Ancient Knowledge, Modern Healing
Ancient Knowledge, Modern Healing
Ancient Knowledge, Modern Healing

Ancient Knowledge, Modern Healing

Plant medicine has been around for millennia, but most of us don’t know what’s growing in our own backyard.

Last Updated: June 22, 2022
Contributor: Meghann Shantz

Explored in this episode

  • Medicinal plants that can support more sleep and less pain
  • The history of herbalism, from a valued family tradition to modern healing method
  • How plant medicine can support our bodies through pain and recovery
  • The special and ancient relationship between humans and plants
  • Exploring the difference between pain tolerance and pain threshold
  • How we as human beings communicate our pain, even without words
  • Why children are more likely to cry if someone is watching

Voices in the conversation


Rosemary Gladstar

Herbalist, Author, Herbalism Educator, Founding President of United Plant Savers

Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar smiling and hold herbs

One of my main missions in life has been to bring herbs back into people's homes as more of a food and preventative medicine rather than when we're sick.

Special, Extended Conversation

Rosemary explains that we’re probably surrounded by beneficial plants right now without even knowing about it. Hear her in-depth knowledge about dandelion, St. John’s Wort and more, and gain a new perspective on plants we usually consider to be weeds.

Rosemary Gladstar has been practicing, living, learning, teaching and writing about herbs for over 45 years. She is the author of twelve books including Medicinal Herbs; A Beginners Guide, Herbal Healing for Women, Gladstar Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Well Being and her most recent book, Herbal Healing for Men. She is also the author and director of the popular home study course, The Science and Art of Herbalism.

Rosemary co-founded and was the former director of both The International Herb Symposium and The New England Women’s Herbal Conference, is the Founding President of United Plant Savers, and was the co-founder and original formulator of Traditional Medicinal Tea Company. She recently moved from her home at Sage Mountain – an Herbal Retreat Center and Botanical Sanctuary where she has lived, taught and worked for the past 30 years ~ to a smaller haven where she plans to plant a small garden, dream more, do less, and spend more time with the plants.

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Dr. Kenneth Craig

UBC Pain Research Lab, Psychology Department

Dr. Kenneth Craig of UBC Pain Research Lab smiling with arms crossed

Pain is a very complex experience.

Kenneth Craig, O.C., Ph.D., LL.D. (Hon.) is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Following studies at Sir George Williams College, UBC, Purdue University and the Oregon Health Sciences University, he has had a long academic career at UBC.

His research focuses upon psychosocial factors in understanding and controlling pain, described in the social communication model of pain, and pain assessment using nonverbal methods, focusing upon infants, young children, people with intellectual disabilities and cognitive impairments.

He served as Editor-in-Chief of Pain Research & Management and the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science. He has served as President of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Canadian Pain Society and on the Council of the International Association for the Study of Pain. Awards include the Canada Council I.W. Killam Research Fellowship, appointment as a CIHR Senior Investigator, the Canadian Psychological Association Donald O. Hebb Award, the American Pain Society Jeffrey Lawson Award for Advocacy in Children’s Pain Relief, an LL.D. (Hon.) from Dalhousie University and appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Meghann Shantz, The Host of Well Now
Meghann Shantz
The Host of Well Now

Managing Editor at Saje Natural Wellness, Meghann Shantz brings her personal story of healing and a love of storytelling to Well Now – a podcast born out of a desire to help us all discover the hidden side of health and how to achieve wellness. She draws from her experiences navigating western and alternative medicine to heal her anxiety and physical injury to connect with guests about their own stories of overcoming physical and emotional challenges.

Naturally curious and on a quest for meaning, Meghann holds space for the raw expression and authentic stories of her podcast guests, believing that our world would be better if we chose to honour other people’s journeys and processes without judgement – and believing in the power of telling your story.