41 episodes

The Herbalist’s Path is a podcast on a Mission to Inspire a Movement where there’s a Herbalist in every home, again! Run by your Host Mountain Mel, you’ll hear interviews with fellow herbalists who will talk about their path to herbalism, and give you tips and tricks to take along with you on your herbalist path. Along with the interviews, Mountain Mel will teach short lessons on how you can start taking charge of your health and your family’s health by using plants as medicine in your own home. This podcast is on a mission to inspire you to take better care of our planet, through taking better care of yourself, naturally!

The Herbalist's Path Mountain Mel Mutterspaugh

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    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

The Herbalist’s Path is a podcast on a Mission to Inspire a Movement where there’s a Herbalist in every home, again! Run by your Host Mountain Mel, you’ll hear interviews with fellow herbalists who will talk about their path to herbalism, and give you tips and tricks to take along with you on your herbalist path. Along with the interviews, Mountain Mel will teach short lessons on how you can start taking charge of your health and your family’s health by using plants as medicine in your own home. This podcast is on a mission to inspire you to take better care of our planet, through taking better care of yourself, naturally!

    Lemon Balm is for Kids! (But Not Just for Kids)

    Lemon Balm is for Kids! (But Not Just for Kids)

    Silly parents, Lemon Balm is for kids!....Well, it’s for you grown-ups out there too. Lemon Balm is on my list of favorite plant friends not just because we share a name (Melissa officinalis is her given name), but also because it’s the perfect herb for this time of year. It’s a powerful ally against both those back-to-school germs and those back-to-school nerves. She is calming and soothing to both body and mind. 
    Lemon Balm is a perennial herbaceous plant in the mint family and is now naturalized just about everywhere. The leaves have a mild lemon scent. During summer, small white flowers full of nectar appear. Being a relative of mint she is relatively easy to grow (but can be hard to contain). There’s lots of fun ways to use her as medicine. Keep your ears open for my Strawberry Lemon Balm Popsicle recipe; with those you won’t be able to keep this plant medicine out of your children’s tummy.
    I hope you enjoy this small, but mighty episode.
    Make sure you're nourishing your body and you're taking care of you from the inside out. Remember, different bodies react to herbs in different ways. The information presented is in no way meant to diagnose or remedy any ailment. Find out what works for you with the help of a certified herbalist, naturopathic practitioner, or other health There’s a variety of ways to get this plant medicine in your body --tinctures, salves & balms, teas, etc. Check out Mountain Mel’s herbal products at mountainmels.com, such as our Diges-Teas & Unfrazzle Your Dazzle teas mentioned in this episode Use code THP15 at checkout to receive  15% off just for listening. Or make your own with bulk herbs from our affiliate partners at Mountain Rose Herbs or Oshala Farms.
    And if you really like learning about all kinds of herbs and how you can use them together, please join me over in our Herbalist's Path Facebook Group. Visit us at theherbalistspath.com to check out upcoming courses, workshops, & events. You can also find us on YouTube on the Herbalist's Path YouTube Channel.
    Thanks for joining me today. Let’s inspire a movement where there’s an herbalist in every home...again! Together we can make herbalism #spreadlikewildflowers




    Register For Our FREE 3-Day LIVE Immune Boosting Workshop.  Learn why herbalism is the most sustainable way to keep you & your family healthy and well. Begin your path to being the herbalist in your home.  Register here today! #spreadlikewildflowers
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theherbalistspath/)

    • 11 min
    SwapCast! Sharing Space & Insight w/ the Plant Cunning Podcast

    SwapCast! Sharing Space & Insight w/ the Plant Cunning Podcast

    Well, this episode is a mighty special episode! I had the fantastically fun honor of doing a pod swap with my friends over at the Plant Cunning Podcast, herbalist A.C. Stauble and her partner, permaculturist Isaac Hill. We had a blast talking all things, herbal path and herbal business and permaculture, and how using plants as medicine is a gateway to taking better care of our planet. I hope you love the episode as much as I loved recording it. Enjoy.

    The Plant Cunning Podcast
    Plant Resilience. Plants Wisdom. Plant Plants. This podcast, hosted by Isaac Hill and A.C. Stauble brings together a network of people wise to the ways of plants, fungi and the natural world to explore the Mysteries of Nature. We invite herbalists, ethnobotanists, farmers, mages, fungi experts, community organizers and all kinds of other interesting people to the microphone to share their wisdom and experiences with us. The Plant Cunning Podcast bridges different worlds, makes connections, inspires and at times blows our minds while we explore the underlying theme of working with Nature.

    Make sure you're nourishing your body and you're taking care of you from the inside out.Remember, different bodies react to herbs in different ways. The information presented is in no way meant to diagnose or remedy any ailment. Find out what works for you with the help of a certified herbalist, naturopathic practitioner, or other health There’s a variety of ways to get this plant medicine in your body --tinctures, salves & balms, teas, etc. Check out Mountain Mel’s herbal products at mountainmels.com. Use code THP15 at checkout to receive  15% off just for listening. Or make your own with bulk herbs from our affiliate partners at Mountain Rose Herbs or Oshala Farms.
    And if you really like learning about all kinds of herbs and how you can use them together, please join me over in our Herbalist's Path Facebook Group. Visit us at theherbalistspath.com to check out upcoming courses, workshops, & events. You can also find us on YouTube on the Herbalist's Path YouTube Channel. 
    Thanks for joining me today. Let’s inspire a movement where there’s an herbalist in every home...again! Together we can make herbalism #spreadlikewildflowers
    Register For Our FREE 3-Day LIVE Immune Boosting Workshop.  Learn why herbalism is the most sustainable way to keep you & your family healthy and well. Begin your path to being the herbalist in your home.  Register here today! #spreadlikewildflowers
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theherbalistspath/)

    • 57 min
    Stewardship & Sustainability with Author/Herbalist Christa Sinadinos

    Stewardship & Sustainability with Author/Herbalist Christa Sinadinos

    I am so excited to have had this opportunity to sit down with herbalist, educator, & author Christa Sinodinos. In this episode we share with each other philosophies of responsible education, sustainable harvesting, and the responsibility we all have as plant people to protect the health of the plants and the ecosystems of which we are all part. We had a fun time with lots of laughs. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

    Christa Sinadinos has more than 25 years of expertise as a clinician, teacher, gardener, and medicine maker. She is the author of The Essential Guide to Western Botanical Medicine. Christa is the founder and director of The Northwest School for Botanical Studies in Fieldbrook, California, where she has trained hundreds of students who are the new generation of herbalists. She lectures at herbal conferences and schools throughout the U.S. and publishes articles on topics such as botanical medicine and gardening.
    Christa maintains a demonstration garden with more than 200 species of medicinal herbs and an extensive herbal pharmacy. For more than 20 years, she owned and operated a wholesale herbal extract business and a compounding pharmacy that served thousands of clients throughout the West Coast.
    Make sure you're nourishing your body and you're taking care of you from the inside out.
    Remember, different bodies react to herbs in different ways. The information presented is in no way meant to diagnose or remedy any ailment. Find out what works for you with the help of a certified herbalist, naturopathic practitioner, or other health There’s a variety of ways to get this plant medicine in your body --tinctures, salves & balms, teas, etc. Check out Mountain Mel’s herbal products at mountainmels.com. Use code THP15 at checkout to receive  15% off just for listening. Or make your own with bulk herbs from our affiliate partners at Mountain Rose Herbs or Oshala Farms.
    And if you really like learning about all kinds of herbs and how you can use them together, please join me over in our Herbalist's Path Facebook Group. Visit us at theherbalistspath.com to check out upcoming courses, workshops, & events. In fact, you can click here if you’d like to live a life free of inflammation. You can also find us on YouTube on the Herbalist's Path YouTube Channel. 
    Thanks for joining me today. Let’s inspire a movement where there’s an herbalist in every home...again! Together we can make herbalism #spreadlikewildflowers



    Register For Our FREE 3-Day LIVE Immune Boosting Workshop.  Learn why herbalism is the most sustainable way to keep you & your family healthy and well. Begin your path to being the herbalist in your home.  Register here today! #spreadlikewildflowers
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theherbalistspath/)

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Healing The Body & The Mind From The Root Cause with Brooke Aichroth

    Healing The Body & The Mind From The Root Cause with Brooke Aichroth

    This episode finds me in conversation with Brooke Aichroth, an herbalist and healer right down the road from us, here on Mt. Hood. Although not at the same time, Brooke & I share some education history with Vital Ways Institute (formerly Portland School of Traditional Western Herbalism. We share a love of the neverending nature of herbal education, that there is always more to learn. We talk about some of our favorite shared educators, plant friends (such as lemon balm & gotu kola), and resources. 
    You can access Brooke’s services as a Reiki master, intuitive guide, herbalist, & holistic health coach on her White River Healings site. Her herbal products are available in- person at the Mt. Hood Farmers Market in Sandy, OR, but if you aren’t in the area (or season), check out her Etsy shop Soul Sister Earth Medicine. You can also keep up with Brooke via social on Facebook & Instagram @whiteriverhealings.
    Brooke has experienced most of the health issues she helps heal others with. Her life experiences have led her to specialize in assisting others with shock, grief, loss, trauma and illness of different kinds. Brooke has been a Reiki healer for the past 5 years, receiving the attunements from the Omega Institute in New York and in Portland, Oregon. Brooke also has completed her certificate in Holistic Herbalism from Vital Ways Institute.
    Through very challenging life conditions and experiences, Brooke has managed to transform from debilitating mental and physical illness to vibrant health. Through years of education, Reiki, meditation, holistic health practices and spiritual tools she has healed her past and took control of her health. Brooke’s journey has inspired her to educate, heal and assist others on how to live a happier, healthier and more positive existence. There is nothing that gives her greater joy than helping others on their journey.
    Make sure you're nourishing your body and you're taking care of you from the inside out. Remember, different bodies react to herbs in different ways. The information presented is in no way meant to diagnose or remedy any ailment. Find out what works for you with the help of a certified herbalist, naturopathic practitioner, or other health There’s a variety of ways to get this plant medicine in your body --tinctures, salves & balms, teas, etc. Check out Mountain Mel’s herbal products at mountainmels.com. Use code THP15 at checkout to receive  15% off just for listening. Or make your own with bulk herbs from our affiliate partners at Mountain Rose Herbs or Oshala Farms.
    And if you really like learning about all kinds of herbs and how you can use them together, you can find out more about our upcoming educational opportunities here. And please join me over in our Herbalist's Path Facebook Group. Visit us at
    Register For Our FREE 3-Day LIVE Immune Boosting Workshop.  Learn why herbalism is the most sustainable way to keep you & your family healthy and well. Begin your path to being the herbalist in your home.  Register here today! #spreadlikewildflowers
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theherbalistspath/)

    • 53 min
    The Dandy Dandelion and Why She Deserves Better

    The Dandy Dandelion and Why She Deserves Better

    So a little while ago, my podcast editor requested an episode on dandelion (Taraxacum officinale). As an herbalist, I assume everyone knows all about dandelion because it’s such a stand out plant friend thanks to all that she has to offer us. Almost every herbalist I’ve interviewed seems to mention it, right back to my very first episode interviewing Missy Rohs of the Arctos School of Herbal & Botanical Studies. Missy loves dandelions! However, when I accidentally saw a commercial for “weed killer” starring an oh-so capable man lording over his unwitting prey, spray bottle in hand. News flash: we aren’t at war with the plants, people!


    Far from it, in fact. So in this episode I familiarize you with some of the history and lore surrounding this wonderful plant friend. We’ll talk about how it got its name and how you can spot its many, many imposters. We’ll touch on one of the best way to get herbal medicine on board which is in your food. You are what you eat, right?
    So sit back, relax, and lend an ear to learn the ins and outs of the oh so dandy Dandelion.
    Make sure you're nourishing your body and you're taking care of you from the inside out. Remember, different bodies react to herbs in different ways. The information presented is in no way meant to diagnose or remedy any ailment. Find out what works for you with the help of a certified herbalist, naturopathic practitioner, or other health There’s a variety of ways to get this plant medicine in your body --tinctures, salves & balms, teas, etc. Check out Mountain Mel’s herbal products at mountainmels.com. Use code THP15 at checkout to receive  15% off just for listening. Or make your own with bulk herbs from our affiliate partners at Mountain Rose Herbs or Oshala Farms.
    And if you really like learning about all kinds of herbs and how you can use them together, get a jump on our Wild + Crafty Membership waitlist. Get in early to help shape this fun educational opportunity. And please join me over in our Herbalist's Path Facebook Group. Visit us at theherbalistspath.com to check out upcoming courses, workshops, & events. You can also find us on YouTube on the Herbalist's Path YouTube Channel. Don’t forget to check out our upcoming educational opportunities here.
    Thanks for joining me today. Let’s inspire a movement where there’s an herbalist in every home...again! Together we can make herbalism #spreadlikewildflowers



    Register For Our FREE 3-Day LIVE Immune Boosting Workshop.  Learn why herbalism is the most sustainable way to keep you & your family healthy and well. Begin your path to being the herbalist in your home.  Register here today! #spreadlikewildflowers
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theherbalistspath/)

    • 20 min
    First Aid Herbs For Summer Time Fun & Adventures

    First Aid Herbs For Summer Time Fun & Adventures

    Hello, herbalists. The sun is shining, the air is warming, it’s the time of the season for my favorite thing: GETTING OUTSIDE! WOO HOO! So many adventures await us around every corner. If you’re like me & my family, though, we play hard which can land us in some serious scrapes...and bites and bee stings and all kinds of crazy things! Luckily, nature has given us all these beautiful plants that can help us under those circumstances.
    In this episode I tell you all about four absolutely must-know-and-identify, see-and-observe plants to have around when I'm getting outside for summer fun. Today’s featured friends are Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Plantain (Plantago major) & (Plantago lanceolata), St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum), and Arnica (Arnica montana), but before we get specific we must talk about the importance of proper plant identification and sustainable harvesting first.
    So come with me down the Herbalist’s Path to epic and safe outdoor fun.
    Make sure you're nourishing your body and you're taking care of you from the inside out. Remember, different bodies react to herbs in different ways. The information presented is in no way meant to diagnose or remedy any ailment. Find out what works for you with the help of a certified herbalist, naturopathic practitioner, or other health There’s a variety of ways to get this plant medicine in your body --tinctures, salves & balms, teas, etc. Check out Mountain Mel’s herbal products at mountainmels.com, like Diges-Teas, After Burn, & Essential Salve mentioned in this episode. Use code THP15 at checkout to receive  15% off just for listening. Or make your own with bulk herbs from our affiliate partners at Mountain Rose Herbs or Oshala Farms.
    And if you really like learning about all kinds of herbs and how you can use them together, get a jump on our Wild + Crafty Membership waitlist. Get in early to help shape this fun educational opportunity. And please join me over in our Herbalist's Path Facebook Group. Visit us at theherbalistspath.com to check out upcoming courses, workshops, & events. You can also find us on YouTube on the Herbalist's Path YouTube Channel.
    Thanks for joining me today. Let’s inspire a movement where there’s an herbalist in every home...again! Together we can make herbalism #spreadlikewildflowers



    Register For Our FREE 3-Day LIVE Immune Boosting Workshop.  Learn why herbalism is the most sustainable way to keep you & your family healthy and well. Begin your path to being the herbalist in your home.  Register here today! #spreadlikewildflowers
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/theherbalistspath/)

    • 26 min

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13 Ratings

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Newbie Homesteaders and Medicinal Plant Growers

Absolutely fantastic information about so many wonderful herbs and medicinal plants. My husband and I have recently started our most anticipated life-chapter thus far...off-grid homesteading in the Appalachian Mountains and growing our own organic food and medicinal herbs. We have been soaking in all that we can about making our own medicine from medicinal plants and herbs, as well as, learning all about mushrooms and the plethora of gems that the forest floor provides. I believe this podcast will be instrumental in guiding us throughout this amazing life-changing new adventure!! Thanks so much!!!!

Snowhippee ,

Mel Makes Learning Herbalism Fun & Easy!

I’ve been tuning in to this podcast for a few months now. You can tell Mel has a great passion for teaching people about herbs. She blends the science of herbalism and a touch of Woo too.
Her enthusiasm for plant medicine is infectious and I love how she’s all about making herbalism #SpreadLikeWildFlowers
If you want to learn about using plants as medicine in fun, yet scientifically backed way, you should tune in to this show!

I ♥️ Oregon! ,

Herbalism...in awesome digestible nuggets!

Mel is such a fun host & does a great job breaking down complex scientific information about herbs. She has some great interviews with other herbalists and great tidbits on ways to incorporate herbs into mine and my family’s daily life. I love that her mantra is to make herbalism #spreadlikewildflowers

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