There are countless medicinal plants and fungi out there, and among them are a special class of vision-enhancing gatekeepers to the Otherworld. These beings can expand our consciousness and allow us to perceive more than our physical senses can normally detect.
Asia Suler of One Willow Apothecaries is an herbalist, educator, and writer with a deeply layered, highly intuitive relationship to the medicine of the earth. Her incredible way with words and ability to convey complex subjects with ease have made her a highly sought after herbal teacher (lucky for us she has many online courses!). I love the plant haling and consciousness exploring aspects of our talk, but I also *really* love our conversational foray into living under patriarchy and why the nice girl trope has to die.
In the intro:
My ancient ice age grandmother & the Saami
Herbal Tip - drawing salves
"The center is the goal, and everything is directed toward that center"
In the interview:
How Asia’s full name is "a pretty perfect etymological encapsulation of what I ended up doing with my life”
Journeying to ancestral lands & how the ancestors are in the land (literally tho)
The fabric of the Otherworld: the limits of our senses, atomic space, the playground of consciousness, and dark matter
Dream visitations from the dead
Angelica: a visionary plant / opens portals of imagination / releasing trauma & coming in to our bodies
Reishi as a psychedelic, and the untapped potential of the subtle
Asia’s encounter with a creepy dude in the woods, #MeToo, and how being a nice girl is no longer a good evolutionary strategy for staying safe
Ghost Pipe as a tool for releasing ghosts
Asia's website, One Willow Apothecaries
The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker (READ IT)
Mythic Medicinals herbals
Take my fun Which Healing Herb is Your Spirit Medicine? quiz
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