The Southern Herbal Tradition
with Phyllis Light and Matthew Wood

The Southern Herbal Tradition is a 3 DVD set that was recorded in Arab, Alabama, home of 4th generation southern herbalist Phyllis Light. She is joined by her close friend and northern herbalist Matthew Wood to give a non-southern perspective on this long tradition.

In Southern Herbal Tradition Part 1, Phyllis Light and Matthew Wood begin their discussion. Topics covered include using teas or tinctures, the difference in the effects of each, using capsules, energetics north and south, Native American influence and the influence of the Civil War.

Herbs covered in depth include white oak, cleavers and wild yam.

Listen in as they discuss using teas or tinctures:

Time: 1hr 47min


In Part 2 Phyllis and Matthew continue their discussion of the Southern herbal tradition. Topics covered are parasites, good blood, bad blood, alteratives, the mind-body-spirit connection, high blood and low blood.

Three herbs covered in depth include sassafras, Solomon’s seal and Greenbriers (sarsaparilla).

In this clip from Part 2 Phyllis and Matthew discuss the southern concept of high blood. Listen in:

Time: 1hr 41min

In Part 3 Phyllis and Matthew discuss thin blood, thick blood, sweet blood, bitter blood, sour blood and salty blood.

Herbs discussed in depth include poke, cleavers, sumac, wild cherry, yellow root, hydrangea and tulip poplar.

In this clip from Part 3 Phyllis and Matthew discuss the concept of thin blood. Listen in:

Time 1hr 41min

While in Alabama, Phyllis and Matthew took a couple of herb walks and the herbs they found and talked about are interspersed throughout the 3 parts.

Cost for set of 3: $50.00

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Matthew Wood from "The Earthwise Herbal"


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