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The Holistic Herbalism Podcast

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Practical herbalism from practicing herbalists. Conversations, botanical deep-dives, Q&A with clinical herbalists Katja Swift & Ryn Midura of the CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism.

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Practical herbalism from practicing herbalists. Conversations, botanical deep-dives, Q&A with clinical herbalists Katja Swift & Ryn Midura of the CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism.

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Lots of love to Katja & Ryn!!

By Lexycard - Aug 22 2019
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Out of all the Herbalism Podcasts out there this one is my favorite!!

Plant wisdom

By broccoli lover - Aug 19 2019
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Just a little podcast about how plants can help save us.

iTunes Ratings

128 Ratings
Average Ratings
117
5
2
1
3

Lots of love to Katja & Ryn!!

By Lexycard - Aug 22 2019
Read more
Out of all the Herbalism Podcasts out there this one is my favorite!!

Plant wisdom

By broccoli lover - Aug 19 2019
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Just a little podcast about how plants can help save us.

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Practical herbalism from practicing herbalists. Conversations, botanical deep-dives, Q&A with clinical herbalists Katja Swift & Ryn Midura of the CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism.

Rank #1: Anti-Inflammatory Herbs Beyond Turmeric & Dreaming With Mugwort

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Turmeric is a great herb and an effective anti-inflammatory, but it's not the be-all end-all it's sometimes made out to be, usually by folks who want to sell it to you! This week Katja shares some other anti-inflammatory herbs you may not have considered. Meanwhile, Ryn's been thinking about dreaming - or dreaming about thinking? - with the help of mugwort, a city-dwelling weedy friend who is very talented when it comes to deepening the dream experience.

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ginger, rosemary, ginkgo, peppermint, tulsi, ashwagandha, rose hips, hibiscus, elder, calendula, self-heal, red clover, and mugwort.

   Don't forget!
Herbal Medicine for Beginners, our first book, is available for pre-order now on Amazon!


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Apr 27 2018

51mins

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Rank #2: Simple Herbs for Digestive Health

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This week we’re sharing a class Katja delivered recently about basic applications of herbal remedies to improve digestion and relive digestive discomforts. Enjoy! We’ll be off next week as we are moving from one apartment to another. We’ll return the following Friday, don’t worry!

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Jan 19 2018

1hr 35mins

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Rank #3: Our Top Ten Tinctures

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A listener asked us what would be our five favorite tinctures to have on hand, so this week we're each going to share with you a list of herbs we just can't live without! We talk a bit about each one's virtues and the way we ourselves work with these herbs.

 Katja's list: ghost pipe, tulsi, calamus, ginger-chamomile, lobelia.
 Ryn's list: solomon's seal, catnip, yarrow-sage, kava, cayenne.

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 If you like our podcast, you might like learning from us in a more intentional way - like with our Herbalism 101 program! It's a great way to start incorporating herbs into your daily life, to keep you and your loved ones healthy and resilient all year round!
Our theme music is "Wings" by Nicolai Heidlas.

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Jul 27 2018

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Rank #4: Herbs for Healthy Skin Care

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Your skin is your largest organ, and it’s your presentation to the world – so it’s important to take care of it! It’s not just vanity. For most purposes, a simple daily routine will do the job. In this episode Katja shares her own personal daily routine, and then we discuss how to work with herbs for healthy skin care in a variety of situations. Simple kitchen ingredients and inexpensive herbs are the focus, as always!

The best herbs for healthy skin are the ones that match your own constitution and your current state, so we offer insights into how you can choose the right herbs for your skin type. We’ve got tips for working with herbs to reduce acne, and herbal strategies for resolving eczema. And because we always keep things holistic, we share considerations around movement, stress, food, & sleep and how they can affect the skin. Lots of factors affect skin health, which is a good thing – it means you have lots of options for how to get started! Listen in to hear the choices and make your first steps.

Herbs discussed include yarrow, chamomile, thyme & oregano & monarda, rose, witch hazel, licorice, turmeric, marshmallow, linden, & the seaweeds.

Our We’re All In This Together sale end on July 31st – there are only a few days left! Don’t miss out – use the code TOGETHER to get 15% off any of our courses or programs today!

As always, please subscribe & review our podcast wherever you listen, so others can find it more easily. Thank you!!

Our theme music is “Wings” by Nicolai Heidlas.

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Jul 27 2019

55mins

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Rank #5: Some Favorite Herbal Books

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We love books! In this podcast we discuss a few of our absolute favorite herbal books for everyone from beginners to experienced practitioners. Here are the books we mentioned: 

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Nov 23 2017

52mins

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Rank #6: Herbs for Introverts & Extraverts

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Introverts & extraverts, as patterns of personality, each have their strengths and weaknesses. In this episode we'll discuss herbal allies to accommodate common discomforts experienced by those who identify with one or another pole of this spectrum. Introversion & extraversion don't need to be "fixed", but their extremes can be balanced and their weak points strengthened through the work of herbal medicines. Listen & learn how!

 Herbs discussed include cayenne, tulsi, mate, yarrow, motherwort, rose, sycamore, calamus, kava, green tea, betony, pedicularis, jiaogulan, schisandra, nori, ginger-chamomile, hawthorn, and linden. (Yeah, it was kind of a lot this week.)

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 If you like our podcast, you might like learning from us in a more intentional way - like with our Herbalism 101 program! It's a great way to start incorporating herbs into your daily life, to keep you and your loved ones healthy and resilient all year round!
Our theme music is "Wings" by Nicolai Heidlas.

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Aug 04 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #7: Small But Mighty + Unconditionals

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Katja stands up to proclaim the strength and potency of the “pretty little flowers” chamomile and self-heal, and reminds us that gentle doesn’t mean weak. Ryn muses on the many applications for herbs that have little or nothing to do with “treating” a “condition”, and some of the ways this ties in to our evolutionary history of exposure to lots of plants in lots of ways.

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Nov 17 2017

31mins

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Rank #8: Top 7 Herbs for Nutritionists and Dietitians

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If you’re a practitioner of food-as-medicine and are interested in integrating herbs into your work – or just a health-seeker wondering if herbs can support dietary interventions – this is the episode for you! We present what we think are the seven best herbs for dietitians and nutritionists to learn about and to integrate into their practice.

These are plants that either provide direct nutrient content themselves, improve the ability to digest and absorb nutrients from the food you eat, or help shift mental and emotional patterns of relationship to food – each is equally important when it comes to improving one’s diet!

Our listener question this week: Why would you advise against working with meadowsweet for the pain of stomach cramps – isn’t it a “painkilling herb”? (Listen in for the answer!)

Herbs discussed include meadowsweet, tulsi, schisandra, chamomile, Irish moss, shiitake & maitake, nettle, rose, & calamus.

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Herbalism 101: Learn Your Herbs & Make Your Medicines – if you’re not sure where to start in learning herbalism, look no further! Get familiar with more than 85 herbs and learn how to make them into simple – but powerful – home remedies. Start today and take advantage of our 14-day, no-questions-asked, zero-risk return policy!

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Jan 18 2019

1hr 38mins

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Rank #9: Lymphatic Herbs

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The lymphatic system is criminally underestimated! It’s intimately tied to the function of your circulatory system, your digestive function, your immune responsiveness – pretty much everything. Conventional medicine doesn’t have much to offer in the way of pharmaceuticals to alter lymphatic activity, but fortunately there are a number of excellent lymphatic herbs that can do the trick.

In this episode we’ll lay out some of the many reasons why lymph is so important, how to support lymph circulation & combat lymphatic stagnation. We highlight seven of our favorite lymphatic herbs and give you the rundown on their specific talents regarding lymph movement and disorders of the lymphatic system.

Herbs discussed include: calendula, self-heal, ground ivy, red clover, violet, chickweed, cleavers.

We’re All In This Together Sale!
Listen to the end for a discount code that will get you 15% off any of our courses or programs! This offer is good for the month of July 2019, so don’t delay – get your herb on today!

As always, please subscribe & review our podcast so others can find it more easily. Thank you!!

Our theme music is “Wings” by Nicolai Heidlas.

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Jul 01 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #10: Herbal Energetics: Tissue States

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When choosing herbs for a health issue, herbalists like us use a system of organization called energetics. In this week’s podcast, we have an excerpt from our Energetics & Holistic Practice course about a key component of herbal energetics: tissue states. This term refers to the quality and activity present in a given organ or tissue of the body, and is based on three pairs of opposites: hot & cold, damp & dry, tense & lax.

When we have an injury or dysfunction somewhere in the body, herbalists ask: How much heat (or metabolic activity) is present in the area? How much moisture is flowing through (or stuck within) the tissue? How tight or loose is the organ, or muscle? These fundamental qualities are what help us match herbs to health problems more precisely – hot states call for cooling herbs, tense states need relaxing herbs, and so on. Learning to identify these states, and learning which herbs counterbalance which states, is an important part of your herbal education.

In these excerpts, we discuss each of the six primary tissue states, teaching you how to recognize them and how to understand what those observations mean. We also talk about the way these states can change from one into another, because in real life they’re moving targets – they change and shift as time passes. Knowing a bit about how one state is most likely to evolve into another makes you even better able to help with the right remedy at the right time.

If you’d like to get deeper into herbal energetics – going into details like individual constitutional types and herbal actions – then you should consider the complete course: Energetics & Holistic Practice

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Apr 08 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #11: Schisandra & Peppermint

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No, that's not an herbal tea pairing suggestion! This week, Katja sets off on a 100-day experiment with schisandra berries, and Ryn discusses the nuances of peppermint's energetics - is it warming or cooling? Listen in and find out what we think!

 Don't forget!
Herbal Medicine for Beginners, our first book, is available for pre-order now on Amazon!


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Apr 13 2018

33mins

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Rank #12: Holistic Herbalism for Chronic Headaches & Migraines

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This week Ryn & Katja share some thoughts on how to address chronic headaches – not just “getting rid of it” in the acute moment, but reducing the frequency & severity of your headaches across the board. This will require some changes to your habits around food, sleep, movement, and stress – but herbs are there to help you every step of the way. Listen in to learn more!

Our weekly listener question this time is about blood-thinning herbs: how much is too much?

Herbs discussed include willow, meadowsweet, Jamaican dogwood, feverfew, ginger, chamomile, wild lettuce, ashwagandha, ground ivy, ghost pipe, betony, black cohosh, calamus, linden.

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Looking to learn herbalism in the new year? Herbalism 101 is our beginners’ program in practical herbalism: detailed profiles of 87+ medicinal plants, along with up-close instructions for making your own herbal remedies. Try it for 14 days with our zero-risk return policy! Learn your herbs & make your medicines with this in-depth set of herb profiles & medicine-making instructions.



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Jan 05 2019

1hr 31mins

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Rank #13: Ryn Gets Sick + Katja’s Herbal Introspection

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In this episode, Ryn tells you about the herbal strategies he's been using to cope with a respiratory infection for the last few days. Katja shares some thoughts spurred on by the creation of her Herbal Oracle and Study Cards, about the parallels we find between physiological and psychological effects of herbal remedies. (Katja wanted to call this episode "No Goldenseal Was Harmed In The Making Of This Podcast + Things You Can't See With A Microscope", but that was too long.)

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Dec 01 2017

34mins

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Rank #14: Cinnamon, Vanilla, & Cacao

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Katja & Ryn discuss how these "exotic spices" came to be ubiquitous among Americans, and how we can learn from the history of plant trade, cultivation - including some bitter history and present affairs of colonization and slavery. We try to recognize and explore the chain of relationships between the farmers and ourselves, and give thanks and respect to the hands that touch these precious herbs.

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 If you like our podcast, you might like learning from us in a more intentional way - like with our Herbalism 101 program! It's a great way to start incorporating herbs into your daily life, to keep you and your loved ones healthy and resilient all year round!

Use the code resilience between now and July 14th to get $50 off!
Our theme music is "Wings" by Nicolai Heidlas.

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Jul 07 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #15: Herbal Allies for Eating Disorders & Herbal Muscle Rub

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Katja shares her thoughts on herbal supports for those who are coping with eating disorders. Herbs can help reduce anxiety, center us in the body, stimulate appetite, and make it easier to manage cravings.

 Ryn gives you some guidelines for building a warming, relaxing herbal muscle rub. This will help speed recovery after an intense workout and reduce discomfort from delayed-onset muscle soreness. (Here's the basic ingredients list: 2 oz ginger-infused oil, 2 oz goldenrod-infused oil, 2 oz ginger tincture, 2 oz meadowsweet tincture, 80 drops each peppermint & cinnamon essential oil.)

 Herbs discussed include ashwagandha, calamus, betony, catnip, chamomile, pothos, ginger, goldenrod, meadowsweet, cinnamon, peppermint.

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 Don't forget!
Herbal Medicine for Beginners, our first book, is available now on Amazon!
Our theme music is "Wings" by Nicolai Heidlas.

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May 18 2018

46mins

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Rank #16: Two Herbalists Get The Flu

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Yes, it's true: even herbalists get the flu. Two in one house sometimes, even! Each of us gets it a little bit differently, as our constitutions are balanced differently. But at least we can take care of each other.

Listen in and learn all our tricks for getting through Actual Flu with a little more ease and comfort, the surprising role of marshmallow, and why a bath might be the most important thing you do all week!

Herbs discussed include ginger, calendula, self-heal, heather, elderberry, purple loosestrife, goldenrod, sumac, ground ivy, mullein, catnip, nettle, blue vervain, thyme, garlic, elecampane, angelica, osha, codonopsis, pleurisy root, marshmallow, Irish moss, monarda, tulsi, rose, & orange.

How many of those herbs are you familiar with? Well, almost every one has a detailed profile in our Holistic Herbalism Materia Medica course. Get to know the herbs on their own terms, as complex and unique as they are: what their qualities and actions are, how to make them into effective remedies, everything you need to know to work with them safely and effectively. This course has 89 herbs so far, and when you buy it, you get lifetime access. When we add more herbal content in the future, it's automatically added to your course, forever. You can try it out for 14 days, with our zero-risk return policy! 

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Feb 18 2019

55mins

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Rank #17: Simple Herbal Self-Care Tips + A Joint Support Decoction

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Katja shares three simple ideas for integrating some herbal self-care into your life, especially during the work day, which have helped us a lot during the writing of our forthcoming book. Ryn's taking a MovNat certification course this weekend, so he offers a formula for supporting joint health.

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Jan 05 2018

35mins

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Rank #18: Herbs & the Holidays: Herbal Gift Ideas

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Handmade herbal remedies and self-care items are a great solution to the conundrum of gift-giving. In this episode we’ll share three DIY herbal gift ideas that you can make at home and share with all your loved ones: herb-infused wines, coffee-pecan cocktail bitters, and an evergreen-scented sugar scrub. The gift of herbs shows you care – give something unique this year!

PLUS: Listen in to get a coupon code for 25% off ANY of our online courses, good from now until December 21st

Herbs discussed include cacao, cayenne, ginger, cinnamon, angelica, calamus, hawthorn berries, goji berries, rose hips, hibiscus, elderberry, lemon balm, coffee, pecan, wild cherry, orange, black pepper, maple, pine, spruce, & fir. (Whew!)

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Herbalism 101 is our entry-level program in practical herbalism: detailed profiles of 87+ medicinal plants, along with up-close instructions for making your own herbal remedies. Try it for 14 days with our zero-risk return policy! Learn your herbs & make your medicines with this in-depth set of herb profiles & medicine-making instructions.

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Dec 08 2018

41mins

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Rank #19: Alternatives to Adaptogens for Burnout

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Adaptogens are marketed as a solution to stress, burnout, hormonal imbalances, and a lot more. They can help a lot! But they’re not always appropriate. Today we discuss a few cases in which adaptogens might not be the best solution for feelings of burnout and exhaustion, and offer some alternative herbs you might consider instead.

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Feb 09 2018

37mins

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Rank #20: Harm Reduction Herbalism + African Ashwagandha

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This week, Katja describes a way of working with herbs to reduce the harm done when lifestyle factors like diet, sleep, and movement are less-than-ideal. (Because really, how often is everything in your life perfectly "right"?) Ryn identifies a mental blind spot in the course of "discovering" that aswhagandha is in fact native or naturalized in large parts of Africa and has a long history of use there. (Did you, too, think of it only as an Indian/Ayurvedic herb?) Mentioned in this podcast: 

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Feb 16 2018

33mins

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