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Episode-2125- Getting Started with Herbalism

When I mentioned this show in passing a few weeks ago I figured it might have some interest, it turned out to have a LOT of interest so today we will take a dive into this subject.   Let’s start out with something that should be self evident.  Man has been using herbs safely for thousands of years, for as long as recorded history for that matter.

Now there have always been “doctors”, “shamans”, etc with specialized higher knowledge.  At times genuine and at times not so much.  The key is though while there have always been some with specialized knowledge relying on them was the exception rather than the rule.

Up until about 100 years ago every society from the early hunter gatherers up to the average American had knowledge of and used herbs in their daily life.

Why?  Simple really…

  • They work
  • They are generally safe
  • They are readily available
  • They cost little to nothing

And so it was until man created refined medications, shaped them into pills and capsules and put them in bottles on shelves in stores.  Don’t get me wrong there are a lot of medications I am grateful that we have access to, but that doesn’t mean herbs stopped working on humans.

My point is though that modern society has taught us to fear anything we do not fully understand and think only special people can be trusted with it.  Take teaching, do you really think it requires a 4 year university degree to teach first grade?  Of course you don’t.

Well guess what you don’t need to be a M.H. (master herbalist) to make up a salve for a scrape on your arm or a tea that helps you relax either.

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  • To start out, just what is herbalism anyway
  • Why should you develop knowledge in herbalism
  • Lets look at the culinary herb oregano and see what it can do
    • Anti Viral & Anti Fungal (carvacrol and thymol)
    • Eases Upset Stomach
    • Antiseptic
    • Antioxident
    • Reduces insect bite itch
    • More
  • So if oregano can do all of that why doesn’t anyone seem to know about it
  • My suggestions for becoming skilled and knowledgeable with herbs
    • Knowledge – 1 herb a week, 10 minutes a day 5 days a week, for one year
      • Day one what does it do
      • Day two in what forms should it be used
      • Day three where do you get it, how to grow it, etc
      • Day four and five – learn about two “unknowns”
    • Application – minimum two new applications a month, some to consider are
      • Start by adding fresh herbs to your cooking as often as possible
      • Make simple culinary herbal oils
      • Make an herbal salve (the oil has you half way there)
      • Use an essential oil diffuser
      • Use an essential oil with another oil
      • Make a tincture
      • Develop a tea or an “herbal water” (that’s an infusion btw)
      • Purchase an herbal product to complicated to make yourself
      • Make a decoction (its just a tea you boil for 10-15 minutes)
      • Find herbs that grow wild where you live
    • Why I really recommend The Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook
    • Why you should consider starting to teach others right away
    • Final thoughts

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Episode-2113- Cat Ellis on Self Reliance though Herbal Medicine

Cat Ellis of HerbalPrepper.com

Cat Ellis is an herbalist and preparedness author from Southeastern, MA.  Cat is the author of Prepper’s Natural Medicine and Prepping for a Pandemic, and teaches evidence-based herbal medicine courses for self-reliance.

Cat is also an urban homesteader, beekeeper, and midwifery student.  In addition to being a long-time fan of TSP, Cat Ellis hosts a weekly online radio show, Herbal Prepper Live, every Sunday evening on www.PrepperBroadcasting.com.

She joins us today to discuss why people need to become more self-reliant by learning herbal medicine.  Our medical system is just as vulnerable as any other of our systems.  The CDC estimates that 1 in every 2 adults in the US have a chronic illness.  A tremendous number of our medications are manufactured in China.

What would happen if shipping or shut down like the recent attack that disabled shipping giant Maersk, but for a longer period?  That’s a lot of sick people without medication.  Herbs, however, can be made into safe and effective medicine. But, the time to learn the skills to do so is now.

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Episode-1672- Plant Based Medicine with Tamara Wolfson

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Visit TamaraWolfson.com to Learn More About Tamara’s Work.

Tamara graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in research psychology and completed a second major in mental health psychology at Southern Connecticut State University. She attended Tristate Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine; a three-year Chinese medical institute in New York City and received her first diploma in acupuncture.

She obtained a second degree, an M.S. in Oriental Medicine after attending a four-year program at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco.

Her training continued with extensive experiences in community medicine in clinics such as the Sidney Hillman Healthcare Clinic in New York City, Fourteenth Street Methadone Clinic, Oakland and the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco.

She has trained extensively with Mark Seem, Kiiko Matsumoto, Bob Flaws, Honora Lee Wolfe, Ted Kaptchuk, Chip Chase, Jeffery Yuen, Arya Nielson, Jim McCormick, Peter Thompson, Eric Stevens and Donna Finnando.

Her osteopathic training has been an integration of two Japanese based neuromuscular reeducation systems, Sotai-ho and Anma, and the powerful Chinese system of Tui-na. These modalities are all focused on returning natural body alignment by working with the breath and moving toward comfort rather than adjusting toward pain while untwisting muscular holding patterns.

Tamara has been practicing natural medicine for over 20 years. Her clinic is located in Marin County, California. Her practice of osteo-acupuncture includes the utilization of counterstrain, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy (trigger point release), soft tissue manipulation and visceral manipulation.

She also uses lymphatic flow support, skeletal manipulation and the incorporation of apitherapy and Bee Venom Therapy (BVT).  Additionally she relies on extensive herbal medicines and nutritional support offers her clients a comprehensive natural medicine foundation for assisting in the healing processes of most conditions.

Tamara joins us today to discuss Physiotherapy, plant-based medicine is truly the people’s medicine and is both safe and an ecologically sustainable approach to health and healing. The show will introduce some of the most effective and useful plants for everyday conditions and how to use them.

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Herbal Actions Series

wonderfulBob Wells Plant of the WeekWonderful Pomegranate  This plant is adaptable from zone 7 to zone 10.

It has large, purple-red fruit with delicious, tangy flavor. It is the best variety for the south. It has a beautiful red –orange bloom.

It is very long lived, self-fruiting and does well in a variety of soils. This is a popular variety not only because of its great fruit, but for its attractive look as well.

Bob Wells Nursery specializes in edible landscape plants and trees including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Vine Fruit, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Trees. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com

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Episode-1456- Sam Coffman on Herbal Medicines

Sam Coffman of TheHumanPath.com

Today we are joined by former special forces solider and wilderness survival trainer Sam Coffman of TheHumanPath.com to discuss survival training, permaculture, rebuilding after collapse and more.

The Human Path is an ecology-based, wilderness-survival and wilderness-living school offering a huge variety of outdoor, bushcraft classes (outdoor fitness, wilderness and primitive living skills, wilderness medicine, herbology, self defense, teamwork and leadership, primitive engineering, permaculture certification, aquaponics, green building and much more) in both the San Antonio and Austin areas of Texas.

Sam joins us today to discuss the role of herbal medicine in disaster scenarios and in everyday life.  Including his favorite herbs to work with, what we can learn from eastern and Native American cultures and growing your own medicines.

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  • Why everyone should lean about herbal medicine
  • The role of herbal medicine in a disaster or collapse scenario
  • Why herbs should be used as direct pharmaceutical stand ins
  • Where growing your own medicine fits in with a prepper lifestyle
  • How you can learn about using herbs safely
  • The three top herbs you should learn about for disaster use
  • How herbs can make your life better on an everyday basis

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Episode-1371- All About Comfrey the Miracle Plant

Comfrey - A Proven Medicinal Herb, With a Undeserved Bad Reputation.

Comfrey – A Proven Medicinal Herb, With a Undeserved Bad Reputation.

Why do I call comfrey a miracle plant?  Well if I said their was one plant that could help heal broken bones, speed wound healing, heal skin ulcers that nothing else could close, provide fertilizer, provide mulch, feed livestock and be as easy to grow as breaking off a piece of a root and sticking it in the dirt, what would you call it?

Comfrey does all of these things and frankly more.  It also has a very undeserved bad reputation as being toxic if used internally.  In fact some over zealous nanny state types even caution against using it externally.  I am not really sure if the misinformation about comfrey is simply tea cup protectionism run a muck or an outright slander campaign.  And while I can’t advise you to use comfrey internally, because it is illegal for me to do so, what I will say is at times I do and I certainly am not dead or ill from doing so.

Even if you plan to never use comfrey internally it is still a plant every person should grow and be familiar with.  Its uses are too many to ignore and further it is so easy to grow and propagate there is no reason not to.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • What exactly is comfrey
  • Why are we told comfrey is toxic
  • What is wrong with the research done to say it is toxic
  • What are the main comfrey types and what does Bocking mean?
  • How do you propagate comfrey
    • From seed (“wild comfrey” only)
    • From root cuttings, crowns, etc.
    • From tiny cuttings (make a lot fast)
    • Growing out cuttings in containers to multiply results fast
    • How I would propagate lots of roots fast if I wanted to
  • Uses for Comfrey
    • As fodder for cows, chickens, pigs, geese, etc. what you need to know
    • As fertilizer
      • Awesome NPK Ratio 1.8-0.5-5.3
      • A Dynamic Accumulator of Si, N, Mg, Ca, K & Fe
      • Making Liquid Fertilizer
      • Mulching
      • Leaf Boosting
    • For Medicinal Use
      • On wounds and ulcers
      • On bites and stings
      • On broken bones and sprains
      • On bruises
      • Internally (this is illegal)
      • Making oils and salves
  • Rules for successful comfrey patches
    • Keep it “clean, cut and fed”
    • Grass can and will choke out comfrey
    • You can graze it, best to do when you would have cut it
    • I prefer a distributed model but might do a propagation patch
  • Sources of Comfrey

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Episode-1346- Demetria Clark on Herbs for Living and Healing

Demetria, Teacher, Author, Herbalist

Demetria Clark, Teacher, Author, Herbalist

Demetria Clark is a North American herbalist specializing in herbals for pregnancy, birth, postpartum, nursing and children.

Demetria is a traditional family herbalist, and aromatherapist. She has worked with families for over 20 years as an herbalist, aromatherapist, midwife, doula and traditional medicine maker. She works extensively in the US and Europe, blending the two traditions. Demetria lectures extensively on herbal care for sexuality, pregnancy and woman’s health.

Demetria believes in families having options to self empower and have health and wellness options.  In addition, she is the Founder and Director of Heart of Herbs Herbal school. www.heartofherbs.com and the doula training program, Birth Arts International. www.birtharts.com

Demetria is the Author of Herbal Healing for Children and 475 Herbal and Aromatherapy Recipes. Her next two books are slated for release late 2014, and 2015.

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Episode-1228 – Sam Coffman on Scenario Based Training

Sam Coffman of The Human Path

Sam Coffman of The Human Path

Sam Coffman is the founder and director at The Human Path – a survival school in the central Texas area that teaches a wide array of skills.  Such as urban and wilderness survival to wilderness first aid, tactics, tracking and naturalist studies, homesteading, intentional communities, tactics and self-defense, tracking, off-grid engineering, plant medicine and much more.

Sam is also co-founder of Herbal Medics – a non-profit organization with the goal of teaching and using plant medicine and self-sustainability concepts (off-grid engineering, in remote, post-disaster and inner-city areas. Sam’s medical background started as a U.S. Special Forces (a.k.a. “Green Beret”) medic in 1989, during which time he began learning and using plant medicine as a backup form of medicine in remote and field environments.

Since that time, aside from 1000’s of clinical hours in the field and emergency rooms as a Special Forces Medic, he has also worked as a clinical herbalist and teacher. He currently directs courses at his survival and herbology school as well as leading clinical trips with his non-profit Herbal Medics which include his own integrated herbal medic teams, local doctors and naturopaths, as well as US allopathic surgeons, doctors, nurses, and medical students.

Sam Coffman grew up exploring and learning about wilderness camping and woodcraft at a very early age, as his family spent summers in isolated self-supporting wilderness camps due to his father’s job as a field geologist.

Additionally, he had an avid interest in martial arts from the age of 13. He has taught wilderness survival, tactics, self-defense and field medicine for the military as well as federal and local law enforcement agencies. With over 10 years in the military, Sam worked as a linguist (German), an interrogator and a Special Forces Medic.

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Episode-1185- 15 Perennial Herbs with Medicinal Uses

Soapwort is a Highly Useful but Little Known Herb

Soapwort is a Highly Useful but Little Known Herb

Today I thought we would do a bit of a different type of show.  For those new to herbal healing my 4 shows on “herbal actions” might be helpful.  I will use many words today like alterative and styptic.  When I do I will explain the basics of what they mean but if you really know the 40 primary herbal actions the world of herbal healing become a fascinating science and one we may really depend on some day.

Additionally I have provided a link to seed sources for all of these seeds.  All links go to a company called Sand Mountain Herbs.  They have many things no one else seems to have.  If you order please note when you do you hear about them at TSP from Jack Spirko, I would very much like to establish a relationship with these guys.  I have ordered many times from them and gotten great service.

They are however currently out of stock with comfrey seeds and comfrey is best done with root cuttings.  So I have a link there to Coe’s Comfrey.  I ordered a lot of plants, they were very back ordered and took over a month to ship.  However the owner called, left me a wonderful voice message to apologize, sent me extra plants and some free DVDs to apologize.  Stellar service and product.  If you order there know they may get really back ordered after today and be patient and again let them know who you learned about them from.

Join Me Today as we Discuss these 15 Herbs

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Episode-986- Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy on the Role of a Survival Medic

Nurse Amy is a certified nurse midwife as well, and an expert on herbal remedies and essential oils. Her tilapia pond is teeming with activity and new babies. She has also written articles on survival gardening and natural remedies for Survivalist and Backwoods Home Magazine.

Dr. Bones is a contributor to Survivalist Magazine, Backwoods Home, and Self Reliance Illustrated, and has written a chapter on Basics of Medical Survival for Doctor Prepper’s latest edition of “Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook.”

Both Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy have written a book titled, “The Doom and Bloom™ Survival Medicine Handbook,” a guide to staying healthy is situations where help is NOT on the way.  It has occupied the #1 Amazon Bestseller spot numerous times in the Survival Skills and the Safety and First Aid categories since it was published.

The Doom and Bloom Hour is live every Saturday 9:00pm – 10:00pm Eastern Time on PRN, BlogTalkradio.com. www.doomandbloom.net

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Episode-879- Julie Behling on Essential Oils for Emergency and Everyday Care

Julie Behling of EssentialSurvival.org

Julie Behling of EssentialSurvival.org

Julie Behling founded Essential Survival in 2010 with the goal of helping as many people as possible be equipped to take care of their health in the event of a natural disaster or economic collapse where medicines are expected to be scarce, as well as on a daily basis.

Essential Survival combines the effectiveness and purity of essential oils from Young Living Essential Oils with Julie’s passion for and extensive knowledge on both natural healing and disaster preparedness. She joins us today to discuss medical preparedness, how to prepare medically for an economic collapse.

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  • What is projected to be the #1 cause of death in the event of a global economic collapse?
  • What other medical hazards would an economic collapse bring?
  • What exactly are essential oils?
  • How do you know quality oils from cheap imitations?
  • Why are essential oils ideal medicines for preparedness?
  • Examples of how you can use essential oils for first aid
  • How essential oils can help with heart disease, diabetes, and depression/anxiety

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