Alchemy of Healing: Navigating Plant Medicines, Microdosing, and Ayurveda with Andrea Shuman

In this enlightening podcast, Cate dives into a fascinating discussion with a special guest, Andrea Shuman. Andrea is an expert in the world of plant medicines, psychedelics, and the art of formulation. Join us as we explore the nuances of microdosing, the formulation of elixirs, and the broader cultural context surrounding these practices.

What You’ll Get Out of Tuning In

  • Delve into the fascinating realm of microdosing and plant medicines with insights from Andrea Shuman.
  • Understand the formulation process behind elixirs and learn how they can be seamlessly integrated into your wellness routine.
  • Explore the cultural influences and societal perspectives that have shaped our intricate relationship with these powerful substances.
  • Gain valuable insights from Andrea’s experiences and expertise, offering a unique perspective on the intersection of Ayurveda and plant medicines.


  • Andrea provides valuable insights into the overprescribing epidemic and the widespread use of psychiatric medications.
  • The discussion touches on the cultural context and the need for respect and ritual in the use of plant medicines.
  • The unique approach to creating a “micro synergy base.”
  • Explore specific formulations designed for various wellness goals, such as depression relief, stress management, and focus enhancement.
  • Gain a nuanced perspective on the non-addictive and even anti-addictive nature of certain psychedelics like psilocybin and LSD.


  • “We haven’t taught people how to commodify their relationship with medicines.”
  • “Using Ayurveda as an intermediary for understanding that plants are beings, understanding that plants have spirit, can help be that intermediary for something that has a profound impact on the psyche, like mushrooms.”
  • “Once we go primal, we have all the things to design whatever we want.”


As we wrap up this conversation, we encourage you to continue exploring the world of plant medicines and the transformative power they hold. Whether you’re a wellness professional or curious about alternative approaches to well-being, there’s much to learn and integrate into your journey. Connect with Andrea Shuman and explore the formulations she has crafted at Thank you for tuning in, and may your path to wellness be filled with discovery and growth.

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