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Herbs for a Vibrant Life – with Herbalist Rosalee de la Foret :075

Herbalist Rosalee de la Foret shares ways to re-immerse ourselves in herbs.

Rosalee de la Foret, RH (AHG), is a clinical herbalist, herbal mentor, and herbal educator who has dedicated her life to making herbal education available to everyone to spread the reconnection with herbs around the world.  Rosalee has a gift for making traditional herbal medicine simple and practical and is incredibly inspirational in her message of how to re-immerse ourselves in herbs.  She is the author of the book Alchemy of Herbs, where she shares deliciously created herbal recipes that titillate the taste buds while reconnected them with the diverse taste of herbs.  This inspirational, educational, and fun interview will compel and teach you how to make herbs a daily part of your life, not just part of your medicine chest.

 

Listen to the podcast to hear:

  • How herbs aren’t just for acute health issues, but historically played a much larger role in our ancestors’ lives.
  • How the simplification of the food system and taste profiles have created a nutrient and herb deficit in our culture.
  • How the phytonutrient diversity “herb deficit” has affected the health and spiritual well-being of the more recent generations.
  • How our herb deficit doesn’t just come from a lack of consuming herbs, but also from a lack of being in a relationship with plants outdoors.
  • How to cultivate an outdoor relationship with plants.
  • Practical tips on increasing your use of herbs in your foods.
  • How to take her “phytonutrient” challenge during your meals.
  • How to create nourishing infusions to use nutrient-dense herbs throughout your day.
  • The side effects of using nettles every day.
  • How lack of bitters has affected our health as a culture, and how to incorporate the bitter flavor into your daily life.
  • How to use rituals around herbal teas and bitters to elevate your experience with herbs.
  • What the different tastes of herbs are, and how to sense them for yourself.
  • How the different tastes of herbs can indicate the uses of those herbs.
  • Why we should include all 5 flavors of herbs into our meals and our daily lives.
  • Why it’s important to approach herbal learning (and life in general) from a state of joy instead of stress, pressure, and dread.
  • How to change our perception from moving towards a vibrant life instead of away from an early death.

 

About Rosalee

Herbalist Rosalee de la ForetRosalee de la Foret is a clinical herbalist, herbal educator and author of the book, Alchemy of Herbs: Transforming Everyday Ingredients Into Foods and Remedies that Heal. She is also the Education Director at Learning Herbs with Herb Mentor and a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild. Rosalee’s teachings make herbs simple and practical for everyone. You can explore herbs and herbal remedies with Rosalee at HerbsWithRosalee.com and LearningHerbs.com . Learn about her healing story here.

 

Join Contributing Podcaster Lori Rose, Ph.D. for interactive classes teaching how to make and use Natural Remedies with your whole family! Join live or enjoy the recordings!

 

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Natural Remedies for Grief with Nurse Herbalist Lora Krall :062

Grief often does just need time for healing, but there are natural and herbal remedies that can ease the process.

 

With over 35 years of nursing experience in the critical care and emergency room – Lora Krall is very familiar with tragedy and grief. As if being present with grieving families over the years was not enough experience; the recent loss of her son and many other family members (30 in total) in a two and half year period, make her even more of an expert.

 

Lora shares from her nursing background, personal grief and herbal training. She has some tremendously valuable insight.

 

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Here are some highlights of our discussion on grief:

  • Lora began learning about herbs as nutritional support and prevention
  • The lack of support for health professionals to talk about grief
  • Being a community herbalist
  • “There are so many places where herbs and conventional/allopathic medicine can work well together. I see no reason why we can’t use the best of both.” – Nurse Herbalist Lora Krall
  • What our culture sees as acceptable ways and time frames for dealing with grief.
  • Where grief pops up: loss of pets, family members, a job, a home, an idea, a dream…
  • What happens when people do not deal with their grief?
  • Go spend time in nature. That is so incredibly healing.” – Nurse Herbalist Lora Krall
  • Death builds life.” – Nurse Herbalist Lora Krall
  • Hawthorn blend: Mimosa bark, Hawthorn, lavender – causes a gentle opening like a flower for a heart closed by grief.
  • The subtle, gentle effects of herbs.
  • Herbal stories
  • Grief in a community
  • “Violet helps you in the journey from the head to the heart.” – Nurse Herbalist Lora Krall
  • “Borage gives you courage and helps you stand up and face the world.”  – Nurse Herbalist Lora Krall
  • How do you deal with death as in an ending of a relationship where you may encounter the situation or people again? Ceremony: write letters and burn them as a method of release, nurture the loss especially when it’s between two females (motherwort)
  • Violet is also known as “Heart Ease” – the metaphors in our language.
  • When you (or a friend is) are sick to death: Linden Flower, Lavender, Chamomile in a foot bath – and some Rosemary for remembrance and peppermint to move things along.
  • Letting go of grief for ideas and dreams that have never come to be.
  • What to do and not to do with someone who is grieving. (Don’t not talk about IT.) Use light touch, not smothering hugs. If you bring food, keep it light: nutritious soups, light teas, juices and things that are easy to make. Not heavy, creamy hot dishes. Just saying, “I’m thinking of you.” is enough.
  • Are there cultures that deal with grief “better”?
  • What can we do to deal with grief better? Lora shares about the “Spirit Bowl”. Honoring the loss of a family member for a year to allow them to integrate into their new environment. This can be done by creating an altar for the one who has passed.
  • How Lora and her husband support one another in the loss of their son.
  • Men and grief.

Lora’s handout “Herbs for Grieving Process”

Lora’s website.

 

About Lora Krall

Nurse Herbalist Lora KrallI am as much a part of what I see as it is a part of me. We are all one.  I despise labels and boxes instead preferring the gray zones of life that allow us to change and grow, adapt and integrate.  I am a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter. I have had careers as a nurse, gardener, coordinator, barista, caretaker and teacher. I am passionate about equality for all, education, and the environment in all its many forms.  I love to read, write, research, learn, explore, garden, hike, camp, travel, cook, create and just be.  While the many roles we play in our lives shape and form, it is the stories we create that tell who we are .  I hope you will join me as I share some of my story.