The 7th Annual MidAtlantic Women's Herbal Conference with Charis Lindrooth

In today's episode we hear from Charis Lindrooth as she informs us all about the upcoming event, the MidAtlantic Women's Herbal Conference

September 30th - October 1st
Kempton, PA

Keynotes with Rosemary Gladstar and Susan Leopold! 

Learn more about using, identifying, preparing and growing herbs for yourself, for your family or to help others on their healing path.

Connect with like-spirited women, laugh, sing, dance and be inspired by a great line up of teachers and by each other. Take the day to stretch your mind, enjoy the outdoors and get a rest from day to day stress.

Over 20 workshops on women's health,herbal medicine, gardening, and plant identification. Activities include basket making, fermentation basics, drumming, singing and dancing!

Food offered by local women vendors. Vegan and gluten-free alternatives. Meal tickets are catered by Hive Local Food and include organic, locally sourced, gluten-free and both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.

For more info and to register you can CLICK HERE

Demystifying Herb-Drug Interactions with Erika Galentin | Episode 10

Today's episode we hear from Erika Galentin MNIMH, RH (AHG) of Sovereignty Herbs in Athens, Ohio speaking on Demystifying Herb-Drug Interactions.

Many people get very frightened when they think about herbs and drugs interacting with each other. Some even may feel defensive about the idea that pharmaceutical medicine so easily puts herbs in the hot-seat. In this episode you will be introduced to the means by which herbs and drugs may interact with each other, for better or for worse.

You will also learn skills for easier interpretation of scientific research behind these interactions. Also, just a heads up, this episode does contain a bit of colorful language. It's nothing too crazy, though. You've been forewarned! 

If you'd like to obtain Erika's slide for her presentation you can contact her directly at office@sovereigntyherbs.com.

I had the pleasure of attending this class at the 2017 Chesapeake Herb Gathering. I recorded it on my phone so the audio quality isn't 100%. That said, it was such an amazing class packed full of important info Erika and I were both really excited to share it with the community.  

If you're on the east coast and looking for a great annual herbal event you gots to check this one out! Molly Meehan of Centro Ashé and her team throw a heck of a gathering. 

Show Erika and Sovereignty Herbs some love on the socials! 

Erika's clinical education, experience, and knowledge are based in both science and tradition. Much of her herbal and clinical rationale is derived from the past and present Physiomedical philosophy, with utmost faith placed upon vix medicatrix naturae, or the healing power of nature. She sees the human body as possessing a vital integrity and intelligence with inherent integrative, reconstructive, and resistive, tendencies. She does not see it as a broken-down machine, lacking the savvy for self-repair; given the right set of circumstances, the right nutriment and encouragement, the human body, your body, is capable of amazing things.

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Making a Winter Syrup with Elderberry (and more!) with Katja Swift and Ryn Midura | Episode 9

Katja and Ryn are back! This time to discuss the winter syrup that they make annually for the upcoming winter season. They always are sure to include elderberry, however they mix it up with various other plant allies depending on what they find growing around them. 

Be sure to tune in to learn about the formulation they made for this year. They also delve into the properties of the many different plants they included. 

This was a fun and informative episode. We hope you enjoy it! 

You can visit Katja and Ryn online at CommonWealthHerbs.com

They have many fantastic resources, including both an in-person apprenticeship and online school. 

Go show 'em love on the Facebooks! www.facebook.com/commonwealthherbs

If you enjoyed the episode, an iTunes ranking and/or comment would be most appreciated! Please share the episode with all of your herb lovin' friends. 

Thanks, y'all! 

Mycelium Mysteries: A Women's Mushroom Retreat

Join Lauren Cahillane with Midwest Women's Herbal as she discusses their upcoming fall event Mycelium Mysteries: A Women's Mushroom Retreat

October 6th - 8th, 2017
Almond, WI

This event looks just FANTASTIC! 

Here's what it's all about...

This weekend-long, women's retreat will focus on understanding fungi as the Grandmothers of our ecosystems. Workshops will be offered at the beginner through advanced levels, and include topics in wild mushroom skills, fungal ecology, fungi and human health, and ethnomycology. This is a place to share knowledge and get comfortable with using our mycological skills in a supportive, fungal community!

Check out THE PRESENTERS HERE.

The keynotes are going to be awesome:

Mycophilia - a story of community, and how mushrooms can be the window by which we can understand nature, and ourselves, in a deeper way .  ~ with Eugenia Bone, author and food journalist

Fungal HERstory - explore with us the connections between the feminine and the fungal, in mythology and in science, from cultures all around the world. ~ with Alanna Burns & Mara Fae Penfil.

For more info on this event and to register, here's the link: www.midwestwomensherbal.com/mushrooms

Thanks to Lauren and Midwest Women's Herbal for taking the time to share this wonderful event that they are hosting! I hope y'all are able to make it. 

Tulsi Monograph by Ruthie Hayes | Episode 8

On today's episode I narrate herbalist Ruthie Hayes monograph on Tulsi (AKA holy basil). 

Here's a sampling from her monograph which you can find here: www.herbrally.com/monographs/tulsi-rh

Herblore + Tradition: Tulsi is native to India and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for well over 5,000 years.  It is the most sacred of plants in Hinduism, essential in the ritual worship of Vishnu and Krishna.  Tulsi is believed to be the earthly incarnation of the Divine Mother, Tulasi, and the doorway between heaven and earth.  A tea of the leaves is often given to the dying to guide their soul from this world to the next.  The wood of the tulsi plant is used in the making of mala beads which are used in meditation and prayer.  Traditionally, the mala consists of 108 beads, one for each time the mantra or name of the deity is prayed or chanted.  In sacred places, tulsi can be seen growing in its own altar where offerings and prayers can be made to the plant.

There are strict rules for harvesting tulsi leaves, and forgiveness from the plant must be asked first.  The powder of the root in milk, ghee, or as a decoction was a treatment for malarial fever, bug bites, and to increase sexual stamina.  It has also been used traditionally to remedy the cognitive effects of excessive cannabis use.  The seeds mixed with water, juice, or milk was a traditional remedy for low energy and stomach/digestive problems.  Tulsi is also a popular herb in Thai cooking.  It’s used as a potherb, in making cheeses, liqueurs, in salads, rice, jellies, and a sherbert is often prepared from an infusion of the leaves.

For more monographs (40+ as of now) please visit: www.herbrally.com/monographs

You can visit Ruthie online at MotherHylde.com.

Let us know what you thought of the episode! Thanks so much for listening. 

Please share this if you feel so inclined :) 

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Ruthie Hayes studies and practices the art of herbalism from her home in the wooded hills of southeastern Pennsylvania.  It’s there that she tends her earthspace with her husband and two sons.  Her passion is to reconnect with and integrate traditional methods of healing into our modern lives. She is the sole proprietress of Mother Hylde’s Herbal and has been studying folk and clinical herbalism since 2012.  You can connect with her through motherhylde.com where you can read her writings, find her handmade remedies, and request herbal consultations.  

Trauma, the Gut, and Healing: Building Deep Resiliency with Jon Keyes | Episode 7

On today's episode we'll hear from Portland, OR counselor and herbalist Jon Keyes. He teaches us about the connection between mental health and gut health as well as the connection to trauma.

Jon also covers various protocols we can use including herbal allies. This is a super important episode! I gained a lot of insight and I hope you do as well. Please share if you know someone who would benefit from this info.

Thanks for sharing your wisdom, Jon! 

The Importance of Coaching Skills in Herbalism with Lori Rose, PhD | Episode 6

"First the word, then the plant, and lastly the knife"

On today's episode, herbalist Lori Rose discusses the importance of integrating nutrition and coaching skills with clinical herbalism. She also talks about the holistic wellness program at Hill College where she teaches herbalism and coaching. 

For more info on what she's up to you can visit her at several places:

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How to be a Successful Herbalist with Katja Swift and Ryn Midura (Episode 4)

Katja Swift and Ryn Midura join us again to talk about how to be a successful herbalist. They run an herbal apprenticeship in Brookline, MA and offer distance learning courses as well. To find out what they're up to, visit www.commonwelathherbs.com

If you're not in the northeast and you're looking for an herbalism school, visit www.herbrally.com/schools

If you're just gettin' goin' on your path, a great place to start would be to attend an event! There's tons of events happening all of the United States. To find one in your neck of the woods, go here: www.herbrally.com/events

Please let us know what you thought about the podcast. Thanks for listening!

Moringa Monograph by Nick Moya (Episode 3)

On this episode I narrate herbalist Nick Moya's moringa monograph

I love his perspective because he gives such a balanced (non-hyped) approach to this wonderful and useful plant. If you loved this as much as I did I recommend his burdock monograph as well. 

Please let us know what you think! If you don't want to miss an episode of the HerbRally podcast you can subscribe in iTunes. 

Nick is the creator of OsoMoya, an online Etsy shop focused on creating high quality herbal wares and medicinal mushroom extracts. He studied herbalism, wildcrafting and botany at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies in Eugene, OR.

Nick is the creator of OsoMoya, an online Etsy shop focused on creating high quality herbal wares and medicinal mushroom extracts. He studied herbalism, wildcrafting and botany at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies in Eugene, OR.

Why Herbalism Matters with Gabby Allen (Episode 2)

Join Gabby Allen as she discusses why herbalism matters. She wrote a blog post for HerbRally with the same title. This episode of the podcast is her NARRATING THAT POST

There will be more blog and plant monograph narrations to come! 

To read more of Gabby's writing, I recommend her COTTONWOOD MONOGRAPH

You can follow her on Instagram @gabbytheladyram

Please let us know what you think! We'd love to hear from you in iTunes reviews. 

Gabby Allen is a student herbalist, writer, artist, and work-at-home mother currently residing in Roseburg, Oregon. She has spent the last four or so years on mostly self-study, and aspires towards higher education, and a career focused on holistic support of women's health. As a mother of two adventurous boys, she frequently finds uses for the plethora of medicine and nourishment around her, and continually seeks out methods and wisdom she may apply to her family's wellness, as well as ways to aid in the support of plant allies. She attempts steps everyday towards balance and integration between and among her passions. Gabby is also completely enamored with fermentation, is an organic gardening enthusiast, and budding seeker of wild foods. For more from Gabby you can visit her at GabbyLynnAllen.com.

Gabby Allen is a student herbalist, writer, artist, and work-at-home mother currently residing in Roseburg, Oregon. She has spent the last four or so years on mostly self-study, and aspires towards higher education, and a career focused on holistic support of women's health. As a mother of two adventurous boys, she frequently finds uses for the plethora of medicine and nourishment around her, and continually seeks out methods and wisdom she may apply to her family's wellness, as well as ways to aid in the support of plant allies. She attempts steps everyday towards balance and integration between and among her passions. Gabby is also completely enamored with fermentation, is an organic gardening enthusiast, and budding seeker of wild foods. For more from Gabby you can visit her at GabbyLynnAllen.com.

How to Start a Free Herbal Clinic with Katja Swift and Ryn Midura (Episode 1)

Join Katja Swift and Ryn Midura from the Commonwealth Center for Holistic Herbalism as they discuss the free clinic they started in Brookline, MA. They go over the finer details of creating a clinic, along with some of the pain points (i.e. burnout, funding, etc.).  Thanks to Katja and Ryn for taking the time to share their expertise! You can visit them online to find out about more of what they're up to at CommonWealthHerbs.com. Be sure and check out their in-person apprenticeship program as well as all of the distance learning opportunities.