The Walking Herbalist Podcast – EPISODE 13. The Holistic / Reductionistic St. John’s Wort Show

The herbal “Marc Nugget” revolves around reductionism versus holism in herbal medicine, discussing whether you choose a single constituent of a plant, or the entire plant itself. The thirteenth episode of The Walking Herbalist Podcast lends itself to triskaidekaphobia, or the fear of the number 13 according to Marc. St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum, is the herb of the podcast. Mindy’s “Backed by Science” article is: Daniela Solomon, et al. Economic evaluation of St. John’s Wort (hypericum perforatum) for the treatment of mild to moderate depression. Journal of Affective Disorders 148; 2013: 228-234. The book review is: The National Georgraphic Guide to Medicinal Herbs: The World’s Most Effective Healing Plants, by Rebecca L. Johnson, Stephen Foster, Tieraona Low Dog, and David Kiefer. Marc and Mindy discuss two news articles, including one that talks about turning oak trees into batteries, and another that claims the USDA is urging millenials to farm. We had many updates! The Gardener’s Gathering (a free conference!) will take place on March 26, 2016 at Northeastern University (Marc and Mindy will be presenting “Indoor Seed Starting for the Urban Gardener”!). Chelsea of www.rootedessence.com honored us with an “Herbalist of the Week” nod on twitter. Chelsea is a botanist and herbalist out of Wisconsin–check out her new blog! Our dear friend and graduate of the Commonwealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, Danielle Laberge gave a terrific talk on edible and medicinal weeds at our Master Urban Gardener (MUG) course this past weekend. We learned she started a new herbal consultation business! Give Danielle a look-see at www.growinghabits.com. Amelia, a fellow MUG classmate, gave us a free code for the new app she developed, Skippy’s Garden. This looks like a great garden tool–a calendar organizing the appropriate time to sow seeds. We will let you know how well it works, once we get a chance to work with it some more! In the mean time, it is available for Itunes or Android. Herbstalk.org just sent around a wonderful newsletter collating all of the spring classes in the Boston area. We highly recommend you sign up for their newsletter–and not just because we are official sponsors! We hope you enjoy this show on herbalism, outdoorism, farming / gardening, and wellness!

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