After an interview with registered herbalist, yoga instructor and owner of Sky House Yoga, Ashley Litecky Elenbaas, Sue and Candace talk about their own favorite nervine herbs. Nervines are a class of medicine used to calm the nerves. This is an instrumental part of caring for patients who are struggling with stress from illness or trauma. It is no wonder that herbalists need a cabinet full of nervine options.
For Ashley Litecky Elenbaas, her journey through the world of herbalism has been a literal journey. She is a frequent traveler and has gone out of her way to educate herself about the natural treasures the botanical world has to offer. She combines art, dance, yoga, stargazing and other creative modalities to the healing power of herbal medicine for her students and clients. For her, health doesn't end in a tincture bottle.
Inspired by books by Kathi Keville and Peg Schafer as well as a Aaron and Susan Von Frank of Tyrant Farms, our team is already taking measurements for a new pond, marking seed catalogs and graphing out where new beds and structure plants will go.
Seeds may lie dormant in the ground under the snow but the winter mind of a gardener starts buzzing like a bee hive. The Real Herbalism Radio team are perusing new seed catalogs and scratching plans on graph paper for spring.
So many changes happened in 2017, it is difficult to pick out the most influential topics. With 2018, the Year of the Dog, barking at our doorstep, Candace, Patrick and Sue take a minute to evaluate 2017, the Year of the Rooster.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, winter is the time for rest and introspection. We herbalists sorely need a break from the activity of fall's harvest and root digging. Instead, we are spending this season digging into a good book. Today, we're talking about our favorite books for rest, introspection, and herbal inspiration.
The Practical Herbalist team's interview with Christina Sanchez - cosmetologist, herbalist, and founder of Every Leaf Speaks prompted them to create more skin care products. Although this topic is not a specialty for any of the crew, they stepped out of their comfort zone to explore the world of beauty care.
Beauty began with the plants. Although our current culture may not knowingly tap into the plant wisdom Cleopatra drew upon to create her legendary allure, the plants most certainly have not given up on us.
Pumpkin Spice may be delicious but it is also very healing. Each of the traditional spices in this blend can stand on its own as herbal medicine with a long history of healing around the globe. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove and allspice warm and tonify in their unique way.
Pumpkin Spice is so hot right now with good reason too. The chilly change of weather fall brings calls for warming and nourishing foods and spices. today, we'll be talking about how to blend and use your own Pumpkin Spice along with why this much-touted blend truly is an herbal remedy for the pros.
Bitters have been heralded as a key for good digestion for millennia and for good reason. Just a few drops of bitters under the tongue can mean a world of difference to gut health. Although herbalists and nutritionists have been talking about their importance, the average person sometimes has trouble incorporating them into everyday life.
As the weather cools down, our immune systems should be geared up to do the thankless work of keeping colds and flus from settling in for the winter. Podcast hosts, Sue and Candace, review some of their favorite formulas for fortifying the body.
Sue and Candace reflect on their conversation with clinical herbalist and educator Rosalee de la Foret author of Alchemy of Herbs on her top 5 herbs. Manifesting these herbs in their own lives as herbalists have brought them to new and interesting places. Podcast hosts Sue and Candace also share alternatives to Rosalee's favorite herbs and how they have used them in other situations.
Clinical herbalist and educator Rosalee de la Foret author of Alchemy of Herbs, talks about her top 5 herbs that uses to heal chronic conditions. These herbs are a sometimes seen as humble first aid herbs but Rosalee knows their deeper secrets.
Free clinics are popping up around the world as herbalists step up to share their knowledge with the public. Hosts Sue and Candace discuss the free clinic movement and what it takes to work in a free clinic.
Herbalist and Educator, 7song, of the Ithaca Free Clinic, talks about life in one of America's most famous Western herbal clinic. Sue and Candace talk with him about what it means to rekindle the hearth of healing in cooperation with allopathic medicine.
Whether you're parenting school-aged children or not, Back to School means Back to Cold and Flu Season. As we enter Fall, we're all the more susceptible to the new and improved viruses that are making their rounds throughout our community.
Digestive health is a favorite topic for herbalists. The path to good health begins right in our own microbiome. After an interview with Nutritional Health Coach, Yaakov Levine, Sue and Candace give their own perspective on supporting digestion with herbs and fermentation.