Episode-2125- Getting Started with Herbalism — 13 Comments

  1. Great show Jack.


    You’re right.  My kids semi embrace my herbal nerd-ery…  SSDD

    2 examples of how kids Love this stuff…

    I have talked to my daughters girl scout troop on trees.  Afterwards I heard from one mother who said her daughter was at a museum and was asked what tree is our state tree.  The 2nd grader remembered it is white pine and then went onto explain white pine tea and its high vitamin c content.

    Last summer our boy scouts went to Boundary Water’s for a week.  Skeeters were thick as thieves.  One boy fought his dad to wear bug dope until his legs were torn up.  Before they used triple antibiotic I pulled out a baby food jar of plantain salve I had packed.  Applied a few times and his legs were a lot better.  He and his mom asked for a jar when we got home…

    Anyway… Thanks for the show Jack.  I took you up on a statement from last week…  Its currently being built but will share once I get it presentable. It is in the theme of this show.

    John in Michigan


  2. I love the slow and steady approach to learning – not only herbs, but financial literacy, entrepreneurship, etc etc.  If we are playing the long game, obstacles quickly shrink.  I’m starting with rosemary.  Thanks Jack for the great show, you totally rock!

    • FWIW Rosemary is an amazing herb. Few things to start your journey. Grinding some into powder and including it on any rub for high temp grilled meats will reduce (not remove) some of the health concerns with grilling, specifically by reduction of HCAs and PCHs. Source is from a real study

      Its herbal actions include tonic, astringent, diaphoretic, stimulant. You get more actions with oil of rosemary, specifically acting as a carminative and is an excellent stomachic and nervine.

      Like I said it seems tragic that people don’t know this! 13 years they keep our children in minimum security prisons with work release (called schools) to “educate them” and they learn nothing of how food is and can be medicine? Instead we take 109 steps to solve a simple arithmetic problem in 2nd grade.

  3. Cool!  I will make some rosemary oil this weekend.

    I share your vitriol for the government education system.  It breaks my heart that we are more concerned with the brutal enforcement of relentless rules than compassion and love of learning.  Alas.  But it gives me all the more incentive to learn for myself and share with others.

  4. Jack,

    Great show and very good advice.  You mentioned a handbook in the show, but don’t see a link to it in the notes.  Did I miss it?


  5. Did I miss the link for the diffuser you said you’d put in the show notes? (If I did, forgive me, guys.  I did my best to navigate with my speech synth and didn’t hear any links that seemed to be diffusers.)

  6. Fyi do not put oregano oil in your ear to clear up an ear infection. It will work but it will feel like you lit a cigarette and stuffed it in your ear.

    • Oil of oregano is a “hot” oil (like peppermint).  It should never be used straight like that.  Lavender oil, on the other hand, is awesome for stuff like that.  I use it in ears all the time, and it can go directly onto open wounds without causing pain or irritation.

  7. I like this approach very much, but I did it somewhat backwards.  I started with “what are my symptoms” (migraine, abrasion, etc) and identified herbs that might help.
    From there I identified what else those herbs could do .
    I like your structure better. Thanks much!