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WOMEN ~ We Are Stronger Together

Apr 29, 2022 06:35AM ● By Kathleen Gould and Madalyn Johnson
A group of women with their arms around each other.


Throughout history, women have traditionally been the caretakers and nurturers within their families and communities, and although men can of course do this too, it has been our role as mothers, daughters and sisters for many thousands of years. Herbalism is such a natural part of our lives as women, if we will open ourselves up and allow it to come in.
We are coming back to our remembering that herbs and plants are alive, and everything alive has a spirit. The spirit of these plant beings came in that form with the purpose of healing us. We are remembering that herbs are our birthright. Our ancestors grew these healing herbs in their backyards or went out into the wild and found these beautiful healing plants to heal their families or people in their communities. They have always made infusions (teas) and foods with the plants to help keep themselves and their loved ones radiantly healthy.
We are seeing a huge rebirth of women coming together again in circles across the country to learn together, make medicines together, and share knowledge with one another. We are remembering the difference between competition and community, and are now choosing to share our knowledge openly and lovingly so everyone can grow and benefit from it.
There is a strong feminine energy bursting forth on the planet. Thousands of new herbalists are awakening to this “art of herbal healing” every day. They are out in nature harvesting and making beautiful herbal medicines, teas, salves, lip balms, creams, lotions and potions from nature’s pure and healing plants, and they are lovingly offering these gifts to humanity. What a beautiful time to be alive!
One wonderful way to explore herbs is to share information with like-minded women. Many groups are formed around the moon cycle. Start a group on or near a new moon and invite in those friends who could benefit or enhance an herbal moon circle. Encourage everyone to bring a tea they like, or a particular product they’ve made or found that has benefitted them, or maybe an ounce or two of their “favorite” herb, and start playing with tastes and let your senses, and intuition, guide you. Once the conversation starts, you will be amazed at how much you can learn from others and what new discoveries can be made. Two minds are always better than one!
Another fun way to do a women’s herbal gathering is to concentrate on one herb. One participant could do a short “report” on the benefits of that particular plant, and then you could start playing with it. Make a tea—remember 1 teaspoon of herb to one 8-ounce cup of water. Bring recipes to share using that herb. Let’s talk about chamomile as an example. Try it as a tea, then add a touch of honey and see how that tastes. If these women are mothers, try making chamomile popsicles—a fun way to get herbs into our kiddos (or add a shot of vodka to this liquid and now you have an adult version). Simply make a nice, strong tea; sweeten it with your sweetener of choice; pour into popsicle molds; and freeze overnight. These are a fun and delicious treat before bedtime and calms them for a good night’s sleep. Chamomile tea can be used as the liquid in many muffin recipes, such as blueberry muffins—adds that bit of medicine into a favorite treat.
In today’s world, a very popular way to share and explore herbs with other women is to join a social media herbal group. There are many. You might have to weed out a few before you find your “tribe,” but they can be an abundant source of good information for those who enjoy this type of community.
If you are a planner, planning a local herb walk for your interested herby friends is a wonderful way to be together and learn from each other. Meet up at a local walking path and start exploring the world around you. Be sure to take a book or two with you on local plants to help you identify what you might be seeing. Sit with the plants and feel their energy, show gratitude for their healing powers, and breathe in their essence.
Women have a sacred bond with other women, one of trust. Healing botanicals will help you rediscover that bond and the magic of being a woman.

Madalyn Johnson (left) and Kathleen Gould (right)


Kathleen Gould, registered herbalist, and Madalyn Johnson are proprietors of SW Herb Shop and Gathering Place. Gould has been an herbalist for 30-plus years and has extensive experience in herbal medicine. For more information, call 480-694-9931, or visit or