Come for the plants, stay for the party — this is the slogan for the International Herb Symposium, and organizers Rosemary Gladstar and Susan Leopold certainly brought the party to HerbMentor Radio. In this episode, they answer questions like “How do I find my herbal community?” and “What does every beginning herbalist need to know about the plants?”
Still recovering from the stress of the holiday season? John and Tara share 3 key tips for nourishing your nervous system this winter. Plus, they offer a simple guide to planning your herbal year so you can start your new year off right.
From falling in love with essential oils at the mall as a teenager to studying probiotic strains as a Functional Nutritionist, Dr. Keren Dolan’s holistic herbal path weaves the joy, community care, and science of herbalism all into one. In this episode Dr. Dolan draws on her Functional approach to answer questions like “How do probiotics work?” and “What exactly is an essential oil?”
Most people think of poke and burdock as pesky weeds, but herbalists like Corinna Wood know that these prolific plants are full of healing gifts. Corinna shares how we can create home remedies with these herbs that will nourish our bodies this fall and beyond. Listen as she draws on her years of experience as an educator and herbalist to share the key to seasonal self-care.
The phrase “food is medicine” gets casually tossed around a lot these days, but herbalist Mimi Prunella Hernandez really lives by this principle. Mimi draws on the influence of her Granny healers and her background in biochemistry to weave herbs into her everyday life. She works with the herbs that grow all around her — including sunflowers and prickly pear cactus — to make vinegars, honey, wine, tea, and even frosting. Listen as Mimi shares her simple tips for bringing common herbs into your own kitchen…
Tasha and Devon Greenwood are the founders of MXED GREENS, an herb shop that uplifts queer community and prioritizes accessibility through a sliding scale model. In this episode we discuss queer and trans inclusive healthcare, key advise for new business owners, how to work with seaweeds, and more.
When you start studying herbs it can feel like you need to find the best herb school, the best herb books, and the best way to study herbs. But after studying and teaching herbalism for the last few decades, jim mcdonald can definitively say that there’s no one “right way” to learn about herbs. Here’s what to do instead…
Abi Huff is an ever-evolving community and clinical herbalist, educator, medicine maker, intuitive life strategist, healing justice organizer, and overall plant nerd. We discuss ancestral herbalism, being a politicized herbalist, food as medicine, and herbs for the nervous system.