Enter The Wild And Woolly, Breathtakingly Beautiful World Of Herbs!

If you are at all interested in herbal medicine making, and the traditions of Western Herbalism, and what is alive and hopping in the realm of herbalism, you absolutely must check out this stunning journal Plant Healer Magazine.  The full-color quarterly publication is available in pdfs, and for viewing online.  Also, available to subscribers, is the Plant Healer Annual–over 700 pages in black-and-white of the first four issues of this journal.  I’m honored to have my kids herbal comic, Paloma And Wings, plus accompanying essays  included in both the journal and the Annual!

The following is information about Plant Healer Annual.

Do check it out!

~ yours from greenwood and garden,


“Plant Healer is the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, bar none. It’s right up there with National Geographic in its use of color and natural landscapes and plants. A true feast for the eyes!” -Phyllis Light


“The first publication I’ve seen in my 38-year career that captures the wild diversity of herbalism in North America while still reflecting excellence and high-level practice… for the practicing herbalist from entry level to advanced, inclusively.” -Paul Bergner

After its introduction at the Traditions In Western Herbalism Conference, the new 700 page long Plant Healer Annual is now available for general distribution… an 8.5×11” softcover book in affordable Black & White, featuring a complete year’s worth of articles from the tree-free, color digital Plant Healer Magazine for herbal students, practitioners and plant lovers.

Plant Healer Annual features in-depth and highly personal columns and articles on subjects of interest to folks at all stages of learning, students and practitioners alike, including plant profiles, therapeutics, foraging, medicine making, botany, herbs in midwifery, articles for and by kids, marketing, whole foods cooking, herbalist art and culture, philosophies of practice and pertinent issues, exclusive book excerpts and interviews.

“I had a chance to skim through a hard copy Plant Healer Annual recently, and I LOVE IT !” I can honestly say if you’re not a subscriber, you are missing out on MAJORLY delicious, practical, inspiring, and downright historical work of art. I am truly honored to be a part.”
– Ananda Wilson

Contributors to Plant Healer Annual include many of the leading voices in folk herbalism and wildcrafting, such as Paul Bergner, Matthew Wood, Aviva Romm, Kiva Rose, Phyllis Light, Samuel Thayer, 7Song, Rosemary Gladstar, Susun Weed, Jim McDonald, Kristine Brown, Virginia Adi, Todd Caldecott, Sean Donahue, John Gallagher, Rosalee de la Forêt, Robin Rose Bennett, Ananda Wilson, Christa Sinadinos, Margi Flint, Katja Swift, Dale Bellisfield, Susan Belsinger, Jane Valencia and Henriette Kress.

$39 ea. (plus $15 Shipping) to Plant Healer Subscribers
.  If you’re not already a Subscriber, you can pre-order both the Annual ($39) and a 1 year’s Subscription with bonuses ($57) at the combined discount price of only $77 (plus $15 Shipping) To Order, Go To: www.PlantHealerMagazine.com

“It is a huge honor to be a part of the Plant Healer Magazine, and I absolutely treasure the book. The magazine is an absolute treasure for the herbalist world. The breadth of articles is so diverse and the contemporary nature of the publication creates a unique snapshot in time.” -Rosalee de la Forêt

My Comic Art For Plant Healer Magazine

Plant Healer: A Journal of Traditional Herbalism is an amazing quarterly e-journal devoted to the practice, culture, and art of folk herbalism. Each issue is 150+ pages of gorgeous photographs, art, and insightful, knowledgeable, intelligent, and radical articles on a wide variety of topics related to traditional Western herbalism by numerous contributors–many of them well-known herbalists in the field. If you are passionate about herbs, do give this journal a look!

I contribute a kids herbal comic called Paloma And Wings. Here is an excerpt of the one published in the second issue of Plant Healer Magazine.

Paloma And Wings Meet California Bay Tree

I’ve just launched into painting my newest Paloma And Wings (this is the third). Just thought I’d share a peek of it. Enjoy!

Paloma And Wings - pencil detail

Paloma And Wings ~ just starting in on the watercolor

Go To Girlwood And Discover The Color Of Your Aura

Note from Jane: I was just going through some unfinished posts, and thought this one was timely since it fits my current fiction writing theme. Enjoy!


I’m captivated by a young adult novel right now that is about a family’s struggle with the sudden disappearance of the older daughter. The main character is the younger sister, Polly, who is determined to believe in magic, and the best of things, and who can see auras. If you read the novel, you’ll see why I enjoy it so much, and maybe why you might enjoy it too — whether you are a teen girl or not (which I am definitely not 🙂 !). For one thing, each chapter starts with a mini-profile of an herb and its uses. For another, the girls’ grandmother, Baba, is the “village healer” of sorts — midwife, herbalist, activist — who does things her own way despite being hated by her suburban community.

Anyway, I’m as intrigued by the writer, Claire Dean, as much as by the book. I’m especially intrigued by this comment on the home page of her website:

“If I had to pick one piece of wisdom to pass on, it would be this: Only joy works. After years of writing adult novels that never made me or anyone else very happy, I finally kept a promise to my daughter to write a hopeful, magical story for her.”

Since I was a teen myself I yearned to write fantasy novels for children or teens, because I felt adult novels were too dreary. That the protagonists were always burdened by their trials and traumas, always too jaded for me, and so hope and delight just wasn’t to be found in adult fiction — not like you find in children’s fiction (though I’d say that hope is less prevalent in YA fiction these days). Thus I write for children and young adults — though I do dream of writing “magical nature” fiction for adults that somehow captures that hopeful, enchanted quality, a kind of innocence while still making a rich story for an older audience.

Okay, when you visit Claire Dean’s website, be sure to take the What Color Is Your Aura quiz. I imagine you will be surprised and delighted. Go there first, take the quiz, then read my results below (if you’d like).

My Aura, according to the quiz:

What Color Is Your Aura?
Your Result: Blue

You are quiet, cool, and calm. You love your solitude and have no trouble standing alone. Blues are sensitive, truthful, spiritual, and intuitive–they often show signs of clairvoyance and ESP. They are the professors, detectives, and spiritual mediums of the world.

“Quiet, cool, and calm”? Interestingly that’s how several people around me lately have perceived me (when I’m at my best and life and soul are humming). Many times, I’m in a more ‘heated’ state — restless, jumbling with thoughts and ideas, never settling. But that’s not a state that I enjoy or for which I strive!

Anyway, this little quiz gives me yet another glimpse on something I’d like to embody — or welcome into my being more often than not.

What color is your aura?