In this episode I talk to Alice Bettany about Catnip (Nepeta cataria) a herb which is often associated with children as it is so gentle. But gentle doesn't mean it isn't effective! We're so used to hitting things with a sledge hammer now a days we've lost respect for the gentle things in life. We also talked about she sheds and the comfort of a big bosom.. as you do.
In this episode we talk about a lesser well-know herb, Sweet Violet, with Kate Scott. Kate has a rich history of female herbalists in her family dating as far back as the 16th century. It was especially nice to speak about herbs which grow readily in the UK but have become forgotten, native adaptogens and more.
Deanne Greenwood is a herbalist from Cornwall with a colourful background. She talks to us about reviving Rosemary in this episode. Rosemary is known by everyone because it is so commonly used for cooking. But did you know it's also anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and energising?
Burdock is common around Europe and all the way into Asia. It's a bitter plant that is famous for its use as a detoxing herb because it helps the liver. However, there are many parts of the plant which have been nearly forgotten such as the seeds.
I've known Marcos Patchett for a long time. I knew him before I was even a herbalist. He has always inspired me with his blend of science and astrology in equal measure. There has recently been a voluntary ban taken by some, but not all, professional associations in the UK affecting a long list of herbs. Some of the herbs which many herbalists have chosen to stop using include Borage and Comfrey.
I was lucky enough to visit Cristina Cromer in person to record this episode and we had great fun enjoying a cup of Passion flower tea while we chatted. Passion flower is most commonly used to help with sleep and you'll find it in a lot of over the counter sleep mixes.
In this episode I talk to Nathaniel Hughes about Mugwort. This wonderful herb is associated with magic and witchcraft. Nathan explains to us why that is as we delve into the world of Mugwort.
In this episode we talk about Yarrow with Kathie Bishop. Kathie is a friend of mine who just happened to have written her dissertation on Yarrow! A happy discovery on my part. She taught me about some interesting folklore I didn't know about and we ended up talking a lot about vaginal steaming as Yarrow is so good for some women's health problems. She specialises in the subject of thrush and I really enjoyed talking to her. Hope you enjoy it too.
In this episode we're talking about Lady's Mantle with Marie Reilly. A fantastic herbalist who knows SO much when it comes to women's health. We talk about her training in western herbal medicine, endobiogenics and Ayurvedic medicine. Marie explains why Vitex agnus castus isn't always the answer to infertility problems or other hormonal imbalances and what herbs might be better. She helps me understand the causes of PMS as well as other problems like; thrush, fertility, leucorrhea, and cervical dysplasia. Tune in guys, this is a fact-packed episode on my favourite subject; women's health.
In Episode 11 we talk about Cleavers with Katherine Bellchambers. She talks about how to store the fresh juice as ice cubes, save someone from anaphylactic shock and what it takes to make a wise herbalist. I also tell you about how I recovered from short-term adrenal fatigue in the last few weeks and all the amazing upcoming workshops I've got planned.
In this episode we talk about friendly Chamomile. We're all familiar with this herb but Lucy talks about the wonderful medicinal properties it has especially when it's made into a deep infusion. We talk about all sorts in this episode. I know Lucy well so we indulged quite a few tangents such as the politics of herbal medicine.
This months episode is about the humble but handsome Nettle with Amy Dadachanji. After some technical issue we got really going and thoroughly enjoyed yabbering on about the alchemy of joining herbalist and medicine. Along with the magic of not getting stung by the Nettle. Amy had some great insights on recipes too.
This months podcast is with Samantha Entwisle. It came as a surprise to me to find out how similar our start in our Herbal-life was. When I came to Samantha to talk about Rosehip I thought we'd spend most of the time talking about the berry and it's fantastic Vitamin C content and immune strengthening ability.
This month we look at Elderberry with Karen Lawton from Sensory Solutions. Elderberry is an amazing anti-viral herb used to battle colds and flus. We discuss the best syrup recipes, what the Elder would be like if it were human and more.
This month we're looking at Hawthorn with Alexis Cunningfolk. I followed Alexis for months over instagram before meeting her in person. I visit LA to see family frequently and we got on like a house on fire. It was a real pleasure to record this episode, and hard to keep it any shorter than an hour!
In this episode we look at the medicinal value of Dandelion with Fiona Morris. Dandelion is the most disliked weed as it's so hard to get rid of. But it's one of the most diverse and useful medicine herbs in a herbalists dispensary.
In this episode we talk about the medicinal value and qualities of Lime Blossom (Tilia cordata) with Lucinda Warner. Lime blossom is well known as a relaxant in times of stress but we talk about some lesser known uses including how it can be used for rosacea.
In this episode we'll be looking at the medicinal value and qualities of Sage, Salvia officinalis. We all know Sage well from cooking with it but less of us know how to use it in medicine.
The second episode of Listen looks at the medicinal properties of Marigold (otherwise known as Calendula). This herb is famously used on the skin but it's also great medicine for internal problems such as healing the gut.
In the first episode of Listen we'll be looking at Chickweed (Stellaria media). A great herb for itchy inflamed problems like eczema and much much more.