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!

THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – EPISODE 37. THE “CREATE” HERBALISM & EVENING PRIMROSE SHOW

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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

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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!

 

THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – EPISODE 35. The “Go Ahead Laugh” Herbalism & Joe Pye Weed Show

Live from the Bunker! Marc & Mindy hole up in Western Massachusetts listening to the pitter patter of the rain on the roof and the low menacing rumble of thunder, all while being surrounded by nature’s light show. We need the rain, and Nature delivers!

Marc’s “Herb Nugget” reminds us that humor is the best medicine. So Mindy makes a funny…

The “Herb of the Podcast” are Eutrochium spp (that’s right, previously Eupatorium spp!), E. maculatum and E. purpureum. These are known as spotted Joe Pye weed 20160729_142054and sweet Joe Pye Weed, respectively. Gravel root is another common name.

20160814_204021Mindy’s “Backed by Science” article is:  Borchardt  JR et al. Antimicrobial activity of native and naturalized plants of Minnesota and Wisconsin. J Med Plants Res 2008; 2(5):98-110.  The .pdf is available here. These researchers test the antimicrobial properties of hundreds of plant species around the Upper Mississippi River Basin. This is a good article to print up and add to your herbalism collection!

We talk about our “Wildcrafting and Homesteading Updates”! Check out Mindy’s new hand-carved whistle, made from a sweet birch branch! Marc’s thyme oxymel (made from our garden harvest and locally sourced raw honey and apple cider vinegar is mac20160805_212209erating away! Mindy got poison ivy and had a chance to apply jewelweed directly to her itchy foot rash (see gross pic for proof!) The picture of the green stuff is the inside of the Jewelweed stalk. Of course you can learn all about it on Episode 33!)

The Worldwide Herbal and Foraging News articles for this episode are this one, this one, and this one! An 89-year old that grows 600+ pounds of food for charity in his small home garden, a couple who traded corporate life for a homestead, and a man who contracted botulism from improper canning are highlighted.

Enjoy the heat, and stay cool! See you next week!

 

THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – (Mini) Episode 34: Joanne Hull and Natural Plant Dyes

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Marc & Mindy have been on the road, spending the past week in Upstate New York. Fortunately, we had a chance to sit down and talk with Joanne Hull (better known to Mindy as “Mom”!). We learned all about the Outdoor Natural Plant Dyeing Studio that she had built at her suburban home in Upstate New York.

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Take a look at these great shirts!

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We hope you enjoy this mini-episode, and will see you back for a full-length episode next week!

THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – EPISODE 33. The “Family” Herbalism & Jewelweed Show

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Podcasting from on the road at Joanne Hull’s (Mindy’s Mom’s) Outdoor Natural Plant Dyeing Studio in the suburbs of Upstate New York, The Walk Herbalist duo talks plants!

Marc’s “Herb Nugget” reminds us of the importance of family.

20160725_111607The “Herb of the Podcast” is Jewelweed, or Impatiens capensis. See the pictures of plants with orange flowers!

Mindy’s “Backed by Science” article is: Motz VA, et al. Efficacy of the saponin component of Impatiens capensis Meerb.in preventing urushiol-induced contact dermatitis. J Ethnopharmacol. 2015 Mar 13;162:163-7. The researchers attempt to show that the efficacy of jewelweed against poison ivy is due to its soap-like qualities.

20160725_132244“Wildcrafting and Homesteading Updates” discusses the arrival of what Mindy calls the fall flowers: Boneset, Joe Pye Weed, and Goldenrod stand out. A stand of jewelweed has also been spotted in the family neighborhood, and some harvesting is planned. Paper bags of St. John’s Wort are strung up from a plant that was thinned out in front of the fire pit at the bunker (see picture).

The Worldwide Herbal and Foraging News articles for this episode are this one, this one, and this one. Vermont wildcrafters, New Zealand permaculturist, and high school farmers in Ithaca, New York represent!

Enjoy the hot, hot weather in a cool watering hole! Stay tuned next week for an interview with Joanne Hull on Natural Plant Dyeing!

THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – EPISODE 32. The “Its Gettin’ Hot in Here” Herbalism & Staghorn Sumac Show

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Podcasting (and sweating) at the Bunker, Marc & Mindy sacrifice air conditioning to get the latest awesome episode of The Walking Herbalist Podcast up for you!

Marc’s “Herb Nugget” gives a list of (dumb) ways to keep cool in this sweltering heat.

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The “Herb of the Podcast” is Staghorn Sumac, or Rhus typhina. Marc enlightens us on its many uses, including his love of sumac-ade. The photos with red berry clusters are our Staghorn friends…

Mindy’s “Backed by Science” article is: Parveen A, et al. Challenges and guidelines for clinical trials of herbal drugs. 2015; 7(4): 329-333. A full-length version is available here.

“Wildcrafting and Homesteading Updates” talks about Sumac-ade (otherwise known as Rhus juice), including when to harvest the berries. Marc 20160716_155838made a gallon of ginger beer which will be ready to bottle tonight. Mindy foraged (and ruined) a handful of hazelnuts (see picture) by removing their husks too soon. The duo harvested another 4 pounds of basil from their home garden, and are dehydrating it both in an electric dehydrator as well as using the trunk of their hatchback car as a solar dehydrator.

The Worldwide Herbal and Foraging News articles for this episode are this one, this one, and this one. A high tech farming 15 year old entrepreneur, an apartment jungle in Brooklyn, and Canadian weed pulling vs. herbicide fight represent!

Have a terrific weekend, and stay cool!