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Episode 53

Honoring the Loss: Herbs, rituals + care for your whole self after abortion
with India Elyn

hosted by clinical herbalist & integrative health educator Kay'aleya Hunnybee

Honoring the Loss: Herbs, rituals + care for your whole self after abortion

with herbalist and author India Elyn

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Let's be honest, there's a gaping hole in our society around caretaking ourselves after loss of any kind.

But most especially around pregnancy loss, and even more so around the experience of abortion. 

It's interesting to consider how quick we are to express our opinions about abortion rights (no matter where you are on the spectrum of choice), but how very rarely we ever talk about what it really means to choose to end a pregnancy. 

I know this is a tender topic.

It's not something we're used to openly talking about. 

Which is exactly why I invited India Elyn, author of the book 'Honouring the Loss: A holistic guide to healing with ritual and herbal medicine' to come and share about her embodied experience and professional offerings on how she supports folks to navigate the abortion journey. 

From the contemplation phase, through the active abortion process (medication or otherwise), and healing afterwards (even many years later),

herbs and rituals can offer beautiful adjunct support. 

This conversation is honest and explores the depths of emotions that can show up on this journey that most of us keep hidden from the world.

May this interview be a gift to your heart and your womb.

Listen to the episode to learn:

  • how India came to write her book (her personal story)
  • why it can be helpful to honor your loss, even if it was decades ago
  • about the lack of support and healing resources around abortion 
  • how to begin to engage with your own healing + grief
  • some herbal allies that may be especially supportive for you
  • the importance of ritual + some ideas of simple rituals to explore



Connect with India: 

  • In the US, find her book at Barnes & Nobles 

  • In the UK, find her book at Amazon UK

  • If you live anywhere else in the world, get her book directly from the publisher: Aeon Books

  • If you'd like one-on-one support from India, email her:  [email protected] 

  • Connect with her on IG to learn about current offerings: @_india_elyn


DISCLAIMER: This podcast and blog 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.

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