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Kratom on Trial with Dr. Michael Tierra

Tue Dec 11 2018 (49:03)

Replay of Show 130 of Real Herbalism Radio

This is a reairing of a show that was until today was only available to Herbal Nerd Society Members.Plants may be the medicine of the people but not all plants are equal in the eyes of the law. Over the past few months, kratom has been targeted by the United States DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) and FDA (Food and Drug Administration) as a potentially dangerous plant and it's not the first.

Yaakov Levine, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Nutritional Health Coach explained on our last show how milk thistle works and what herbs you can combine it with to make it more effective. This week Sue and Candace explore more uses for milk thistle and creative ways to bring it into your life. Although it can be used as a single herb remedy, it works well with a host of other herbs too. There are so many reasons to love this herb!

Liver health often comes up as a hot topic among herbalists, nutritionists and natural health professionals for good reason. The modern diet and lifestyle so many of us practice create a lot of work for our livers. The bad news is that is leading to more health problems at younger ages. The good news is that we have many terrific herbs to help us detoxify and support out livers.

Herbalists can be a tough group to buy presents for. Patrick, Candace and Sue have saved up their favorite tools and books to fill out their gift guide for 2018. They have used the supplies themselves so they know form personal experience how helpful and durable they are. They have read the books (or at least most of them) so they know how informative and entertaining they are. They even added links to these products at the bottom of these show notes so can easily click on the link to order them ...

The winter holidays can bring in a flurry of the blues. Stress from seasonal change, shopping and changes in our schedule offer anxiety and depression to many of us. Fortunately, there are a bevy of herbs, exercises and supplements that bring relief. Patrick, Candace and Sue of the Real Herbalism Radio podcast team run through our list of natural health options to soothe your heart and bring a smile back to your lips. It's our holiday gift to our listeners.

Show 163: Herb Lab - Brewing Beer with Desert HerbsHerbal Beer Brewing is a hot topic. herbalistChristina Sanchez, founder of Every Leaf Speaks, brought us a new beer from Joshua Tree Brewing to sample. We let it season for 6 months to bring out the refined flavor. Now the cap is off the bottle and our glasses are clinking with anticipation. As tasty as these herbal delights are, beer brewing in delicate environments using scarce resources has a price. What are we as herbalists, brewers and cons ...

As herbalism hasAnyone who's been down to the pub lately can testify to the amazing renaissance of flavors now available on the beer brewing scene. We herbalists have been quite pleased to note the variety of bittering herbs and wonderful herbal flavors we are finding among home brews and micro brews.We particularly love how brewers are reaching into their local plant communities for inspiration. grown in popularity over the past couple of decades, we herbalists have seen an explosion in the num ...

After talking with Thomas Easley, Director of the Eclectic School Herbal Medicine and founder of Functional Herbalism, Sue and Candace evaluate how herbalism itself has changed over the last few years. Challenges to wildcrafting, cultural appropriation and lack of unity within the herbal community itself has stirred up a need for revisions in the herbalist way of life. Perhaps the time for evaluation is overdue.

Podcast Show 160: Thomas Easley - Functional HerbalismAs herbalism has grown in popularity over the past couple of decades, we herbalists have seen an explosion in the number of practicing herbailsts and quality of care they provide. In many ways, that's been a true gift to our field but it's come with some challenges too.Today, we're talking with Thomas Easley, Director of the Eclectic School Herbal Medicine and founder of Functional Herbalism about how herbalists are changing the world and our ...

Podcast Show 159:Herb Lab – Medicinal Mushroom Tincture MakingSue and Candace were inspired to make their own medicinal mushroom tinctures after their talk with Jeff Chilton, who is an author, founder of Nammex, and an expert in the medicinal mushroom industry for over 40 years. They also discuss fortifying herbs and ways of treating pain with liniments.

Some secrets are meant to be shared. Just like not all herbs are created equal; not all medicinal mushroom remedies are created with the same quality. This means that some medicines are more effective than others. Today, we're talking with Jeff Chilton, commercial mushroom grower, author, founder of Nammex, and expert in the medicinal mushroom industry for over 40 years, about the secrets the mushroom growing industry have kept under wraps. These will change the way you shop for medicinal mushro ...

Show 157: Herb Lab – Moodtopia Author Sara-Chana SilversteinSue and Candace were very motivated by their interview with Sara-Chana Silverstein, Master Herbalist, Classical Homeopath, mother of 7, Lactation Consultant and author ofMoodtopia. They share their own herbal and behavioral favorites for taking control of moods.Be sure to visit the Practical Herbalist website for recipes and further information on the herbs discussed in this podcast. Real Herbalism Radio podcast show notes always includ ...

Podcast Show 156: Interview with Moodtopia Author Sara-Chana SilversteinHow do you balance modern medicine with traditional and natural approaches to healing? The truth is … you CAN blend these paths into a healthy system all your own. Today, we’re talking with Sara-Chana Silverstein, Master Herbalist, Classical Homeopath, mother of 7, Lactation Consultant and author of Moodtopia about doing just that.

The work that we do in our community as herbalists often has surprising consequences. We meet new people, learn new skills and share new ideas. Last week, Sue and Candace interviewed Plaedo, co-founder of Eugene Avant Gardeners, poet, musician, activist, and peace officer for the Downtown You Initiative about crating community in the garden. His community contact has had wide reaching changes which inspired Sue and Candace to dig into other ripples from "stones cast into the stream".

Podcast Show 152: How Community Gardens Help People GrowAs herbalism is the medicine of the people, gardening is the medicine of the community. When we come together to nurture the plants, inevitably we find ourselves connecting more deeply.Today, we're talking to Plaedo, co-founder of Eugene Avant Gardeners, poet, musician, activist, and peace officer for the Downtown You Initiative about crating community in the garden and beyond.Be sure to visit the Practical Herbalist website for recipes and ...

Podcast Show 153: Herb Lab - Recovering from Trauma in our CommunityThere are many rumors circulating in the herbal community that speak of trauma. Whether you are directly involved with the issues or not, these stories which land so close to home, have a effect on us. Sue and Candace talk about some of these stores and try to apply the guidance provided by Amanda Dilday, author of Flowers for a Girl : Plant Medicine for Sexual Trauma.Amanda is also the founder and a teacher at the Alchemilla's ...

Trauma is a part of the human experience ... one we often struggle to recover from for decades. Mother Nature has always offered us medicine for healing through the plant people. Today, we're talking about healing from physical and sexual trauma with Amanda Dilday, author of Flowers for a Girl : Plant Medicine for Sexual Trauma. She is also the founder and a teacher at the Alchemilla's School of Embodied Herbalism in South Carolina.

After a conversation with Nick Polizzi, author of Sacred Science - An Ancient Healing Path for the Modern World, Sue and Candace discuss how our physical place changes our herbal options. For many herbalists, the term "Be Here Now" serves as a guidepost for the type of healing they offer. Human beings are just as changed byby the area they are transported to as plants are. Recognizing and adapting to the change makes a big difference for the healer and the patient. Today, we talk about these and ...

Nick Polizzi shares his lessons as he documented the healing journey described in Sacred Science - An Ancient Healing Path for the Modern World. When we awake to our true selves, or are ready tot do so, the plants will call loud and clear. If you ignore the call, they'll just call louder and louder until you have no choice but to listen. Today, we're talking with Nick Polizzi, Author of Sacred Science, documentary film maker and explorer of ancient medicine about following the call of the plant ...

Backyard chickens are taking over the world one yard at a time. How do you know if keeping chickens is right for you? What do urban chickens offer beyond eggs? When should you get started? Today, we'll be talking about getting started with your own little flock.

The Path into Herbalism can be a gentle one but often it begins with a dramatic initiation or a calling so intense, it cannot be ignored.Herbalists emerging from such a crucible carry with them a particularly magical way of combining herbs and healing.Today, we're talking with clinical herbalist and educator Rosalee de la Foret author of Alchemy of Herbs, about the transformative power of plants to heal on many levels.

Reair of a classic show

Clinical Anxiety Disorders affect over 40 million adult Americans while only a third of them receive treatment. Anxiety affects the rest of us in some form periodically throughout life. For Anxiety sufferers, the world of plant medicines can offer relief. Today, we'll talk about natural treatment options for anxiety.

Show 146: ReairHerbs of Iceland with Anna Rósa RóbertsdóttirAs herbalists, we often rely on a combination of current research and historical records to understand our medicinal plants. For the most part, we’ve been free to experiment and gain our own experiential knowledge, too. Iceland, among others, has passed a lot of legal restrictions limiting herbalist and those who use plants to care for themselves and their loved ones. Today, we’re talking with Ann Rósa Róbertsdóttir, author ofIcelandic ...

Show 145: Herb Lab - The Doctrine of Signatures, Allergies and Herbalist CareersAfter talking with spudgerasist and mycologist, Jason Scott, owner and operator of Feral Fungi and the curator of AlcheMycology about using the Doctrine of Signatures, Sue and Candace discuss its history and changes in the present. Mentioned by the Greek physicians Galen (129 AD – 216 AD) and Dioscorides (40 AD – 90 AD), this philosophy has evolved a lot over the centuries. Although many use the Doctrine of Signature ...

Show 144: Jason Scott and the Doctrine of SignaturesHerbalists have a thousand different ways to connect plants with the people who need them. Some are ultra modern, like biochemistry and the science of herbal medicine making and others are older yet just as powerful when you know how to use them. Today, we are talking with spudgerasist and mycologist, Jason Scott, owner and operator of Feral Fungi and the curator of AlcheMycology about using the Doctrine of Signatures to work with plants and mu ...

Desert herbs are potent medicine. Even though the environment is harsh with it's extremes in temperature and hidden water; these same attributes encourage the desert herbs to concentrate their constituents. Just a small amount of some herbs are more than enough. Sue and Candace work with the guidance that herbalist Christina Sanchez gave them in podcast show 142 to incorporate ethically harvested desert herbs into their lives.

Desert herbs have begun to call to more and more of us. These powerful plant allies, however, have been a well-kept secret of the Southwest...which makes them a challenge to try out. They beckon us to get out and wildcraft for the privilege of using of them. Today, we are talking with Christina Sanchez, cosmologist, desert wildcrafting expert, herbalist, and founder of Every Leaf Speaks about gathering and using desert herbs with the care and respect they deserve.

Podcast Show 141: Herb Lab – Plants for Healing GriefGrief is part of the human condition. The way that we handle grief can make a significant difference in later life. After last week’s conversation with Ashley Litecky-Ellenbas, registered herbalist, yoga teacher, and owner of Sky House Yoga about the natural approaches to grief, Sue and Candace share their own ideas. There are a bounty of herbs and supplements that can help us heal. Our hosts discuss their favorites.Be sure to visit the Practi ...

Podcast Show 140: Plants for Protection and Grief with Ashley Litecky-EllenbasGrief and Trauma are a natural and truly healthy part of the human experience but not when they get stuck in our lives or in our bodies. As herbalists, we are often called on to help the grieving process to move forward naturally to help heal body, mind and spirit. Today, we're talking withAshley Litecky-Ellenbas, registered herbalist, yoga teacher, and owner of Sky House Yoga about the natural approaches to grief and ...