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Podcast 120: How To Practice Herbalism Every Day

Last week we urged you to look at learning herbalism like learning a language or instrument – something that requires daily practice. This week, we’re…

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Podcast 119: Learn Herbalism Like an Instrument or Language

Herbalism is experiential: you have to DO it to KNOW it. It’s like learning to play a musical instrument – you’re going to sound bad…

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Podcast 118: Herbal Home Nursing Basics

It’s not just coronavirus, there’s a lot going on right now! Between the usual circulating strains of flu, some spring colds, and the stirrings of…

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Podcast 117: A Week In The Life Of Two Herbalists

Whew! There’s a lot going on right now. Between coronavirus, the election cycle, and the approach of spring, we’ve been extra busy and under more…

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Podcast 116: Herbs for Coronavirus Preparedness

The new pandemic coronavirus, COVID-19, is on everyone’s minds lately. As herbalists, we’ve been asked a lot about our thoughts on working with herbs for…

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Podcast 115: Rebecca Altman & The Wonder Sessions

Join us for a discussion with our friend Rebecca Altman about the importance of self-awareness in the practice of herbalism – but also an exploration…

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Podcast 114: Formulating Cocktail Bitters for Flavor & Action

This week we took a trip to New York City, because we were invited to teach a workshop on formulating cocktail bitters for our friends…

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Podcast 113: Grow Your Own Herbs

It might seem difficult to grow your own herbs, but like so many things in herbalism, it’s all about being open to experimentation and maintaining…

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Podcast 112: Working With Herbs For Chronic Pain

Pain is complex. Many factors can contribute to pain, or worsen it, including the food we eat, the sleep we do or don’t get, and…

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Podcast 111: Handmade Herbal Aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day Delight

There are a lot of myths about herbal aphrodisiacs – they don’t make you into an irresistible sex monster, let’s get that out of the…

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Podcast 110: New Moon Down Time

It’s really hard to really take a break these days – with smartphones and connected devices everywhere, the pressure to use our time “productively” is…

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Podcast 109: Sustainability for Herbalists

There are many facets to sustainability for herbalists to consider, from maintaining your personal energy reserves to establishing sustainable working conditions for the workers who…

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Podcast 108: Herbs to Supercharge Bone Broth

It’s 2020, we don’t need to convince you that bone broth is good for you! But in case you’ve been living under a rock, bone…

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Podcast 107: Herbs for Whole30: Help Reduce Cravings, Improve Digestion, & Boost Nutrition

The Whole30 is one of our favorite diet plans – or, as we prefer to call them, food experiments! It’s a great way to reset…

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Podcast 106: Real Life Resolutions

What do you want to bring into the new year with you? Our first piece of advice is to be specific with your intention –…

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Podcast 105: Holistic Herbalism for Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of exposure, a feeling that one is without protection. The much-maligned ‘safe space’ is in fact a necessity for all humans.…

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Podcast 104: Hawthorn

The hawthorns are some of our most generous and protective herbs. Hathorn offers abundant berries, rich with heart-supporting medicine – but its thorns mean you…

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Podcast 103: Maybe You Don’t Have To

It’s easy to get caught up in your to-do list and everything you “have to” do. Sometimes, it’s ok to not. This week we’re modeling…

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Podcast 102: How To Learn A New Herb

As a brand new student of herbalism, you might think there are a lot of herbs to learn. As an experienced herbalist with decades of…

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Podcast 101: How Herbs Are Different From Drugs

Herbs differ from pharmaceuticals in important ways. Understanding how they’re different helps us make better choices about what to take, and how to take it,…

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Podcast 100: The Definitive Guide to Herbalism

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were one book you could read, one teacher you could study with, one website you could scroll through –…

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Podcast 099: Don’t Let The Perfect Be The Enemy Of The Good

Our ideas about health are often context-dependent, and clinging too tightly to rules about what is “good” and “bad” can really get us into trouble…

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Podcast 098: Holistic Strategies & Herbs for Joint Pain

Yes, there are herbs for joint pain, and they really work! But when we’re working with this problem, we like to pile on – lots…

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Podcast 097: Everything Will Be Fine: A Simple Herbal Stress Remedy

Everyone gets stressed out sometimes. So if you’re among “everyone”, you might like this herbal stress remedy formula! It’s one of our favorites and we…

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Podcast 096: Small Healthy Changes Help You Make Big Ones

Change is hard. It’s hard for everyone, not just you! Acknowledging this is important, whether you’re trying to make a change in your own life…

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Podcast 095: Herbs For Physical Challenges (What Ryn Took To MovNat Level 3)

Earlier this month, Ryn attended a Level 3 certification event for MovNat – a 4-day course/test/immersion in natural movement. It was quite the challenge! On…

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Podcast 094: Creating A Culture of Support

Good health takes effort. It doesn’t just happen, and our cultural norms definitely don’t make it easy. You have to plan for it! But it…

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Podcast 093: Herbs for Athlete’s Foot

The itchy, inflamed, sensitive presentation of a fungal skin infection is something no one wants. These kinds of infections can be difficult to resolve whether…

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Podcast 092: How We Make Our Winter Elixir

This winter elixir is our #1 cold & flu remedy! We make a big batch every year around this time, when most of the plants…

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Podcast 091: Nicole Rose & The Prisoner’s Herbal

Creating this community garden, and teaching families in your area how to grow food and look out for each other – that is abolition. We’re…

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Podcast 090: 3 Medicinal Invasive Plants

Where does loosestrife belong? Is barberry a badberry? And what’s with all the knotweed everywhere?! Most folks will tell you it’s simple: “These are invasive…

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Podcast 089: Herbs for Healthy Skin Care

Your skin is your largest organ, and it’s your presentation to the world – so it’s important to take care of it! It’s not just…

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Podcast 088: Sweet Herbs & Their Medicines

Sweet herbs aren’t only flavoring agents – there’s real medicine in there. When an herb has a sweet flavor, that gives you information about the…

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Podcast 087: Herbal Awareness Rituals for Everyone

This week we’re talking about something a bit different for us. If you’re a regular listener, you know we’re very interested in science and in…

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Podcast 086: notCoffee – Katja’s Decaf Herbal Coffee Replacement

Coffee is surely America’s favorite herb. So many people rely on it as part of their morning ritual, and it’s easy to see why! The…

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Podcast 085: Lymphatic Herbs

The lymphatic system is criminally underestimated! It’s intimately tied to the function of your circulatory system, your digestive function, your immune responsiveness – pretty much…

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Podcast 084: Herbal Smoking Blends & Herbs To Quit Smoking

An herbal smoking blend may not sound like your cup of tea – and it isn’t! – but it’s still an effective method of working…

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Podcast 083: Our Wedding Herbs

If you’re an herbalist and you marry an herbalist, well, you’re going to need some special wedding herbs! We sure did. We loved the idea…

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Podcast 082: Common Herbs and Cancer

Cancer is not as rare as we once thought. Recent research has discovered that even healthy cells can contain potentially cancerous mutations, and that this…

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Podcast 081: Friends of Nettle (Herbal Formulas in Pairs)

Boston’s homegrown local herb conference, Herbstalk, is next weekend, and the plant of the year is stinging nettle! In honor of this, we wanted to…

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Podcast 080: The Role of Herbs In Heroic Medical Interventions

When we talk about “heroic” medical interventions, we mean the high-potency, high-risk (and potentially high-reward) tools that define conventional medicine. Pharmaceuticals, surgeries, cutting-edge experimental procedures…

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Podcast 079: Motherwort for Mother’s Day!

Mother’s day can mean different things for different people, but whatever your situation is, Motherwort can be a supportive friend. Physiologically its effects are to…

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Podcast 078: DIY Herbal Spring Cleaning Products

When it comes to chemical-free cleaning, there’s a lot of good stuff out there – but it can get pricey. And there’s a lot of…

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Podcast 077: Urban Wildcrafting Ethics & Guidelines

It’s springtime! The plants are popping up everywhere in their colorful displays. This time of year, we always start to get more questions about wildcrafting…

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Podcast 076: Herbs to Control Sugar Cravings

Is Easter really the best time to give up sugar? Well, given that there’s always another holiday around the corner, there’s never really an objectively…

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Podcast 075: Foundational Health Strategies & Evolution’s Expected Inputs

Everyone is different, and healthcare should be individualized for each person – especially when it comes to herbalism! But, on the other hand, people are…

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Podcast 074: Herbal Energetics: Tissue States

When choosing herbs for a health issue, herbalists like us use a system of organization called energetics. In this week’s podcast, we have an excerpt…

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Podcast 073: Herbs for Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune inflammatory skin problem. Problems like this are complex, because they don’t hinge on a single genetic anomaly or chemical imbalance…

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Podcast 072: Rooted & Ready Alterative/Adaptogen Herbal Formula for Endurance, Resilience, & Detox

This is one of our favorite herbal formulas for endurance situations, whether that’s physical, mental, emotional, or all three. These herbs help build up your…

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Podcast 071: Herbs for Seasonal Allergies

It’s just about time for seasonal allergy … um, season … to begin here in Boston! Sniffy noses and red eyes are peeking around every…

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Podcast 070: Health Is Your Right … And Your Responsibility

This is what we say at the beginning of every episode: We are not doctors. We are herbalists and holistic health educators. The ideas discussed…

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Podcast 069: How To Choose The Right Herbs For Sleep

Just going to the internet and searching for “herbs for sleep” isn’t very effective – how do you know the right one for you? First,…

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Podcast 068: Herbs for Stress-Induced Heartburn in Teens

I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but it’s stressful to be a teen! Sometimes, that stress shows up as heartburn. As herbalists, we…

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Podcast 067: Two Herbalists Get The Flu

Yes, it’s true: even herbalists get the flu. Two in one house sometimes, even! Each of us gets it a little bit differently, as our…

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Podcast 066: Herbs for Psychological First Aid

It may not have occurred to you that “psychological first aid” is even a thing, let alone that there might be herbs for psychological first…

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Podcast 065: How To Not Be A Guru

Things are complex, and there are many factors. But guru syndrome is bad for the teacher and for the student, both. And believe it or…

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Podcast 064: Herbs for First Aid & Disaster Response

There are so many fantastic herbs for first aid purposes, it’s hard to name them all! But if we focus our thoughts specifically on a…

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Podcast 063: Top 7 Herbs for Nutritionists and Dietitians

If you’re a practitioner of food-as-medicine and are interested in integrating herbs into your work – or just a health-seeker wondering if herbs can support…

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Podcast 062: Herbal Hygge

Hoo-ga? Hue-guh? However you pronounce it, hygge is big right now! And it makes sense: this time of year, we could all use a bit…

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Podcast 061: Holistic Herbalism for Chronic Headaches & Migraines

This week Ryn & Katja share some thoughts on how to address chronic headaches – not just “getting rid of it” in the acute moment,…

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Podcast 060: Herbal Resolutions

New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, and we, like many folks, are ready with our list of resolutions. Let’s all make them more…

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Podcast 059: Herbs & the Holidays: Solstice

Solstice is the quiet time, a moment of pause between the dying of the old and the rebirth of the new year. This week we…

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Podcast 058: Herbs & the Holidays: Handling Food Allergies & Sensitivities

Holiday foods are delightful & delicious, but what if you’re allergic to some of the ingredients? Never fear! In this episode we’ll share some of…

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Podcast 057: Herbs & the Holidays: Herbal Gift Ideas

Handmade herbal remedies and self-care items are a great solution to the conundrum of gift-giving. In this episode we’ll share three DIY herbal gift ideas…

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Podcast 056: Herbs & the Holidays: Medicinal Virtues of Culinary Herbs

This week we continue our exploration of herbal holiday traditions with a quick chat about some of the ways herbs turn up in holiday foods.…

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Podcast 055: Herbs & the Holidays: Emotional Support

Today we’re kicking off a series of podcasts on herbs and the holidays! We begin with emotional support, because no matter how you feel about…

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Podcast 054: Cold & Flu Herbs (Beyond Elderberry Syrup & Thyme Steam)

Every time we talk about cold & flu herbs, we seem to start out with elderberry syrup and a good old thyme steam. Well, this…

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Podcast 053: The Apothekers

This week our episode is an interview with Shari & Russ Apotheker of Apotheker’s Kitchen, makers of fine honey-sweetened confections and longtime friends of ours.…

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Podcast 052: Intentional Inconvenience, Rhodiola Rhapsody, Stimulants for Midwives, & “Poisonous Mints”

This is our one-year anniversary episode! This week we cover a lot of ground. Katja talks about ways adding a little inconvenience to your home…

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Podcast 051: Exam Time!

Every year, our Advanced Studies Program ends with a weekend-long exam. There’s a written portion with short answers, essays, and case analysis, and an in-person…

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Podcast 050: West Virginia Herbal Medics

This week we’re out in Coal River Valley, West Virginia, helping out at a free herbal clinic for folks in this area who’ve been affected…

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Podcast 049: A Few Herbs On Our Shelf

This week we do a lightning round of “minigraphs” on some of our favorite herbs. We started by taking a look at what we’ve got…

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Podcast 048: Pumpkin Spice – That’s Herbalism Too!

It’s not just for lattes anymore: the ubiquitous pumpkin spice blend is in fact an herbal formula! The standard pumpkin [pie] spice mix is cinnamon,…

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Podcast 047: Tinnitus & Headaches

Ryn leads off this week with a variety of herbs to try reducing the ringing in the ears called tinnitus. Herbs to drain stuck fluids,…

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Podcast 046: Caring for Eldercaregivers & Botulism

Caregiving is exhausting, thankless, necessary work, and becoming increasingly more common. In the first half of this episode, Katja shares some insights into the difficulties…

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Podcast 045: How To Start A Free Herbal Clinic

This week we bring you a podcast we originally aired on the HerbRally podcast as its inaugural episode, last July, all about the model we…

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Podcast 044: Empty Nests & Challenges

If back-to-school means the nest is empty, you may want some herbal support! Katja shares her favorite allies for this difficult transition. Ryn reflects on…

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Podcast 043: Salad Isn’t Salad & Back-To-School Herbs

This week, Ryn leads off with some thoughts on salad: why it’s often boring and nutritionally deficient, and how to boost it up with some…

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Podcast 042: Sleep – Of Cravings, Comedians, & Caffeine

In this episode both Ryn & Katja have things to share related to sleep. Katja leads off with a listener question about alcohol cravings at…

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Podcast 041: Pets’ Paws & Topical EO Safety

This week, a case of histiocytoma on a dog’s paw leads Katja to talk about wound care for animal companions. What to do when a…

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Podcast 040: Wildfires, Trainwrecks, and Cold Digestion in Hot Weather

The world’s on fire, no one wants to admit they’re occasionally catastrophic, and sometimes all you want to eat is ice cream. In this episode…

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Podcast 039: Herbs for Introverts & Extraverts

Introverts & extraverts, as patterns of personality, each have their strengths and weaknesses. In this episode we’ll discuss herbal allies to accommodate common discomforts experienced…

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Podcast 038: Our Top Ten Tinctures

A listener asked us what would be our five favorite tinctures to have on hand, so this week we’re each going to share with you…

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Podcast 037: Herbs for Summer Camp & Extra Senses of Perception

Katja’s daughter Amber is off to summer camp this week, so she shares with you the list of things they packed into Amber’s herbal first…

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Podcast 036: First Aid for Burns & Sprains

This week we share some practical first aid herbalism for burns and sprains. Whether you’re hiking far out in the woods or simply have an…

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Podcast 035: Cinnamon, Vanilla, & Cacao

Katja & Ryn discuss how these “exotic spices” came to be ubiquitous among Americans, and how we can learn from the history of plant trade,…

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Podcast 034: Herbal Affinities & Softening In Service

Ryn leads off this week with a discussion of herbal affinities – the ways in which herbs may be centered in their effects on a…

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Podcast 033: Back Pain & Sparkling Summertime Herbal Drinks

This week Katja had a bit of back pain, and has some thoughts to share with you about how this can happen an what to…

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Podcast 032: Vacation Is Mandatory & Jiaogulan

Katja this week reflects on a bit of wisdom surrounding downtime, and on the ways in which stress management can sometimes be the most difficult…

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Podcast 031: Resilience Not Dogma

Katja shares a hard-fought lesson: that health is not equivalent to merit, and that as herbalists it’s important for us to stay away from idea…

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Podcast 030: Tulsi & Formulating Absent Friends

Since it’s Herbstalk’s 2018 Herb of the Year, Katja wants to finally give Tulsi its due with a quick monograph for you today! As promised…

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Podcast 029: Sore Throat Herbs & Classic Cancer Cure-alls

After seeing Rising Appalachia the other night, Katja wanted to sing! She sang so much she gave herself a sore throat. So today she’ll tell…

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Podcast 028: Herbal Allies for Eating Disorders & Herbal Muscle Rub

Katja shares her thoughts on herbal supports for those who are coping with eating disorders. Herbs can help reduce anxiety, center us in the body,…

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Podcast 027: Exploring Energetics With Our Book & Getting Through A Tough Day

Ryn describes a method you can use to expand your understanding of energetics by comparing ailment profiles and the herbs recommended for them in our…

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Podcast 026: A Woman In (Herbal) Science & Heartburn 1-2-3

This week Katja has some thoughts about the number of syllables in neuraminidase and what it means to be a woman in science. Ryn tries…

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Introducing our new book – Herbal Medicine For Beginners

Our first book is here! We’re so excited to present our first book, and appropriately for a first book, it starts at the beginning! Herbal Medicine for…

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Podcast 025: Anti-Inflammatory Herbs Beyond Turmeric & Dreaming With Mugwort

Turmeric is a great herb and an effective anti-inflammatory, but it’s not the be-all end-all it’s sometimes made out to be, usually by folks who…

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Podcast 024: Taco Seasoning Herbs & -Ency vs -Icity

This week Katja talks about the herbs that defined taco seasoning in her Texas upbringing, and their qualities when as medicinal herbs. Along the way,…

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Podcast 023: Schisandra & Peppermint

No, that’s not an herbal tea pairing suggestion! This week, Katja sets off on a 100-day experiment with schisandra berries, and Ryn discusses the nuances…

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