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Conversations and Q&A with clinical herbalists Katja Swift & Ryn Midura of the CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism.

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Conversations and Q&A with clinical herbalists Katja Swift & Ryn Midura of the CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism.
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Podcast 048: Pumpkin Spice – That’s Herbalism Too!

7 October, 2018

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

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Podcast 047: Tinnitus & Headaches

29 September, 2018

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

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Podcast 046: Caring for Eldercaregivers & Botulism

29 September, 2018

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

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Podcast 045: How To Start A Free Herbal Clinic

15 September, 2018

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

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Podcast 044: Empty Nests & Challenges

7 September, 2018

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

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

31 August, 2018

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

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

25 August, 2018

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

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Podcast 041: Pets’ Paws & Topical EO Safety

25 August, 2018

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

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

16 August, 2018

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

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Podcast 039: Herbs for Introverts & Extraverts

4 August, 2018

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

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Podcast 038: Our Top Ten Tinctures

27 July, 2018

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

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

21 July, 2018

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

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Podcast 036: First Aid for Burns & Sprains

12 July, 2018

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

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Podcast 035: Cinnamon, Vanilla, & Cacao

7 July, 2018

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

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Podcast 034: Herbal Affinities & Softening In Service

29 June, 2018

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

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Podcast 033: Back Pain & Sparkling Summertime Herbal Drinks

22 June, 2018

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

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Podcast 032: Vacation Is Mandatory & Jiaogulan

15 June, 2018

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

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Podcast 031: Resilience Not Dogma

9 June, 2018

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

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Podcast 030: Tulsi & Formulating Absent Friends

9 June, 2018

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

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

25 May, 2018

After seeing Rising Appalachia the other night, Katja wanted to sing! She sang so much she gave herself a sore…

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

20 May, 2018

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

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

11 May, 2018

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

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

4 May, 2018

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

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

27 April, 2018

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…

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

20 April, 2018

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

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Podcast 023: Schisandra & Peppermint

13 April, 2018

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

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Podcast 022: A Movement & 3 Herbs For Back Pain

6 April, 2018

This week Ryn walks you through a short movement sequence he finds helpful when his low back gets tense, and…

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Podcast 021: Herbs for Braces & Constituents from the Plant’s Perspective

30 March, 2018

This week Katja shares some allies who’ve helped out with the (several!) kinds of pain which accompany her braces –…

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Podcast 020: Birth-Day Herbs & Support The Mama

23 March, 2018

Katja’s daughter Amber is about to turn 15 years old, so this week Katja reflects on her birth experience and…

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Podcast 019: Good Health Is Your Responsibility

18 March, 2018

We say it every week: we are not doctors, you are responsible for your own good health. This week, we…

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Podcast 018: Pleurisy In Daughter-Caregivers

9 March, 2018

This week, in honor of International Women’s Day, Katja shares some of her thoughts and experiences with adult daughters who…

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Podcast 017: Three Sleep Strategies + What I Should Have Done

2 March, 2018

This week, Ryn shares some strategies he turns to when (as frequently happens) he recognizes that he needs to sleep,…

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Podcast 016: Emotional Support for Mothers & Teens

23 February, 2018

This week, Katja discusses several herbs to help support mothers and teens who are coping with the difficulties of the…

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Podcast 015: Harm Reduction Herbalism + African Ashwagandha

16 February, 2018

This week, Katja describes a way of working with herbs to reduce the harm done when lifestyle factors like diet,…

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Podcast 014: Alternatives to Adaptogens for Burnout

9 February, 2018

Adaptogens are marketed as a solution to stress, burnout, hormonal imbalances, and a lot more. They can help a lot!…

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Podcast 013: Herbs & Strategies for Physical Labor

3 February, 2018

We moved! We made it with just a few bumps & bruises and some sore muscles. That was no accident…

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Podcast 012: Simple Herbs for Digestive Health

19 January, 2018

This week we’re sharing a class Katja delivered recently about basic applications of herbal remedies to improve digestion and relieve…

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Podcast 011: Our Students Love Linden

12 January, 2018

This weekend we kick off the year for our Clinical Skills Program, so we invited our students to participate in…

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Podcast 010: Simple Herbal Self-Care Tips + A Joint Support Decoction

5 January, 2018

Katja shares three simple ideas for integrating some herbal self-care into your life, especially during the work day, which have…

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Podcast 009: Year-End Reflections

29 December, 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, we look back over our year and some of the herbs who helped us…

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Podcast 008: Goldenrod for Hanukkah + A Solstice Elixir

22 December, 2017

Katja draws parallels between the Hanukkah story of unexpected abundance, and the gift of goldenrod for helping us persevere through…

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Podcast 007: Yaupon + On Being A Boring Herbalist

15 December, 2017

Ryn talks about the yaupon holly, a caffeine-bearing plant of North America, as well as a few ideas that apply…

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Podcast 006: Dynamic Desk Work + Crazy for Cranberries

8 December, 2017

This week, Ryn notices he’s been getting stuck in the same sitting positions too frequently while working on the manuscript,…

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Podcast 005: Ryn Gets Sick + Katja’s Herbal Introspection

1 December, 2017

In this episode, Ryn tells you about the herbal strategies he’s been using to cope with a respiratory infection for…

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Podcast 004: Some Favorite Herbal Books

23 November, 2017

We love books! In this podcast we discuss a few of our absolute favorite herbal books for everyone from beginners…

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Podcast 003: Small But Mighty + Unconditionals

17 November, 2017

Katja stands up to proclaim the strength and potency of the “pretty little flowers” chamomile and self-heal, and reminds us…

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Podcast 002: Avoiding Adaptogen Debt + Emotionalymphatics

10 November, 2017

In our second episode, Katja gives you her take on adaptogens and their propensity for overuse, outlining her preferred way…

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Podcast 001: I’ll Have What They’re Having + Apples & Oranges

3 November, 2017

Welcome to the inaugural edition of our podcast! In this episode, Katja talks about her new strategy for herbal self-care:…

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