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THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – EPISODE 44. THE “BELIEVE” HERBALISM & PASSIONFLOWER SHOW

Just another late fall/early winter week in New England with herbalists Mindy and Marc!

Tonight’s “Herb Nugget” is about believing. Believe in what works for you and forget all the negative hype!

The “Herb of the Podcast” is Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) Marc discusses the historical religious aspect of this plant, as well as its practical uses in modern society.

Mindy’s “Backed by Science” article is: Villet Stéphanie, et al. Open-label observational study of the homeopathic medicine Passiflora Compose for anxiety and sleep disorders. Homeopathy, Volume 105, Issue 1, February 2016, Pages 84–91.

“Wildcrafting and Homesteading updates” include Marc’s recent cold and the foraged herbs he used to feel better. Marc made elderberry syrup and Mindy made a basket from a common reed. (Phragmites spp.)

The Worldwide Herbal and Foraging News articles are this one, this one, this one, and this one. New rules for homeopathic medicines, radioactive Chernobyl berries, taking on the Green Revolution, and robot weedkillers.

Also, listener email and movie review.

Enjoy the podcast!

THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – EPISODE 43. THE “DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME” HERBALISM & LAVENDER SHOW

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Spend some quality time with this amazing husband and wife herbal twosome!

Marc’s “Herb Nugget” emphasizes daylight saving time and its unique ability to confuse us all!

The “Herb of the Podcast” is Lavandula angustifolia, or Lavender. A member of the mint family, this fragrant flower has been used for centuries; most notably for its essential oil.

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Mindy’s “Backed by Science” article is: A. Kunicka-Styczynska, et al. Preservative activity of lavender hydrosols in moisturizing body gels.  Letters in Applied Microbiology, Volume 60, Issue 1, Pages 27-32.

“Wildcrafting and Homesteading updates” include Mindy’s successful soap making project, Marc’s slippery elm balls, and other gardening features.

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The Worldwide Herbal And Foraging News articles are this one, this one, this one, and this one. Irish folklore herbal collection,  new naturopath laws, cows texting farmers, and man finds lost wedding ring in carrot.

Enjoy the podcast!

 

THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – Episode 42 (Special Edition): Meet Herbalists Katja Swift and Ryn Midura

katryn-tatsThis Special Episode of The Walking Herbalist Podcast features herbalists Katja Swift and Ryn Midura. This awesome husband and wife duo are proprietors of The CommonWealth Center For Holistic Medicine! You can check out their website here!

Mindy and Marc chatted with Katja and Ryn in April 2016 on their newly acquired land in Royalston Massachusetts.

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Join us while we discover how this amazing couple first met, how they got into herbalism, the struggles and successes of starting and maintaining an herbalism practice, and much, much more!

Enjoy the show!

 

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THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – EPISODE 41. THE “SILLY HERBAL RHYME” HERBALISM & BONESET SHOW

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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!

 

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THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – EPISODE 40. THE “AUTUMN BLISS” HERBALISM & CHAMOMILE SHOW

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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).

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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!

THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – EPISODE 39. THE “WINTER HERBAL PREPAREDNESS” HERBALISM & BASIL SHOW

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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!

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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).

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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.

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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!