The Limits of Mind - Rupert Sheldrake and Bruce Lipton

The limits of mind, a public talk between Rupert Sheldrake and Bruce Lipton.

I highly recommend this video by two of my favourite progressive thinkers in the world of biology.

They bring together the theory of morphic resonance, Sheldrake and the biology of perception, Lipton.

You may want to read up on morphic resonance and the biology of perception by Lipton if you are not familiar with their theories. If you are you will love the interweaving that happens in this talk.

Morphic resonance has to do with the field and biology of perception has to do with the cells interface with the environment. How the development of the cell is influenced by the field and the environment it lives in.

I found it truly uplifting to hear these two creative intelligent loving beings share their life’s work together.

https://youtu.be/RI5lw2JEw_0

Feverfew

Hi, I am Feverfew but I prefer the name Midsummer Daisy,

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I belong to the Asteraceae (Compositae) family. My genus is Tanacetum. My species is T. parthenium.

Don has witnessed some amazing results after recommending me to migraine sufferers. I reduce excess heat (inflammation) from the head. My combination of bitter and pungent tastes means that as my bitter compounds reduce the heat, my pungent oils release the heat, excreting it through your skin.

Don encourages migraine sufferers to figure out why they are generating so much heat and make some gentle lifestyles changes in order to cool down. That way, not all the pressure is put on me to fix the excess heat. Figure out what is causing the inflammation and do your best to deal with it.

A wealth of scientific evidence shows that I am an effective treatment and prophylactic (preventative) for migraine headaches. You may need to use me daily over a period of 4 to 6 months for my full impact. Some people just chew a couple of my leaves daily, while others use about 1 ml of a tincture made from my upper part (fresh is preferable). Some people are allergic to my fresh leaves and may experience skin irritation or mouth ulcers, but this is more of a contact allergy.

My healing properties are relaxant, anti-inflammatory, vasodilator, digestive bitter and emmenagogue. Click here to see how I work with inflammatory pathways in the body.

Historically, I was used for intestinal parasites, anaemia, insect bites, irregular menses, stomach aches, and as an abortifacient. So pregnant women should not use me.

In TCM I am primarily used to circulate uterine qi and harmonize menstruation. I also clear damp cold and relieve pain.

Today I am used for preventing and treating migraine, initial inflammatory stages of arthritis, rheumatic diseases, allergies, congestive dysmenorrhoea, vertigo, and tinnitus.

I have shown no severe side effects over a 6-year period of long time users.

I even have a book written just about me. Feverfew, Your Headache May be Over by Ken Hancock. In the book he has many testimonials of my effectiveness.

I am easy to grow so consider adding me to your garden. I must warn you that I do not like pots so please put me in the ground. I am a perennial and self sow, so I will be around for a long time once I am established in about two years. If you want to use me sooner then purchase me as a larger plant.

Herbal Mentor

If you want to learn Herbs, find a Mentor.

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. Don Ollsin

Learning herbs need not be hard, boring, lonely, scary, or complicated. Being mentored makes it exciting, gets you there faster and easier, keeps you focused on your goal and helps you achieve it. Find a mentor.

Traditionally, herbal knowledge has been transmitted orally from teacher to student. A seasoned mature mentor transmits much of his\her wisdom through direct contact. I offer personalized one-on-one sessions with each mentee, as well as group work.

Only when you seriously and consistently apply yourself to your herbal studies will you become a professional herbalist. A mentor can help keep you on task. You are not going to advance much in your herbal studies or practice without a mentor and positive group support.

A mentor will get to know you and your goals and offer clear guidance on how you can grow into the kind of herbalist you want to be.

Don Ollsin, Herbal Mentor

Don Ollsin, Herbal Mentor

We all go through tough personal issues from time to time. A mentor will be there to comfort you when needed or give you encouragement, motivation and challenge when that is what is needed.

A mentor will not only show you what to learn, they will also help you learn how to learn. We are not taught how to learn in school. I have found learning how to learn to be one of the most rewarding pursuits of my life and I love sharing it with my mentees. A mentor can make learning fun and rewarding. Learning herbs can be rewarding, profitable, healing and enriching.

A seasoned mentor knows the ins and outs of the professional and personal herbal terrains and can help you find opportunities and avoid pitfalls.

A mentor will guide you to the resources that you didn't or wouldn't even know existed like books, trustworthy websites and important teachers.

A mentor can save you a lot of time and money by keeping you focused on your goals while using your life as your training ground.

We need a whole new generation of herbalists because:

  • Herbs are very important, medicinally, culturally and socioeconomically.

  • Herbs heal gently and powerfully. 

  • Herbs are beautiful and inspiring.

  • Herbs are a necessary and important part of our healthcare.

  • Herbs are safe, available and can be cultivated or wild-crafted.

Herbs are medicine for the people. They cannot be patented and owned by corporations. Herbs are grassroots medicine and we need grassroots herbalists, professionally trained to do herbal wellness consultations and become recognized as members of the American Herbalists Guild, in order to continue this vital tradition.

Be a part of keeping herbalism alive.

Find out more about my Herbal Mentorship Collective and Grassroots Herbalism Foundational Course.

Vervain

I am Vervain,

Vervain “Herb of Grace”

Vervain “Herb of Grace”

I belong to the family Verbenaceae. My genus is Verbena. I am the species V. officinalis.

Don loves to tell the story about a client who was excitedly waiting at his office door.

“Don, I have some incredible news to share with you. Yesterday I was standing in my garden when the most beautiful thing happened to me. All of a sudden, I caught up with myself. My future self and my present self merged. I have been chasing myself for over 20 years and I finally caught up. It was the most joyful feeling.”

Dr. Bach prescribed me to those people who are always one step ahead of themselves. Before they have finished what they are working on, or experiencing they are already thinking and fantasizing about the next thing. He even discovered a Vervain type of person who typified this energy. Dr. Bach made a flower essence out of me to aid these people in living more fully in the present. He found that by constantly living in the future they were missing out on the joys right in front of them. This caused problems in their work and relationships. For Don’s client, it was a profound experience catching up to himself.

Most herbalists classify me as a nervine, which means I impact the nervous system.

As a nervine herbalists use me for:

  • Nervous tension - I am a sedative as well as nerve restorative

  • Exhaustion, especially from excessive worry or mental overwhelm

  • Anxiety - Don tells me that anxiety is rampant today. He is sad that more people do not take advantage of healing herbs like me to help modulate their suffering. After 50 years of practice he affirms that herbs work.

  • Headaches connected to congested gall bladder or liver

  • PMS - try a cup of my nourishing tea or drops of my tincture in water

  • Insomnia, especially when connected to nervous exhaustion

Sometimes you need to use me for awhile before you begin receiving my full benefits. I am gentle but effective. Don likes to share this anecdote from another teacher of his, the late Dr. Jensen, nutritionalist:

“I had a client come to me last week and tell me that he had a salad last week and it didn’t do a thing for him.”

Since my taste is bitter it stands to reason that I would be good for the digestive system according to Ayurveda. And Western herbal medicine has found me helpful for indigestion, lack of hunger and liver congestion.

In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine):

  • I release constraint and relieve pain which helps with nervous tension, stress, fatigue and insomnia

  • I promote urination, clearing toxicosis and edema

  • I can get your menses flowing

  • For nervous depression I work well with St Johnswort

  • For irritability you can use me with Skullcap - Don posted a blog about Skullcap

  • I stimulate your immunity

You can understand why the wise women of Europe consider me a magical herb.

Remember that one cup is probably not going to make much of a change, but one or two cups a day (or tincture 3xday) for 3 to 6 months probably will.

I am Stinging Nettle

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I belong to the Urticaceae family. My genus is Urtica and my species is U. dioica.

I am found in the temperate regions of Europe, Britain, Asia, Japan,  S. Africa, Australia, Andes and N. America. First Nations people used my stalks to make cord and fish nets. I was also used in Britain to make very fine linen. They eventually discontinued this, however, because I was too rebellious and difficult to cultivate. Don recommends consuming me to keep some of your rebellious spirit alive.

Regular use of my young leaves improves nutrition as I am high in chlorophyll, iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphate, Vitamin D, silica, sodium, potassium & sulphur. I guess you could say I am the original green super food!

Don loves to eat me fresh (cooked) in the spring up until about June and then he dehydrates me for use the rest of the year. He powders my dried leaves and then mixes me in kefir as a morning tonic.

I am helpful for some people who suffer from migraines associated with bilious vomiting.

I have been researched and tested and found excellent to relieve the symptoms of hayfever & other allergies.

My rich chlorophyll blood helps to purify your blood and clean up your lymph.

I have been known to reduce uric acid and help those suffering with rheumatism & gout.    

And for new mothers I promote milk production for nursing. I love the term that you use for that property: Galactagogue.

Apparently I contain secretin, a substance that acts as a stimulus to pancreatic secretion that stimulates the digestive glands of the stomach, intestines, liver & gall bladder.  This is especially important for use in the Spring, after you may have possibly been more sedentary and eaten heavier foods during the Winter.

Some people find that gargling with my tea reduces mouth infections, thrush, gingivitis & tonsillitis. 

Those brave of heart use my fresh plants to sting an area of the body bothered with rheumatism or arthritis. According to Don, it works like a charm for some.

Get to know me. Even though I may sting you, the lingering tingles will go away within a few days and may even be good for you. Don says that my tender, new Spring leaves are absolutely delicious steamed, sautéed or fried, and since he has a culinary degree I take that as true.

For a delicious recipe, visit Stinging Nettles Recipes at:

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Hawthorn Cordial

This hawthorn cordial recipe combines the nourishing qualities of hawthorn with delicious spices that help digestion. Enjoy in small amounts after an evening meal. Hawthorne berries have traditionally been used in herbal medicine to improve heart health and circulation. 

 What you’ll need... 

  • 1 cup dried hawthorn berries (80 grams) 

  • 1 apple, chopped, seeds removed 

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger 

  • 3 cardamom pods, crushed 

  • 1 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise 

  • 1 cinnamon stick 

  • zest of 1 lemon 

  • 2 tablespoons dried hibiscus 

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened 100% pomegranate juice 

  • 1/2 cup honey, or to taste 

  • 2 cups brandy

Directions:

1) Place all of the herbs, spices, and fruit in a 1-quart jar. 

2) Add the pomegranate juice and honey, then fill the jar the rest of the way with brandy (approximately 2 cups). 

3) Infuse this for 1-4 weeks, shaking often. Strain. This can be stored in a dark, cool location and is best consumed within 1 year. 

Shared with me by one of my students.