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HerbMentor Radio, by LearningHerbs, explores the simplicity and accessibility of edible and medicinal plants in peoples lives. Interviews with herbalists explore herbs, herbal home remedies, herb gardening and more. Hosted by John Gallagher.

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HerbMentor Radio, by LearningHerbs, explores the simplicity and accessibility of edible and medicinal plants in peoples lives. Interviews with herbalists explore herbs, herbal home remedies, herb gardening and more. Hosted by John Gallagher.

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By Wild Rose Apothecary - Sep 23 2014
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I love herbmentor and am so excited about the podcasts!

Best, most useful!!!!

By Deborah L.RN - May 10 2010
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These are the best and most useful herbal podcast. So much more at the HerbMentor Website!

iTunes Ratings

47 Ratings
Average Ratings
38
7
1
0
1

Exciting

By Wild Rose Apothecary - Sep 23 2014
Read more
I love herbmentor and am so excited about the podcasts!

Best, most useful!!!!

By Deborah L.RN - May 10 2010
Read more
These are the best and most useful herbal podcast. So much more at the HerbMentor Website!
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HerbMentor Radio

Latest release on Mar 24, 2016

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail about 1 month ago

Rank #1: Stephen Harrod Buhner

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Stephen Harrod Buhner is an Earth poet and the award-winning author often books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine. He comes from a long line of healers including Leroy Burney, Surgeon General of the United States under Eisenhower and Kennedy, and
Elizabeth Lusterheide, a midwife and herbalist who worked in rural Indiana in the early nineteenth century.

The greatest influence on his work, however, has been his great-grandfather C.G. Harrod who primarily used botanical medicines, also in rural Indiana, when he began his work as a physician in 1911.

Stephen’s work has appeared or been profiled in publications throughout North America and Europe including Common Boundary, Apotheosis, Shaman’s Drum, The New York Times, CNN, and Good Morning America. He has spoken at colleges and conference around thw world, including the United Nations.

Stephen’s books include:

* Herbal Antibiotics: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria
* Healing Lyme: Natural Healing & Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis and its Coinfections
* The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines for Life on Earth
* Sacred Plant Medicine: The Wisdom in Native America Herbalism
* Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation
* The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature
* The Natural Testosterone Plant: For Sexual Health and Energy
* Herbs for Hepatitis C and the Liver
…and more

Stephen and I started our conversation around old time doctors and kitchen medicine, exploring herbs like ginger, cayenne, and even honey. Then, as I expected and hoped for, Stephen went in some interesting directions. So, though he talks about the effects of accidentally breathing dust from Western Skunk Cabbage, and ingesting some well known toxic plants such as Poison Hemlock…well, I would ask you stay away from using those plants internally.

Stephen does offer some amazing gems of information, and you never know when he is going to drop one of them on you. However, there is gold in the overall message he is trying to say. Try to stay in the space of looking at the larger picture of the conversation.

Visit http://www.gaianstudies.org

Mar 24 2016

1hr 6mins

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Rank #2: Rosemary Gladstar

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Rosemary Gladstar is the author of several books, including best seller Herbal Healing for Women and A Family Herbal. She has taught herbs extensively throughout the U.S. and has led travel adventures worldwide.

Rosemary has founded the California School of Herbal Studies, United Plant Savers, co-founded Sage Mountain Herbs, and is a founding member of the Northeast Herb Association. Her experience includes over 30 years in the herbal community as a healer, teacher, visionary and organizer of herbal events.

Visit Rosemary at http://www.sagemountain.com

Mar 24 2016

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Rank #3: David Winston: Adaptogens

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David Winston RH (AHG), is an herbalist and ethnobotanist with over 40 years of training in Cherokee, Chinese and Western herbal traditions. He has had a clinical practice for over 30 years and is an herbal consultant to physicians throughout North America. David founded an herbal manufacturing company called Herbalist & Alchemist as well as David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies. David is author of many books including Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief. He is also a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild and a founding advisory board member of United Plant Savers.

In this episode of HerbMentor Radio, David explores adaptogens and their importance in this day and age. Adaptogens help the body adapt to stress and increase health. David also answers questions on adaptogens submitted by HerbMentor members.

Aug 12 2015

1hr 11mins

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Rank #4: jim mcdonald: Herbs for Back Pain

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Jim McDonald joins us once again on HerbMentor Radio for a double length episode focused on herbs for back pain. Jim covers nutrition and body work as well as the major catagories of how to look at and treat back injuries, such as muscle pain, spasm, inflammatory pain, and nerve pain. Also, lubrication of joints and tissue, fluid stagnation, structural integrity, how to customize a treatment and more. Jim adds a new section on topical applications as well. This nearly 2 hour presentation will bring to life his popular web article on herbs for back pain.

Jim is an herbalist based in Michigan. He teaches many classes locally, and also teaches at major conferences such as the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference and Rootstalk.

Visit Jim at http://herbcraft.org

Here is a direct link to his herbs for back pain article that this HerbMentor Radio is based on: http://www.herbcraft.org/backpain.html

Mar 24 2016

1hr 48mins

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Rank #5: Aviva Romm

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Aviva Romm began studying herbal medicine and midwifery in 1981. A Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and herbalist, practicing since 1985, Aviva is recognized internationally as an accomplished specialist in the areas of herbal medicine for gynecology, obstetrics, and pediatrics.

Her numerous books are now regarded as standards for mothers, midwives, herbalists, and other health professionals using herbs for women’s and children’s health. Additionally, she has written numerous articles, has been published in medical journals, and has contributed to several major integrative medicine textbooks. Forthcoming is her latest book, Textbook of Herbal Medicine for Women (Churchill/Elsevier, 2008).

Aviva is the President of the American Herbalists Guild. She has been active in establishing standards for botanical medicine practice and education in the United States, and has taught at national herbal, midwifery, and medical conferences and in private seminars, as well as being a guest on nationally syndicated radio programs. She serves on a number of scientific review boards including the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) and the Botanical Safety Handbook review committee for the American Herbal Products Association, and has recently been invited to serve as an adjunct faculty for the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.

Aviva is currently pursuing a medical degree (MD) at the Yale School of Medicine.

Visit Aviva at her website, http://AvivaRomm.com

Mar 24 2016

1hr 16mins

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Rank #6: Richo Cech

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RIcho Cech is a village herbalist, conservationist, and expert on making herbal extracts. For many years he was a developer at HerbPharm. He and his wife Mayche are owners of Horizon Herbs, an organic medicinal herb seed company based in Williams, Oregon. Their mission is to sow seeds worldwide for the benefit of people plants and the planet.

Richo is author of the books Making Plant Medicine and Growing At-Risk Medicinal Herbs. His Horizon Herbs catalog is well known not only for its variety of hard to find extracts and seeds, but also as a treasure trove of information.

In this interview we discuss not only the basics of herb gardening, but also answer some excellent questions from HerbMentor.com members. Of course, Richo infuses his amazing insights on working with herbs. Also, Richo and I talk a bit about comfrey. And as you might expect, another knowledgeable and wise herbalist with yet another varying opinion. :)

Mar 24 2016

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Rank #7: Rosemary Gladstar: Wild Greens & Spring Remedies

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Rosemary Gladstar covers the importance of wild greens, both nutritionally and energetically. Dandelions, plantain, nettle, chickweed and many more favorites will be covered. In addition to her favorite ways to prepare wild greens, Rosemary will also cover ethical wild harvesting. It’s time to clean out the closets and leave the winter blues behind!

Rosemary Gladstar is the author of many books, including Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health and Herbal Healing for Women. Rosemary has been inspiring herbalists for nearly 40 years with the herbal schools, conferences, organizations and companies she has founded, which include the California School of Herbal Studies, Traditional Medicinals, the International Herb Symposium, and United Plant Savers.

Aug 12 2015

1hr 11mins

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Rank #8: jim mcdonald

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Jim McDonald is a self taught herbalist whose approach blends a folk and indigenous perspective of herbcraft with the eclectic/physiomedical approaches of 19th century American herbalism. If you ever spent time on Henriette’s forum or the Herbwifery forum, then you may know Jim. He also gives herb walks at many conferences, including the International Herb Symposium.

He has a unique way of teaching people how to connect with plants, and how to learn herbal properties. These are the areas we focus on in this interview, along with some other fun topics. Jim runs programs in Michigan from day long classes to a 9 month intensive. He is a knowledgable and engaging teacher, and I was excited to be able to interview him for HerbMentor Radio.

You can visit Jim McDonald at http://HerbCraft.org. His site has many wonderful and extended articles on a number of plants and how to use them for various ailments.

Mar 24 2016

1hr 13mins

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Rank #9: jim mcdonald: Herbal Energetics and Fevers

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jim mcdonald returns to HerbMentor Radio for a special episode on fevers and herbal energetics. What is a fever, why do they happen, and what are the popular myths? The difference between stimulating and relaxing diaphoretics as well as detailed descriptions of many herbs with diaphoretic properties.

Diaphoretics are herbs that direct circulation, open pores, ventilate the body and allow perspiration. This 105 minute lesson is sure to clear up any confusion you may have had about herbs and fevers.

You can visit jim mcdonald at http://HerbCraft.org. His site has many wonderful and extended articles on a number of plants and how to use them for various ailments.

Mar 24 2016

1hr 44mins

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Rank #10: Todd Caldecott: Ancient Medicine in a Modern World

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Todd Caldecott is a Medical Herbalist and practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine, author of the textbook Ayurveda: The Divine Science of Life, Food as Medicine: The Theory and Practice of Food and an editor of a text on Nepalese ethnobotany called Ayurveda in Nepal.

Todd teaches and practices in the Vancouver, BC area in Canada. He also works as a consultant in the natural products industry. Todd was also the Director of Clinical Herbal Studies at Wild Rose College and is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild.

Todd’s practice integrates Western Clinical Herbalism with Ayurveda and the synthesis results in an insightful look at Western herbalism from a unique perspective.

In this interview Todd and I discuss Ayurveda, the state of traditional medicine in modern times, food as medicine, and he answers member questions.

You can visit Todd at http://toddcaldecott.com
Food As Medicine is available on Amazon or http://foodasmedicine.ca

Mar 24 2016

1hr 17mins

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Rank #11: Wildman Steve Brill

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"Wildman" Steve Brill is known as America’s Best Known Forager. His 1986 arrest in Central Park made international headlines and set his career as an environmental educator in motion.

Wildman has appeared on every news channel as well as David Letterman and many other talk shows.

His books include Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not-So-Wild) Places and The Wild Vegetarian Cookbook.

Visit http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com

Mar 24 2016

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Rank #12: Sandor Katz

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Sandor Ellix Katz is author of Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods and The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movement.

Starting with sauerkraut, Sandor has been fermenting foods for over 14 years. As as avid cook, gardener, herbalist, and nutritional enthusiast, his interests have led to a life of spreading “culture” wherever he travels. He refers to himself as a “fermentation revivalist.”

Hailing from the great city of New York, and a graduate of Brown University, Sandor now lives in community in the wooden hills of Tennessee.

You can visit “Sandorkraut,” check out his resources, read FAQ’s on fermentation, find out his teaching schedule, and order his books at http://www.WildFermentation.com

Mar 24 2016

1hr 7mins

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Rank #13: Dr. Peter Gail: King of Dandelions

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Peter Gail, Ph.D. has been studying, writing about edible and medicinal plants for half a century. Author of 13 books, including The Dandelion Celebration, he is an esteemed elder of botany and champion of weeds. He has had a big impact on awareness of pesticide use dangers through environmental awareness.

USA Today called him the King of Dandelions. Good Morning America, the Wizard of Weeds. Many call him Dr. Dandelion.

He founded the Dandelion Cook off, the Defenders of the Dandelion, and created a coffee-like beverage called DandyBlend.

Dr. Gail is the director of the Goosefoot Acres Center for Resourceful Living in Ohio. His literary and research legacy is vast, and we are truly honored to have him on HerbMentor Radio.

In this episode, John and Peter focus heavily on the Dandelion, Peter’s story, edible weeds, and the impact he has had since starting this journey 50 years ago.

Visit Peter at http://www.dandyblend.com

Mar 24 2016

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Rank #14: Phyllis Light

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Phyllis Light is a fourth generation herbalist and healer, and has worked with herbs and in natural health for over 30 years. Her studies began in the deep woods of Northern Alabama, and now Phyllis lectures in herb schools, universities, medical schools, hospitals and health conferences.

In addition to Traditional Folk studies, Phyllis has studied Traditional Western Herbalism, Nutrition, Exercise Science, Body Work and Energy Medicine. She continues to maintain an active herbal practice.

Phyllis is also a consultant to business and physicians, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, director of herbal studies at Clayton College, and is working on a new book The Geography of Health: Southern Appalachian Folk Medicine, which explores the medicine that is at the heart of her personal herbal traditions.

You can visit Phyllis and learn about her herbal studies programs at http://phyllisdlight.com

Mar 24 2016

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Rank #15: Bevin Clare: An HerbMentor Q&A

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Bevin Clare, M.S., LDN, CNS, RH(AHG), is a clinical herbalist and nutritionist with a deep love of plants. Bevin holds a M.S. in Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with her thesis research conducted at the NIA (National Institute on Aging) at the National Institutes of Health, and a B.S. in ethnobotany from Lesley University.

Bevin has studied herbal medicine around the world and blends her knowledge of traditional uses of plants with modern science and contemporary healthcare strategies.

She is the Clinical Division Chair of the Masters of Science in Herbal Medicine Program at Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, MD, a 2.5 year clinical training program in Herbal Medicine. She also serves on the faculty of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, is on the board of directors of United Plant Savers, is co-director of the Herbal Clinic for All, and lectures nationally. Bevin is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, where she serves as vice-president.

In this episode of HerbMentor Radio, Bevin answers over a dozen HerbMentor member submitted questions. Topics include her favorite herbs, tinctures, herbs for recovering from surgery, herbs for the aging, adrenal herbs and MUCH more.

Visit Bevin at http://www.bevinclare.com

Mar 24 2016

1hr 5mins

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Rank #16: Henriette Kress: Practical Herbalism

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Henriette Kress is a clinical herbalist and author from Helsinki, Finland. She is author of two herbal books, Practical Herbs 1 and Practical Herbs 2. Henriette has been publishing herbal content since the early days of the internet, now runs an amazing website called Henriette’s Herbal Homepage, and has wide respect across the herbal community. Her books are available in English, Finnish and Swedish.

In this interview, Henriette shares her fascinating story and brings us on a practical herb walk, where she covers horse chestnut, juniper, willow, ground ivy, elecampane, and thyme. She mentions a few herbal tips from Finland I’m quite sure you’ve never heard before. Her new book picks up where her last one left off, with more hands-on remedies and nuts and bolts information about even more amazing herbs.

Aug 12 2015

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Rank #17: Paul Bergner

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Paul Bergner is a medical herbalist and founder/director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Boulder, Colorado. The North American Institute of Medical Herbalism teaches in the vitalist tradition.

He has been practicing and teaching natural medicine since 1973. Paul has edited the Medical Herbalism Journal since its founding in 1989, and has written many books on medical herbalism, nutrition, Chinese medicine, ethnobotany, and naturopathic medicine. He has also edited periodicals on clinical nutrition and naturopathic medicine.

Paul has taught at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies, is on the adjunct faculty for Naropa University and the Tai Sophia Institute, and speaks at all the major herbal conferences.

In this episode of HerbMentor Radio, Paul lays a wonderful foundation for learning about herbs as he gets to the heart of herbal medicine…nature. With wonderful stories and insights, Paul will teach you what needs to be at the core of all herbalists and healers.

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North American Institute of Medical Herbalism
http://www.naimh.com

Paul’s MedHerb.com http://www.medherb.com

Mar 24 2016

1hr 18mins

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Rank #18: Tammi Hartung

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Tammi Hartung, M.H., is a medical herbalist, certified organic grower, and consultant to the Natural Products Industry. She has taught at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies, the School of Natural Medicine, and has lectured internationally. Tammi and her husband Chris own and operate Desert Canyon Farm in Colorado, where they grow over 175 medicinal, rare, and native plants.

Tammi is author of Growing 101 Herbs That Heal: Gardening Techinques, Recipes, and Remedies.

Mar 24 2016

1hr 5mins

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Rank #19: Caroline Gagnon: Plant Energetics

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Caroline Gagnon started teaching and practicing herbalism in 1995, and is co-founder and director of the FloraMedicina School of Herbal Studies in Montreal, Quebec. She also helped create the professional wing of the Guilde des Herboristes (Herbalist Guild) in Montreal.

In this episode, Caroline and I explore plant energetics in a way we’ve never discussed on HerbMentor Radio. We can all learn to communicate with herbs in ways that can not be taught in books. It sounds esoteric, but it’s actually quite simple and practical.

Caroline explains energetics in a much broader sense, which is really helpful should one want to go on and learn an energetics system, such as Chinese or Ayurvedic medicine. Get ready for a paradigm shift. Caroline also answers HerbMentor member questions.

Visit Caroline Gagnon at http://FloraMedicina.com

Mar 24 2016

1hr 8mins

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Rank #20: Brigitte Mars: Doctrine of Signatures

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Brigitte Mars is an herbalist, author, raw foods chef, and nutritional consultant from Boulder, Colorado. Brigitte has been teaching for over 40 years, most recently Naropa University, Boulder College of Massage and Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition. Brigitte is a professional member of The American Herbalists Guild.

Her many book titles include The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine, Addiction-Free Naturally, Beauty by Nature, Natural First Aid, Dandelion Medicine, Healing Herbal Teas, Rawsome! and Sex, Health and Love.

In this interview, we focus on the doctrine of signatures.

Visit Brigitte at http://BrigitteMars.com

Mar 24 2016

1hr 4mins

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