2017 Good Medicine Confluence
Class Essays Book
Part I of II
Authored by The Teachers of Plant Healer’s Annual Event
The Good Medicine Confluence
Edited by Kiva Rose Hardin • Layout & Design by Jesse Wolf Hardin
264 pages – Color Illustrations – PDF Ebook – $29
Presenting a 2-Volume set of inspiring, in-depth Class Essays, written by our compelling Plant Healer teachers to augment their diverse courses taught at the 2017 Good Medicine Confluence in Durango, Colorado.
Many of these pieces will also appear, heavily illustrated, in future issues of Plant Healer Magazine and upcoming Plant Healer compilation books, but they can be found in their entirety only in this Ebook set.
Our contributing teachers offer a wide range perspectives, experiences, and practices, with a diverse range of topics from clinical skills and materia medica, to the traditional uses of entheogens, cultivation, herbal beers, and radical herbalism!
We sincerely hope you will find these two Ebooks of use on your individual paths of helping and healing, and look forward to joining with you for future Good Medicine gatherings.
The full contents of Part I follows.
Part I – Table of Contents
Legal & Legally Transitioning Plants For Enhancing ConsciousnessSarah Baldwin
Comparative Materia MedicaPaul Bergner
A New Look at an Old Devil: The Risks & Benefits of CoffeePaul Bergner
Locavore Herbalism: Sourcing Locally, & WhyNatasha Clarke
Tree MedicineNatasha Clarke
The Language of LymphBetsy Costilo-Miller
Shifting Our Story: Treating Dysmorphia & Eating DisordersBetsy Costilo-Miller
Herbal Wines: : Let Thy Drink Be Thy MedicineElias Davis
Herbal Beers: A Drink For Herbal CommunionElias Davis
Herbs For The Chronic Stress of OppressionSean Donahue
Tryptamines: Human & WildSean Donahue
Working With Spirit: An Indigenous Medicine SharingTiffany Freeman
Traditional Teachings on Sacred TobaccoTiffany Freeman
Cannabis Tincture 1800s StyleLisa Ganora
Herbal CocktailsPenney Garrett
Evoking The Plant Spirit of Cacao Through The PaintbrushAmy Glasser
Herbal Smoke: History, Energetics, & FormulationShana Lipner Grover
Wildcrafting as StewardshipShana Lipner Grover
& Dara Saville
ReWilding: Empowering & Enlivening Ourselves & Our PracticeJesse Wolf Hardin
ReEnchantment: Magical Perspective & Passions of Our PracticeJesse Wolf Hardin
Plant & Fungi Friends of S.W. ColoradoMarija Helt
My Favorite Osha SubstitutesMarija Helt
Medicinal Mushroomery in the Southern RockiesMarija Helt
Emotional PerfumeryMarija Helt
Being the Bean Feasa: Women As Keepers Of KnowledgeStephany Hoffelt
Sexual FlavorsSheri Hupfer
Nomadic Herbalist: Joys & Struggles of a Traveling ApothecarySheri Hupfer
Pulsatila Patens: An Intoxicating DreamSheri Hupfer
My favourite herb: Tulsi
The one plant that you are guaranteed to find in my home is Tulsi, which is Sanskrit for Holy Basil. In fact, you will find the Tulsi plant in many Indian homes, as it is considered to be an auspicious plant that brings health, wealth, and prosperity. I will also let you know that Tulsi is not only my favorite plant, but it is also my favorite herb.
As we all know, plants in general purify the air, so in that sense, its always good to have plants around. Tulsi radiates positive energy and purifies the environment from any negativity that may be around. Beyond that, I love Tulsi because of all of its healing properties.
First of all, one of the easiest home remedies for a cough is Tulsi. For any kind of cough, drink Tulsi tea. Boil one cup of water with about 3 to 4 fresh Tulsi leaves and drink the tea at least 4 times a day and it will cure the worst of coughs. Fresh leaves work best, but dry leaves are fine as well.
Tulsi is pungent and bitter in taste; therefore, it decreases Vata and Kapha and slightly increases Pitta. However, because the quality of Tulsi is light and dry, it can actually balance Pitta as well. Tulsi has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. It can be applied topically for skin lesions and fungal infections. It decreases pain and swelling and is recommended for fevers. It is excellent for all respiratory related imbalances, such as coughing, asthma, and pulmonary tuberculosis. Tulsi improves digestion and is especially good for the colon. It is also an excellent herb for the nervous system and all autoimmune diseases, as Tulsi promotes and enhances the functioning of Ojas. And the list continues. Depending on the condition, the leaf, root, or seeds are used. Tulsi is one of the most potent, sattwic (pure) herbs.
If I ever feel a cough or cold coming on, and even for family and friends, I simply boil a cup of water with Tulsi and fresh ginger and I am able to prevent an illness from coming forth. Doesn’t that sound rather simple? I would also like to add that drinking Tulsi tea with ginger will also prevent your chances of catching the swine flu, as it does increase Ojas, your immunity.
The entire science and knowledge of Ayurveda is actually quite simple with a simple approach to health. There is a science behind the combination of spices and when you combine various spices and herbs, you can heal just about any imbalance.
Health and happiness,