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!



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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 – 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 32. The “Its Gettin’ Hot in Here” Herbalism & Staghorn Sumac Show


Podcasting (and sweating) at the Bunker, Marc & Mindy sacrifice air conditioning to get the latest awesome episode of The Walking Herbalist Podcast up for you!

Marc’s “Herb Nugget” gives a list of (dumb) ways to keep cool in this sweltering heat.


The “Herb of the Podcast” is Staghorn Sumac, or Rhus typhina. Marc enlightens us on its many uses, including his love of sumac-ade. The photos with red berry clusters are our Staghorn friends…

Mindy’s “Backed by Science” article is: Parveen A, et al. Challenges and guidelines for clinical trials of herbal drugs. 2015; 7(4): 329-333. A full-length version is available here.

“Wildcrafting and Homesteading Updates” talks about Sumac-ade (otherwise known as Rhus juice), including when to harvest the berries. Marc 20160716_155838made a gallon of ginger beer which will be ready to bottle tonight. Mindy foraged (and ruined) a handful of hazelnuts (see picture) by removing their husks too soon. The duo harvested another 4 pounds of basil from their home garden, and are dehydrating it both in an electric dehydrator as well as using the trunk of their hatchback car as a solar dehydrator.

The Worldwide Herbal and Foraging News articles for this episode are this one, this one, and this one. A high tech farming 15 year old entrepreneur, an apartment jungle in Brooklyn, and Canadian weed pulling vs. herbicide fight represent!

Have a terrific weekend, and stay cool!

THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – EPISODE 31. The “Weeds are Friends” Herbalism & Purslane Show


Mindy can’t help but talk about her poor little car, which is sitting dead on the side of the road. Turns out the starter went. But thankfully she made it home before it died, reminding herself to count her blessings.

Marc’s “Herb Nugget” reminds us that garden weeds are not entirely the nuisance that they may seem to be. Make friends and learn from them! And eat some as well!


The “Herb of the Podcast” is Purslane, or Portulaca oleracea. This garden weed is actually a delicious addition to your salad, plus a great source of omega-3 fatty acids amongst other compounds with a heart healthy reputation. Purslane, shown in the first large


20160713_111433picture should not be confused with spurge, shown in the photos on the left. As always! Do your homework! If you break open spurge, you can see a white milky sap (shown), which is not present in the succulent stems of purslane.

“Wildcrafting and Homesteading Updates” (yup, we have renamed this section, because we want to focus on all aspects of utilizing your land) talks about what berries are ripe (blueberries, black raspberries, some blackberries), the abundance of peppergrass (poor man’s pepper) which is a great culinary spice, and milkweed flowers nibbles. Marc has been running the dehydrator non-stop, including crumbling thyme, oregano, lemon balm, and basil spices. Delicious! And we made beef jerky from flank steak (Marc ate it all!)

Mindy’s “Backed by Science” article is: Sabzghabaee AM, et al. Clinical effects of Portulaca oleracea seeds on dyslipidemia in obese adolescents: a triple-blinded randomized controlled trial. Med Arh 2014; 68(3):195-199. A .pdf file is available here.

The Worldwide Herbal and Foraging News articles for this episode are this one, this one, and this one. Robot farmers, garden pests, and noxious weeds are all the rage!

Have a great weekend, and get to know your plants!





THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – EPISODE 30. The “Try, Try Again” Herbalism & Yarrow Show

Marc and Mindy tell the unfortunate story of our newest family member Josee, a 10-or-so week old german shepherd puppy who swallowed a nail. Fortunately, just as she was about to be whisked off to surgery, she passed the nail! Intestines of Steel we say!

joseeMarc’s “Herb Nugget” revolves around the old adage: “if at first you don’t succeed, try again!”

The “Herb of the Podcast” is Yarrow, or Achillea millefolium. This lowly seeming waste area weed is medicinal magic! Named after fabled Greek half-god Achilles, its battlefield


use as a bleeding stopper (styptic) is legendary. Yarrow, an aster (so take heed if you have allergies), is abundantly blooming this time of  year. Teas, salves, oils are all products we make with it at home. Also known as “Carpenter’s weed”, Mindy has been using it a lot with the many pains and pokes she has experienced with her new woodcarving hobby.  The yarrow photographs are from our Western Massachusetts stands.

“Wildcrafting with Marc & Mindy” talks about Marc’s St. John’s Wort flower harvest (for oil), the emergence of staghorn sumac berries (which will ripen by late July for Sumac-ade – a delicious beverage!), our disastrous attempt at solidifying flowers in resin, amongst other topics.

Mindy’s “Backed by Science” article is: Konieczynski P, Wesolowski M. Water-extractable magnesium, manganese and copper in leaves and herbs of medicinal plants. Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica – Drug Research. 2012; 69(1): 33-39. A full .pdf of the article is available here. This research discusses how well plant trace minerals extract into tea.

The Worldwide Herbal and Foraging News articles for this episode are this one, this one, this one, and this one. Plants squeaking, Martian veggies, small herbalism business owners highlighted, and overcoming adversity are discussed.

Happy plant hunting! Enjoy your weekend!