Natasha Richardson is a Herbalist, in this podcast she interviews a different herbalist about a specific medicinal plant. Each month she concentrates on a single herb and looks at it in-depth. This podcast accompanies her home-study course also called Listen.
E27 How to become a herbalist
I'm happy to say the most frequent question I get off the back of my podcast is how do I study as a herbalist? This podcast, and final episode, aims to answer that question for anyone in the UK and gives some online options too.
The information in this podcast was true in 2018. Please check the course websites below to ensure nothing has changed since then. You’ll see from the list I’ve placed below how incredibly varied the courses are now but generally last 3 years. Although this is aimed at people wanting to practice as a herbalist you’ll find that almost every institution offers courses which suit those of you with a casual interest in herbal medicine for home use too.
Visit our website for the full list of courses.
Belle Benfield shares with us her deep rooted connection with Elecampane. She became a herbalist after years of studying on an apprenticeship with Karen and Fi from Sensory Solutions and now works side by side with them.
Elecampane is a root which is harvested in Autumn. I have grown this herb and candied it in the past for coughs but Belle raised other uses with me. Such as, it's amazing ability to kill MRSA! She also spoke about its associations with Helen of Troy and...
Amparo's website: www.bellebenfield.com Sensory Solutions' website: www.sensorysolutions.co.uk Belle's seed pilgrimmage: https://seedpilgrimage.wordpress.com/
Amparo is a Spanish born Scotland based herbalist. She learnt Herbal Medicine in the UK and is currently training to become a doctor. She brings a fresh look at Marshmallow using her wonderfully in-depth and colourful knowledge of phytochemistry.
Marshmallow gave it's name to the sweet. It's wonderfully softening and soothing properties most commonly used for digestion. Amaro explains how she likes to prepare and use it. It's a herb I have a lot of but don't use much.
I'd like to apologise for the late publishing of this podcast. I had to take my sweet time on the sound levels in post-production and well, it was a right FAFF!
Amparo's website: https://mediciplant.com
E24 Shepherd's purse
Sarah Smith is an old friend of mine. She qualified from Lincoln University just a couple years after me. Since then she's gone on to qualify in massage, and as a doula. I have to say, Sarah gives the best deep tissue massage I've ever had!
She loves women's health as much as me and we talked about Shepherd's purse as it is a traditional herb to stop excessive menstruation. But from there we go down all kinds of conversational rabbit holes involving clinical trials and ending with pornography. Tune in to hear the madness!
Sarah's website: https://redearthholistictherapies.com/about/
Vivienne Campbell is an herbalist based in Ireland. She is passionate about Rose. I'm sure drinking rose tincture whilst recording helped a little with that too. She uses roses as a wild food, natural cosmetic and in her herbal medicine clinic. She's created an amazing online course in which she teaches how to use local plants as herbal medicines and nutritious wild foods. In this episode we talk about the medicinal value of Roses which she says she couldn’t do without in her clinic. We talk mostly about the wonderful uplifting properties it has for emotions. It's famous for its association with love but that's often seen as a romantic thing when in fact there is a lot of depth to the healing properties of the love.
Vivienne's website: https://theherbalhub.com Vivienne's courses: https://theherbalhub.com/online-courses/bargin-bundle/
In this episode I talk about the common Peppermint with Erika Galentin. We discuss how Peppermint is not just cooling but also potentially irritating and heating to the body. How information about herbal medicine can be pretty unreliable online. Why it's important to use essential oils safely and how different herbalism is in the UK vs. the USA where she's based. Erika is a wonderfully inspiring herbalist who has successfully transitioned from one form of herbal medicine to another. She is the course development director for the wonderful Herbal Academy.
Good podcast but enough already with that song
I love this podcast. Its is great to listen to Natasha's conversations with other herbalists BUT please girlfriend enough with the music. A little music is fine it shows us your taste BUT the extended music selection is TOO much. Please stop!! You have taught me a lot but enough already with the same song.
kindness in a cup
So excited to find this gem. Definitely been binge listening and cannot get enough. Love the information and delivery. Thank you so much for creating this!