This episode gives an introduction to what herbalism is and how plants interact with our bodies and emotions for healing. We also go into details about sustainability and local community gardens. Part of Evolver Network’s Planet Medicine theme!
Animistic perspectives, which hold the cosmos as “a being to whom prayers and offerings are made, who is endowed with understanding, agency and sentience, and responds to the actions of humans,” are often dismissed as primitive, yet this account of a healing within the shamanic traditions of the Native American Church and the vegetalistas of the Peruvian Amazon reminds us of how profound healing can be when it arises from indigenous perception of a sentient, living cosmos.
The war on drugs rages on, yet, pills and smack are easy and cheap to score, while rehab programs and methadone clinics are booming businesses. It’s tough to discern exactly which came first, the supply or the demand, but, without question opiate addiction has become a startling sign of the times.