The Herb Nugget reminds everyone that knowledge is power, and that it is important to keep an actual physical library of information. There are a lot of great updates: The Herbstalk Episode was extremely well-received with tons of listeners (and they are very grateful to this wonderful audience!)They met up for a plant walk and a discussion with shamanic herbalist Iris Weaver and will be getting that up in the next few weeks (Marc shares a quick clip of the interview).
And Katja and Ryn, the awesome proprietors and teachers of the Commonwealth Center for Holistic Herbalism, committed to an interview as well–so be on the lookout! Marc and Mindy talk about their long weekend at the bunker (in Western Massachusetts), where they played outdoors from dawn to dusk everyday. This included a venture into home movies, of which Nellie the Doggie was the star (this may or may not get posted!) The first greens from their city garden were harvested; these cultivated wilds included dandelion, stinging nettles, and onion greens — delicious!
The Herb of the Podcast is Plantain (Plantago major). Marc discusses its many medicinal and culinary purposes. Mindy talks about a beeswax and plantain-infused olive oil salve that she regularly uses as a lip balm.
Mindy’s “Backed by Science” report is: Nhiem MX, et al. Inhibitory Activity of Plantago major L. on Angiotensin I – converting enzyme. Arch Pharm Res 2011; 34(3): 429-423. Researchers find that one of the chemical constituents of dried plantain leaves includes 10-Hydroxymajoroside, which they found to be an effective ACE-inhibitor.
The Book Review focuses on: Breverton’s Complete Herbal: A book of remarkable plants and their uses – by Terry Breverton. The link takes you to the full review.
The Worldwide Herbal and Foraging News articles for this episode are this one and this one. These present an interesting picture of the health benefits of getting your hands into the soil again. Make sure you check out Marc’s post on the subject of forest bathing (Shinrin-Yoku).