THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – Episode 42 (Special Edition): Meet Herbalists Katja Swift and Ryn Midura

katryn-tatsThis Special Episode of The Walking Herbalist Podcast features herbalists Katja Swift and Ryn Midura. This awesome husband and wife duo are proprietors of The CommonWealth Center For Holistic Medicine! You can check out their website here!

Mindy and Marc chatted with Katja and Ryn in April 2016 on their newly acquired land in Royalston Massachusetts.


Join us while we discover how this amazing couple first met, how they got into herbalism, the struggles and successes of starting and maintaining an herbalism practice, and much, much more!

Enjoy the show!




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.