Wild Micronutrients

The microminerals or trace elements include at least iron, cobalt, chromium, copper, iodine, manganese, selenium, zinc and molybdenum.

Micronutrients also include vitamins, which are organic compounds required as nutrients in trace amounts.

Although needed only in small amounts, micro-nutrients are essential for the proper functioning of every system in the body and are vital for good health. There are two classes of micronutrients, vitamins and minerals. Each vitamin and mineral has a specific role in bodily function.

Stinging Nettles

Stinging Nettles

Stinging Nettle Urtica dioica

Found in the temperate regions of Europe, Britain, Asia, Japan,  S. Africa, Australia, Andes and N. America. Indians used to make cord and fish nets. Used in Britain to make very fine linen. Discontinued because the nettles were too difficult to cultivate.

Uses:

   Improves nutrition - high in chlorophyll, iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphate, 
     Vitamin D, silica, sodium, potassium & sulphur.

   Good for people who suffer from migraines associated with bilious vomiting

   Excellent to relieve the symptoms of hay fever & other allergies.

   Purifies the blood and cleans the lymph.

   Reduces uric acid helping with rheumatism & gout.

   Promotes milk in nursing mothers, Galactagogue.

   Improves digestion - contains secretin, a substance that acts as a stimulus to pancreatic secretion that stimulates the digestive glands of the stomach, intestines, liver & gall bladder. 

from Pathways to Healing, a Guide to Herbs, Ayurveda, Dreambody and Shamanism by Don Ollsin

Bull Kelp

Bull Kelp

Kelp

Uses: 

   Ninety-two different nutritional elements. 

   Rich source of natural Iodine. 

   Provides energy and endurance. 

   Helps relieve nervous tension (excellent for Wind types) 

   Contains more minerals than land plants. (our land minerals are being carried to the sea by our poor treatment of our soil) 

   Rich source of potassium. 

   Helps to pull excess radiation out of the body and to protect against same. 

   Soothing to the whole gastro-intestinal tract. 

Dosage: Powder - 1tsp. 2to 3 x day with meals 

Caution: Insist on the highest quality kelp or harvest your own. 

from Pathways to Healing, a Guide to Herbs, Ayurveda, Dreambody and Shamanism by Don Ollsin


Let us make our food our medicine.

Dried Nettles and Kelp

Dried Nettles and Kelp

Organic Short Grain Rice with Nettle & Kelp

Organic Short Grain Rice with Nettle & Kelp

Grander Water

Grander Water

The Chinese often cook their herbs with their rice as they believe it makes them more assimilable (capable of being assimilated).

I like to use Grander Water.

I usually make enough rice for the week as I still think it is one of the most nourishing and balancing foods.

Roasted fresh roots (Burdock, Dandelion, Thistle)

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Fresh burdock root from the Japanese store.

Cost: $3.04

You could use fresh Dandelion or Thistle root in the fall.

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Food processor with shredding blade.

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Dry roasting burdock root in a hot pan.

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Finished roasted root.

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Added bigger pieces of burdock root into hot pan with organic Maitake mushrooms (from Japanese store).

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Added cooked organic short grain brown rice.

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Delicous lunch or dinner.

Roasted roots can be used for a yummy tea, powder and add to sauces, soups or more stir fries.

By the way, it really was deliciuos.

Integrated Healing within a systems view of life.

We teach Integrated Herbalism within Living Systems and the systems practice of healing including Western herbalism, Ayurveda, Process Oriented Healing, Shamanism, the Seasons, Bach flower remedies and more. Integrated Herbalism includes the four dimensions, biological cognitive, social, and ecological.

Integrated systems consist of networks within networks. The four dimensions are all important and they also interact with each other. For example, if the social dimension is stressed by an unhealthy relationship like excessive unkind criticism, then that will negatively impact the cognitive (psyche), which will impact the biological (soma). There is always a psychic somatic connection.

In the biological dimension we have two views, the biomedical and the integrative. The biomedical is based on the Cartesian model and looks at the mechanism of disease. Medical herbalists tend to focus on the biomedical model. For example, using Willow bark instead of aspirin. This is fine for 25% of conditions that humans experience. In an integrative model we also include the biomedical model within the other four dimensions.

So I  teach and practice an integrated system that does not put so much pressure on my plants, the herbs. I treat my herbs as friends and allies. We also speak to their function in all four dimensions, not just the biological. Integrative healing also relies on holistic Traditional Systems like Ayurveda to help identify imbalances and to apply corrective measures in all four dimensions.

Humans are open non-linear systems that function far from equilibrium. We are also complex systems and often need complex solutions. Since we are open systems always in need of food, water and air and I believe relationship and purpose, let us begin our studies with some herbs to consider knowing and see how all of this fits into a systems view of healing.

From Seed to Plant: A Plant-Attunement Experiment

From Seed to Plant: A Plant-Attunement Experiment

Some of the most amazing things I have done studying herbalism, motivated through Don´s teachings, are the plant attunements. Connecting with plants on a spiritual level is something that touches me deeply and it encourages a deeper learning. Combining this direct experience with the traditional learning about the agents and effects of a plant is perfect to get an idea about the plant`s actual strength and it´s personality as a helper in healing.

Life Direction, Process Work & The Bach Flower Remedies

You wake up in the morning. You probably have a number of issues or problems that want your attention but today is Monday morning and the big issue in your life is life direction relative to your career or work. Some part of you, which we are calling little u, is restless and unhappy and wants a career change. That pressure to make a change we will call x. So let’s write out the formula and begin an exercise to see if we can create some kind of shift.

If you want to learn herbs, find a mentor, and receive individual guidance

The one thing I wish I had done earlier in my career was to find a reliable, knowledgeable mentor at the very start of my herbal studies, almost 50 years ago. They could have saved me thousands of dollars and vast amounts of time.

Nettle Root and Pine Pollen for Male Health by Don Ollsin, M.A.

In the Pacific Northwest we are blessed to have both of these herbs readily available to us. In the Fall I am able to harvest nettle root. In the spring I am able to collect pine pollen. I made both into tinctures.