2. The Summer Harvest

Summer fruits are abundant, especially amidst the dog days of August and into early September. Blackberries and peaches are coming on as are plums, early apples, and pears. All these delicious fruits have medicinal properties a practical herbalist can use throughout the year. We discussed how you can use your summer harvest to make medicine even the most skeptical, picky patient won’t question.
Today, we’re talking with Maia Toll, Author of The Illustrated Herbiary and The Illustrated Bestiary and founder of The Herbiary in Philadelphia and in Asheville, North Carolina about apprenticing with the plants ad the many twists and turns the Herbal Life can yield.

Herbs in the News

In June 2014, Dr. Mehmet Oz went before a senate hearing committee to answer questions about some of his recent claims regarding herbalism, according to a CNN article pubished on June 19, 2014. The specific claims discussed in the hearing were regarding the use of green coffee bean extract as a weight-loss aid. We discussed the responsibilities doctors like Dr. Oz have for having research that backs their claims, the responsibilities herbalists bear for citing scientific research to back their claims or recommendations, and the gray area between clinical herbalism, herbalism, and doctors of medicine.

Herbal 101

Herbalists use a variety of terms to describe the properties of herbs. We discussed flavinoids, how to recognize them in fruits, and why they’re important to good health.

  • Apple
  • Plum
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Pears
  • Asian Pears
  • Tomatoes
  • Quinces
  • Elderberry
  • Grapes
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamon
  • Clove
  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon Balm
  • Garlic
  • Canning
  • Simple Syrups
  • Freezing
  • Drying
  • Vinegars

For recipes and tips on preserving, see Recipes

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row 0=””][vc_column 0=””][vc_column_text 0=””]Summer fruits are abundant, especially amidst the dog days of August and into early September. Blackberries and peaches are coming on as are plums, early apples, and pears. All these delicious fruits have medicinal properties a practical herbalist can use through out the year. We discussed how you can use your summer harvest to make medicine even the most skeptical, picky patient won’t question.

Fruits discussed included:

  • Apple
  • Plum
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Pears
  • Asian Pears
  • Tomatoes
  • Quinces
  • Elderberry
  • Grapes

Herbs and Spices discussed included:

  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamon
  • Clove
  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon Balm
  • Garlic

Preservation methods included:

  • Canning
  • Simple Syrups
  • Freezing
  • Drying
  • Vinegars

For recipes and tips on preserving, see Recipes on The Practical Herbalist online.

News:

In June 2014, Dr. Mehmet Oz went before a senate hearing committee to answer questions about some of his recent claims regarding herbalism, according to a CNN article pubished on June 19, 2014. The specific claims discussed in the hearing were regarding the use of green coffee bean extract as a weight-loss aid. We discussed the responsibilities doctors like Dr. Oz have for having research that backs their claims, the responsibilities herbalists bear for citing scientific research to back their claims or recommendations, and the gray area between clinical herbalism, herbalism, and doctors of medicine.

Herbal 101

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