Philodendron Freedom: The Glass House by the White House with Heather Irvine | 80

Today's episode we'll get to hear from frequent HerbRally contributor, Heather Irvine. She covers six of the medicinal plants she visited at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, DC. Today you'll get a primer on these plants: gotu kola, guarana, licorice, black pepper, cinnamon, and cinchona. 

Enjoy the episode! 

Common Mistakes when Going Green with your Skincare Routine with Batty and Karla | 79

Today we'll hear from Batty and Karla from Batty's Bath. They're going to inform us on the common mistakes that folks make when going green with your skincare routine. They cover greenwashing, reading labels, the dirty dozen, and so much more! You're sure to take away some new nuggets of information as well as inspiration. 

Thanks to Batty and Karla for sharing! Show them some love on the socials:




Sunflower Medicine with Arvolyn Hill and Ellenie Cruz | 78

Today’s episode is with Arvolyn Hill and Ellenie Cruz of Oshun's Garden

This is actually episode one of their podcast which you can find on SoundCloud.

Oshun's Garden is a digital Garden of holistic medicinal resources focusing primarily on flower essences as vibrational healing geared towards people of color.


Thanks so much to y’all for listening, and a huge thanks to Ellenie and Arvolyn for sharing this delightful first episode of Oshun’s Garden.


Drifting in New Mexico: An Herbalist Tumbles Through the Southwest with Heather Irvine | 77

Today we'll get to hear from herbalist Heather Irvine as she describes her adventures through the Albuquerque Botanical Garden. She visited this plant nerd paradise immediately following attending the fabulous event, the Good Medicine Confluence in Durango, CO. Heather covers a few plants (some medicinal, some not) and gives recommendations and resources to further your study. 

Thanks to Heather for sharing, and thanks to y'all for listening! 


Meadowsweet Monograph with Katja Swift and Ryn Midura | 76

This monograph on Meadowsweet is extracted from the Meadowsweet video in Katja & Ryn's Holistic Herbalism Materia Medica course, an online exploration of more than 85 keystone herbal allies. 

This course is part of the Herbalism 101 online video 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. Videos include plenty of close-up coverage of each step in the process, so that you'll feel confident to do it in your own kitchen.

From now until July 14 you can save $50 using coupon code RESILIENCE.

Katja & Ryn want your experience to be as close to “being there in person” as possible, and want to accommodate as many different styles of learning as possible. That’s why they also provide:

* PDF materials - if you like to follow along on paper.

* MP3 files - so you can review the content while you commute, workout, garden, ... anytime!

* Direct access to Ryn and Katja - they're always just a click away! You can ask any questions in the integrated discussion forum, and they're committed to personally answering your questions within 24 hours.

* Weekly live Q&A sessions - to get some face time and direct feedback from your teachers.

By the end of this program, you'll be ready to start incorporating herbs into your daily life to keep you and your loved ones healthy and resilient all year round!

And remember...from now until July 14 you can save $50 using coupon code RESILIENCE.


Katja & 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 online and in person, from brand-new beginners to those seeking professional clinical experience and holistic business training.


Lion's Mane Monograph with Heather Irvine | 75

'Tis a historic day for HerbRally! Why's that you ask? It's the first mushroom monograph on the podcast. Listen in as Heather Irvine goes in-depth on this extremely useful fungi. 

Also, we'll get to hear a fun herbal song from Kyle with Tippecanoe Herbs as he sings about oh little lion's mane.  Be sure to follow him on Instagram @tippecanoe_herbs

Here's the lyrics to the song! 

Saw you lying in the arms of a hardwood
my oh my got you on my brain.
You're sure a prize, for the eyes
Oh little lion's mane, 
Oh little lion's mane

And you gotta lotta nerve
coming here easing all my pain.
You're still mending, all my loose endings
Oh little lion's mane
Oh little lion's mane

Lion's mane, 
Lion's Mane I found
but you're up there
And I'm down here on the ground.

Thanks to Heather and Kyle for always sharing their talents with us! And thanks to y'all for listening. 


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

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

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

To find herbalism events in your neck of the woods:

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

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

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.