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Corinna Wood: gathers together herbs and people ready to learn about them.

Corinna Wood's relationship with herbal healing began 20 years ago when she learned how to eat wild plants such as chickweed chickweed: see pink.

Either of two species of small-leaved weeds, in the pink family. Common chickweed, or stitchwort (Stellaria media), is native to Europe but widely naturalized. It usually grows to 18 in.
 and dandelion dandelion [Eng. form of Fr.,=lion's tooth], any plant of the genus Taraxacum of the family Asteraceae (aster family), perennial herbs of wide distribution in temperate regions. . From there, she learned about their medicinal uses and apprenticed with renowned herbalist herb·al·ist
1. One who grows, collects, or specializes in the use of herbs, especially medicinal herbs.

2. See herb doctor.
 Susun Weed. Armed with an in-depth education, she started her own herbal medicine herbal medicine, use of natural plant substances (botanicals) to treat and prevent illness. The practice has existed since prehistoric times and flourishes today as the primary form of medicine for perhaps as much as 80% of the world's population.  business, Red Moon Herbs, and began teaching classes. It was in those classes that she noticed people were "hungry for the hands-on knowledge of how to incorporate plants into their daily lives as food and medicine." So, in 2005, she decided it was time our area had a women's herbal conference like the ones she'd seen thrive in other parts of the country. According to Corinna, response to the Southeast Women's Herbal Conference has been tremendous.

What were the initial goals of the Southeast Women's Herbal Conference (SEWHC)? Have these goals changed or expanded over the years?

The initial goal was to create a place for women to deepen their connection with the earth, the plants, each other, and their own bodies. As the community has grown stronger each year, this goal has expanded to holding a voice in the Southeast for the Wise Woman Tradition--simple living, earth-based healing and local plants.

Can you share a bit about the scholarships you offer for those who can't afford to attend the conference?

The scholarship fund has developed in response to needs that women have expressed over the years. We prioritize women with financial need, particularly those who are disadvantaged in their access to resources. The first year I read through a stack of scholarship applications, I wept! I was astounded a·stound  
tr.v. a·stound·ed, a·stound·ing, a·stounds
To astonish and bewilder. See Synonyms at surprise.

[From Middle English astoned, past participle of astonen,
 not only by the level of challenges these women were facing and the courage it took to live their lives, but also by their hunger for this opportunity to learn about herbs and women's health Women's Health Definition

Women's health is the effect of gender on disease and health that encompasses a broad range of biological and psychosocial issues.

We offer scholarships through the donations of registrants and the support of New Life Journal, as well as matching scholarship funds from the conference.

Your business, Red Moon Herbs, which puts on the conference, is also involved in helping other communities. Can you tell us more about that?

Red Moon Herbs donates back to the greater community in a variety of ways. For example, after the flooding in New Orleans caused By Katrina, we donated thousands of dollars worth of herbal extracts to Common Ground Health Clinic, which was set up to provide disaster relief health care.

What is your go-to herb when you're feeling under the weather?

Nettles net·tle  
1. Any of numerous plants of the genus Urtica, having toothed leaves, unisexual apetalous flowers, and stinging hairs that cause skin irritation on contact.

2. Any of various hairy, stinging, or prickly plants.
! From my early clays when I started cooking nettles, my love-affair with her continues. I still drink nettle nettle, common name for the Urticaceae, a family of fibrous herbs, small shrubs, and trees found chiefly in the tropics and subtropics. Several genera of nettles are covered with small stinging hairs that on contact emit an irritant (formic acid) which produces a  infusion daily.

What roles do you feel community and education play in herbal medicine?

Gathering together as herbalist and healers allows us to nourish and strengthen ourselves and one another and share knowledge of the plants and other aspects of natural health. I know that for many the SEWHC has become a tradition in sisterhood sisterhood: see monasticism. , empowerment, herbal education and community.

Corinna Wood, Wise Woman Herbalist, serves as director of the SEWHC and Red Moon Herbs. She teaches private dasses, at conferences, and as faculty of the Appalachian School of Holistic Herbalism herbalism /her·bal·ism/ (er´-) (her´bal-izm) the medical use of preparations containing only plant material. . For more information about the SEWHC--October 2-4 in Black Mountain, NC--visit For more information about Corinna, her classes or Red Moon Herbs, visit
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Title Annotation:LIFE'S LEADERS
Author:Cramer, Maggie
Publication:New Life Journal
Article Type:Interview
Date:Sep 1, 2009
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