End of the World Herbalism with Sam Coffman | 74

Today's episode is with the one and only Sam Coffman. This is a recording of a webinar he did with the American Herbalists Guild. Thanks to Sam for sharing this audio with us, and thanks to y'all for listening! 

This episode is brought to you by Herbal Medics University

Herbal Medics University is a branch of The Human Path.  The Human Path is a survival school that is focused around the survival of our human species.  Their classes are sustainability and earth-centric, yet also very practical and realistic.  They are structured similar to a university, in that they have core paths as well as electives (aka “peripheral classes”).  All of their courses are focused on self-sustainability, and the subjects that fit into that focus span a very wide range as well as amazing depth in each subject.

You can visit them at HerbalMedics.University


What is an Adaptogen Anyway? with Heather Irvine | 73

Adaptogens and nootropics have been claimed to do amazing things, but do you ever feel the claims made of herbs such as Ginseng and Rhodiola seem vague, too numerous and too good to be true? There is a reason for that. By definition, adaptogens have broad positive effects -- such as helping us withstand stress -- and are somewhat versatile in use. In this class we will go over some of the commonalities of adaptogens, including how they work, as well as differentiate many specific ones in terms of strengths, applications and energetics. From this you will be better able to articulate what an adaptogen is and what systems adaptogens work on. Tulsi, our Herbstalk plant-of-the-year, is an adaptogen, and we will touch on how it is different than many of the others. 

This class was recorded at the wonderful annual event, Herbstalk, which takes place each June in Somerville, MA. 

A big shout out and thanks to Steph and Henry, as well as all of the Herbstalk volunteers for organizing and hosting such a great event. For more information on Herbstalk as well as their two other events, just head to Herbstalk.org

Thanks for listening! 


Bringing Herbs to Life with EagleSong Evans Gardener | 72

How do you cultivate health in daily life? Can simple herbs and common foods, deepen and nourish health and wholeness? Yes! And more...

In this dynamic hands-on workshop you will breathe herbs to life. Are you ready? You’ll follow the seasons, journey with the invisible and rediscover our herbal allies dandelion, burdock, beets and oatstraw in whole, healthy new ways. All this while you cavort with symbiosis and resonance in a living dance of transformation.  

This class was recorded at the 2017 NorthWest Herb Symposium. For more information on this fabulous event, just head to NWHerbSymposium.com

For more information about the Pacific Women's Herbal Conference, head to PacificWomensHerbalConference.com

To find herbalism events in your neck of the woods: HerbRally.com/events

Thanks so much for listening! If you have a moment to leave a ranking and/or review in iTunes or your podcast player of choice, we'd truly appreciate it. 


Meet the Herbalist: Alex Rei of Black Locust Gardens | 71

Today’s episode is with Alex Rei. She is the co-owner of Black Locust Gardens, and also makes herbal goods, under her company name, 13 Botanicals. She is on the board for the Great Lakes Herb Faire where she is the coordinator of herbal first aid. She is also currently pursuing nursing school and hopes to open up her own apothecary and clinic, allowing equal access to good and affordable integrative health care.

In today's episode she delves into the ups and downs of owning and operating an herb farm, such as organic certification, selling dried versus fresh herbs, marketing and so on. She also covers the other various aspects of her herbal journey. 

A huge thanks to Alex for taking the time to share all of her knowledge with us! 


Herbal Community Resources #3 | Herbal CSA Directory with Nicole Gagliano

Today we'll hear from herbalist Nicole Gagliano as she discusses the herbal CSA directory that she is creating. What an amazing resource!  

When she started her herbal CSA in 2013 there weren't many of them available. Now there are so many! She feels like this directory will be helpful to folks trying to find an herbal CSA in their area. And hopefully this will also encourage the use of locally grown herbs in communities. 
Please share this episode with anyone you think would like to be on the list!

If you would like to be included please contact her with these details:
1. Your name
2. Your CSA's name
3. your CSA website
4. your state
5. If you would like to write a brief description of your herbal CSA's offerings she would be happy to include this info with your listing and link to your website!

Nicole Gagliano is a clinical herbalist, who studied at The Northwest School for Botanical Studies with Christa Sinadinos. She has also studied with other herbalist from around the country, honing her "herby" skills. She is also the product maker, wild crafter, formulator, and herbalist for Wild and Wise.


David Hoffmann: How to Prescribe for the Unique Individual | 68

A look at the plethora of issues that surround the actual dispensing of herbs and ideas. This class will not discuss diagnosis. For example, should you use a tincture, fluid extract or capsule? What dose is appropriate? A time to look at all the practical questions that we rarely discuss.

Today’s episode is brought to you by the NorthWest Herb Symposium.

I had the pleasure of attending this wonderful event a few years ago and I gotta say it’s top notch. The location alone is worth the trip. It’s located at the Camp Casey Conference Center in beautiful Coupeville Washington. 

Next year’s event, titled “Botanicals at the Beach” will be from August 23 – 26 2018.

For more information you can head to NWHerbSymposium.com.

Also, you can purchase recordings from last year’s event, as well as many other events from the symposium’s organizer’s website: www.treefarmtapes.com

Today’s episode was recorded at the 2017 NorthWest Herb Symposium.

It’s with none other than David Hoffmann.

David, a Fellow of Britain’s National Institute of Medical Herbalists, has been a clinical phytotherapist for more than twenty-five years.

He started his herbal practice in Wales, continuing at the Findhorn community in Scotland, and has been practicing in California since 1986.

A long time activist in the environmental and peace movements, he ran for parliament in Britain for the Green party in 1983. He is one of the founding members and a past president of the American Herbalists Guild and is on the advisory boards of the American Botanical Council and HerbalGram.

The author of seventeen books, including the highly regarded The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal, An Elders’ Herbal,Medical Herbalism and The Herbal Handbook, Hoffmann teaches phytotherapy throughout the English-speaking world and is currently a faculty member of the California School of Herbal Studies. He is also a visiting faculty member at Bastyr University, the California Institute of Integral Studies, the National College of Phytotherapy, and the Rocky Mountain School of Botanical Studies.


Herbal Community Resources #2 | Raquel, Mona Mayhue, and Kristian Cole

Welcome to episode 2 of Herbal Community Resources. Here's who we'll hear from and which resource they're bringing to the table: 

Thanks to these three for taking the time to record this audio and contribute! 

Here's where you can find them online:

If you'd like to contribute to the Herbal Community Resources segment, or to the HerbRally Podcast, please contact me

PS - Last week the HerbRally Instagram account was hacked! Feel free to give us a follow. We're @herbrally.

Thank you for listening! 

Susan Leopold and Howie Brounstein LIVE From the AHG Symposium | 67

Listen in on Susan Leopold and Howie Brounstein's fun Facebook Live conversation. This was recorded at the 2017 American Herbalists Guild Symposium in Oregon. 

Susan Leopold, PhD, is executive director of the medicinal plant conservation non-profit United Plant Savers (UpS). She serves as an advisory board member of American Botanical Council, and a board member of Botanical Dimensions and Center for Sustainable Economy.


Howie Brounstein has taught botany, herbalism, and wildcrafting extensively for decades, including at such herbal establishments as the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. He is the co-owner and a primary instructor of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and has a busy clinical practice in Eugene, Oregon. He is well known for his brilliant in depth teaching style and his passionate love of plants.


EVENT | Sacred Waters Retreat - Sobande Greer is Interviewed by Jaacalyn Davis

You're in for a treat! On today's episode we'll get to hear from Sobande Greer and Jaacalyn Davis as they discuss the upcoming event: Sacred Waters Retreat. There's a lot to this episode! So even if you're not able to make it to the event this time around, I'd still recommend giving it a listen. Enjoy! 



Born & raised in Louisville KY, Sobande was  given a glimpse at a early age into the lost art of traditional African herbalism by her great grandmother.  She is Desert Storm Army Veteran who obediently returned to the ways of her fore-mothers after serving the military. She is a Master Herbalist  with more than 25 years in the field, earning a degree as a Certified Holistic Nutritionist & Natural Health Professional.  Sobande is a world renown teacher, author & consultant  earning certifications through the Professional Training Program from the International Board of African Thinkers & Healers Inc. & the Trinity School of Natural Health. She holds undergraduate degrees in communications, public relations, health & nutrition and is currently completing her Doctor of Naturopathy.

She is the founder of Sacred Waters Retreat LLC, Natural Choices Botanica of Traditional Healing & the NCB School of Herbalism & Holistic Health


My Favorite Herbal Books by Dreoilín ÓCoigligh | 66

Today’s episode is audio from a YouTuber by the name of Dreoilín.

He’s a poet, musician, artist, teacher and bushcraft instructor, and he’s really got a wide-ranging YouTube channel.

Really wanted to publish today’s episode because he reviews a few of Ellen Evert Hopman’s herbalism books.

Check out episode 20 of the HerbRally Podcast where Ellen speaks about the doctrine of signatures! 

A big thanks to Dreoilin and Ellen for sharing the audio on this!


Elecampane Monograph with Katja Swift and Ryn Midura | 65

This monograph on Elecampane is the audio from the Elecampane video in their Holistic Herbalism Materia Medica course, an online exploration of more than 85 keystone herbal allies. This course is part of the Herbalism 101 program, which includes not just Materia Medica, but also detailed video lessons on how to make each type of herbal remedy in the Herbal Medicine Making course. 

When you enroll in the program, you get access to 40 hours of video covering more than 85 plants, and 18 hours of video demonstrating each type of herbal medicine making, plus supporting materials, feedback on your homework, and direct access to Ryn and Katja in the integrated discussion forum. You can watch it anytime, anywhere you have an internet connection!


Herbal Medicine for Beginners is your everyday reference for common ailments using 35 popular herbs.

You don’t need to buy hundreds of hard-to-find herbs to start your journey with herbal medicine. Herbal Medicine for Beginners shows you how to use a few important herbs to promote the body’s ability to fight infection and heal naturally.

Herbal Medicine for Beginners shows herbalists-in-training how to use a limited number of versatile, medicinal herbs to craft herbal remedies for common ailments. From allergies to fevers to headaches, beginners will gain the essential knowledge they need to blossom into natural healers and practice herbal medicine.

Katja and Ryn are a husband and wife team of clinical herbalists who founded the CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism in Boston, MA. They offer consultations and classes for herbalists from beginners to professional training. 

An Interview with Herbalist Jess Krueger | 64

Jess Krueger is interviewed by her pal Emma. They chat about her new herbal zine, an upcoming workshop, and her herbal CSA. 


Thanks to Jess and Emma for taking the time to record this! 

About Jess:

My life is grounded in nourishment, utilizing locally abundant plants and facilitating the accessible sharing of skills and knowledge. I work with people to cultivate wellness through nourishing and dynamic herbal education according to their individual needs. I love to teach people about plants: how to identify them, how to harvest them, and how to make home made remedies. Valuing nature connection through spending time immersed outdoors harvesting plants as food and medicine is an essential part of my work. I write herbal zines, co-run an herbal CSA and teach classes in and around Viroqua, WI. 


Brittany Wood Nickerson: Comfort Foods and Cravings - What Does Your Body Really Need? | 63

Today we'll get to hear from herbalist and author Brittany Wood Nickerson. She goes on a deep dive exploration of food cravings, flavor profiles, embodiment and much more. This episode is chock-full of info!

The lesson for this episode is from her excellent book Recipes from the Herbalist's Kitchen

A huge thanks to Brittany for sharing today’s lesson with all of us, and thanks to y’all for listening. Enjoy.


Brittany Wood Nickerson is a practicing herbalist, author, health educator, and cook. She combines knowledge of nutrition and a passion for using food as medicine with her training in Western, Ayurvedic and Chinese herbal medicine. Her treatment and support/coaching approach emphasize personal empowerment, preventative health care, and whole body wellness. Brittany is the founder and primary instructor of Thyme Herbal in Conway Massachusetts where she teaches a three-year herbal apprenticeship program as well as classes on ritual, ceremony and earth-centered spirituality. She teaches at the University of Massachusetts and is the organizer of the Northampton/Amherst Herbal Meet-up group. Brittany is a passionate teacher and an inspirational speaker, presenting at conferences and for programs throughout the country. She is the author of The Everyday Living Series, posters and zines for the home, The Herbal Homestead Journal and Recipes from the Herbalist’s Kitchen.

NEW BOOK: Plant Powered Beauty | Maria Christodoulou interviews author Christina Daigneault | 62

Today on the HerbRally Podcast we'll get to hear Maria Christodoulou interview author Christina Daigneault about her fabulous new book Plant Powered Beauty. They discuss a few recipes, Christina's background as well as her inspiration for writing the book. 

Maria is the owner of Bliss Without Bother based in Brooklyn, NY. Bliss Without Bother offers specialized retreat and event planning with competitive rates based on number of participants and requested services. Check 'em out at blisswithoutbother.com.

Christina Daigneault is an attorney and founder of Orchard Strategies, a public relations firm specializing in health and wellness. She co-authored Plant-Powered Beauty with Amy Galper, the cofounder of the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies and executive director of the New York Institute of Aromatherapy.

Working Herbally with Lyme Disease with Dan De Lion | 61

Join Dan de Lion of Return to Nature (www.returntonature.us) for a workshop covering the various aspects to know about Lyme and tick borne issues. The class will range from practicing body awareness while out in the field, food and herbal prevention of Lyme and co-infections, herbal protocols for addressing the symptoms and the bodily systems effected, and the deeper ecological relevance to what ticks and Lyme disease bring to the necessary awareness of our communities.

If you have gone outside in the Northeast, ticks have probably become part of your life. This workshop will help reveal myths about diagnosis and bites, as well as explore remedies which are relevant to certain functions of the organ system related to working with Lyme.

This class was recorded at the Indiana Herbal Center in Bloomington, IN. 

Dan De Lion is a forager, herbalist, and teacher dedicated to working with Nature to facilitate the reunion of the people with our planetary purpose. Dan teaches through Return to Nature providing classes in foraging and herbalism, making homemade remedies, fermentation and kombucha, and primitive and survival skills. He also makes herbal products, gives herbal consultations, runs mentorship programs, and teaches custom group herbalism classes. Dan's website is ReturntoNature.us and he can be contacted at Dan@Returntonature.us


Herbs & Practices for Kapha Season with Amanda Stanley | 60

Herbalist and yogi Amanda Stanley is back to discuss the Kapha dosha type and it's association with spring! 

She has a wonderful way of weaving the philosophy of Ayurveda with practical health practices we could all stand to implement more of in our daily lives.

I got a lot out of this episode and I know you'll come away inspired!

Thanks so much to Amanda for sharing her wealth of knowledge.

If you’d like to reach out to her, you can find her here:


Herbal Community Resources #1 | Mason Hutchison, Julie James, and Erika Galentin

Hey everyone, today we're trying something new! 

It's a new segment on HerbRally and we're going to call it "Herbal Community Resources". The idea is to have various folks share the resources that they know and love, and perhaps take for granted. So, let's listen in for a moment and hear what it is they've been utilizing and really loving.

Here's the resources mentioned and by whom: 

Really hope y'all enjoyed this episode! If you'd like to contribute to this segment of the show feel free to contact me to get more details. 

Big thanks to Julie and Erika for taking the time to share their information. Please take a moment to visit them online and to see what they're up to here: