Adaptogens: Herbs for Energy, Longevity, and Optimum Health

Feeling stressed? Need more energy? Susun Weed leads us on a journey around the globe, sharing and enlightening us in a series of more than 60 easy-to-digest hands-on video lessons on the benefits of embracing Adaptogenic foods and herbs. Includes an action plan to help you creating lasting habits to promote health and wellbeing simply and joyfully. You will find this course to be interesting, informative, and easy to assimilate. Adaptogenic herbs are safe and easy to use the Wise Woman Way. Join us now on the adventure towards better health, less disease, and more happiness in our lives now and forever. Green Blessings are everywhere.

Detailed listing of all the videos in this course...

Welcome to Adaptogenic Herbs with Susun Weed

  • Increase Your Longevity with Adaptogens - Welcome Video (1:56)
  • Preview of the Hands-On with Adaptogens in this video course.. (0:55)
  • Berries, Mushrooms, Roots, and More....A Preview of Adaptogens... (1:42)
  • Book Resources / Overcoming the Effects of Stress (5:42)
  • Using Adaptogens - Your Plan of Action PDF
  • Video Index - Course Outline - Adaptogens with Susun Weed PDF
  • What is an Adaptogen? (2:08)
  • History of Adaptogens (3:49)
  • How do Adaptogens Work? (4:15)
  • Cautions with Adaptogens (3:39)
  • Wise Use of Adaptogens (2:08)

A Field trip to Chinatown NYC to Learn About Common Adaptogenic Herbs

  • Welcome to Chinatown NYC - Lets Look at Shiitaki Medicinal Mushrooms (1:43)
  • Reishi (Lingzhi) Mushrooms - in Chinatown NYC (2:27)
  • Goji berries - a Visit to Chinatown NYC (1:52)
  • Cordyceps - A Medicinal Mushroom Minimizes Damage from Chemo (1:15)
  • Cordyceps - Strengthens Your Lungs - A visit to Chinatown NYC (1:05)
  • Intro to Ginseng - May be the Greatest Adaptogen (0:43)
  • At the Supermarket in Chinatown NYC - Adaptogenic Herbs Easily Available (1:16)
  • Astragalus - A Wonderful Immune System Activator (1:28)
  • Solomon's Seal / Polygonatum odoratum / He Shou Wu / Fo-Ti (1:01)
  • Medicinal Mushrooms and more - Goodbye to Chinatown NYC (2:01)
  • Goodbye to Chinatown NYC - Adaptogens Recap (0:36)

Chinese Adaptogenic Herbs

  • Ginseng, the Original Adaptogenic Herb, Uses and Benefits (4:13)
  • American Ginseng, Chinese Ginseng, and Herbs that are Not Ginseng... (3:30)
  • Eluthero - Siberian Ginseng (3:35)
  • Eleuthero Infusion vs Tincture - Eases Flu/Cold Symptoms, Memory, Mental Health (2:29)
  • Sustainability in Herbalism - Stinging Nettle Leaf or Ginseng Root? (2:52)
  • Astragalus Root - Infusion and Tincture - Against Lyme Infection - Immune Supporter (2:47)
  • Astralagus root - Immune Enhancing - US and China - Use in Soup and more.. (3:38)
  • Codonopsis - Poor Person's Ginseng... Best Used as a Tincture (4:17)
  • A Tasting with Monica-Jean - Infusions of Astragalus, Eleuthero and more... (2:36)

Magnificent Mint Adaptogens

  • Holy Basil - Tulsi - Shiso - Easy to Grow (2:58)
  • Self Heal, One of the Most Potent Anti-Oxidants Available (1:33)
  • Shiso - Holy Basil of America (1:21)

Mushrooms are Adaptogenic Foods

  • Reishi Mushrooms (1:53)
  • Reishi Mushroom Tincture (3:10)
  • Cordyceps / Shiitaki Mushrooms - Powdered or Whole - Helpful for the Heart (4:10)

Berries are Adaptogenic Foods

  • All Berries are Adaptogens - on the Street in NYC (0:54)
  • Shisandra Berry - the Five Flavor Berry - for Liver, Heart, Lungs, Spleen, Adrenals (2:42)
  • Making Schisandra with Susun and her Brother Steven - Stress Proof Your Life (3:57)
  • Goji Berry Tincture - Hawthorn Berry Tincture - Shisandra, Elderberry (2:35)
  • Goji Berry Continued... (2:25)
  • Hawthorn Berry is a Classic North American Adaptogen - Benefits of Use (3:09)
  • Elderberry is an Adaptogen - Immune System Tonic (1:44)
  • A Tasting with Monica-Jean - tinctures of goji berry and more... (4:32)

Indian Adaptogenic Herbs

  • Herbs of Immortality - Amla, Ashwaganda, Shatavari, Shikajit, Licorice (2:36)
  • Ashwaganda - Strong as a Horse - in the tomato family (4:55)
  • Amla - Indian Gooseberry - Said to Be the Most Nutrient Berry in the World (3:59)
  • Shatavari - She Who Posses a Hundred Husbands plus much more.. (2:30)
  • Shilajit for Fertility (1:59)
  • Licorice - pros and cons of use (4:07)
  • Tasting with Monica-Jean - Licorice, Amla, and Ashwaganda (3:22)

Adaptogens from the Americas

  • Intro to American Adaptogens - Rules of Adaptogens (0:53)
  • Meet the Adaptogens: Nettle, Rhodiola, Maca, Turkey Tail, Thistle, He Shou Wu, Whey (3:18)
  • Rhodiola - A World Available Plant (3:02)
  • Maca - the Superstar or a Sad Story? (1:48)
  • He Shou Wu - Fo Ti plant - polygonum / buckwheat family (4:06)
  • Whey Nutrition Secret / Using Adaptogens in Your Life / Nourishing Infusions (3:52)
  • Linden Nourishing Herbal Infusion (2:11)
  • A Tasting with Monica-Jean - Rhodiola / Maca / Sumac (1:49)

Conclusion of Adaptogenic Herbs Course plus Plan of Action

  • In Review - How to Prepare and Use Adaptogenic Herbs (1:59)
  • Using Adaptogens on a Daily Basis - Life Plan of Action Video (3:06)
  • Using Adaptogens - Your Plan of Action PDF

Bonus Content - Making Nourishing Herbal Infusions

  • Stinging Nettle Infusions (2:10)
  • Stinging Nettle Leaf infusion with Susun Weed and Monica-Jean (3:50)
  • Herbal Infusion Basics Part One (1:55)
  • Herbal Infusion Basics Part Two (2:09)
  • Herbal Infusion Basics - Part Three (2:46)

Your Instructor

Susun S Weed
Susun S Weed

Susun Weed is loved and honored for her work in women’s health and herbal medicine. She is the author of the Wise Woman Herbal Series, offering simple, safe alternative, complementary medicines. She directs the working of the Wise Woman Center, is a High Priestess of Dianic Wicca, and has been inducted as a Peace Elder. Susun uses her encyclopedic knowledge of herbs and health in her service of all women.

Ms. Weed is the author of the Wise Woman Herbal Series, with six books in print (Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year; Healing Wise; New Menopausal Years, the Wise Woman Way; Breast Cancer? Breast Health! the Wise Woman Way, Down There Sexual and Reproductive Health the Wise Woman Way, and Abundantly Well). Find her books at or at your favorite bookseller...Susun offers mentorship opportunities at and hosts a weekly radio show at where you can call in and ask her health questions.

She sits on many advisory boards: Oregon Menopause Project, CIIS, Above & Beyond Hope Sanctuary, and Weston A. Price Wise Traditions Foundation. The Routledge Encyclopedia of Women's Studies includes her entries on herbalism, menopause, and nutrition. She's been on numerous radio and TV shows including Fresh Air Radio, National Public Radio, NBC News, Prescription for Health, Ask the Family Doctor, Wisdom Channel, and America's Talking.

Susun S. Weed has instructed students at venues such as: Yale Nurse Midwifery School, State University of New York (Scholar-in-residence), Kripalu Yoga Center, Benedictine Hospital, Vassar Brothers Hospital, Northern Dachas Hospital, Conn. Inst. for Herbal Studies,California School of Herbal Studies, New York Open Center, Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies, Florida School of Midwifery, American College of Nurse Midwives, University of Rhode Island, Uni. of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey, Rowe Conference Center, Interface Institute, Sufi Order Healing School, Heart of the Goddess Center, John Bastyr Naturopathic College, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Hawkwind Earth Uni, and Self Heal Herbal Center.

She has also trained health-care professionals abroad at such prestigious schools as: The Kosmos/Amsterdam, Waikato College of Herbal Studies/New Zealand, Weg der Mitte/Berlin, Brustgesundheit Centrum/Germany, Arkuna/Munich, Frankfurter Ring/Germany, Australasian College of Herbal Studies/Australia, and Elfenbank/Holland.

During the past three decade she has been a featured teacher at: Green Nations Herbal Gathering, International Herb Symposium, Women's Herbal Conference, Women's Spirituality Forum, HerbFest, Pacific Northwest Herbal Symposium, Midwifery Today Conference, Alaskan Midwives Conference, and Midwives Association of North America (MANA) conferences, among many more venues....

Susun S Weed has received the Twentieth Century Award for Achievement, is included in Who's Who of Intellectuals, was recognized as an Outstanding Person of the 20th Century, and was nominated as International Woman of the Year. Her books and appearances have helped millions of women attain better health and become more powerful in themselves.

Ms. Weed has no diplomas of any kind, having left high school in her junior year to pursue mathematics and artificial intelligence at UCLA, and having left there in her junior year to pursue life. She began studying her study of herbal medicine in 1965. Her areas of focus are: folkloric herbalism, eco-herbalism, ethnobotany, pharmacognosy, philosophy and psychology of healing, comparative religion, and women's health/spirituality. She is especially interested in altered states of consciousness as they pertain to learning, healing, birthing, and dying; and the role of plants in these states.

Susun S Weed is an initiated member of the Wolf Clan and the Sisterhood of the Shields; she is a Peace Elder. Her adopted Native American grandmothers are Twylah Nitsch and Keywaydinoquay. She is the founder of the Wise Woman Center and Ash Tree Publishing and the voice of the Wise Woman Tradition. Learn more at or find where she is teaching this year interested in going deeper? consider live-in apprenticeship (only for the most serious students)

In addition to online video courses here at, Susun also offers traditional by mail and telephone correspondence courses, talk time, books and audios included

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