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Wise Woman-Herbal Remedies

Updated on September 27, 2015
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I am a photographer, published artist and writer. I am a makeup artist student, and studying herbs. I love to write and share my view points


Your Backyard could be your Medicine Cabinet

Healing Wise is one of the best books I have ever owned. I have referenced back to this book so much that I am afraid the pages are going to fall out. Susun Weed, who is the author teaches us the importance of using herbs that grow in our own back yards and reconnecting the invisible thread that was given to us from our fore-mothers.

Susun Weeds goes into depth about some of the most common herbs either found in most back yards in the United States or can easily be found in the wild. She speaks about: Burdock, Chickweed, Dandelion, Nettle, Oatstraw, Seaweeds and Violets in great details

In Healing Wise her unique style of communicating with the herbs, not only is very informative, but is written and explained in a way that seems like the plants are speaking directly to you. The very first day I began reading this book-in no time I was out in my own back yard looking for the plants that she was describing. Not only was I able to find some of them, but I gained a great respect for these plants which many call weeds.

Susun Weeds teachings are called Wise Woman Tradition. This tradition is the oldest tradition of healing known on the planet. Yet, it is rarely identified, rarely written about and very seldom talked about. The wise woman and the Wise Woman tradition have been invisible for thousands of years

The tradition of good health is flexibility, openness to change, availability to transformation and being grounded. The symbol for this method of healing is the spiral. Substance, thought, feeling and spirit are inseparable in the Wise Woman Tradition. There are no rules, no texts, no rites, in this tradition it is constantly changing, constantly being re-invented.

One of the most rewarding things is going into your back yard and harvesting your own spring salad and medicine. This book will teach you how simple weeds that grow in most yards, have been used for centuries for alternative healing methods.

Interview with Susun Weed

Quote from Healing Wise

These are the ways of our ancient grandmothers, the ancient ones who still live. These wise women are one with all life as they thread the ever-changing spiral. Every pain, every plant, every stone, every feeling, and every problem are cherished as a teacher: not a teacher who grades, but a teacher who guides. Night is loved for darkness and the stars. Day is loved for light and the sun. Uniqueness is our treasure not normally. Our universe includes all; it is both and not either. This is the Wise Woman way the world 'round'

These are the ways of our ancient grandmothers, the ancient ones who still live. These wise women receive nourishment from and give nourishment to the great mother of all. They received her abundance with compassion, knowing they themselves will be good for another. the portal to the existence of death as birth is the portal to the existence of life. They celebrate all comings and goings. This is the Wise Woman way the world 'round'

These are the ways of our ancient grandmothers, the ancient ones who still live. These wise women spin the invisible web which weaves us all together. They invite you to weave the threads of your own life back into the cloak of the ancient one, the holy blanket of the wise woman. They thank you for reweaving, wherever you can, the sacred threads of planetary, animal, plant, and personal kinship.

These are the ways of our ancient grandmothers, the ancient ones who still live. The joy of life is the give-away. They give you a gift of a robe, a robe woven of unconditional self love: Luminous, resonant shimming.

As you emerge through the neck hole you become the center of the universe. All revolves around you, the world's axis, life's matrix, the still point in the ever-moving. The designs of the universe itself radiate down your sleeves and bodice. It is an ancient design. Lift your arms, you are the tree of life, the goddess, unique and whole

And as you trace the invisible way of the Wise Woman, wearing your robe, know that the ancient ones offer you safe journey. They offer you safe journey and the possibility of finding yourself healthy, whole/holy. This is the Wise Woman way the world 'round'.

All of this information came from Susun Weeds book: Healing Wise


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Weed Walk

I purchased Susun Weed's book a couple of years after it was published in 1989. During that time I lived on a fairly large piece of land and grew a lot of my own herbs. After reading Healing Wise, I ventured out my back door and was amazed about how many of the herbs (weeds) I had growing in my yard. I do not use pesticides and to be honest if I ever did I cannot remember it. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER IS: DO NOT EAT ANYTHING THAT HAS BEEN SPRAYED WITH A PESTICIDE INCLUDING YOUR ROSES.

One of my favorite herbs (weed) is what Susun Weed calls "Star Lady" also known as chickweed. This little beauty loves to grow in shaded areas. Now if you look in a shaded area especially around the deck, you will see this massive green patch of tiny leaves and close to spring you will notice tiny little white flowers.

Chickweed is wonderful in salads and is filled with wonderful healing properties. It is a "weed" that is well worth doing research on.

Dandelion is another wonderful herb (weed) that grows everywhere. Now you can use the flower, leaves and roots of the dandelion. The flowers are often made into wine and are delicious in salads. Again, this herb (weed) is well worth doing research on.

Susun Weed will teach you about Stinging Nettle, Oatstraw, Violets and other herbs (weeds) that are well worth the time to research especially because of their nutritious value. This about it, back in the day when grocery stores were not as popular and convent as they are today, many people would gather their food in the yards and woods. You can take it further and see herbs mentioned in the Bible.

Healing Wise is a must read book for anyone who loves the fact about working with herbs.

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    • WhiteOak profile imageAUTHOR

      Eva Thomas 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      It is true Don, a lot of people have forgotten the olden days when doctors healed because they truly cared, and when many times all we had to do was walk out the back door. There are so many healing properties in several tree barks... willow was used for asprine for the longest time. Thank you so much for stopping by, I greatly appreciate it.

    • Don Bobbitt profile image

      Don Bobbitt 

      6 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Great Hub. So Informative and interesting.

      I now have a new perspective on what Nature has laid out for us to use, if we only learn.

      Thanks, Don

    • WhiteOak profile imageAUTHOR

      Eva Thomas 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Dawn, I really have a great respect for her teaching methods and her herbal knowledge. It is rustic and real. To use things from our yards to heal with is just an amazing journey.

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      Dawn Gagnon 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      I like her face..I know that sounds weird but if I like someones face, I just know they are good people. I would love to read more of her stuff and I am hoping this Spring to have another herb and veggie garden. Great write up.


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