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Show 15: An Interview with Howie Brounstein

Show 15: An Interview With Howie Brounstein

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The field of herbalism has changed considerably over the past thirty years. Once, aspiring herbalists had few mentors and essentially had to create the path into the herbal lifestyle on their own. Those hardy souls have become the teachers and guides modern herbalists have to thank for reclaiming herbalism as a real medicine for the people. Today, we’re talking with one of herbalism’s elders, Howie Brounstein, co-owner and primary instructor of Columbines School of Botanical Studies, about his path into herbalism and the changes he’s seen.

Resources We Mentioned

Herbs in the News

We discussed the article “New York Attorney General Targets Mislabeled Herbal Supplements” by Hansi Lo Wang published in October 2014 on the NPR website.

Herbal 101

In this show we answer a listener’s question: Can you harvest rose hips when their green and let them turn red in the sun?

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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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