Rank #1: The Menstrual Map with Elaine Sheff | 12
Menstruation, typically a taboo subject in our culture, can be a rich source of information about health and well-being for both women and their practitioners. But what is normal menstruation? Join herbalist Elaine Sheff of Green Path Herb School to take a deeper look at how to interpret the fertility cycle by creating a menstrual map. This class focuses on hormonal balancing, as well as addressing herbal actions including reproductive antispasmodics, emmenagogues, hormone balancers, phyto-estrogens, progesterone encouraging herbs, uterine astringents, and reproductive tonics.
*This class was recorded at the 2015 Midwest Women's Herb Conference.
The author of several books on herbal medicine and healing, clinical herbalist Elaine Sheff has been passionate about sharing herbal knowledge for over 25 years. Her latest book is Naked: Botanical Recipes for Vibrant Skin and Healthy Hair Naked: Botanical Recipes for Vibrant Skin and Healthy Hair. Elaine is the Co-Director of Green Path Herb School, located in Missoula, MT, where she strives to inspire and empower students and clients to remember their connection to the earth, the plants and their own healing process. As a certified Instructor of the Natural Family Planning and Fertility Awareness Methods, Elaine has helped many couples to avoid or achieve pregnancy naturally. An artist and writer, Elaine has written numerous articles about her family’s journey with epilepsy and a special needs child. You can often find her bent over an herb in her garden or marveling at small flowers in mountain meadows with her husband and sons.
Elaine’s workshops have been featured at conferences including the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference, Montana Herb Gathering, Northwest Herb Symposium, Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, Spokane Herbal Faire, the Ecoexpo and the Mountain West Herb Gathering.
Oct 03 2017
Rank #2: 61 | Working Herbally with Lyme Disease with Dan De Lion
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
Apr 11 2018
Rank #3: 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! Resources
Aug 30 2017
Rank #4: 28 | Plant Medicine and Sexual Trauma with Amanda Dilday
Today's episode is from a webinar that herbalist Amanda Dilday recorded last month as an offering for #MeToo.
You can find the original webinar on her website Alchemilla.
Amanda also wrote a book called Flowers for a Girl: Plant Medicine and Sexual Trauma.
This is not a protocol or a prescription. Rather, it is something of a memoir, a healing memoir, an herbal memoir, a story. "Well, friends. Here it is: last night's class on plant medicine and sexual trauma. Just send it out into the world, and pray for it to be blessed. Pray for protection and for healing. Pray for light and for truth.
I know there will be more classes. There was so much more to say--even about these plants, and there were so many more plants! Gentle, powerful support is all around us.
It's a simple beginning (and quickly put together), but yesterday, I knew in my very heart that I needed to quickly put some simple tools into people's hands. I had to begin.
Some plants from last night's class include violet, ghost pipe, marjoram, and blueberries--to name a few. <3" - Amanda Dilday
ABOUT AMANDA: I am a wife, mother, writer, teacher, and student of the plants. My roots are in the Appalachian Mountains. My home rests at the foothills of the Blue Ridge. Mountains are in my heart, and when hearth and home aren’t looking, I slip away and get lost in the woods. A lover of burdock and books, tinctures and teas, I am most at home under a blue sky with my bare feet rooted to the earth. Adversity brought me to the plants. A walk through the valley of the shadow of death led me to green pastures, and every green herb. I began my herbal studies at Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine in Virginia. My healing path has been pleasant and sweet, sprinkled all along the way with generous, green teachers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and He has filled my hands to overflowing with green gifts. Gifts meant to be given to others. Coming to know the plants has changed me profoundly--and blessed me beyond measure. My prayer is that the same will be true for you. May we see Him in all that is. May His life flow through us. Blessings, Amanda Alchemilla
Dec 02 2017
Rank #5: 109 | Becoming a Practicing Herbalist with Micah McLaughlin
Today’s episode is brought to you by the Great Lakes Herb Faire! This recording is from their 2018 event in Chelsea, MI.
Thanks to the Great Lakes Herb Faire and Micah McLaughlin for sharing this audio!
CLASS DESCRIPTION It can feel frightening and overwhelming to move from being an at-home herbalist to starting your practice. In this class, we'll explore possibilities in forming a business that meets your own unique needs and how to avoid the pitfalls of many startup practices. Understanding your goals as a person is the first step in launching your herbal practice. This class will be useful for those asking questions like “What kind of business do I want to create?” and “Is this business I created really serving my community and the life I want?”
Micah McLaughlin is a naturopathic practitioner specializing in the integration of the body and mind. Micah uses the traditional naturopathic tools of sclerology, muscle testing, holistic counseling, and facial/fingernail/tongue analysis to find the root of his clients’ health complaints. With an approach of curiosity and investigation Micah looks for the energetic and emotional blocks underlying symptoms, often requesting that these be “noticed” or “examined” by his clients. Herbs, flower essences, supplements, breath work, and energy work are used as Micah helps people connect to who they truly are. Through this process clients are able to shed their limiting beliefs and embodied patterns and find healing on a physical, emotional, and often spiritual level. Micah was trained at the Naturopathic Institute of Therapies and Education and founded Continuum Healing in 2008 and co-founded the Wellness Collective GR in 2015. He further studied Western Herbalism and the Enneagram, deepening his passion to treat the whole person. Micah has written and taught his Survival Herbalism course at various primitive skills schools throughout the country. Micah deeply believes in the healing ability of the body and inspires his clients through hope and empowerment. Thanks for listening! HerbRally www.herbrally.com
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Jan 15 2019
Rank #6: 105 | A Breath of Fresh Air: Lung Herbs with Maria Noel Groves
Today’s recording is a class from Maria Noel Groves program Beyond the Home Herbalist series. She teaches this both online as well as in person in her hometown of Allenstown, NH.
Here’s part of the class description:
“We often take our ability to breathe for granted, but when chronic or acute illness prevents our lungs from functioning properly, it can be very scary. We’ll discuss herbs that can support the lungs in a variety of conditions including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and stubborn colds.”
Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), clinical herbalist, runs Wintergreen Botanicals, nestled in the pine forests of New Hampshire. Her business is devoted to education and empowerment via classes, health consultations, and writing with the foundational belief that good health grows in nature.
She is the author of the bestselling, award-winning Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self Care and the forthcoming Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies.
Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies releases in March 2019 and SIGNED copies are currently available for PREORDER on her website.
Maria also offers a range of ONLINE CLASSES including her popular Home Herbalist Series as well as an on-site herbalist training program,
She sees distance clients via telephone.
Learn more about Maria and her offerings, and get a wealth of free herbal resources (articles, recipes, blog, videos, free class notes, virtual herb walk…) online at WintergreenBotanicals.com.
Thanks for listening! HerbRally www.herbrally.com
Breitenbush Herbal Conference www.herbalconference.net
Jan 02 2019
Rank #7: David Hoffmann: Herbs for Elder Issues (if I can remember what they are…) | 22
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.
What can herbalism do as opposed to the hype? What actions are relevant, what tonics can support the various body systems. We will discuss acetylcholinesterase inhibitors from Sage to Huperzia. How do these herbs actually effect the aging body and mind.
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.
Nov 16 2017
Rank #8: 32 | Aromatic Virtues: The Medicinal Use of Hydrosols with Leslie Lekos
Hydrosols, also known as floral waters, are an age-old way of working with the very essence of a plant in medicine. The use of hydrosols as medicines dates back over 5000 years. Traditionally, each home had a still where plant distillates for medicine were made. Over time hydrosols fell out of favor as essential oils increased in popularity. However, these days the aromatic virtues of hydrosols are being rediscovered. In this class, we will go over the uses of plant distillates in the home, in medicine, in cooking, aromatherapy, cosmetics and in work with the soul. This class was recorded at the 2017 NorthWest Herb Symposium.
This episode is brought to you by the NorthWest Herb Symposium. Their next event is going to be held on August 23 - 26, 2018 in beautiful Coupeville, WA. For more info you can visit NWHerbSymposium.com.
Leslie Lekos is the director of Wildroot Herb School in Bellingham, WA which offers herbal courses and intensives by top-notch herbalist from around the country. She also offers a line of sustainable wild harvested and organically grown hydrosols and essential oils on her etsy shop at www.wildroot.etsy.com. Leslie is a birth doula and her herbal consultation practice specializes in pregnancy and children. She is a certified Iyengar teacher and co-author of the book Yoga for Pregnancy.Yoga for Pregnancy offers detailed, precise instruction for over a hundred yoga poses to support you during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Accompanying sequences focus on a range of applications, from quick daily practices to poses for common pregnancy ailments. Thanks for listening! HerbRally.com
Dec 17 2017
Rank #9: 148| Mint Family: Digestion to Cognition. Rosemary to Oregano and Thyme
This talk was presented at the Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium in June of 2018. Mary Bove emphasizes the many uses of the mint family in increasing cognition and mental alertness, aiding sleep, quelling anxiety, managing thyroid conditions and much more. She talks about her favorite recipes and the modern research that reinforces centuries-old traditional uses. Medicinal applications of rosemary, lemon balm, spearmint, holy basil, lavender, oregano and thyme from Mary's own clinical experience are all included.
Mary Bove will again be speaking at Medicines from the Earth May 29 - June 1, 2020 in Black Mountain, North Carolina. See the program here.
Other recordings of Mary are available on the website: www.botanical-medicine.org/
Thanks for listening to the HerbRally podcast!
Dec 07 2019
Rank #10: An Herbal Education: Options For Learning All You Need To Know by Jesse Wolf Hardin | 18
In today's episode I'll be narrating an excerpt from Jesse Wolf Hardin's excellent book The Plant Healer's Path: A Grassroots Guide for the Folk Herbal Tradition.
You'll learn about the four main ways to go about learning the skill and craft of herbalism.
"In all cases, however, you will want an education that is in-depth and not superficial, grounded in but not restricted to good holistic science, requiring actual practice, and aimed at personal excellence and effectiveness." - Jesse Wolf Hardin
I hope you give it a listen! If you enjoyed the episode please share or leave us a comment in iTunes.
On another note...
Wolf and Kiva Rose host one of the BEST herb conferences around. I can't recommend attending the Good Medicine Confluence enough. The next one is in Durango, CO from May 16 - 20, 2018. Perhaps I'll see you there!RESOURCES
Nov 02 2017
Rank #11: 135 | An Herbalist's View of Mental Health with Lindsay Kolasa
Today on the podcast, herbalist Lindsay Kolasa talks about mental health and her journey with mental health, gut health, supportive herbs, and more.
Lindsay Kolasa is a Community Herbalist, Traditional Food Ways Educator, Soul-worker, and Yoga Teacher with a background in print journalism, non-profit management and social service work. She was called to her path by a major health crisis in 2001 which required of her to embark on a healing journey. Her work and her teachings are a distillation of what she has learned along the way.
Visit Lindsay online: Madhupa Maypop
This episode is brought to you by the Breitenbush Herbal Conference.
This event is one of the nation’s longest running herbal conference and is an annual gathering for herbalists and healers of all kinds.
The next event will take place on September 5 – September 8, 2019 at the Breitenbush Hot Springs in Oregon. It’s a couple hours drive from Portland and Eugene, or an hour and half east of Salem.
People come from all corners to celebrate and learn from some of the most inspiring teachers in our herbal community.
This years speakers include Autumn Summers, Erika Galentin, Glen Nagel, Heather Irvine, Howie Brounstein, Julie James, Lara Pacheco, Missy Rohs, Nicole Telkes, Steven Yeager and Thomas Easley.
The healing waters and ancient forests of Breitenbush provide an unforgettable setting for this gathering.
Workshops, demonstrations and herb walks appeal to all levels of students. Fine handmade goods and books will be available in the Herbal Marketplace.
The Breitenbush Herbal Conference is so much more than just a "conference". It's a personal healing retreat for your body and mind.
Breitenbush Herbal Conference www.herbalconference.net
Aug 16 2019
Rank #12: 62 | NEW BOOK: Plant Powered Beauty | Maria Christodoulou interviews author Christina Daigneault
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. Thanks for listening! If you're enjoying the podcast please share with an herbalist friend.
Apr 16 2018
Rank #13: 74 | End of the World Herbalism with Sam Coffman
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
Jun 19 2018
Rank #14: 81 | Nourishing You: Self Care Oil Therapy with Kami McBride
In today’s episode we’ll get to hear from Kami McBride, and she’s going to teach us all about self care through oil therapy, as well as creating your home sanctuary, setting up nourishing routines, and so much more.
This content goes nicely with Kami’s course she’s currently hosting called Handcrafted Healing Herbal Oils.
There’s a couple of free videos, including how to make lavender oil and calendula oil. The videos are packed with useful information!
Handcrafted Healing Herbal Oils is only available until August 24th, 2018. So if you're listening to this in the future, apologies, but Kami does open up registration annually.
A huge thanks to Kami for sharing this class with us, and thanks to y’all for listening!
Aug 20 2018
Rank #15: 44 | Essential Ayurveda for Women with Adena Rose
Today's episode is with Ayurvedic practitioner Adena Rose.
She goes in depth on three tools that you can use to help promote your health and well-being.
This class was originally a webinar that she hosted. A huge thanks to Adena Rose for sharing this with all of us!
For more from Adena Rose: AdenaRoseAyurveda.com
"If you’re not feeling your best, most-likely, you need Prana. And each of these tools infuses the cells with Prana for the deepest nourishment.
These tools have saved my life. I have been told by other women the same. We have all been at the bottom of our barrel, no more to give, anxious, and barely making it through the day. And maybe you’re there right at this moment. Over-taxed, over-giving, giving every last drop of yourself for your family, your career, just to get by." - Adena Rose If you've enjoyed the podcast, please let us know! A comment in iTunes or your podcast player of choice would be most appreciated. Or share with your community!
Thanks so much, HerbRally www.herbrally.com
Feb 02 2018
Rank #16: 36 | Hawthorn Monograph with Heather Irvine
On today's episode Heather Irvine teaches us all about the hawthorn tree.
She wrote an excellent monograph on hawthorn, which you can find HERE.
"Hawthorn is one of those country herbs whose leading quality one might at first describe as benevolent. It is much more powerful though! A great tree, low and broad in stature, it occurs wild in edge-lands of landscapes or occasionally planted for beauty, especially with respect to its generous white blossoms or deep red fruit in the fall and winter. It serves food and sanctuary to wildlife. Overzealous thorns protect birds and smaller critters from those larger ones which receive a memorable gauge and at best a pause to lick one’s wounds! In and around a Hawthorn’s understory, clumsy human types get so focused on the prize… zeroing in on more flowers or more berries, faster, receiving a poke followed by a clumsier startled retraction. Birds and squirrels laugh at us for sure!" - Heather Irvine
Today’s episode is brought to you by the Herbal Academy. An excellent online herbalism school as well as resource.
The mission of the Herbal Academy is to teach the art and science of herbalism and to honor our intrinsic connection to nature.
The Herbal Academy is dedicated to teaching and promoting a lifestyle of wellness and vitality through the use of herbs, sound nutrition, and optimal health practices.
They offer high quality and affordable herbal studies programs where they present many herbal traditions with a focus on sustainability and stewardship.
For a list of all of their courses you can head to herbrally.com/herbalacademy
For more monographs: www.herbrally.com/monographs
You can visit Heather online at GivingTreeBotanicals.com
Let us know what you thought of the episode! Thanks so much for listening.
Jan 05 2018
Rank #17: REPLAY | Rosemary Gladstar and Helen Ward on The Science & Art of Herbalism
The Science & Art of Herbalism course with Rosemary Gladstar is on sale this week so I wanted to run a replay of this episode! Enjoy.
Rosemary Gladstar shares her insights with Helen Ward, Educational Director, from Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center about how she started working with the plants and what inspired her to write The Science & Art of Herbalism Online and Home Study Course.THEY'RE CURRENTLY RUNNING A SALE FOR $75 OFF!
Nov 14 2018
Rank #18: 92 | The Complete Herbal First Aid Kit with Sam Coffman and Katja Swift
Today’s episode is with herbalists Sam Coffman and Katja Swift. They give us a ton of valuable info on how to create and use an herbal first aid kit. This audio is from a webinar that they hosted a few years ago. Enjoy!
Thanks for listening! HerbRally www.herbrally.com
Oct 21 2018
Rank #19: 84 | How To Not Be a Guru with Katja Swift and Ryn Midura
Loved the discourse in this episode! I particularly enjoyed the emphasis on community versus competition. There is tons of food for thought in this one. A huge thanks to Katja and Ryn for taking the time to record this. Let us know what you think!
One of their online offerings is a beginner’s bundle called Herbalism 101.
Herbalism 101 includes the complete "herbal toolkit" Materia Medica course, where you'll learn more than 85 individual herbs and how to work with them.
You’ll also have access to the step-by-step Medicine-Making course, which has descriptions of how to make each herbal preparation and when each one is applicable.
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!
Herbalism 101 also comes:
100% video instruction: if you can watch TV, you can learn herbalism!
- Lifetime access - your access never expires, so you can move at your own pace and review as many times as you want
- PDF materials - quick reference guides and worksheets as a companion to the video lessons
- MP3 audio 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 we're committed to personally answering your questions within 24 hours
- Weekly live Q&A sessions - call in live every week to get some face time and direct feedback from your teachers
I’d also recommend checking out their other courses, such as their FREE course titled 4 Keys to Holistic Herbalism.
Sep 06 2018
Rank #20: 127 | Plant Energetics with John Slattery
Today’s episode is with bio-regional herbalist, forager and author John Slattery.
This recording joins the 2016 Sonoran Herbalist Apprenticeship Program’s Plant Energetics module mid-session (amidst a tasting of Artemisia carruthii) where a discussion of liver energetics is happening just before transitioning into a brief discussion of Artemisia ludoviciana, estafiate.
Then plant energetics are discussed, in general, moving into John’s philosophy about how to relate to plant energetics through an experiential framework and the importance of the triumvirate: Person, Place, & Plant.
More from John:
Jul 07 2019