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85. REPLAY Embodied Plant Medicine & Ancestral Heartbeats - Sean Padraig O'Donoghue

Medicine Stories

Release Date: 01/13/2022

REISSUE: The Healing Magic of St. John's Wort show art REISSUE: The Healing Magic of St. John's Wort

Medicine Stories

St. John’s Wort has evolved over millennia to capture sunlight and turn it into the molecule hypericin, which has numerous profound effects on our human bodies. Our is HALF OFF until sold out (as of June 2024)! From deep nerve healing, relaxation, and pain relief when applied externally to its antidepressant, antiviral, and liver supportive properties when taken internally, SJW has always occupied an exalted place in the medicine cabinet of the ancestral humans who were lucky enough to live where it grew, and is one of the most used and loved herbal medicines in the world today. IN THIS...

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Nourishing Motherlines show art Nourishing Motherlines

Medicine Stories

In which I read a few pieces from my new Substack. Bone, blood, milk, and marrow... Nourishing Motherlines is a collection of memoir-adjacent personal writings exploring my evolving understanding of nourishment (not nutrients), how my mitochondria and minerals were inherited from my motherline (and yours from yours), my hEaLiNg JoUrNeY as I navigate hypothyroid and hypoadrenal exhaustion and a host of related symptoms, what I am focusing on as I prepare to help my daughters with seemingly inevitable future health issues as women alive in the 21st century, and your garden variety midlife...

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110. Women's Bodies are Metabolically Expensive (Why Things Break So Easily) - Dr. Suuzi Hazen show art 110. Women's Bodies are Metabolically Expensive (Why Things Break So Easily) - Dr. Suuzi Hazen

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Chinese Medicine holds that women’s bodies are 10x harder to heal than men’s, as our reproductive system is biologically much more precious and metabolically more intensive to maintain. In this conversation my good friend, third time guest, and Doctor of Chinese Medicine Suuzi and I catch up one year after we both underwent severe energy loss to share how we’ve rebuilt and healed. We talk about shifting away from the mindset of achieving “optimum human health” (an illusion that contributed to our health crises), working and mothering in a state of total burnout, how our childrens’...

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109. Loving Ourselves Home: Finding Sanctuary in Herbal Medicine - Kami McBride show art 109. Loving Ourselves Home: Finding Sanctuary in Herbal Medicine - Kami McBride

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The times are unprecedented and there is no template for the future. We all feel this, and we feel the overwhelm of information, influence, and opinions. Herbalism, as it always has, offers us sanctuary from everything vying to take hold of our attention and life force. Not so that we can check out in an endless fog of self care, but so that we can be truly present and embodied as we navigate this time of rapid and radical change.  The plants call us home to ourselves. Kami’s Free Workshop (week of 3/3/24 only) Kami’s Free Webinar (week of 3/3/24 only) Kami’s revered course ...

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108. The Mythic Hive & How Bees Heal Us - Ariella Daly show art 108. The Mythic Hive & How Bees Heal Us - Ariella Daly

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Nothing exemplifies the magic of nature more than honeybees. They are insects yet their colonies are akin to a mammalian being, they produce numerous healing substances from their bodies and within their hives, and they have been revered and mythologized since time immemorial by countless cultures. Beekeepers live longer than folks in any other profession, and being in relationship with bees is deep medicine for the spirit in these frazzled times. Let us relearn ancestral ways of tending and listening to bees so that we may maximize our chances of reclaiming a vibrant and thriving Earth....

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107. Death is the Great Healing: Reclaiming Ancestral Relationship w/ the Dead - Perdita Finn show art 107. Death is the Great Healing: Reclaiming Ancestral Relationship w/ the Dead - Perdita Finn

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“I pray to the dead to help me remember who I am while I’m still alive.” To be in relationship with those who’ve gone before us is a deeply human way of being. Our ancestors knew that the “departed” never left, and that they answer when called. The way modern Western people conceive of the dead is a deviation that discards millennia of human knowing. Let us pray to the ancestors to help us sober up from civilization, remember what we’ve always known, and reclaim the long story of the soul. RESOURCES: Perdita’s website (book giveaway & course coupon code) by Bernd...

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106. Chronic Illness: Telling Honest Stories, Navigating the Underworld, and Tending the Roots - Sarah Ramey show art 106. Chronic Illness: Telling Honest Stories, Navigating the Underworld, and Tending the Roots - Sarah Ramey

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It is estimated that half of all Americans have chronic health issues, and yet these conditions are new to the human species. What has happened? And how does an afflicted individual navigate a medical system that dismisses them and offers little help, embedded within a culture obsessed with self improvement and the hero’s journey of triumph? Sarah and I talk about the multifactorial nature of chronic illness and what has changed between generations, walking the fine line between self-responsibility and acknowledging that we’re all embedded in toxic systems that are out of our control,...

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105. Synchronicity Reveals Our Ecological Niche - Sophie Strand show art 105. Synchronicity Reveals Our Ecological Niche - Sophie Strand

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Healing is communal. Settle in softly for this wide-ranging conversation with my most requested guest. Sophie and I talk chronic illness and trauma, diagnosis as blessing and as hex, the theater of medicine, the aquatic nature of memory, and the entanglements of time. RESOURCES: Sophie on Sophie’s newsletter by Sarah Ramey ACE- by Bessel van den Kolk (giant trigger warning; read the book below instead) by Rupa Marya and Raj Patel by Erik Wargo by Julia Cameron by Barbara Ehrenreich (a podcast beloved by both me & Sophie) Read by Ursula K Le Guin by Karen Barad by Joanna...

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104. Your Body is Not a Closed System: The Sun, Cell Signaling, & Metabolic Wellness - Sarah Kleiner show art 104. Your Body is Not a Closed System: The Sun, Cell Signaling, & Metabolic Wellness - Sarah Kleiner

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The sun rules the rhythms and the well-being of all life on Earth, and humans are no exception to this rule. With the very recent (evolutionarily speaking) advent of indoor living and the even more recent advent of indoor lighting, we have inadvertently shut down the vital communication between sunlight and our cells. This is as upstream as it gets when it comes to health, and when we come back into relationship with the sun all manner of issues (insomnia, obesity, infertility, and so much more) can resolve. Let’s talk about the science behind circadian rhythm and practical ways to heal with...

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103.  Midlife Burnout for Women & Why Healing Work Can Make Us Worse - Dr. Suuzi Hazen show art 103. Midlife Burnout for Women & Why Healing Work Can Make Us Worse - Dr. Suuzi Hazen

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Suuzi has been one of my best friends for 15 years, and our lives have taken parallel tracks recently- deeply interested in health & natural living for decades, we have nevertheless both found ourselves in total burnout at the edge of collapse in our early 40s. We share what got us here (and the irony that so much of it is doing things we truly believed were making us healthy), the current state of our metabolic/thyroid/mineral health, and our paths going forward. We hope this inspires others feeling stuck and confused- despite tremendous effort to be healthy- to quiet the outside noise, self...

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A replay of the only episode I’ve ever deleted. Please listen to Episode 84 Our Complex Humanity Cannot Be Cancelled first.

Our ancestors were in constant biochemical conversation with the world, and so are we. Plants are a gateway into the depths of our consciousness, emotions, and physical experience of being alive. Let us come back into relationship with the information available in each interaction with the natural world.

TOPICS:

  • The archetype of the witch in the hut at the edge of the village

  • Neurodivergence, tryptamine, sensory gating channels, and pattern recognition

  • What is the purpose of the human being?

  • Finding one’s path after a confused and lost childhood

  • Psilocybin and the conversation happening between everything

  • Knowing what you’re saying yes to

  • When an herb changes your embodied experience of the world

  • The illusory distinction between plant, animal, and human consciousness

  • Finding what’s ours to do in a world with so much suffering

  • The power of drop doses to create somatic shifts

  • Creating coherence in the complex, fluid, multivalent signalling system within the body

  • Plant compounds that mirror our neurotransmitters and hormones

  • Ancestral names, places, music, language, and stories

  • Hawthorn myth and medicine

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