Show 145: Herb Lab – Jason Scott and the Doctrine of Signatures

After talking with spudgerasist and mycologist, Jason Scott, owner and operator of Feral Fungi and the curator of AlcheMycology about using the Doctrine of Signatures, Sue and Candace discuss its history and changes in the present. Mentioned by the Greek physicians Galen (129 AD – 216 AD) and Dioscorides (40 AD – 90 AD), this philosophy has evolved a lot over the centuries. Although many use the Doctrine of Signatures primarily as a mnemonic device, it tells us a lot about cultural values and botanical connections that are shifting to fit our ever changing world.

Herbalism 101: Sue and Candace answer 2 questions from listeners about syrups and working as an herbalist. Thank you Kyle and Mackenzie for your questions.

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Herbs We Mentioned

<h3><strong>Resources We Mentioned</strong></h3>
<li><a href=””>Radical Mycology</a></li>
<li>The Language of Plants by Julia Graves</li>
<li><a href=””>Christina Sanchez</a></li>
<li><a href=””>Howie Brownstein</a></li>
<li><a href=””>Matthew Wood</a></li>
<li><a href=””>Wendy Hounsel</a></li>
<li><a href=””>Mt. Rose Herbs</a></li>
<li><a href=””>Urban Moonshine</a></li>
<li><a href=””>Elderberry Syrup recipe</a></li>
<li><a href=””>Allergy Syrup recipe</a></li>
<li><a href=””>Black Nettle Syrup recipe</a></li>
<li><a href=””>Rebecca Ingalls</a></li>
<li><a href=””>DIY – Herbal Syrups</a></li>

Jason Scott

Jason Scottt is a Mycologist, Ethnobotanist and Spagyricist who has studied traditional Hermetic Alchemy, Ethnobotany and Plant Medicine. Born and raised in Oregon, Jason has an intrinsic interest in the Fungal Queendom and all of its aspects: from cultivation and mycoremediation, to historical and cultural relationships. Most specifically their medicinal application. Jason has studied various different healing modalities including Ayurveda in Nepal and Western Herbalism all over Oregon and Washington. He is the owner and operator of Feral Fungi and curator of AlcheMycology.

You can find Jason at:


Feral Fungi

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