Prairie Magic Herbals

Prairie Magic Herbals

giving voice to the medicine plants

Welcome to The Mother Earth Fair


I am excited to be presenting again at the 2015 Fair.  Hope to see you there!

Saturday, Oct. 24 11:30-12:30 "Herb Vinegars,Oxymels and Elixirs."  at Mother Earth Living stage

Sunday, Oct 25th 10:00-11:00 am "Create An Apothecary Garden" at Mother Earth Living stage

                                4:00-5:00pm "Herbs For Pain Relief" at Mother Earth Living stage

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I am an herbalist, a wisewoman, sometimes called medicine woman, ... one who gives voice to the healing wild food and medicine plants and a teacher of  Wise Woman Healing Ways of Herbal Medicine.  I have been teaching classes for over 15 years, grow my own medicine plants and handcraft herbal remedies.I also offer herbal educational consultations.  It is my calling to help women (and men in touch with their green heart) remember people's medicine, grassroots community healthcare. I serve as Community Herbal Apothecary Project Coordinator of Herbalists Without Borders (HWB) and locally, I am Coordinator of Kansas Chapter of  HWB.

The Wise Woman Tradition, the world's oldest healing tradition, encourages me to use the common plants and healing garden weeds that grow locally.  I know my plant allies deeply and count on them in a variety of ways for a variety of circumstances. It is practical ways of empowering others to work with plants themselves, rather than be dependent on someone else for some special pill or elixir or exotic plant that grows in another country.  
My remedies may be soups, aromatic teas, plant infusions, tinctures, oils, salves, vinegars, honeys. The medicine plants give their healing and I am their voice and co-creative potion maker.  
The Wise Woman way guides us to nourish the whole person with herbs and foods, compassion, cooperation, and simple ceremony for healing and nurturing our rhythms and celebrating the cycles of life, death and rebirth (the seasons of earth and also the phases of our lives).  So the wise woman fixes a friend a cup of herbal tea, cooks up a comforting soup, massages with oils, applies a compress, blends a salve, lights herbal incense with wisdom and intent.  It is me tending the ways practiced and shared by countless wise women before me. 
I come from generations of healers: country doctors to grannies versed in Appalachian healing lore and an Oglala herb woman, from diggers of roots and plants to my pharmacist father, who first introduced me to medicinal plants.   My father was an "old school" pharmacist in the days when everything was compounded and hand mixed; you went to the pharmacy or apothecary for everything from cough syrup, a salve to draw a splinter out, a liniment for sprains, an elixer for this or that. He knew the plants from which medicines were derived. Over the years, I've learned from and interacted with many wonderful plant people, who have impacted how I practice herbalism, including Susun Weed,  Rosemary Gladstar, Stephen Buhner, David Winston, & Matthew Wood.. The diversity of their perspectives have deeply enriched my own relationship with this art/craft. The Green Nations--the food and medicine plants--are wonderful teachers; it is through the development of relationship and co-creative partnership with plants that my growing, loving, learning, trusting, and understanding plants capacities to heal physically, mentally, psychologically and spiritually have most evolved. 
My classes cover a variety of topics from identification, medicinal uses,  ethics, folklore, preparation.  I teach each class to stand on its own, so someone can come at any time without prior experience.  Herbal medicine has always been medicine of the people; wise women taught woman to woman, village to village, powerful and empowering....and that is my view of teaching today--to teach you so that you can do this for yourself.  I'd love to have you at a class and so would the plants.
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Green Blessings, Joanne

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