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Gaian Mind with Stephen Buhner

I spent a weekend with Stephen Buhner, wordsmith, storyteller, poet, and teacher, at a class organized by Kathleen Maier's herb school, Sacred Plant Traditions. Stephen impregnated ideas of oneness, providing insight into the inner workings of the "Gaian Mind and the Secret Teachings of Plants", going back to the very life form and function of bacteria to the rich cultural diversity of plants.

We were asked to open our hearts to what is termed the invisibles of communication, sitting with a plant and being open to the thoughts and feelings that immerge in the present moment. I sat with what looked like a variegated wild ginger, commonly knows as Virginia Heartleaf (Hexastylis virginica), and a member of the Aristolochiaceae family. I was drawn to the unusual patters of the flower and the heart shape of the leaf. Each of us in that class had our own unique story of what we encountered that afternoon as the cicadas sung their 17-year love song. Those who participated left with the task of following their heart and tapping deeper in Gaian awareness.

Kathleen Maier's herb school
www.sacredplanttraditions.com

To find out more on Stephen's Books and Teachings..
www.gaianstudies.org



A wonderful blog by Herbalist and participant Leigh Glenn is linked below…..

The Ecological Reclamation of the Self....

http://artofearth.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/the-ecological-reclamation-of-the-self/

Elderberry an abundant native medicine

Elderberry an abundant native medicine[SIZE=4]Celebrating our Native Herbal Heritage: Sambucus canadensis[/SIZE] by Rob and Hilary Templeton Equinox Botanicals recently embarked on a mission to create a line of herbal syrups composed entirely of plants native or naturalized to North America. While developing the line’s ambassador, an Elderberry Syrup, following that criteria led to some encouraging discoveries that seemed to echo the project’s mantra: “Celebrate our native herbal heritage”. Sambucus nigra, the European black elderberry, has centuries of recorded history. It is known as a plant that possesses the power to ward off evil spirits. It has been utilized as a food, a wine, a dye, and for a variety of medicinal applications, especially with symptoms presenting as the onset of a cold or flu. Modern studies are now validating folkloric medicinal use of the plant. S. nigra contains abundant quantities of anthocyanins, the anti-oxidant pigment that is responsible for giving the berries their purple-blue color. Our bodies use antioxidants to neutralize harmful free radicals and protect us from disease. According to the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity) method, elderberry’s “Total Antioxidant Capacity” is one of the highest of all small fruits, having nearly two times the value of cranberry and more than twice that of

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