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Herbalist, wildcrafter, artist, and storyteller, Kiva Rose lives in a canyon botanical sanctuary within the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico. She is also the co-director of the Good Medicine Confluence, held each year in the mountain Southwest, coeditor of Plant Healer Magazine, and publisher of the just-released historical novel, The Medicine Bear by Jesse Wolf Hardin. She also maintains an herbal blog, The Medicine Woman’s Roots.

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The Many Roles of An Herbalist


The first time I ever helped someone’s sleeplessness and stress with a simple tisane blend, I felt such a strong sense of familiarity, rightness, and resonance that I knew that something in my life had irrevocably changed. Stepping from curiosity into active involvement in herbalism was a form of initiation for me, a door opening into a world I’d always wanted to be a part of, but wasn’t sure I was good enough for. This transition also shifted my role in my community, and I became a person that others came to for help, advice, support, and information much more often than previously.

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New Year Reflections & Journal Prompts of an Herbalist

Photos courtesy of Kiva Rose Hardin

Our botanical sanctuary and primitive homestead in the mountains of New Mexico runs on solar power, and during these shortest days of the year, solar can be in short supply. While this can make keeping up with online work more challenging, it also means we’re more likely to take advantage of the quiet and dark to reflect and reset. As I write this, our usually calf-deep river is raging through the narrow mountain canyon, too deep and fast to cross even in a kayak, much less on foot. The clouds are thick overhead and freezing rain pelts the gray skeletons of the cottonwoods.

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Botanical Fixatives in Natural Perfumes

When you first start wearing botanical perfumes, you may notice how brief the aromatic lifespan of some blends are. Sometimes this is the desired effect or is simply the result of formulations that are restricted primarily to top notes. Other times, it’s preferable to have the perfume linger so as to enjoy the shapeshifting nature of the aromatic dry down, as each layer of scent molecules is revealed and then evaporates at varying speeds. Done well, this creates a complex symphony of aroma that leaves one marveling at the multi-faceted nature of the fragrance.

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Creating Your Home Herbal Apothecary

I’ve written at length about my childhood aspirations to be an herbalist. These early fantasies dreamed up from the embrace of a favorite apple tree were no doubt romantic and in some ways impractical. But they also held a seed of long-lasting truth that continues to inform how I shape my path as an herbalist and lifelong lover of plants.

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Kiva- Guest Writer

Herbalist, wildcrafter, artist, and storyteller, Kiva Rose lives in a canyon botanical sanctuary within the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico. She is also the co-director of the Good Medicine Confluence, held each year in the mountain Southwest, coeditor of Plant Healer Magazine, and publisher of the just-released historical novel, The Medicine Bear by Jesse Wolf Hardin. She also maintains an herbal blog, The Medicine Woman’s Roots.

Recent Posts

The Many Roles of An Herbalist

In cultures all over the world, herbalists have served many different social and cultural roles. In this article, you will learn about 7 ways you can practice and share herbalism within your community.
WRITTEN BY Kiva- Guest Writer

February 2, 2023

New Year Reflections & Journal Prompts of an Herbalist

It’s easy to become overwhelmed by commitments and obligations that build up over time and the New Year is the perfect spot at which to stop and examine what we can sustain, and where we’re headed on our path.
WRITTEN BY Kiva- Guest Writer

December 30, 2022

Botanical Fixatives in Natural Perfumes

Learn about the most common fixatives for natural perfume and how to use fixatives for DIY aromatherapy blending.
WRITTEN BY Kiva- Guest Writer

March 15, 2022

Creating Your Home Herbal Apothecary

Find out how herbalist Kiva Rose stocks and organizes the herbal remedies in her home apothecary.
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May 9, 2018