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Lisa Allen

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since Mar 25, 2011
Timing Expert!  Astrologer, Herbalist, Author, & Energy Healer.
San Diego, CA USA
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Good system Martin!  I realize I posted on this 4 years ago and in the meantime, I learned of another way and my man stopped smoking cigarettes, after doing so for around a decade.

I don't recall exactly which herbalists were involved in a conversation online somewhere, but I remember Darcy Blue French in Tucson, AZ area had mentioned the Native American purpose of Tobacco.  Within that cultural framework, Tobacco is a master plant, a teacher.  He is "grandfather" and the plant is burned and smoked, but also offered at times without burning, and the purpose was twofold: prayer for what you would like, and being thankful for all you already have.  So, as you come into a place of "right use" in your own "practice," your space and your energy shifts.  There was a mention also that folks that choose to smoke are balancing (or attempting to balance) their own energies with father and grandfather archetypes - as loving authority, as provider, a leader.  They need focus, direction - and the smoke metaphorically can block out distractions and get stuff done, which is great, until there is a backlog of what is blocked out.  Most of the time, the backlog is emotional processing that needs to be done.  Our society doesn't honor this process, and instead honors being busy doing stuff and productive and tangible results to show for it.

So, the usual way people smoke is they are stressed out, and as they smoke they think about ALL the stuff they're stressed about.  But then, if you think about it, it is like PRAYING for that, you get more stressful events or situations and therefore more stress!  And the cycle keeps going!

Try this instead:  On your smoke breaks (or whenever you smoke), light up and say in your own words, "Thank you Spirit of Grandfather Tobacco for all the blessings I have!  (If you can name your blessings and say thank you, even better, no matter how small - you can be thankful you found a penny on the sidewalk and the gratitude can be the same as winning a car, or getting a new job, it doesn't matter what it is - what matters is in your heart feeling GRATEFUL for the penny just as much as finding the love of your life or excellent health or a 7-digit bank account!).  Really feel your thankfulness as you smoke!

Then, you may ask Grandfather Tobacco Spirit for the things you WANT in your life.  If you wish for a raise, or a new job, or a well-matched life partner, or good health, a beautiful home, to travel - whatever it is that you truly desire.  You can ask for solutions to a problem as well, and see it being solved or just gone.  While you're at it, ask for broader things, like a balanced life where you own your power and make good decisions that help you and others.  Just as incense smoke carries prayers, Tobacco smoke can too.

By the end of the cigarette when you are putting it out to do whatever you are doing (like walking back as many smoke outdoors nowadays), THANK Tobacco AGAIN, this time for all you have and all you SHALL have, and know that the prayers are heard and that Spirit is working hard to figure out how to deliver your wishes, and you just allow it.  Act as though your "check is in the mail" and it is only a matter of time.  And remain happy and light in your heart as much as possible, and even if hurt happens (and you are allowed to acknowledge that), don't forget all the blessings right now, as well as future blessings that will be a big surprise when they come!

Now - I can imagine the Kinnickinnick method can also be implemented because this is also designed for gratefulness and prayer!

My guy didn't need to go this far as he only smoked 2 or 3 cigarettes a day, so JUST by doing the above, without an expectation of when he would stop; one day he just didn't need to anymore (and in his case, it was weeks, not months or years, but do what works).  Blessings were coming in!  Now, we have organic loose tobacco that is not smoked but a pinch offered at the foot of a tree when we go hiking nearby.  The same method can be implemented.

I hope this helps some of you who are curious about the deeper emotional reasons, for which when they become known, it can make quitting tremendously easier. While tobacco may have a physical addiction aspect, I believe freeing the emotional addicting aspect can contribute greatly toward making the physical part well within one's ability to conquer!  I watched it work, and it is worth sharing!
1 year ago
I have been following Collette's blog and videos for YEARS now and so excited she has a BOOK now!!

1 year ago
Hmm - I wonder if Maddie who works at the Woolery Mammoth up in Eureka MT has any ideas?  I know she is a fiber worker of many types and is quickly becoming an expert on plant-based dyeing.  I hope to share this thread with her, but if any of you wish to reach out to her and the shop first -

I also cannot wait for this book to come out on
I absolutely LOVE this idea <3 - even for those who are not permaculture addicts hehe!  So, would these be called Garden Wedding Registries then?  I am sure that local suppliers can get involved, and depending on the intention, it could be a food forest, or a low-maintenance, low/no watering thing that is needed in the southwest USA.  Native plants help here, and as an herbalist, I would add medicinal ones too!
2 years ago
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Hello N Thomas - it seems to me that you need to know whether plants are edible, medicinal, or poison.  Some plants can fall in between too.  Mugwort in my work is a medicinal plant, not one to be used for food, so you would use small amounts and only for the conditions it treats (I bet your dreams were off the hook!).  And if you live in the Western USA, the Mugwort species (Artemisia Douglassi) is much stronger than the officinalis species commonly sold dried in stores.   Please do more research and go on the safe side if you are not sure.  I realize it is best to learn with someone - but finding out where a plant falls in that scale (and even parts of the plant vary!), and look into some good foraging books.  I realize some herbs are considered food (example Nettle, Plantain, Red Raspberry, Oatstraw) and still have great medicinal value.  Go easy.  I am guessing you only had a painful cleansing reaction but I hope you can avoid a worse incident.  Take care!
2 years ago
If indeed you do have wild lettuce/prickly lettuce - it is an amazing medicine! Tincture in vodka for 6 weeks, filter (coffee filter with small colander works well) and if you want, keep adding new plant material to it to make it stronger! It is very safe to use for pain relief and insomnia - and quite effective! You may need to wash it down with something after the taste but funny, I am used to it now! Excellent to add to your chamomile-spearmint tea for evening
2 years ago
Chris, I might have a friend interested in this, is it still open? She might want the terms and such so if open, please PM me and I will get you in touch with her okay? She has a degree in permaculture.
2 years ago
Interesting map Paul - I actually know someone in Montana who was diagnosed after a decade of symptoms with Lyme. However, I wonder if she caught it by visiting California or something. I should ask her! In any event, I highly recommend folks with Lyme look at the book on this topic written by Wolf Storl. He was at the MT Herb Gathering a few years ago and he is awesome!
2 years ago
Matt - you don't mention what CAUSES your headaches. Was it a head injury? Is it that your system is blocked or backed up (yes, THAT can cause headaches)? Sometimes herbs that clear your colon and the liver/gall bladder system help immensely. Look into herbs that do those functions instead of just making the pain signal go away. Then, you can repeat the cycle of gentle herbs every springtime (if liver) and see if you have less headaches. I have a sensitive system, so I take gentle herbs for like 3 months when I am doing this. Usually my blend has Cascara Sagrada, Turmeric, Burdock, Yellow Dock, Dandelion Root and Fennel (or Cardamon) and if you have an excess-type constitution, see if Oregon Grape Root is a good addition too. Grinding up powder, mixing in raw unprocessed local honey (or grass-fed butter if you are diabetic) and take 1/2 teaspoon or more (or less) 2 or 3 times a day for 6 days a week for awhile. Drink lots of water, make sure your diet eliminates things you don't need but includes things you DO need - and see what happens, hopefully it is lessened somewhat if not been eliminated Then - if you still need nervine herbs for pain, Willow is only ONE to look at. Others are Wild Lettuce, Lemon Balm, Meadowsweet and as mentioned Cramp Bark, Valerian and even Mullein can have pain fighting properties. To send herb energy to the head, maybe adding some rosemary, gingko or (love!) gotu kola and even a small amount of lobelia (small amount will not make you want to throw up!) Please talk to a qualified herbalist if you can (yes, that is my disclaimer!) as your situation could be very individual. Some people use cayenne pepper for their headaches because that is what works for them, you know?
2 years ago