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


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 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!