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

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 ( 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 and he can be contacted at


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: 

A Springtime Audio Postcard from Howie Brounstein | 58

Spring is coming! 

For more from Howie and the Columbines School of Botanical Studies visit:

The Columbines School of Botanical Studies offers a unique educational program ranging from entry level lectures in community herbalism to a three year program including botany, ecology, wildcrafting, plant pharmacy, physiology, pathophysiology, and clinical herbalism. Operating for over three decades, they specialize in field programs where the majority of the classes are outside with the plants for a truly ‘hands on’ experience.

Here is a downloadable PDF version of their most current Course Descriptions. 


Book Review: Wild Foods Field Guide and Cookbook with Jennifer from Sea Willow Herbs | 57

Jennifer from Sea Willow Herbs reviews the book: Wild Foods Field Guide and Cookbook by Billy Joe Tatum. This book is "an illustrated guide to 70 wild plants and over 350 irresistible recipes for serving them up."

Here's where you can connect with Jennifer!


Thanks to Jennifer for sharing, and thanks to you for listening! 

An Introduction to Good Manufacturing Practices for Herbalists with Suchil and Sam Coffman | 56

Suchil and Sam Coffman discuss a couple of concepts around FDA GMP regulations as well as the Apothecarist course at Herbal Medics University (aka The Human Path). 

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

Thanks for listening! 


5-Minute Yarrow with Sam Coffman | 55

Herbalist Sam Coffman talks about the medicinal uses of the Yarrow plant (Achillea millefolium) in the 5-minute-herbs series.

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

Thanks for listening! 


Herbs, Humans and Holobionts with David Hoffmann | 54

The new technologies, collectively known as ‘omics’, are showing that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. We will explore the profound connectivity and mutual support revealed by this new science. It is a good time to be holistic – the evidence is in.

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.


Green Beauty: The Why and How of a Clean Beauty Routine with Caitlin Frazier | 53

Today’s episode is with Caitlin Frazier, an herbalist, wellness adventurer and blogger based in Nashville, TN. She blogs over at The Locusts and Honey. For all of the links and references that she mentions be sure to check out her post under the same title

Visit Caitlin on the socials:

Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and it is estimated that every day the average woman puts over 515 chemicals on it. I think that’s an understatement. The European Union has banned of 1300 chemicals from cosmetics, while the United States has only banned 11. This means that there are 1289 chemicals in the majority of our personal care products that have been deemed unsafe for all of the inhabitants of Europe. There are virtually no regulations on cosmetics, nor does every single ingredient need to be identified. The word “fragrance” on an ingredients list should send you running. It can mean ANYTHING…there’s no way to tell what that implies.
— Caitlin Frazier

Usnea Monograph by Kiva Rose Bell-Hardin | 52

When the rains arrive in the Gila, the whole landscape deepens in color and space. It’s as if the land, plants and all, takes a deep breath and fills itself out. Mushrooms pop up out of the forest floor, Morning Glory vines spiral upward and the annual Sages burst from seed to flower in the span of only a few weeks. The trees themselves seem to swell and darken with the moisture, and the lichens that live on them often quadruple in size before fruiting wide open. The Usnea is especially beautiful to watch, the delicate and usually dry threads expanding into soft, flexible tendrils that dangle from every Pine and many Junipers.
— Kiva Rose


Kiva Rose Bell-Hardin is an herbalist, teacher, author and river restorationist living in the Gila Wilderness on a an 80 acre botanical sanctuary seven jeep-sinking river crossings from the nearest paved road. For more from Kiva, visit her blog "Kiva's Enchantments"


Epstein-Barr Virus Case Study with Lori Rose, PhD | 51

Today we'll get to hear from Lori Rose once again! She’s going to go over a case study she had with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). 

To learn more about her Holistic Wellness program at the Hill College in Texas, listen in on her episode where she discusses it in detail

A big thanks to Lori Rose for taking the time to share this with us! 

Lori Rose, PhD, is a board certified nutrition professional (CNP), board certified holistic nutrition consultant (BCHN), certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner (FDN-P), board registered herbalist (RH-AHG), and board certified wellness coach (NBC-HWC).


Blue Vervain Monograph with Geraldine Lavin | 50

On today's episode Geraldine Lavin teaches us all about the blue vervain. 

She wrote an excellent monograph on this invaluable plant ally, which you can find HERE

It is generally agreed upon in the herbal community that Blue Vervain is the herb for uptight, fanatical, type A personalities. Many herbs have specific organ affinities, whereas blue vervain seems to have more of specific mental state. Thomas Easley says blue vervain is for “tight-necked, over-achieving, list-makers, who can’t ask for help.” Matthew Wood adds that Blue Vervain is for “people who make lists…of other peoples faults.” He also notes that Blue Vervain people tend to be “strong above, weak below” meaning that they can be strong in words, weak in action - very intense and judgmental of others, often holding themselves and those close to them to almost unattainable standards.
— Geraldine Lavin

For more monographs:

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


Geraldine Lavin is an Herbalist and Farmer from Philadelphia, PA. She is currently based in the Hudson Valley of NY, where she manages a small herb farm and practices clinical and energetic herbalism. Suntrap is Geraldine's practice as a healer: catching and reflecting the sun to create microclimates of warmth and light around her.

An Evening with Ryan Drum: Transgenerational Herbalism and Epigenomics | 49

This recording is from the  NorthWest Herb Symposium. Jay and Bridget Johnson of Tree Farm Communications host this excellent event each August in Coupeville, WA. Their next event is August 23rd - 26th, 2018. 


Epigenomics is the study of epigenetic changes in gene expression that occur without commensurate changes in DNA base pair sequences; these changes may be transmissible to subsequent generations. Recent research in the emerging field of Epigenomics strongly supports the probabilities of therapeutic transgenerational herbalism. Epigenomics is developing in response to research showing very convincingly that many cancers are initiated and controlled by transmissible extrachromosomal mechanisms.

Ryan Drum, PhD has a BSc in Chemical Technology and a PhD in Botany (Phycology) from Iowa State University. While a NATO Scholar, he did postdoctoral studies on Cell Biology using the Electron Microscope and Microcine at the Universities of Bonn, Germany and Leeds, England.

For 10 years he taught Botany and related subjects at Universities (UMASS/Amherst, UCLA, WWU).

He studied Herbal Medicine with Ella Birzneck, founder of Dominion Herbal College in British Columbia for 12 years, and taught at their summer seminars for 35 years. He has been an adjunct faculty at Bastyr University since 1984, and he lectures at major herbal conferences and herbal schools.

Dr. Drum is the author of over 30 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, the author of Electron Microscopy of Diatom Cells 1966, Springer Verlag, a 100-Plate Atlas, in print for 20 years, and a contributing author of two chapters in Planting the Future (Gladstar and Hirsch 2001) and a chapter in Fundamentals of Naturopathic Endocrinology, M. Friedman 2005.

The proud father of three wonderful children and two fantastic grandchildren, he lives in a rustic little hilltop cabin he built over 40 years ago on a remote island, off the grid, without indoor plumbing or refrigeration.

Ryan believes in true patient autonomy: the freedom and right to choose one's caregivers independent of their official certification.

An Herbal Entrepreneur's Story with Samantha Lynn | 48

Today's episode is with herbalist Samantha Lynn. She shares her story of pursuing herbalism as her life’s work as well as the beginnings of her herbal products company, Wholistic Herbals.

You can visit Samantha Lynn and Wholistic Herbals in Rochester, NY at the Brainery Bazaar Market every second Saturday of the month. 

She’ll also be teaching classes this spring and summer at the 540 West Main Learning Academy, in Rochester as well. You’ll learn how to harvest, dry, and prepare herbs for salve making at home.

Big ups to Samantha’s pal Jamison Clark (of Jamison Clark Design)  for helping with the recording and editing of the podcast.

And remember, don’t let lack of experience inhibit the excitement of taking your first step.
— Samantha Lynn
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Susun Weed: Green Allies for Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Control | 47

Hypertensive and cholesterol-lowering drugs are big business. Are they the best choice for a healthy heart? Probably not, given that there is an enormous range of herbal and food remedies that lower blood pressure far better, and faster, than drugs. Probably not, given that cholesterol has been demonized and drugs that affect it also interfere with muscle functioning. Instead, let's explore all the tasty, easy, effective herbal and life-style ways to keep our numbers--and our hearts--healthy.

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


New courses from Susun! 

Happy Knees
Welcome to those seeking happy knees and green blessings to you from Susun Weed! This is a course for those with sore, cranky knees and other joints whether from Lyme disease, trauma, osteo-arthritis (lack of cartilage between bones), or rheumatoid arthritis. 


Adaptogens: Herbs for Energy, Longevity, and Optimum Health
Feeling stressed? Need more energy? Susun Weed leads us on a journey around the globe, sharing and enlightening us in a series of more than 60 easy-to-digest hands-on video lessons on the benefits of embracing Adaptogenic foods and herbs. Includes an action plan to help you creating lasting habits to promote health and well-being simply and joyfully. You will find this course to be interesting, informative, and easy to assimilate.