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Meet Seher Seven | Author, Herbalist and Virtual Educator

Today we’re excited to introduce you to Seher Seven. Seher is an Author, Herbalist and Virtual Educator and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Seher below.

Hi Seher, thank you so much for sitting down with us again. For folks who might have missed our initial interview, can you start by briefly introducing yourself?
Peace! I am Seher, originally from San Diego CA and currently living in beautiful Tempe AZ. I am an unschooling mom of 3 young children as well as an author, herbalist and community educator. I am the creator of Align with Plants, a wellness brand committed to sharing the healing powers of plants throughout the community. I have used plants to care for, heal, guide and nourish myself and my family for the last 15 years. I know plants heal because of the countless experiences I have had with my family and my community. It is the birthright of the people to know the land we live on and how to use it to thrive. When we live in alignment with the self-sustaining and regenerative ways of Mother Earth, we co-create a future we all want to live in. I will use my voice to share this message for as long as I am here.

How has Align with Plants grown since our last conversation?
I am excited to share that Align with Plants has jumped back into the community and is now offering weekly herbal meet-ups around the Valley! We have partnered with Seeds to Inspire AZ, a local non-profit, and launched Community Herbalism in the fall of 2020. Community Herbalism is a FREE Phoenix-wide meet-up hosted at 5 different local businesses that connect practicing herbalist, chefs and wellness practitioners with the community. Meet-up’s are focused around a particular health topic and are led by members of Community Herbalism’s healers team. This relationship has helped us bridge more gaps between the community and the healing knowledge available in the city. We are looking forward to building with Seeds to Inspire AZ and are currently planning more ways to empower the community with real life solutions for their personal healthcare.

How did Covid impact your business?
Covid has acted like a magnifying glass on how much Align with Plants has to give to the community. Many basic herbal protocols can help boost the immune system, protect us from dangerous pathogens and can greatly reduce the symptoms of the flu and other viral infections. It is our duty to help connect as many as we can reach with simple to use and effective remedies using plants. We have taken full advantage of the curiosity in natural health care by offering more opportunities for the community to receive the Earth’s plant wisdom. Beyond offering our weekly meet-ups with Community Herbalism, we have also continued to grow our online presence by offering a 30 hour virtual Practical Herbalism course that teaches students how to use 40+ different herbs, roots, bark and flowers to make their own plant medicine for use at home and in the community. Practical Herbalism’s final class teaches the students how they can create their own herbal line and use their knowledge to serve their community as a business. Covid has strengthened our commitment to bringing our people back to the Earth and the healing vibrations she shares with us all.

Can you tell us more about Community Herbalism?
Yes! Community Herbalism was the brain child of myself and a local herbalist Leo. We met last summer at Cosmic Vegans in Glendale, and quickly began to discuss how we could work together to support our community. Together, we began to travel to 3 different plant-based businesses to spread our working knowledge of using plants to take care of ourselves and our families. We have now grown to include an additional 6 herbalists and 2 more local businesses in greater Phoenix. We are on a mission to bring plant-based living to as many people that want it! Each month we meet at 5 different locations around the Valley. Each meeting is held from 2-3pm. On the 2nd Sunday of each month, we meet at Dulce Vida Coffee in Gilbert. On the 3rd Sunday of each month, we meet in Scottsdale at Be More Clean: Colon Hydrotherapy and in Phoenix at Fair Trade Cafe. On the 4th Sunday of each month, we meet in Glendale at Cosmic Vegans and in Tempe at Pure Juice N’ Joy Juice shop. Each of these meetings are led by 2 local herbalists, chefs and wellness practitioners and are open to the public. These events are free to the community and give folks the opportunity to ask questions and learn from local health professionals in the Valley. We discuss a different topic at each meet-up and love to have the community share remedies that they know work too. You can follow us on IG at @CommunityHerbalismPHX to stay in tune with the growth of the program!

What can we expect from Align with Plants in 2021?
You can expect Align with Plants to stay committed to encouraging our community to tune into the living gifts of the Earth. The Align with Plants YouTube Channel launched in February to help expand our online presence even farther. These shows will allow us to bring more healing modalities into the conversation and reach more in need of help. We have also begun to collect community recipes for a collaborative healing recipe book to help preserve our family knowledge and remedies. In May we will be releasing a new book titled Astrology in the Garden and begin to direct more conversation towards the relationship between the Earth and the sky. Though, our biggest project will be getting onto the dirt and planting our 1st community food forest garden! We are launching a crowdfunding campaign in April to raise funds for this major project. Stay in tune with the progress of this project and to donate at www.CommunityHerbalismPHX.com

Thank you so much again for sharing all of this with us. Before we go, can you share with our readers how they can connect with you, learn more or show support?
Stay in tune with Align with Plants at www.AlignwithPlants.com and on IG @alignwithplants For Community Herbalism updates and to access our weekly infographics check out www.CommunityHerbalismPHX.com and on IG @CommunityHerbalismPHX. Donate to Community Herbalism at www.SeedstoInspireAZ.org

I also offer personal consultations at www.SeherSeven.com. You can receive support for: herbal/lifestyle, unschooling/creative parenting, creative jam session, personal natal chart Catch us on YouTube at Align with Plants and don’t forget to subscribe! New videos uploading weekly!

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