HerbMentor Radio: Mimi Prunella Hernandez, Kitchen Herbalism

Mimi Prunella Hernandez has dedicated her life’s work to serving as an advocate for both traditional and herbal pathways while building cultural bridges of understanding. As an herbalist she draws upon the influence of her Granny Healers and her background in biochemistry to weave together an herbal practice that’s rooted in folk traditions and modern science.

In our conversation, Mimi shows us how to think beyond capsules and tinctures and easily bring herbs into our kitchens. The phrase “food is medicine” gets casually tossed around a lot these days, but Mimi really lives by this principle. She weaves herbs into her everyday life: making vinegars, honey, wine, tea, and even frosting with the herbs that grow all around her. Mimi offers us a few of her favorite tips for bringing herbs into the kitchen that we at LearningHerbs are definitely going to start adding to our daily routine — including “Mimi’s Mystery House Tea.”

In addition to kitchen herbalism, Mimi also shares…

  • How to work with sunflowers and prickly pear cactus as herbal remedies
  • How to weave together traditional folk herbalism and modern science
  • The importance of native plants for people, pollinators, and plants

Plus, Mimi tells us all about her current project, a National Geographic herb book on 99 plants from around the world.

 

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