THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – EPISODE 29. The “Time Flies” Herbalism and Elder Show

THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – EPISODE 29. The “Time Flies” Herbalism and Elder Show

Marc and Mindy follow up with listener Nicole’s suggestion about powdering foraged mushrooms, and her answer to our questions, namely 1) cook your foraged mushroom, and 2) dried mushrooms have a stronger taste, so use sparingly!

Marc’s “Herb Nugget” talks about the trickery of time: slow when you want it to be fast, and fast when you want it to be slow. Make the most of it this Independence Day weekend!

The “Herb of the Podcast” is Elder, or Sambucus spp. (in particular S. nigra and S. canadensis). Elder is one of Marc’s famous Shrub-er-trees (you know, either a shrub or a tree!), and has been medicinally used since at least biblical times, and is also steeped in superstition. It has been used traditionally and commercially for reducing the symptoms of colds. The featured photograph is a flowering elder tree taken from the grounds of our bunker in Western Massachusetts.

Mindy’s “Backed by Science” article is: Tiralongo E. Elderberry supplementation reduces cold duration and symptoms in air-travelers: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. A full .pdf of the article is available here. The researchers show that commercially available elderberry extract is useful in shortening a respiratory cold and decreasing the severity of symptoms.

“Wildcrafting with Marc & Mindy” discusses their latest endeavors of woodcarving (Mindy), and embedding flowers for preservation in clear resin (Marc). They discuss plants that are ripe for foraging in the Massachusetts area, including: yarrow (aerial parts), elder flower, purslane, St. John’s wort (flowers), and chicory (mark the plants so you know which roots to harvest come fall/winter!). Always be a hyper-responsible forager! Do your homework and make sure you know what you are doing!

The Worldwide Herbal and Foraging News articles for this episode are this one, this one, and this one. One drills home the fact that you can compost your scraps no matter where you live. Another talks about a huge urban vertical farmiing initiative in Newark, New Jersey. And the last one talks about playing music with vegetables. No I did not mistype that. Check out the youtube video of the Vegetable Orchestra here.

Happy Birthday America! Enjoy your weekend!


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