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Show 9: Herbalism is the Medicine of the People

Show 9: Herbalism Is The Medicine Of The People

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It’s more than a mantra for practicing herbalists focused on native plant species as is today’s guest, Candice Cook. We’ll talk with her about how she found her way into herbalism, the plants and people who’ve inspired her, and we’ll delve into how her philosophy has gained her valuable insights into the world of plants. For more information on Candice or to contact her, read her blog, Roam and Write.

School of Heralism we mentioned:
The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts directed by JoAnn Sanchez

Herbs we discussed:

  • Cottonwood, aka Balm of Gilead/Poplar
  • Ragweed
  • Passionflower
  • Mimosa tree
  • Skullcap

  • Propolis
  • Yerba Santa
  • Yerba Mantza
  • Desert Willow
  • American Ginseng
  • Goldenseal

Herbalism and Homesteding in the News

We discussed the article “Co-opting the Coop” by Marianne Kirby re-published by Bitch Media online in Nov. 2014. We spoke about the author’s premise that the urban homesteading movement is taking away from the people for whom homesteading is about survival rather than reconnection with the past or some other non-survival motivation.

Herbal 101

Herbalists use a variety of terms to describe the properties of herbs. We discussed the term cholagogue and how it’s used in the herbal world.

Herbs we discussed:

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Candace Hunter

Candace Hunter is a self-taught herbalist and artist who never, ever practices on guinea pigs in part because her family and friends are generally up to the job. She is co-author of The Practical Herbalist's Herbal Folio series and author of Herbalism for the Zombie Apocalypse. She edits The Practical Herbalist website and Practical Herbalist Press publications. She has also recently entered into the field of podcasting with reckless abandon. Listen to her on Real Herbalism Radio today, see her work at, or find her on Facebook at Candace Hunter Creations.

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