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!
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!