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Curious about herbal and holistic approaches to womb wellness (i.e. periods, infections, libido, pleasure, pain, PMS, hormones, body confidence, fertility, PCOS, cycle irregularity, etc)? No matter what phase of life you are in, or what you've been told is - or isn't - possible, if it's related to your wombspace, it's covered here. Clinical herbalist and integrative health educator Kay'aleya Hunnybee will guide you through a range of topics by combining traditional wisdom, embodied practice, and modern science. With her years of experience as an herbalist and history as a student midwife, doula and massage therapist, she brings a broadly integrative perspective. Expect inspiration, stories, research, some interviews, plenty of plant talk, occasional humor, a whole lot of being real, and a compassionate heart. You'll leave every episode with actionable steps to enhance your menstrual, sexual and hormonal health and enrich your life.

Herbal Womb Wisdom Kay'aleya Hunnybee

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 20 Ratings

Curious about herbal and holistic approaches to womb wellness (i.e. periods, infections, libido, pleasure, pain, PMS, hormones, body confidence, fertility, PCOS, cycle irregularity, etc)? No matter what phase of life you are in, or what you've been told is - or isn't - possible, if it's related to your wombspace, it's covered here. Clinical herbalist and integrative health educator Kay'aleya Hunnybee will guide you through a range of topics by combining traditional wisdom, embodied practice, and modern science. With her years of experience as an herbalist and history as a student midwife, doula and massage therapist, she brings a broadly integrative perspective. Expect inspiration, stories, research, some interviews, plenty of plant talk, occasional humor, a whole lot of being real, and a compassionate heart. You'll leave every episode with actionable steps to enhance your menstrual, sexual and hormonal health and enrich your life.

    Embodying Winter using the traditional wisdom of seasonal herbalism with Jade Alicandro

    Embodying Winter using the traditional wisdom of seasonal herbalism with Jade Alicandro

    How do you relate to the winter season? What are the ways that you naturally support your body through this time of colder, darker days? 

    These aren't questions we often ask, at least not in the dominant western worldview.

    But traditional wisdom from around the world teaches us that winter is a time for quieting down, for reflection, for introspection and for deeply nourishing ourselves. 

    For supporting our inner resilience. 
    For cultivating our capacity to withstand stressors. 

    Which as you might imagine, is especially important for our hormonal health, too.

    And today's guest, community herbalist Jade Alicandro, weaves the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine together with her embodied practice of bioregional herbalism to offer simple and accessible steps we can take right now to encourage optimal health this winter and beyond. 

    Listen to the episode to learn:
    what it means to live a seasonal lifestylesome of the basic energetics and elements of each seasonthe importance of acknowledging late summerhow the seasons are reflected in the phases of our wombswhy winter is connected to the water elementsimple ways we can harness the energy of winter foods and herbs that are especially supportive for us in this timewhy astragalus, maitake, and nettles are winter essentials in Jade's kitchena couple culinary herbs to help ease menstrual cramps
    Resources:
    For links to Jade's course Spice Rack Medicine (enrolling now) and all her other offerings: Check out today's shownotes page!Episode 8: Exploring the cycles of the earth in our bodiesEpisode 17: How stress messes with your hormonesEpisode 20: Earth, Womb + Seed ConnectionEpisode 22: Herbal spotlight on nettlesEpisode 41: How nature connection can calm stress + reduce burnout



    If you loved this episode, share it with a friend, or take a screenshot and share on social media and tag me @herbalwombwisdom. 

    And if you love this podcast, leave a rating & write a review! It's really helpful to get the show to more amazing humans like you.  ❤️

    DISCLAIMER: This podcast is for educational purposes only, I am not providing any medical advice, I am not a medical practitioner, I’m an herbalist and in the US, there is no path to licensure for herbalists, so my role is as an herbal educator. Please do your own research and consult your healthcare provider for any personal health concerns.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Bitters for hormonal balance? Herbal allies for your digestion, blood sugar, inflammation + hormonal health

    Bitters for hormonal balance? Herbal allies for your digestion, blood sugar, inflammation + hormonal health

    Bitter herbs beyond digestion?

    It's true. Almost everything we ever hear about bitters is about how they stimulate our appetite, encourage digestive juices to flow and enhance our bowel movement.

    Like, literally, that's what most people say, on repeat, every time they talk about bitters.

    But there is SO MUCH MORE to these herbs and foods than just supporting our digestive function (though that's obviously important too).

    Did you know there are "bitter taste receptors" outside of the digestive tract?

    Well there are. And they're everywhere... from your heart, your respiratory tract to your uterus.

    This awareness as only been really coming to light in recent years, but it explains a lot about why some herbs may have affinity for some organ systems.

    So in this episode I cover all of this and more, exploring the specific ways that bitters enhance our digestion and how many of those actually impact our hormonal health (for real!) as well as our emotional and mental health, too.


    Listen to this episode to learn:
    what the bitter taste is and how it works in the bodywhat bitters actually do to enhance your digestionwhy you may not have to taste bitters to achieve the medicinal effect you're seekingsome examples of my favorite bitters and which organ systems they have affinities forwhat to consider when adding bitters into your protocol from a constitutional and energetic perspectivewhy I wouldn't want to be without bitters when working on hormonal health challenges
    Resources:
    Free dandelion recipe collection!Today's shownotes + all the nerdy references: Bitters + hormonal health?Episode 8: Spring tonic herbsEpisode 11: Herbal Spotlight on DandelionEpisode 30: 5 herbal pillars for hormonal healthEpisode 32: Motherwort love: An herbal ally for every season of your womb 

    If you loved this episode, share it with a friend, or take a screenshot and share on social media and tag me @herbalwombwisdom. 

    And if you love this podcast, leave a rating & write a review! It's really helpful to get the show to more amazing humans like you.  ❤️

    DISCLAIMER: This podcast is for educational purposes only, I am not providing any medical advice, I am not a medical practitioner, I’m an herbalist and in the US, there is no path to licensure for herbalists, so my role is as an herbal educator. Please do your own research and consult your healthcare provider for any personal health concerns.

    • 54 min
    Vaginal Steaming? The art + practice of herbal steaming for pelvic health with Julia Demillones Moore

    Vaginal Steaming? The art + practice of herbal steaming for pelvic health with Julia Demillones Moore

    Vaginal steaming. Yoni steaming. Pelvic steaming. 

    Whatever name you use for this practice, it's likely you've heard of it, and maybe even tried it. Or... maybe this concept is totally new to you.

    At the most basic level, it's like making a strong tea and sitting over it with a bare pelvic floor. Almost as simple as it can get. 

    And really, it's ancient. Steam itself is one of the easiest ways to receive benefits from herbs (especially aromatic ones). And in my mind is an underused form of hydrotherapy that was likely practiced by MOST of our ancestral lineages. 

    But over the past few years, there's been a bit of a vaginal steaming revolution. 

    And I think for good reason. It's a deeply healing practice that has many benefits, and certified vaginal steam facilitator Julia Demillones Moore shares all about it.

    Listen to this week's episode to learn:
    basics on how to steam + some simple herbal combinations to trywhat kinds of conditions benefit from steaming (hint: A LOT)when you definitely want to avoid steamingwhat the best times of your cycle are to steamsome reasons you may want to be cautious or work with a practitioner3 common myths + misconceptions about steaminga simple tip on how to steam when you're traveling!
    Resources:
    Check out the shownotes for all of Julia's links + those mentioned: Herbal steaming for pelvic healthLearn to track your own cycle so you can safely steam at the most ideal times of your cycle with this FREE cycle tracking guideEpisode 5: Are you ovulating? How to tell (and why it matters)Episode 10: Traditional womb healing practices with Sondra HamiltonEpisode 19: The importance of pelvic softening with Chaya Leia AronsonEpisode 22: Herbal spotlight on nettles

    If you loved this episode, share it with a friend, or take a screenshot and share on social media and tag me @herbalwombwisdom. 

    And if you love this podcast, leave a rating & write a review! It's really helpful to get the show to more amazing humans like you.  ❤️

    DISCLAIMER: This podcast is for educational purposes only, I am not providing any medical advice, I am not a medical practitioner, I’m an herbalist and in the US, there is no path to licensure for herbalists, so my role is as an herbal educator. Please do your own research and consult your healthcare provider for any personal health concerns.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Reclaim your Menstruation with Rest, Ritual + Replenishment

    Reclaim your Menstruation with Rest, Ritual + Replenishment

    It's the first day of your period, your moon, your bleeding time.  What do you do? 

    If you're like many, it's probably just a day like many others with the added need to make sure your have menstrual products to capture your blood, and possibly something to medicate the pain away or deal with other symptoms. 

    Or maybe you honor this time in some way already. Maybe it's a time of rest, a day out of time, a time you embrace as something more meaningful than just "a period."

    Our cycles are powerful, and the days we bleed hold a special quality.

    Even if we experience challenging symptoms, these days offer connection to an altered state that allows us to connect more deeply to our inner womb wisdom. 

    But in order to experience the power of this time more completely, we have to intentionally offer ourselves the space, time and presence to do so.

    Listen to this episode to learn:
    why your period is far more than just "that time of the month"how to engage meaningfully with your menstruationhow our cultural misunderstanding of menstruation leads to our perceptionspractical ideas to incorporate rest into your menstruationsuggestions of various rituals you can explore during this timespecific foods and some herbs that are key for replenishing your body
    Resources:
    Get the Cycle Superpowers chart inside the free Track Your Cycle GuideToday's shownotes page: Reclaim your menstruationEpisode 22: Herbal spotlight on stinging nettlesEpisode 28: Rhythms of your wombEpisode 34: What if your womb was an altar?Episode 35: From endometriosis to pregnancy with Sarah ShapiroEpisode 36: Herbal approaches to blood building

    If you loved this episode, share it with a friend, or take a screenshot and share on social media and tag me @herbalwombwisdom. 

    And if you love this podcast, leave a rating & write a review! It's really helpful to get the show to more amazing humans like you.  ❤️

    DISCLAIMER: This podcast is for educational purposes only, I am not providing any medical advice, I am not a medical practitioner, I’m an herbalist and in the US, there is no path to licensure for herbalists, so my role is as an herbal educator. Please do your own research and consult your healthcare provider for any personal health concerns.

    • 49 min
    How nature connection can calm stress + reduce burnout with Efan Hsieh

    How nature connection can calm stress + reduce burnout with Efan Hsieh

    Sun exposure. Bare feet on earth. Time with trees.

    All of these practices may seem simple (and they are), but they also have the potential to affect your body, your mind, and your spirit profoundly. 

    And today, functional medicine health coach Efan Hsieh  shares all about not only some nature connection practices that may be beneficial to ease stress and burnout, but also the science behind how they do what they do. 

    Chronic stress (and burnout) can have a tremendous impact on your hormonal health and in this modern world, almost all of us are faced with these at some point in our lives (if not constantly!). So having tools to reduce or ease our stress is essential.

    Nature connection is one of those tools. 

    Listen to today's podcast to learn:
    what nature connection is and how it can support a healthier stress responsehow stress and burnout mess with your overall healthsome specific practices you can start with that are easy and accessiblethe physiology behind how sunlight impacts your sleep rhythmsthe science of "earthing" and how barefoot walking supports youhow electromagnetic frequencies impact your healthways to practice nature connection in cities or rural places
    Resources:
    Today's shownotes with Efan's links + book rec's: Nature connection, stress + burnoutEpisode 8: Seasonal cycles in the earth and our bodiesEpisode 17: How stress messes with your hormones 
    If you loved this episode, share it with a friend, or take a screenshot and share on social media and tag me @herbalwombwisdom. 

    And if you love this podcast, leave a rating & write a review! It's really helpful to get the show to more amazing humans like you.  ❤️

    DISCLAIMER: This podcast is for educational purposes only, I am not providing any medical advice, I am not a medical practitioner, I’m an herbalist and in the US, there is no path to licensure for herbalists, so my role is as an herbal educator. Please do your own research and consult your healthcare provider for any personal health concerns.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Schisandra Lovin'... An herbal ally for whole body resilience + hormonal health

    Schisandra Lovin'... An herbal ally for whole body resilience + hormonal health

    Oh, schisandra, what a great herbal love.

    I know, not as popular as say, dandelion or nettles, but to me, schisandra is just as essential for our apothecaries. 

    Perhaps you're familiar with this plant already, maybe you think of schisandra as an adaptogen, or as a lung tonic, or even as an herb to contain and replenish fluids in the body... or maybe you're completely new to this beautiful herb. 

    Either way, this episode will help you to get to know this plant - which is not commonly thought of as a hormonal or sexual health herb - in a new light.

    Truly, an herbal ally for transitions in our cycling years, and beyond.

    Listen to this episode to learn:
    why schisandra is one of my favorite herbs how Schisandra's taste tells us about the medicinal propertiesschisandra's traditional and modern energetics and actions how schisandra is viewed from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspectivemodern applications of schisandra for whole body healthsome updates on recent research and clinical trials on schisandrawhen you might incorporate schisandra into your hormonal health protocolshow schisandra is especially supportive for perimenopause + post-menopause
    Resources:
    See photos, videos + references from today's episode: Schisandra lovin'... an herbal ally for whole body resilience + hormonal healthEpisode 17: How stress messes with your hormonesEpisode 32: Motherwort love: An herbal ally for every season of your wombEpisode 33: Homeopathy, hot flashes + the menopausal transitionEpisode 37: Easing into menopauseLearn how to track your cycle + symptoms so you can understand what's going on in your body with this free guide

    If you loved this episode, share it with a friend, or take a screenshot and share on social media and tag me @herbalwombwisdom. 

    And if you love this podcast, leave a rating & write a review! It's really helpful to get the show to more amazing humans like you.  ❤️

    DISCLAIMER: This podcast is for educational purposes only, I am not providing any medical advice, I am not a medical practitioner, I’m an herbalist and in the US, there is no path to licensure for herbalists, so my role is as an herbal educator. Please do your own research and consult your healthcare provider for any personal health concerns.

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

brookee.S ,

Like a long lost friend sharing her wisdom

I absolutely adore this podcast. Kaiyalea ( spelling?) has the most soothing voice and she radiates authenticity. I appreciate her wisdom, information, & guidance. I feel so grateful to have found this ✨

Magik Mermaid ,

Listen more and love it more

I continue to learn so much the more that I listen to this podcast. It’s such a welcoming space with so many pearls of wisdom presented in an accessible and practical way.

KTimchak ,

Great Information!

I love this podcast. Such good information both herbally and womb wise. Kaya’leya is knowledgeable and approachable and has so much lived experience to bring to the podcast. If you are a person with a womb, or close to a person with a womb, and interested in herbs, check it out!!

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