Medicine Paths: A Conversation with Angelique Sobande Greer


The word 'Ozain' was the first thing that struck me about Sobande's proposal to
teach an intensive at the 2018 American Herbalists Guild Symposium. In a natural
health world within which TCM flu remedies and Ayurvedic diet protocols are
enjoying rising popularity, Ozain and the wealth of history it carries so far remain in
the undercurrent of ancient systems of medicine.

I had come across Sobande's name before, teaching seminars on memorable and
vital topics you don't hear talked about: 'Herbs, Slavery, and the South' and 'The
Underground Railroad and the Soul Food Diet'. But the word Ozain and I hadn't
crossed paths before this. Having spent three years at the Appalachian Center for
Natural Health with Phyllis Light, I have been soundly immersed in traditional
Southern Folk Medicine. Since encountering Sobande, I have come to think of my
training as one of the many springs which have emerged from a well which runs so
deep as Ozain.

In early September, I sat down for a long and juicy (virtual) conversation with
Sobande. Having no time for small talk when there is real talk to be had, we leapt
straight into the depths of the divine cause of life, multiplicity of perspectives as a
way of healing, and of course, Ozain itself.