My Favorite Plant Essays

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

FermentationPenney Garrett

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,


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