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 17. The Don’t Mow The “Red Clover” Herbalism Show

The Herb Nugget coins “If you have a perfect lawn, you’re doing something wrong!” Marc encourages everyone to let a patch of their untreated lawns grow wild to see what type of plants will grow. The Herb of the Podcast is Red Clover (Trifolium pratense). Marc talks about this amazing legume, including its phytoestrogenic compounds / isoflavones, and its vitamin and mineral contents. Mindy’s “Backed by Science” article is: Giampaolo Mainini, et al. Nonhormonal management of postmenopausal women: effects of a red clover based isoflavones supplementation on climacteric syndrome and cardiovascular risk serum profile. Clin Exp Obstet Gycecol 2013; 40(3):337-41. Mindy does not have access to the full article, therefore discusses the abstract which claims red clover eases the symptoms of menopause. And then Mindy goes on to complain that medical studies are not readily accessible by the public…a public disservice. The Book Review talked about Nature’s Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants By Samuel Thayer (Forager’s Harvest Press, 2010). The full review can be found here. The Worldwide Herbal and Foraging News articles are this one and this one. One talks about a Missouri man (Nathan Athans) and his family that had the audacity to want to grow food in their front yard, and were promptly shut down by the city which passed a new restrictive zoning ordinance. The other article discusses the state of oregano spice products in Australia, namely that they do not contain entirely dehydrated oregano leaves (and sometimes only 10% oregano!) Food fraud apparently is a very serious issue, according to the article. That said, who knew there were still Woolworth stores in Australia! Take a look at the featured photograph. Do you know what plant it is? We are not sure (some baby conifer we guess). The crushed needles smell profoundly like pineapple! As we work on our interview series (Iris Weaver is next up!), we reveal that we are working on getting Katja Swift and Ryn Midura of the Commonwealth Center for Holistic Herbalism (fingers crossed!) on the show.