiment and creativity

  • The profound inner and outer journey of Personal Mythmaking

  • Navigating the world as a Highly Sensitive Person and empath- "I need a lot of self care to be connected to my deep self"

  • Biodynamic craniosacral therapy, somatic experiencing, and other coping mechanisms/self care

  • Chronic trauma responses and nervous system stuckness

  • The more ephemeral cultural transmissions: textiles, fiber arts, music, dance, cooking, etc.

LINKS:

36. Magic Makes Us Human & Plants Keep Us Rooted- Rebecca Altman

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

LINKS:

35. Giving Life to Songs & Babies - Alela Diane

Most artists, and working women, keep their parenthood separate from their work and creativity. Alela Diane is bucking that (unnatural/inauthentic) trend, and we speak about the hard decisions working moms face, how giving life to her second daughter literally almost killed her, and the many magical ways her songs come into being.

IN THE INTRO:

  • The complexities of motherhood, Part 1: Weaning

  • Win a copy of Alela's latest album Cusp

  • The future of this podcast

 IN THE INTERVIEW:

  • Alela's unique name, bohemian childhood, and deeply rooted familial musical inheritance

  • The painful life experiences that led Alela to start making music

  • Songs that come in dreams, or that contain foreknowledge of the future

  • The complexities of motherhood, Part 2: Tour life as a mom (taking them with until you're like neh, they're staying home)

  • Alela's giving birth / near death experience

  • Knowing when your loved one has passed, before you get the news

LINKS:

34. Womb Wisdom, Addiction, & the Way of the Wounded Healer - Anja Robinson

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

 

LINKS:

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

33. Root Cause Medicine & Breasts as an Intuitive Center - Anja Robinson

In the Intro:

  • Living among the California wildfires

  • $200 herbal medicine giveaway!

  • The beautiful complexity of the female body

In the Interview:

  • The intersection between herbalism & functional medicine 

  • Why "Just live like your grandmothers lived and you'll be healthy" doesn't work anymore

  • Health confusion and information overload

  • A name is a prayer: the meaning of Anja's name and how it ties into her life's path

  • The gateway of birth & the role of a birth attendant

  • Understanding the complex dance of women's hormones and what we can do to create better hormonal health (we talk about digestion, the liver, PMS, headaches, bloating, cramps, water retention, breaking out, PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, toxic overloads, xeno-estrogens, etc.)

  • The importance of the lymphatic system

  • The insanity of the truly toxic products that are marketed to women as real femininity

  • Don't put anything on your skin you wouldn't put in your mouth

  • A deep dive into breast health 

  • Reframing self exams: knowing the terrain of your own body, what to look for, and what not to worry about!

  • The flexibility & resiliency of breast tissue

Links:

32. Having Cancer, Facing Grief, & Choosing Your Own Healing Path - Tara Coyote

Choosing an unconventional treatment route for a disease that scares us all, what it looks like when you really face your grief, and a beautiful story of ancestral echoes, connections, and healing.

In the Intro:

  • Only you know the healing path that's right for you

  • Defining "alternative medicine" & (yet another) plea for nuanced thinking

  • The metabolic approach to cancer

In the Interview:

  • Meeting at the Death Cafe

  • How Tara came to choose the cancer treatments that she did, and what her protocol looks like

  • Apitherapy: the medicinal properties of bee venom

  • Healing with horses

  • Being embodied during grief and the power of grief rituals 

  • The gifts of a cancer diagnosis

  • Feeling your ancestry in the earth

  • The uncanny echoes between the lives of Tara and the grandmother she never knew, and a discussion of intergenerational trauma and healing

  • Dealing with a major life disruption in the midst of a cancer journey

Show Notes:

31. Word Witchery, the Ancestors, & Tarot - Sanyu Estelle

Why to always work with the ancestors first, diving deep into the meaning of the words we use, and more...

In the Intro:

  • A word about this podcast

  • November Tarot Forecast

  • The best bio ever

In the Interview:

  • The power of words & etymological knowledge

  • Ancestral migratory paths

  • The history of "queer" & being multisexual

  • Sanyu's Belizean and Ugandan roots

  • Why to work with our ancestors first and foremost

  • What it looks like when a genealogy/research nerd pieces together an ancestor's life

  • Placing our forebears in the wider socio-historical context of their times: discovering a great-grandmother's life through understanding colonialism and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade

  • The feeling of being the first generation in a new land 

  • The ancestors & Tarot

  • Being claircognizant 

  • When illness is a spiritually energetic leveling up

  • The interweaving of Christianity and spiritualism

  • Working with dreams

  • Opening yourself to the wisdom & weirdness of the multiverse

  • Naming things collapses possibilities

  • Taoism rules

  • The Plant Alchemy Deck

Links:

SanyuEstelle.com

Life as Ceremony Magazine

My website MythicMedicine.love

Medicine Stories Patreon (podcast bonuses)

The Medicine Stories Facebook group

My fun Which Magical Herb is Your Spirit Medicine? quiz

Mythic Medicine on Instagram

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

30. The Innate Intelligence of the Immune System - Cilla Whatcott

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

My fun Which Magical Herb is Your Spirit Medicine? quiz

Mythic Medicine on Instagram

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

29. Otherworld Openings: When the Ancestors Call

In which I ramble about some of my ancestral resonances, the blocks I've had around exploring parts of my heritage, and what happens when we step through the portal to the Otherworld and let the magic in...

  • When different lineages call- following what pulls me in the moment

  • My deep ancestry in the American south, and the sense of home I feel even though I've never been there

  • Embarrassing confession: my first concert

  • Connecting to our ancestors through music and dance

  • My DNA results, how they've changed over time, and a comparison between the 3 different autosomal tests I've done (Ancestry.com, FamilyTreeDNA, LivingDNA) 

  • The best time to buy a DNA test

  • The 5th great grandparents I just found through Ancestry's cool new feature DNA Circles

  • A killer resource for old books on genealogy & myth/lore

  • Finding the meaning of surnames

  • When the portal to the Otherworld opens

  • A message for you from the archetype of the Seer

   

Links:

My website MythicMedicine.love

Medicine Stories Patreon (podcast bonuses)

The Medicine Stories Facebook group

My fun Which Magical Herb is Your Spirit Medicine? quiz

Mythic Medicine on Instagram

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

Forgotten Books

Ancestry.com's Surname Origins page

The Wildwood Tarot

My 5th great grandmother, Millie Gilliland, born in North Carolina in 1800

My 5th great grandmother, Millie Gilliland, born in North Carolina in 1800

28. Seaweed: Deep Medicine for Earth, Ocean, & Humans - Angela Willard

The potent healing offered by seaweeds and mushrooms, the power of names, and the unique intelligence that lies beneath the surface of things...

In the Intro:

  • My recent mothering dilemma & resolution

  • Food to switch the body into a state of constant healing

  • Resources for further seaweed exploration

 

In the Interview:

  • Conscious conception, evolving as a family, & choosing a new experience

  • Naming children is giving them the strongest mantra they'll have throughout their lifetime

  • Letting the land you find yourself on guide you to your medicine

  • Seaweeds are regenerative cleansers for the ocean & earth- addressing the question of radioactivity and the safety of consuming seaweed

  • How to sustainably harvest seaweed

  • Breaking down the medicinal content of red, green, and brown seaweeds: which are immunomodulating, anti-viral, anti-parasitic, cancer fighting; helpful for digestion, thyroid issues, autoimmune diseases, liver issues, detoxification etc.

  • Nutrients in seaweed: amino acids, iron, iodine, minerals & more- how they work in the body and things to consider

  • The amazing regenerative, bioremedial, ecosystem healing properties of seaweed 

  • The Constellations approach as a divination practice

  • Connecting to the maternal grandmother that Angela never knew

  • The vital intelligence of sub-level (underground/under water) life forms

  • Food is medicine: hot tips for incorporating seaweeds and mushrooms into your daily life

  • The deep soul work that motherhood requires, and the challenges and gratifications that family life present

 

Links:

Angela & Yarrow Willard's website Harmonic Arts

My website MythicMedicine.love

Medicine Stories Patreon (podcast bonuses)

The Medicine Stories Facebook group

My fun Which Magical Herb is Your Spirit Medicine? quiz

Mythic Medicine on Instagram

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

27. Anti-Racist Genealogical Research (for Everyone) - Darla Antoine

People of color have limited genealogical resources with which to find their ancestors, while people of European descent's ancestors gave up their ethnic identities in order to become "white". Both of these outcomes, which have cut most Americans off from their roots, are a direct result of racism and white supremacy. In this interview we discuss the history of colonialism in America and its effect on ancestral knowledge, and Darla shares tips and considerations for POC engaged in genealogical research and for white folks wishing to make meaningful cultural reparations.

 

In the Intro: 

In the Interview:

  • Genealogy is America's favorite form of ancestral reverence (and the difference between genealogy and ancestry)

  • The story of Darla’s maternal indigenous grandmother and white grandfather

  • The construction of whiteness in early America

  • White bias in DNA tests and considerations for people of color interested in taking a test

  • The history of the One Drop rule for black folk and Blood Quantum for Native Americans

  • Ideas for people with settler ancestry who wish to make cultural reparations

  • Manifest Destiny & how oppressors need to make up myths for why they deserve to oppress people

  • Genealogy research self care ideas for people of color

  • Putting our personal family stories in a larger socio-historical context

  • Project ideas for making something tangible out of your genealogical research

  • Breaking down autosomal, mitochondrial, and Y chromosomal DNA and what those tests show

  • The importance of forming a research question when engaging in genealogical research

Links:

26. Ancestral Reverence as Devotion to the Earth - Daniel Foor

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

Links:

25. Self Attunement & the New Myths We're Making - Maia Toll

Herbalism is vast, the second song of a plant, a powerful stone medicine story, and more...

Maia Toll spent a life-changing year apprenticed to a traditional medicine woman in Ireland. She mentors spiritual wellness seekers, practitioners, and teachers through her online program, The Medicine Keepers Collective, and is the founder and owner of Herbiary, a natural products store with locations in Asheville, North Carolina, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Maia has taught botanical medicine at West Chester University and at the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research in the Peruvian jungle. She lectures at hospitals, universities, and herbal conferences and runs her own Deep Magic Retreat in the North Carolina mountains during the witchy twilight of autumn. She blogs to an international following at maiatoll.com and lives in Asheville, North Carolina.   

In the Intro:

  • Coming into relationship with nature

  • Become a kitchen witch

  • Herbalism is vast

In the Interview:

  • The layers within

  • A fantastical Herbal 

  • Opening to the second song of a plant 

  • How a health problem, an unraveling life, and a dream message set Maia on the plant path 

  • Apprenticing to a medicine woman in Ireland 

  • When having a diagnosis isn’t helpful

  • Deep self attunement for stopping illness before it becomes too big

  • A major weakness herbalists face when we’re ill 

  • The Healing Relationship

  • Stone medicine & a story of healing with morganite 

  •  How we create the sacred 

  • A meaningful swan sighting, union & transformation, and the myth of Caer

  • We talk about how neither of us wanted to get married and now we’re both wives, and also the stories of our wedding rings

Links:

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24. Plant Spirits & Deep Remembering that Speaks to the Bones - Fay Johnstone

Fay Johnstone is a Shamanic Practitioner, Herbalist and Reiki Master with a passion for helping people and plants grow together. She believes that restoring our sacred relationship with the Earth and connecting to our natural environment, seasons and cycles is essential in order for us to maintain our vitality, health and well being. Fay is the author of the book Plants that Speak Souls that Sing, a guide to transforming your life with the spirit of plants, inspired by Fay's five years as an organic flower and herb farmer. It’s her goal to help us weave nature and enchantment back into our own lives to feel more in harmony with our true nature and sense of self. Fay offers workshops educating on Plant Spirit connection and Earth based ritual and shamanic treatments across the UK, online and from her home in Scotland.

In the Intro:

In the Interview:

  • Returning to an ancestral homeland and taking up ancestral activities

  • Being called by something invisible

  • When something that feels like failure turns out to be a blessing

  • How plants can connect us to the source of creativity

  • Giving ourselves the time and permission for inner exploration and play

  • Bringing enchantment and ritual to our relationship with plants

  • A deeply transformative mugwort medicine story

  • Generational forgetting & shame around using plant medicine

  • A vision/visitation from the great-grandmother that Fay never knew

  • Our bodies carry our stories

  • Meeting the spirit of plants with the breath

  • The benefits of not having a ton of plant knowledge

  • Bypassing the brain to get to the heart

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23. The Profound Medicine of Herbal Body Oils

The simplest and most potent form of herbal medicine that I know, so easy to make yourself at home, so powerful and immediately relaxing... Herbal Body Oiling is an ancient, ancestral practice that the nervous systems of modern folk are in desperate need of.

For MUCH more check out episode 20 guest Kami McBride's FREE Healing Herbal Oils Online Workshop!

When we think about taking herbal medicine, we tend to picture teas, tinctures, or some other way of ingesting the medicinal benefits of the plant through the mouth. But the skin is our largest organ and is incredibly absorbent, with direct access to the nervous, lymphatic, and immune systems. By keeping the body hydrated with fat (oil) as opposed to water (like in lotion), we keep these systems nourished, running smoothly, and functioning at the highest possible level.


In this episode I talk about:

  • The simplest yet most profound form of herbal medicine

  • The healing effects of fat/oil on the nervous system

  • Carrier oils, fresh v dry plant infusions, how long to steep, etc.

  • Which fresh herb to use if you don’t have a garden & there’s nowhere to wildcraft

  • Medicinal specifics of lavender, calendula, St. John’s Wort, mugwort, and yarrow

  • Oiling for pregnancy, babies, children, and motherhood in general

  • Coming back to your self

  • Don’t get tripped up. Herbalism is your birthright. Just make an oil. Start where you are. It is enough. You are enough.

  • Scented plants = volatile oil content = antimicrobial action = longer lasting oil

  • Extending shelf life

  • Whole plant infused oils are much more medicinal than just adding essential oils to a carrier oil

  • The nervous system, being in a sympathetic dominant state (most of us are), and being an empath/Highly Sensitive Person

  • The lymphatic/immune system & breast massage

  • Self knowledge & being deeply familiar with the terrain of the only body you're ever gonna have

  • Practical tips & techniques for making herbal body oiling a part of your daily life

  • Oiling the face

  • Should you use heat and/or sunlight in herbal oil making?

  • The home remedy with the least amount of effort for maximum return

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

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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