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!



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.


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.


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!




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!








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 – 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!

THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – EPISODE 27. The “Get Your Plant Walk On!” Herbalism & Catnip Show

The “Herb Nugget” focuses on getting into your Plant Walking Groove, especially now that summer is around the corner! Marc & Mindy talk about Herbstalk, and give garden updates. Does anyone know why we are getting chlorosis of our basil leaves?

Marc’s “Herb of the Podcast” is Catnip, or Nepeta cataria. Amongst other things, Marc tells us how to use catnip to keep small rodents out of the garden…by attracting cats! We use catnip in teas and tinctures, and grow some for our kitty. Nepetalactone is the chemical compound that drives cats bananas!

Mindy’s “Backed by Science” article is: Gilani AH, et al. Chemical composition and mechanisms underlying the spasmolytic and bronchodilatory properties of the essential oil of Nepeta cataria L. J Ethnopharmacol 2009; 121: 405-411. Or download a copy of the full article here. The researchers show that that catnip essential oil is effective in decreasing intestinal motility, as well as relaxing the airway, and thus its folk uses (namely for diarrhea and bronchial symptoms) are supported by science.

The “Book Review” is on Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places by “Wildman” Steve Brill and Evelyn Dean. The full review can be found here. This is a forager’s must-have text!

The Worldwide Herbal and Foraging News articles for this episode are this one, this one, and this one. These talk about goats as the ultimate survivalist tool, urban farming, and sleeping trees.

Finally, we give a shout out to Josee, the newest family member, an 8 week old german shepherd mix!

THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – (Mini) EPISODE 24. Memorial Day Break (with Steph Zabel & Calendula Bonus Audio!)

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Marc & Mindy are taking a break from a full-length podcast in honor of Memorial Day Weekend! This truncated episode of The Walking Herbalist Podcast features Bonus Audio from the founder of Herbstalk, Steph Zabel. Listen to her talk about the featured herb of this year’s 2016 Herbstalk, Calendula! We hope to see everyone in Somerville, MA next weekend (June 4 and 5) for the big event, where we will be doing live on-scene interviews!  We will be back next week with our extra special episode, our interview with Iris Weaver. Enjoy the photos of our seedlings hardening off and fritters made from battered dandelion buds!  Happy Memorial Day everyone!

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