The “Herb Nugget” paints a beautiful picture of a riverside walk. Marc & Mindy debate whether to pronounce turmeric “TER-meric”, “TOO-meric”, or something else. They talk about the progress of their seedlings, with thyme, oregano, and basil coming up very quickly in about a week. The parsley and spinach are starting to rear up, whereas the rosemary is taking her sweet time…
Marc’s “Herb of the Podcast” is Devil’s Claw, or Harpagophytum procumbens. While Marc & Mindy have tinctured the root, and tried it on a few occasions, they do not have a lot of personal experience with this southern African native plant. Its anti-inflammatory and analgesic reputation has earned it a place in the herbalist’s war chest around the world.
Mindy’s “Backed by Science” article is: Chung H, et al. Anti-osteoporotic activity of harpagide by regulation of bone formation in osteoblast cell culture and oviarectomy-induced bone loss mouse models. 2016; 179:66-75. Using test-tube and The researchers find that harpagide, a chemical extracted from the root of Devil’s Claw, may be a useful pharmaceutical for the treatment of osteoporosis.
The Book Review is “Making More Plants: The Science, Art, and Joy of Propagation” by Ken Druse. The full review can be found here. We are huge proponents of making as many plants as possible, and the experimental gardeners will love all of Mr. Druse’s tips (not to mention, his wonderful photography!)
The Worldwide Herbal and Foraging News articles for this episode are this one and this one. The first one talks about planting by the astrological clock. Here is a great link to a brief discussion on the nuts and bolts of astrological gardening. The other is of an herbalist who (at least as its written in this article) appears to be a charlatan.
Don’t forget that Herbstalk is right around the corner (June 4th & 5th)! Enjoy the show!