The Plant Path
By with Sajah & Whitney Popham, founders of The School of Evolutionary Herbalism. Herbalist, Spagyricist, Medical Astrologer
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The Plant Path is a window into the world of the herbal medicine. With perspectives gleaned from traditional western herbalism, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Alchemy, Medical Astrology, and traditional cultures from around the world, The Plant Path provides unique insights, skills and strategies for the practice of true holistic herbalism. From clinical to spiritual perspectives, we don't just focus on what herbs are "good for," but rather who they are as intelligent beings, and how we can work with them to heal and consciously evolve.
||CleanEssential Oils vs. Fixed Oils||People commonly confuse the term essential oil with infused oils, not realizing they are in fact two different types of extraction. We also have the term herbal oils or aromatic oils, which also contributes to the confusion, as these terms have all...||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Holistic Properties of Valerian||Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is one of those herbs that a lot of people are aware of, especially in regards to its usage as a remedy for sleep. But why does Valerian help us sleep? What are the underlying properties that lend to this popularized...||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Medicine of Water, Food + Herbs from an Indigenous Perspective on Healing - with Chenoa Egawa -||Today we're joined by Chenoa Egawa, a Coastal Salish ceremonial leader, singer, speaker, environmental activist and artist. In this episode, Chenoa shares stories and wisdom from her ancestry and life experience to uplift and inspire along the...||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Herbal Equation||It's easy when you first get started studying herbal medicine to just focus on the plants- after all, that's usually what gets us into herbalism to begin with- we love plants! But the plants are just one half of the "herbal equation." It's...||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Human Body: Machine or Ecosystem?||Modern biomedicine tends to view the human body like a machine made up of multiple "gears." When something goes wrong, we simply need to fix the broken part. This mechanistic view of the body is significantly different from more traditional...||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeveloping Your Herbal Competence and Confidence||As we walk the plant path, there eventually comes a time when we come up against certain blocks that prevent us from reaching that next level in our practice of herbalism. While it's critical that we learn the external skills, strategies, principles...||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeveloping Relationships with Botanical Beings - featuring Asia Suler||Having a connection to the herbal allies you work with is essential to truly accessing the deepest levels of healing offered by plant medicines. But how do you develop a relationship with these botanical beings? In this episode, Asia Suler shares a...||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPreventative Medicine With Astro-Herbalism||One of the main problems with modern medicine isn't just based on the fact that pharmaceutical drugs can often cause more problems than solutions, but rather, it's a problem of philosophy which directly influences the way medicine is practiced. The...||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAstrological Principles and Practice with Adam Sommer||In this special issue of The Plant Path, Sajah interviews Adam Sommer, founder of the Exploring Astrology podcast and practicing astrologer for over 10 years. In this interview Adam and Sajah explore the fundamental principles behind a holistic...||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Only Way I Could Learn Astrology...||Alright... I confess!! I really struggled with learning astrology when I first started. I couldn't figure out what was wrong with me! I'd read about a planet or a sign of the zodiac and afterwards wouldn't be able to remember anything about it. It was..||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Best Psychological Model For Herbalists||One of the critical elements of the new paradigm of plant medicine is that there are more and more practitioners are incorporating the psychological, emotional and spiritual levels of being in their clinical work. I think this is an essential...||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPotentizing Your Herbal Medicine With Astrology||In order to be an effective herbalist, you have to of course, know your medicines inside and out- you must know them holistically. You have to also know how to properly assess the individual asking you for help, know how to ask them the right...||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Power of Medical Astrology- Interview with Judith Hill||Medical Astrology provides an incredibly precise and in depth tool the herbalist can use to understand people holistically as well as the true nature of medicinal plants. In this interview, renowned medical astrologer Judith Hill discusses the...||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPlant Medicine Through the Wheel of the Year: Imbolc - featuring Darcey Blue||Today we’re joined by Southwest herbalist Darcey Blue for a special Imbolc episode. In this episode, we discuss the potency of this sacred time of year and how to align with the energies that are coming alive right now. Upon this threshold between...||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPlants, Planets and Evolutionary Medicine||The synergy of astrology and herbalism provides a truly holistic framework that unites the physiology, psychology and soul of the person, with the physical, energetic and spiritual properties of plants. The result of this synergy gives us as...||2/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEntheogenic Plants, The Quintessence and Energetic Architecture||This week I’ve been writing about what I refer to as the Energetic Architecture of nature, which are the fundamental underlying patterns of life expressed throughout a broad spectrum of medical and spiritual traditions from across the world. One of...||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEvolutionary Herbalism: The Book||While I’ve been writing this week, I thought you might be interested to hear about the things I’m studying and sharing in the current chapters I’m working on. So I decided to bring you along on the journey with me as I’m creating this book....||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Calling to the Plant Path||Each one of us has a story of how we ended up walking the plant path. Many stories I’ve heard have been a mixture of a dark night of the soul kind of healing crisis - meets - falling head over heels into the world of herbalism kind of love story...||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFire: The Primary Element of Transformation||The Fire Element in the Alchemical Tradition is said to be the most important force- for it is the primary Element of transformation. The alchemists saw Fire as the terrestrial, or Earthly manifestation of the Sun, which is responsible for all changes..||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Art of Distillation||Distillation is one of the primary alchemical processes used in the production of true spagyric extracts. The 2 primary methods of distillation used are for essential oils, which extracts the Sulfur (Soul) of the plant, as well as for alcohol, which...||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpagyrics: Ancient Medicine for the Modern World||The world needs healing right now more than ever. And not just patching up symptoms and definitely not suppressing them- we all need deep healing within our bodies, minds, hearts and souls. We need healing that will reconnect us with our true nature...||10/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 Ways to Deepen Your Connection to Plants||I always tell my students, "don't just be an armchair herbalist!" That means in order to be a true herbalist, you need to have something more than book knowledge of plants- you need to take your understanding from an intellectual level in the mind to...||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRestoring the Nervous System with Plants||In our modern day culture of excessive stress, not enough sleep, and the overall stimulating nature of the world, the human nervous system is taxed like it's never been before. Luckily, we have a set of herbal medicines that are specific for not...||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Key to Constitutional Herbalism||One of the key distinguishing characteristics of the practice of true holistic herbalism is the understanding of herbal energetics juxtaposed with the human constitution. These 2 areas of study are the crux of traditional systems of...||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSilvery Leaves: A Lunar Materia Medica||From anti-spasmodics and nervines, demulcents and emmenagogues, there are a wide category of herbal medicines which are considered to be ruled by the Moon. In this lecture from the 2017 Renaissance Medicine Conference, Sajah shares some key...||9/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPsychology, Astrology and Herbalism||Let’s face it, people want deeper levels of healing these days. Most are starting to realize that a physical symptom in the body is actually and oftentimes directly influenced by the mind and emotions. Some are even thinking that maybe their...||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInitiation Through Spagyric Medicines||A core premise of alchemically prepared medicines is not just rejuvenation of the physical body, but also a purification and revitalization of the human psyche and spirit. Through this deeper level of healing spagyric medicines provide, they are said...||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Importance of Moistening Herbs||From a constitutional perspective, it appears that most herbal medicines have a drying effect upon the tissues. Whether it's from increasing urination, exocrine gland secretions, sweating.... there are many ways that herbs lead to fluids leaving the...||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMy Top 5 Herbs for Mental Clarity||When our minds aren’t clear it’s hard to accomplish anything- we scatter into the winds or sink down into the low energetic state of brain fog. But when our minds are clear, focused, disciplined, and engaged, we tend to feel uplifted, positive,...||8/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy You Should Stop Taking Everything for 6 Weeks||Okay okay, I know the title of this post seems really weird coming from an herbalist. But here me out on this one, because I think there’s some important stuff to consider here. People are taking more vitamins, minerals, supplements, and...||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Importance of Nervine Materia Medica||I always tell my students that for the client that is stressed and exhausted to give them herbs for the nervous system before even thinking about touching the adaptogens which are typically administered for these common complaints. Too many herbalists..||8/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat IS Herbal Energetics?||It’s common for people to conjure up images of plant spirits or think that energetics is some far out there esoteric “woo-woo” concept in herbalism. This could not be farther from the truth. In fact, before modern science came into fruition and...||8/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanClinical Patterns vs. Uses||We’ve all seen it before. You get super excited about a new herb and want to learn more about it. So you pull your herb books off the shelf and open it to the monograph on that plant. Unfortunately what you end up with is oftentimes only a few...||8/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeaky Gut Syndrome Herbal Actions and Formulation||Leaky gut syndrome is a byproduct of our modern world- from antibiotic trauma to inorganic, processed and genetically modified foods- the human gastrointestinal tract has undergone some serious changes, and not necessarily for the better. I would...||7/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHerbs Therapeutics for Pain||Pain is one of the #1 reasons people go to see the doctor these days. But aside but over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs, benzodiazepine based muscle relaxants, or opiate based pain meds, modern pharmaceutical and allopathic medicine has very...||7/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlchemy and Spagyrics in Herbalism (Part 2)||In part II of this two part lecture, you will learn some of the practical applications of alchemical philosophy in the preparation of herbal medicines, a practice referred to as "spagyrics." You will learn how the 3 philosophical principles of...||7/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMedical Astrology for the Practitioner of Botanical Medicine (Part 2)||Throughout the Renaissance Era of medicine, it was standard practice for not only herbalists, but university trained physicians to utilize medicine astrology in their diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. As science desacralized ancient traditions,...||7/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMedical Astrology for the Practitioner of Botanical Medicine (Part 1)||Throughout the Renaissance Era of medicine, it was standard practice for not only herbalists, but university trained physicians to utilize medicine astrology in their diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. As science desacralized ancient traditions,...||7/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 5 Keys for Using Herbs Holistically||In the modern world of herbalism, strongly influenced by information from Google and the phytopharmaceutical and supplement industries, there is an increasing lack of traditional knowledge in the common mindset and usage of plant medicines. This had...||7/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpagyric Pharmacy for the Practitioner of Herbal Medicine||Many modern practitioners of herbal medicine have a calling to heal not on the body with plants, but also the more subtle levels of the mind, emotions and spirit. While many reach for flower essences to work on this vibrational level of the...||7/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHolistic Respiratory Formulation||The art of herbal formulation is… well just that- an art!! The #1 mistake too many herbalists make when it comes to formulating is that they think about what organ system they want to work with and BAM- throw every herb they can think of that...||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlchemy and Spagyrics in Herbalism (Part 1)||This episode comes from the 2015 NW Herbal Symposium, on Whidbey Island, WA. Be sure to check out Part II!! ———————————— CONNECT WITH SAJAH ———————————— To get free in depth mini-courses and videos,...||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlchemy and Medical Astrology||This episode comes from the 2016 Breitenbush Herbal Conference. ———————————— CONNECT WITH SAJAH ———————————— To get free in depth mini-courses and videos, visit our blog at:...||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Quintessential Herb Monograph (Part 2)||I always say one of the best things we can do as herbalists is not only study the plants with consistency, but to really know how to study them. What are the critical pieces of information you have to know about every plant you work with?...||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Quintessential Herb Monograph (Part 1)||I always say one of the best things we can do as herbalists is not only study the plants with consistency, but to really know how to study them. What are the critical pieces of information you have to know about every plant you work with?...||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Elemental Plant||In part 2 of The Elements in People and Plants, we explore some the Elemental patterns as they exist within the botanical kingdom. From the perspective of ancient traditions, everything in the manifest universe contains all of the four...||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElemental Anatomy||This episode is from the 2017 Alchemical Herbalism Workshop. Traditional medical systems see that the body is not simply composed of atoms, molecular structures, or even organs, systems, and tissues. Rather, they saw that the human body is a microcosm..||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Vital Force of Nature and Holistic Herbalism||This episode is from the 2017 Alchemical Herbalism Workshop. One of the essential foundations of a holistic model of herbal medicine is understanding the importance of the vital force both as a concept as well as a practice. You will learn what the...||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Awesome! Most in depth herbal podcast I've come across!
This podcast is such a valuable resource; I'm so glad I stumbled upon it! The topics don't just skim the surface of herbalism, they go to great depths to explain how it's all connected. I can't get enough and have learned so much just from the few episodes I have listened to so far. It's like an herbal education all in itself. Thank you for sharing your immense wisdom with us!!
We’re all on our herbal paths together, and this podcast helps!
Sajah is my go to for inspiration and insight. As a begging herbalist I feel lucky to have come across this podcast as I weave together my own herbal paths. Thank you, Sajah for your sprit and for all the free classes you offer.
Fascinating and Informative about Herbal Energetics, Astrology, and Alchemy
I have REALLy enjoyed listening to this podcast and have recommended it to several friends as well as in a couple herbal forums! It has really rounded out my knowledge of traditional herbalism. Episodes range from information about Herbal Energetics, the hebal astrological and lunar calender, herbs in alchemy and spagyrics, and presents a whole new way (for me) of viewing and using plants in general. Sajah is really well educated and presents his information intuitively and methodically in a format that is easy to understand and listen to. I can't recommend this podcast enough!