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 20. The “Spring Herbalism Day-Off” & Garlic Mustard Episode

The Herb Nugget challenges us to balance work and play, and make sure you enjoy these rare Spring Days! Our book buying spree continues with an aqcuisition of the works of modern herbal masters, including works by Susun Weed, Matthew Wood, Rosemary Gladstar, and Margi Flint. In fact, when we purchased Margi Flint’s text book The Practicing Herbalist, we called Earthsong Herbals and spoke with Margi’s lovely assistant, Erin, who let us know of an upcoming event in Marblehead, MA: The Synergy of Practice with Emphasis on Muscular and Skeletal & Pain and Inflammation on May 12-May 15. This event will be taught by Kay Parent, Matthew Wood, and Margi Flint! So if New Englanders (or beyond!) are looking for a little face-time with these renowned herbalists, this could be your chance!

Marc’s “Herb of the Podcast” is Allaria petiolata — Garlic Mustard! Yup, that ubiquitous, invasive weed that we all love to hate. Tasty in salads, with some medicinal properties, Marc teaches us all about it.

Mindy’s “Backed by Science” research article is: Cipollini D, Gruner B. Cyanide in the Chemical Arsenal of Garlic Mustard, Allaria petiolata. J Chem Ecol (2007)33: 85-94. This article discusses the significant amount of cyanide detected in garlic mustard leaves—something to give a bit of a pause for wild food foragers!

The Book Review discusses Matthew Wood’s modern classic Seven Herbs: Plants as Teachers. This book is a great starting place for flower essence practitioners and those interested in the spirituality & philosophy of plant medicine. Click the link to read our full review.

The Worldwide Herbal and Foraging News articles for this episode are this one on preschoolers learning outside, this one on robot farmers, and this one (from Marc’s Alma Mater, SUNY Oswego!) on a proactive businesswoman, Tessa Edick, who is trying to entice more farmers into the agriculture business.

Enjoy the Show!