In this latest installment, herbalists Mindy and Marc discuss winter preparation and homesteading updates; a successful shiitake mushroom grow kit, one crocheted mitten, and a failed soap making experiment. They respond to a listener email, and more…
Marc’s “Herb Nugget” is a silly herbal rhyme. Need I say more?
The “Herb of the Podcast” is Eupatorium perfoliatum or Boneset. This beautiful herb has been utilized throughout the ages as a cold and flu agent!
The Autumn New England rain has covered the landscape with mushrooms. Mindy and Marc discuss their findings. They include chaga (Inonotus obliquus), fly agaric (Amanita muscaria), and they believe the white glowing mushroom is destroying angel (Amanita bisporigera).
Marc’s “Herb Nugget” highlights the arrival of autumn. Is he happy or sad about it?
The “Herb of the Podcast” is Matricaria recutita, or Chamomile. This lovely flower is the Astor family and has been used for centuries as a helpful digestive aid, sedative, and wound healer.
The Worldwide Herbal And Foraging News articles are this one, this one, and this one. College Universities collaborate with a goal of helping students to eat healthy, octogenarians gardening, and women in agriculture.
Updates: Mindy and Marc navigate their way to an orienteering class!
Mindy and Marc are back at the bunker! It’s a crisp New England night (finally) with crickets chirping in the background. Mindy was in New York for a few days wildcrafting, while Marc stayed in Boston making winter herbal tonics and dehydrating more basil.
Marc’s “Herb Nugget” reminds us (more like reprimands us) to get our herbal preparations ready.
The “Herb of the Podcast” is Ocimum Basilicum! Commonly known as Basil. Marc highlights some features of this amazing herb, talks about the 60+ pounds he grew in his tiny city backyard, and of course, some basil mythology.
“Wildcrafting with Marc and Mindy” discusses acorn foraging, seed saving, and finding (possibly eating) newly discovered chicken of the woods mushroom!
The Worldwide Herbal and Foraging News articles for this episode are this one, this one, and this one. Women farmers, women farmers making millions, and a dad challenging his family to a 100 day “eat what you grow or raise” challenge!
Updates: Mindy and Marc are now in beekeeping school!
It’s a solo (mini) episode with only Marc (Mindy is sewing in the background).
The herb of the podcast is Peppergrass (Lepidium species). Also known as poor-man’s pepper, this spicy delight is in the mustard family.
Marc highlights the successful lecture/demonstration titled ‘preserving your harvest’ conducted by Mindy and Marc at a community garden in East Boston last week.
In addition, Saturday and Sunday September 24th and 25th from 10am-5pm, herbalist Margi Flint will be teaching her first ever Reading the Body class. And, Saturday October 22nd,herbalists and witches Sean Donahue (green man ramblings blog) and Kirsten Hale (the crazy herbalist) are teaching their Death Liberation and Ecstasy class. Both of these will be held at 10 Central St Marblehead MA for only $100 each. For more information visit www.earthsongherbals.com or email questions to email@example.com.
Lastly, we received an email inquiring about scientific research on shinrin-yoku. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has several links. http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/90720.html.
What do you get when you combine a typical garden spice like thyme (a beautiful, aromatic, antiseptic herb), with organic honey (natures sweet antibacterial gift), and some raw apple cider vinegar (the Mother of all things sour tasting)?
You have a thyme oxymel- a notorious immune booster!
In my opinion, this pungent, yet sweet elixir is a great alternative to commercial sore throat relievers.
It is simple and inexpensive to make. Here is what you will need:
A mason jar with plastic lid*
Raw apple cider vinegar (ACV)
First, fill your mason jar with about ¼ thyme.
Next, fill the rest of the jar with ACV and honey. Note: the amounts of ACV and honey are discretionary. You might choose more honey and less ACV, or more ACV and less honey. I prefer more honey!
Then, place the lid on the jar and shake it daily for 6-8 weeks.
After 6-8 weeks, strain out the contents with a tea press or cheese cloth into its final storage container.
Finally, your oxymel is done!
Personally, when I have a sore throat, I reach for my thyme oxymel. A one ounce glass three times a day usually does the trick.
*Plastic lids are preferred when using vinegar. Vinegar will corrode metal and ruin your oxymel. You can use metal lids, however put wax paper over the jar before you tighten the metal lid.
Poison ivy, prepping for a lecture, and discovering the beauty of the blue-bruising, pancake replica fungi, the Boletes mushrooms, Marc & Mindy return to Southie to record this episode.
Marc’s “Herb Nugget” discussing herbal creations, and using your imagination when preserving your fall harvests.
The “Herb of the Podcast” is Oenothora biennis, or Evening Primrose. This tall, lovely biennial is prized for its seed oil which contains omega-6 essential fatty acids (and in particular gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Mindy, on the other hand, loves to eat its leaves particularly minced and on pasta. Evening primrose attracts moth pollinators.
We talk about our “Wildcrafting and Homesteading Updates”! Mindy misidentified white snakeroot (probably for another aster) during a plant walk last week and owns up to it! Marc talks about his lemon balm and sweetfern hydrosol bug spray. The duo made smudge sticks from sweet fern to use eventually as a smoldering bug repellant.
The Worldwide Herbal and Foraging News articles for this episode are this one, this one, and this one. Succession gardening for fall, a government subsidized mobile farmer’s market in Austin Tx, and plants that repel pesky bugs are the topics.
We talk about our “Wildcrafting and Homesteading Updates”! Marc is making a bug spray from hydrosols of lemon balm and sweet fern, mixed with witch hazel. The hydrosols were produced in our Oilextech Essenex 100 microwave essential oil distillation unit. We will let you know how the bug spray works! We talk about making rubber from natural latex and cordage from cattail leaves, amongst other topics.