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“In the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it, before I knew at all who I was, what I was, what I wanted to be.”

~ Upstream, by Mary Oliver

My grandmother was instrumental in instilling a passion for herbs within my young heart; then she gave me all of her old books on herbalism and said, “Here. Read these. One day I’ll be learning from you.”  My step dad gave me a love for organic gardening and plants of all kinds, and my mom gave me the gift of deep love.

I have been actively studying herbal medicine since 1996 and I am mostly self taught.  When I began my study, I couldn’t afford to go to the doctor if something was wrong with me.  Sometimes I couldn’t even afford laundry detergent.  So herbal medicine and soap making were two things I explored fully.

Shamanism came later in my life. I began exploring shamanic healing in 2007, and the spirits took me seriously around 2010 when I experienced what Brené Brown calls a “breakdown”. Her therapist calls it a “spiritual awakening”. This excruciating experience (and journey back to myself) became the foundation upon which I learned to exclusively depend on my personal spiritual support and spirit allies for direct revelation and guidance. Since then, I have worked with some amazing indigenous souls, spirit walkers and medicine carriers and have learned from them all. The common thread among them all is a deep reliance on their personal guides and guardians for direction and support.

This is the distilled essence of my work: to offer you support as you experience the empowering process of learning to trust your spirit allies and your own inner guidance.

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~Thank you for carrying the medicine~


Dana

“I cherished my time chatting with Dana. I came to the conversation from a place of being very unsure about my Earth Medicine practice. Not only was she patient in her listening, quickly getting to the heart of my questions, she was able to provide me practical guidance that was simultaneously honoring of where I’m currently at, and offered a gentle invitation to go deeper. Her guidance has already made a significant impact on my practice and my life.” ~Amy T.

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3 thoughts on “About Dana

  1. Ooooo, Dana. I loved this Goldenrod post.
    You and I connected over a year ago and I must apologize for letting our connection drop. I live in Alabama and have recently remodeled my home to include my Herb shop, classroom, and Apothecary with Stillroom.
    I liked that you undertook a one year study of Goldenrod.
    I am almost ready to go online with my website: http://www.LadyoftheLakeHerbs.com and would be quite happy if I could reference you from time to time. I must admit that I do not know how to do that, but it seems like a good idea. 🙂
    I will also be starting “Community Herbsite” Blog to gather information about “Olde Timey” healing methods (with the intention of using individual [signed] remedials from my followers to create a book- same name); and the “Season’s Thymes” Blog to follow dis-ease and HERBS from season to season.
    I will be adding recipes for Herbal Shrubs and Switchels on my initial posts. Your idea for including Goldenrod is great.
    Suzan

  2. As an amateur, but serious, herbalist and, uh, spirits type of person in eastern NC — gosh, I am just loving this blog. Loving it. I identify with a lot of what you talk about; plus, all the Southern plants. Sweet gum! Tulip tree! Cedar!

    Speaking of sweet gum, reading your post from last June helped me decide to approach sweet gum for a deeper relationship. Besides sitting with the wonderful Liquidambars around my house (and isn’t that a wonderful name? “liquidambar,” so poetic), I also poked around the sciencedirect.com studies, inspired by that one link in your article.

    I came across this study, which is small and on rats (poor rats), but suggest that Liquidambar s. has hepatoprotective effects as mighty as, and perhaps even mightier, than milk thistle. Plus more.

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1110093115000265

    I thought I’d pass this interesting article along. Thanks for your writing!

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