Category Archive for: Herbal Medicine

WOLVES, WEEDS, AND WILD WOMEN, interview with Sacred Warrior Founder, Vanessa Chakour

WOLVES, WEEDS, AND WILD WOMEN interview with Vanessa Chakour of Sacred Warrior Vol lll of RAVENOUS ZINE RAVENOUS ZINE: What experiences, especially as an activist, led you to found Sacred Warrior? Where does the name Sacred Warrior come from and what does it mean to you? Do you identify as a Sacred Warrior? VANESSA CHAKOUR:…

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Beltane: Bright Fire, By Ancel Mitchell

May 1st falls midway between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice, it’s a quarter day in the Celtic calendar and is celebrated with the festival of Beltane. Beltane is seen as a gateway, Winter is gone and there’s a hope and looking forward to the warmth and abundance of the long days of Summer. It’s also…

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The Spiral Path Of Plant Medicine, by Vanessa Chakour

Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. ~ Mary Oliver The first step on the journey of healing is listening. We take a deep breath and notice where we are. There’s no need to fix anything or figure anything out. Not yet. We simply drop into the body and listen.…

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Honoring Land Through Endangered & Healing Plants

I’m excited to announce that the medicinal plant project I’ve been working on with The Wolf Conservation Center has been granted botanical sanctuary status by United Plant Savers. The aim of this partnership is to bridge the gap between wildlife conservation and our own relationship with the earth. Through the lens of medicinal plants, we can develop healing relationship…

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Announcing ‘Remember & Rewild’ Sacred Warrior Tincture

After years of practicing and teaching herbalism, I’m excited to announce a line of Sacred Warrior tinctures. Each tincture is made from organic or sustainably wildcrafted herbs and the animal themed tinctures raise funds and awareness for partner wildlife organizations; the Wolf Conservation Center or the Jaguar Rescue Center. The Remember & Rewild tincture benefits…

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Magic, Medicine & Myth, by Ancel Mitchell

What a deep and beautiful experience the Magic, Medicine & Myth retreat was. Seven days of storytelling, harvesting and enjoying plant medicine, powerful meditations and mindful movement all set within the potent landscape of the Scottish highlands. Surrounded by ancient wells, standing stones, burial sites and ruined forts, the land itself reached into every one…

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Plants, Power & People

As long as humans have inhabited this earth, there’s been a life-supporting, palpable connection between us and the natural world. Before grocery stores, before pharmaceuticals, before physicians, before farming; humans foraged, experimented and communicated with the plants around them. Over time, a huge amount of knowledge was accumulated about the power of plants to heal…

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Working With The Earth Element

EARTH: Our Fertile Ground During Sacred Warrior retreats and courses, I like to organize teachings in relationship to the elements— earth, water, fire, air, and ether. This approach helps us to connect our bodies with the body of the earth and understand elemental teachings that run through martial arts (particularly taoist practice), herbalism and holistic…

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Tonics For Your Nervous System

  During the Sacred Warrior Herbalism courses, we engage our intuition and inner knowing about plant medicine. We often explore this through the lens of the doctrine of signatures, which states that plants resemble or communicate their healing qualities through shape, texture, color, the expression of their growth and more. We can also derive clues…

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Nettles, Mullein, Cleavers & The Elements

In our recent herbalism course, we talked about ways to work with elements—earth, water, fire, air— in our healing practices. We explored the ways in which plants correspond with these elements, and various methods of working with medicine: teas, tinctures, herbal steams, baths, meditation, plant ally work, smoke blends, ritual, oils, salves and more. As always, we engaged our intuition and…

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