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The Role of Alcohol in Herbal Tinctures

April 21st, 2020

Many people who are new to taking herbal tinctures become concerned when the alcohol percentage reads over 40%. Why is the alcohol so high and is that safe? In this episode, Kris Vaughan explains the role of alcohol in herbal extracts (tinctures) and gives some comparison to common foods and beverages for context. Kris also discusses the plant compounds we extract from herbs and their solubility in water, alcohol, and glycerin. This episode offers basic information  and some chemistry to consider when making your own herbal tinctures or choosing to use them for your own health and well being.



Lessons from the Plants with Herbalist John Slattery

April 8th, 2020

John Slattery joins Kris Vaughan on this episode to discuss lessons from the plants during this current time of changing reality due to pandemic concerns. John shares his message from ocotillo and how we each can begin to release fear and assumptions surrounding the current state of affairs. John Slattery is a Southwest herbalist from Tucson, Arizona, an herbal educator, forager, and author.

Learn more about John Slattery: www.johnjslattery.com

Learn more about Herbal Wisdom Institute: www.herbalwisdominstitute.com


Become Your Own Medicine Woman with Audrey Barron

April 6th, 2020

In this episode, Kris Vaughan interviews Audrey Barron of Gaia Chef about developing connection to our food and medicine and becoming your own medicine woman (or man). Audrey discusses her journey onto the plant path and how we each have an opportunity to empower ourselves by learning to grow our own food and medicine. Audrey and Kris discuss the current pandemic and how it is changing our needs and leading to an awareness of the need for self-reliance.

Audrey is the owner of Gaia Chef and Ezra's Enlightened Cafe, a vegan gluten-free cafe in Indianapolis. Audrey and her family also own a 6 acre farm that supplies much of the produce for their cafe. Audrey teaches others how to grow their food in all types of home spaces, and how to make herbal medicines, through her Medicine Woman membership.

Learn more about Audrey and connect on her social channels:



Facebook: @gaiachef

Instagram: @gaiachef

YouTube Channel: Gaia Chef

Learn about Herbal Wisdom Institute: www.herbalwisdominstitute.com


Immune Support for Coronavirus

March 19th, 2020

Coronavirus has everyone very afraid and confused about what to do. You don't have to just wait to see if you will get sick, there are things you can do now to support your immune system for this virus but also for flu and colds. This episode was a webinar presented by Kris Vaughan, herbalist and owner of Herbal Wisdom Institute. In this episode she discusses the following: What is COVID-19 and how does it affect the body, Why is social distancing important, and nutritional and herbal therapeutics for your immune support. 

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Learn more about Herbal Wisdom Institute: www.herbalwisdominstitute.com

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Botanicals for Women’s Health - Supporting Healthy Menopause

September 10th, 2019

Menopause is treated as a disease in conventional medicine circles but is this necessary? Menopause is a woman’s birthright; the right to move freely into the next phase of life where we truly know who we are and have a sense of freedom. Moving through this phase comfortably is a priority and nature offers options for supporting normal healthy hormone production as well as support for symptoms that may be uncomfortable.

Purchase botanical and dietary supplements discussed using my Fullscript dispensary: https://us.fullscript.com/welcome/herbal-wisdom-institute


Botanicals for Women’s Health - Menstrual Irregularities and PMS

August 9th, 2019

Botanical medicine provides us with many tools useful for common menstrual complaints. This presentation is useful for any practitioner working in women’s health and who wishes to provide foundational support using botanical medicine. Kris Vaughan offers her experience using botanicals for supporting normal healthy menstrual cycles and in caring for women experiencing different varieties of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). In this episode, Kris provides an overview of the menstrual cycle and discusses amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, and PMS along with specific botanicals for each condition.

This episode was hosted by Wise Woman Herbals® as a part of their Practitioner Learning Community. Learn more at www.wisewomanherbals.com

 Purchase botanical and dietary supplements discussed using my Fullscript dispensary: https://us.fullscript.com/welcome/herbal-wisdom-institute

Herbal Flavors and Energetics

April 4th, 2019

Kris Vaughan, CH discusses how herbal flavors and energetics can simplify how you choose herbs. You can apply these concepts to herbs and formulas but also to people and health conditions. Energetics and flavors allow us to formulate with the idea of always working to bring balance to the herbal formula, the body, and the person we are working with.

Kris Vaughan, CH is the owner and Program Director of Herbal Wisdom Institute in Arizona. www.herbalwisdominstitute.com

Herbal Infused Honey with Bella Donna

January 25th, 2019

Bella Donna is an herbalist and bee keeper, and the co-creator of the SW Herb Fest with Kris Vaughan. In this episode, Bella Donna explains the difference between herbal honey and herbal infused honey. She shares her experiences with making herbal infused honey over the years.


Southwest Tree Medicine with Darcey Blue

February 23rd, 2018

Kris Vaughan interviews herbalist Darcey Blue about the medicine allies of the trees of the Southwest.

Darcey Blue is a shamanic herbalist and wildcrafter, an earth medicine guide, a wilderness first responder, and the owner of Shamanaflora in Flagstaff, AZ. 


PMS and PMDD - an Interview with Dr. Katie Stage

November 14th, 2017

Kris Vaughan interviews Dr. Katie Stage, a licensed Naturopathic Physician and Faculty member at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Stage will be a speaker at the SW Herb Fest in Prescott, Arizona on May 19, 2018 where she will be teaching natural solutions for PMS and PMDD.

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