THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – EPISODE 35. The “Go Ahead Laugh” Herbalism & Joe Pye Weed Show

Live from the Bunker! Marc & Mindy hole up in Western Massachusetts listening to the pitter patter of the rain on the roof and the low menacing rumble of thunder, all while being surrounded by nature’s light show. We need the rain, and Nature delivers!

Marc’s “Herb Nugget” reminds us that humor is the best medicine. So Mindy makes a funny…

The “Herb of the Podcast” are Eutrochium spp (that’s right, previously Eupatorium spp!), E. maculatum and E. purpureum. These are known as spotted Joe Pye weed 20160729_142054and sweet Joe Pye Weed, respectively. Gravel root is another common name.

20160814_204021Mindy’s “Backed by Science” article is:  Borchardt  JR et al. Antimicrobial activity of native and naturalized plants of Minnesota and Wisconsin. J Med Plants Res 2008; 2(5):98-110.  The .pdf is available here. These researchers test the antimicrobial properties of hundreds of plant species around the Upper Mississippi River Basin. This is a good article to print up and add to your herbalism collection!

We talk about our “Wildcrafting and Homesteading Updates”! Check out Mindy’s new hand-carved whistle, made from a sweet birch branch! Marc’s thyme oxymel (made from our garden harvest and locally sourced raw honey and apple cider vinegar is mac20160805_212209erating away! Mindy got poison ivy and had a chance to apply jewelweed directly to her itchy foot rash (see gross pic for proof!) The picture of the green stuff is the inside of the Jewelweed stalk. Of course you can learn all about it on Episode 33!)

The Worldwide Herbal and Foraging News articles for this episode are this one, this one, and this one! An 89-year old that grows 600+ pounds of food for charity in his small home garden, a couple who traded corporate life for a homestead, and a man who contracted botulism from improper canning are highlighted.

Enjoy the heat, and stay cool! See you next week!



  • Rebecca Ingalls

    August 16, 2016 at 8:42 am Reply

    Thank you for another great show!
    I’m just getting to know the joe pye weed myself this year!
    I have, however, had great experiences with another Eupatorium.
    Eupatorium perfoliatum (boneset) is one I have grown and used a few times over the past
    20 years, and will reach for it if I ever get the flu with high fever and aching.

    • The Walking Herbalist

      August 16, 2016 at 7:35 pm Reply

      Hi Rebecca:
      Thank you for the awesome feedback!
      Joe pye weed is fun to locate on a walk, but it is not a major part of our herbal stock yet.
      However, we managed to forage boneset and made a tincture with the aerial parts.
      It was one of our go-to remedies in the herbal cabinet during flu season.

      Mindy & Marc

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