Curious about the healing nature of plants? You're in the right place. I’m Rosalee de la Forêt and I'm passionate about helping people discover the world of herbalism and natural health.
On this podcast, we explore the many ways plants heal, as food, as medicine, and through nature connection. Each week, I focus on a single seasonal plant and share trusted herbal knowledge so that you can get the best results when using herbs for your health.
My goal is that you’ll walk away from each episode feeling empowered, knowledgeable, and inspired to start working with herbs in your everyday life.
Sometimes you’ll sit down with just me and other times I may have special guests join the conversation. We’ll hear what their favorite herb and recipe is for the season.
All you have to do right now is make sure you’re subscribed to this podcast in your favorite podcast player so you don’t miss a thing.
Lavender with Kami McBride
I'm delighted to have my good friend and fellow herbalist Kami McBride on the podcast today. Kami is the author of "Herbal Kitchen" and teaches online courses on how to grow your confidence and skills using herbs in your daily life for prevention and herbal self-care.
Kami has over thirty years of experience teaching herbal medicine. Her teaching is steeped in her calling to inspire a culture that embraces caring for our bodies with healing herbs, a deep connection with the earth, and a lifestyle that passes this knowledge to our children. She has taught herbal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing, and the Integral Health Master's program at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Kami has helped thousands of families learn how to use herbs for prevention and self-care, and I'm thrilled to share our conversation with you in today's episode.
Chamomile with Ann Armbrecht
Today's guest is Ann Armbrecht. Ann is the director of the Sustainable Herbs Program under the auspices of the American Botanical Council. She is also a writer and anthropologist whose work explores the relationship between humans and the earth through her work with plants and plant medicine. Ann is the co-producer of the video documentary Numen: The Nature of Plants, and the author of the award-winning ethnographic book memoir, Thin Places: A Pilgrimage Home, based on her research in Nepal. In addition, she was a 2017 Fulbright-Nehru Scholar documenting the supply chain of medicinal plants in India. Ann's most recent book, The Business of Botanicals, explores the complexities and stories of the global herbal supply chain.
I've been a huge fan of Ann's herbal contribution over the years, especially regarding her research and travels to investigate what it means to source herbs sustainably. I'm delighted to share our conversation with you in today's episode.
Roses with Damiana Calvario
I'm thrilled to be joined today by Damiana Calvario. I've known Damiana for a couple of years now, and we've had the opportunity to share and support each other's work in a variety of ways.
Damiana is a mixed woman of color, daughter, sister, caregiver, community member, 1st generation immigrant. Born and raised in so-called Mexico City to a large family, she inherited both her mother's and father's lineages. Currently living as a guest in Chumash land, Damiana's practice blends together her Mexican roots, family's kitchen remedies, Curanderismo studies, and western herbal training.
Damiana's heart-centered offerings have always impressed me, and I'm so grateful that she's here on the podcast.
Lemon Balm Benefits and Side Effects
Calming and delicious while also being powerfully medicinal, there are so many lemon balm benefits. In this episode, I discuss the many reasons you would want to welcome lemon balm into your life. I also discuss some very misunderstood side effects of lemon balm. Listen as I share my favorite lemon balm tea recipes, which show you how to get the most relaxing lemon balm tea benefits.
Stinging Nettle with Rosemary Gladstar
Nettle brings a sensation that no other herb brings, creating an unforgettable experience for any herbalist.
In this episode, I sit down with Rosemary Gladstar, author of 12 books, including Medicinal Herbs, A Beginners Guide. She is also the author and director of the popular home study course, The Science and Art of Herbalism, and the co-founder of the International Herbs Symposium. We discussed her journey to becoming an herbalist and how she has helped countless others start using medicinal herbs in their everyday lives. It was an absolute pleasure and honor to have Rosemary as my first guest on the podcast.
One of Rosemary's favorite herbs is stinging nettle. We explore the many nourishing benefits of nettle and its valuable healing properties. The more I know about her, and every time I hear her teach, I learn something new. Our conversation brought me immense joy, and I'm excited to share it with you.
Rosemary has generously offered listeners a $75 discount to her home study course, The Science and Art of Herbalism. To sign up visit her website and use “nesto” as the coupon code. This offer is available until June 30th.
Benefits of Stinging Nettle Tea for Allergies
Stinging nettle is a powerful healing herb, and stinging nettle tea has many benefits.
Nettles grow in damp, nutrient-rich soils in temperate climates. Most species are perennial, and they often grow in patches or clumps. True to their name, they sting. If you casually brush against the leaves or stems, their hollow needle-like projections inject a slightly irritating substance into your skin. "The sting" is usually a minor irritation and can be therapeutic. Some people with arthritis find that they experience less pain and inflammation in that area after that initial sting.
In this episode, I share how you can work with stinging nettle, specifically for allergies. But nettle has many gifts, from healing food to powerful herbal medicine that goes beyond allergies.
Rosalee presents the information in an easy to listen to way. You end up almost disappointed that the show is done and anxious to hear more.
I love the way Rosalee teaches and explains things. She tells you exactly what you will get. No fluff!
Informative and practical way to enjoy herbs
I found the citations of current research studies fascinating and the recipes very useful! Thank you!