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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!

Mindy’s “Backed by Science” article is:  Andrea Derksen, et al. Antiviral activity of hydroalcoholic extract from Eupatorium perfoliatum L. against the attachment of influenza A virus. Journal of Ethnopharmacolgy, Volume 188, Pages 144-152.

The Worldwide Herbal and Foraging News articles are this one, this one, and this one. New Zealand foraging maps, Reinventing the family farm, and young farmers.

Enjoy the show!








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.

Mindy’s“Backed by Science” article is: Ruhollah Shoara, et al. Efficacy and safety of topical Matricaria chamomilla L. (chamomile) oil for knee osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled clinical trial. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Volume 21, Issue 3, Pages 181-187.

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.

basil-in-containerThe “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.

Mindy’s “Backed by Science” article is: Microbial Safety and Quality of Fresh Herbs from Los Angeles, Orange County, and Seattle Farmer’s Markets. These researchers question the safety of food, particularly herbs sold at select farmer’s markets. Mindy adds her own thoughts!

basil-in-garden“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!


Enjoy the show!


THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – (Mini) Episode 38: Peppergrass Show!

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 office@earthsongherbals.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.

Check out our new silly video with the dog. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HmZ91XIJII

Enjoy the show!


By Marc Richute

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*
  • Fresh thyme
  • Organic honey
  • Raw apple cider vinegar (ACV)

ingredients for thyme oxymel

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.

thyme oxymel

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.

1 ounce thyme oxymel

*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.


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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.

Mindy’s“Backed by Science” article is: Kim TS, et al. Comparative analysis of anti-Helicobacter pylori activities of FEMY-R7 composed of Laminaria japonica and Oenothera biennis extracts in mice and humans. Lab Anim Res 2015; 31(1): 7-12. A full-length .pdf of the entire article can be found here. The article talks about how a combination of kelp and evening primrose extracts can kill the bacteria responsible for ulcers.

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.

Stay tuned for a mini-episode next week!

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THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – EPISODE 36. The “Learning Styles” Herbalism & Goldenrod Show

Solidago BGoldenrodack in the Southie basement, and still battling the heat, Marc and Mindy reminisce about the lovely weekend spent at the Bunker with Marc’s family.

Marc’s “Herb Nugget” talks about the teaching our young ones to survive. Food, water, shelter, health.

The “Herb of the Podcast” is the Solidago spp, otherwise known as Goldenrod. Marc discusses the many uses for this classic urinary tract herb.

Mindy’s “Backed by Science” article is: de Jong, et al. Occupational allergy caused by flowers. Allergy 1998; 53: 204-209. A full-length .pdf is available here. Mindy also discusses this commentary: Aronson SM. The origins of the sneeze: divine gift or mere goldenrod pollen. R I Med J 2014; 97(5):10-1. A full-length .pdf is available here. These highlight the controversy of the goldenrod vs. ragweed pollen in terms of causing allergies.

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.

The Worldwide Herbal and Foraging News articles for this episode are this one, this one, and this one. Rainwater catchment is now legal in Colorado, robots are picking apples, and a couple lives on a homemade off-grid island.

Enjoy these last days of the summer break! See you next week!