9.Herbalism is the Medicine of the People

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.

Herbs 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:

  • Cottonwood, aka Balm of Gilead/Poplar
  • Ragweed
  • Passionflower
  • Mimosa tree
  • Skullcap
  • Yarrow
  • Mullien
  • Basil
  • Chaparral
  • BrittleBush, aka Encelia
  • Comfrey
  • Propolis
  • Yerba Santa
  • Yerba Mantza
  • Desert Willow
  • American Ginseng
  • Goldenseal

The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts directed by JoAnn Sanchez

The Practical Herbalist Team

Candace Hunter, Sue Sierralupe and Patrick Hunter have been working together as the Practical Herbalist/Real Herbalism Radio team for many years. They have published 10 books which are available in Kindle form.

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