THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – (MINI) EPISODE 45: THE ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS’ NUTMEG SHOW!

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! from herbalists Mindy and Marc.

Tonight’s mini episode is spicy! Well, at least the featured herb is.

The “Herb Nugget” is tips to survive your next holiday meal. Marc claims it’s funny.

The “Herb of the Podcast” is Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans). The amazing nutmeg tree produces two spices in one fruit!

Sit back, sip your eggnog (with nutmeg) and enjoy the show!

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 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 – 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 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!