the herbwife goes to india! (and how you can help!)

greetings readers! it’s been a long time since i’ve posted to the urban herbwife because i’ve been busily tackling midwifery school. now that i’m through with my classes, i am about to begin the hands-on portion of my training, and i need your help!  in order to complete the requirements for a cpm credential (certified professional midwife), i have to do what’s called a preceptorship–it’s essentially an apprenticeship with an experienced midwife.  for the first six months of my preceptorship, i’m going to be working at a birth center in kerala, india with a fantastic midwife named donna.  i’m trying to raise around $2000 to help defer the cost of my plane ticket–i’ve saved quite a bit to cover many of the other expenses, but as i cannot legally work in india, i’ve got a lot of living to pay for!

if you’ve enjoyed my posts and want and are able to help me with the next leg of my journey, i would be forever grateful to you!  you’ll be able to follow me on my adventure at my other wordpress blog, idylls of acadia, and you herbies will be glad to know that i’ll be planting an herb garden at the birth center–yes, there will be pictures!

so if you’re able, please hop on over to my fundraiser page and give anything you can, no matter how small.  all donations will get me one step closer to realizing my dream of becoming a homebirth midwife, and i wish many blessings on all who help me along my way! ❤

click here to help SEND ABBY TO INDIA 


the wheel of the year, part 6: beltane

(very late due to tornaditude—read it and then come back to it next year :))

throughout the process of writing my wheel of the year posts, i’ve repeatedly been amazed how the goings on in my life have so closely aligned with the themes and stories of the holidays that i investigate.  this is a writer’s dream really—an pile of obvious connections just handed to me on a plate—a good set of tangible, real-world examples just there for the taking.  beltane was no different, but i certainly wish it had been. Read the rest of this entry »

not in kansas anymore, toto!

hi all.  my town, tuscaloosa, was among those southern cities recently devastated by record-breaking tornados.  i’m fine, and my family is fine, but the posts are on hold for a week or two.  send god/goddess/universe power our way!!!


wild foods feast, part 1: intro + dandelion!

i’ve been devoting a lot of time and energy lately to the natural motherhood series, and while i’m going to be continuing that as normal, i wanted to branch out and offer something that would appeal to the un-pregnant majority (a complete assumption) of my readership.  i was thinking about what i could add to my current series, which include the wheel of the year, natural motherhood, and herbal preparations, and my husband ingeniously suggested a series on wild edibles.  yum yum! Read the rest of this entry »

southern appalachian folk medicine intensive, april 29-may 1

this class is being offered by my herb teacher phyllis light.  it is not to be missed!  contact her for more information 🙂


Southern Appalachian Folk Medicine

3 Day Intensive

Friday and Saturday, April 29 & 30 and Sunday, May 1

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Supper break and then 7:00 – 9:00 in the evening 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Sunday

Breakfast and dinner on your own.

Lunch provided all three days.


Location: 329 South Main St., Arab, AL 35016

Appalachian Center for Health Studies

Cost: $360.00

Contact: 256-931-0351


Register by phone or email.

Please let me know any special dietary needs you might have at the time of registration.


There is some sleeping space available at the Center, some beds available at the Native American Resource Center for a modest fee, camping in the side yard and several local hotels which are reasonably priced.

Kitchen and shower facilities are available at the Center.


Topics for the Weekend Include:

History of regional folk medicine

Southern blood types (sweet, sour, bitter, salty)

Principles of Southern Appalachian folk medicine

Plant identification walks and regional uses

Three levels of healing in folk medicine – physical, psychological, spiritual

Old timey herb uses and health protocols

How Tommie Bass used herbs and a discussion of his formulas

Digestion, Nerves and health in the Southern model

Native American plant use and healing practices

And anything else which comes up!

natural motherhood, part 6: herbal baby care

i know that some of you out there love the super-informative posts, but i also know that there are a lot of folks who really love the project-y d.i.y. stuff—-this post is for both of you but will be a special treat to the latter.  (i’m right there with you, hands-on people!) for this entry, i wanted to take a good long look at all of the stuff we put on our babies (creams, ointments, lotions, oils, soaps, powders, balms…..oh my!) breaking everything down into the good, the bad, and the ugly.  a walk down any baby care aisle in the grocery store bombards us with all this crap (yes, most of it is crap), but because “that’s what you put on babies,” that’s what we all buy.  if you’re at all concerned about what goes into your baby, you should pay mind to what goes on her as well—pores, after all, are like little gateways to the bloodstream. Read the rest of this entry »

the wheel of the year, part 5: ostara

in the spirit of moveable feasts, here is my ostara post….very late.   the only problem with this, of course, is that while easter, ostara’s namesake, is indeed a moveable feast, the spring equinox (ostara’s current date) pretty much stays put 🙂 i  dropped the ball on this one folks!  —but as always, there are reasons for this, and i plan on tucking those reasons handily into my exploration of the nature of the holiday. Read the rest of this entry »

my artfire shop is open! :)

greetings readers.  my ostara blog will be out tomorrow, but in the mean time, if you’re interested in organic, eco-friendly body care products, plus some other awesome odds and ends, check out my new artfire store.

The Urban Herbwife

check back may 1 for double the item listings!

proceeds go towards midwifery textbooks for my first semester 🙂 🙂

blessings and thanks for your support!


new stuff coming soon!

just so you don’t think i’ve fallen off the face of the earth, i have a (very late) ostara blog for the wheel of the year, a few more natural motherhood entries, and an herbal blog or two coming up very soon.  it’s been an emotionally taxing few weeks–any good energy sent my way would be greatly appreciated! 🙂


subscribing :)

greetings!  i’ve had a couple of folks contact me about being added to my email list.  i don’t have a newsletter or a mailer (yet) but you can go to the bottom of any post and click on the “subscribe via email” button.  you’ll be notified when anything new is posted.  many thanks for your support and interest!


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