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The Plant Path is a window into the world of the herbal medicine. With perspectives gleaned from traditional western herbalism, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Alchemy, Medical Astrology, and traditional cultures from around the world, The Plant Path provides unique insights, skills and strategies for the practice of true holistic herbalism. From clinical to spiritual perspectives, we don't just focus on what herbs are "good for," but rather who they are as intelligent beings, and how we can work with them to heal and consciously evolve.

The Plant Path with Sajah & Whitney Popham, founders of The School of Evolutionary Herbalism. Herbalist, Spagyricist, Medical Astrologer

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 456 Ratings

The Plant Path is a window into the world of the herbal medicine. With perspectives gleaned from traditional western herbalism, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Alchemy, Medical Astrology, and traditional cultures from around the world, The Plant Path provides unique insights, skills and strategies for the practice of true holistic herbalism. From clinical to spiritual perspectives, we don't just focus on what herbs are "good for," but rather who they are as intelligent beings, and how we can work with them to heal and consciously evolve.

    Meadowsweet: Not Just “Herbal Aspirin”

    Meadowsweet: Not Just “Herbal Aspirin”

    Meadowsweet is often thought of as herbal aspirin. Even though it’s no secret that its compounds were originally used to formulate and synthesize aspirin, can you really use it in the same way?
     
    If you want to get the same results from Meadowsweet as aspirin, you would have to drink quarts of the tea, which is tough to do because it’s incredibly bitter. Not only would you be feeling pretty nauseous by the end, but you would also only get the strength of a baby aspirin, if you’re lucky!
     
    Even though Meadowsweet contains aspirin-like compounds, they are not the same. Meadowsweet is an herb used for centuries, and although it has many traditional uses, its applications are more relevant than ever in our modern day. 
     
    In today’s episode, you’ll discover:
     
    Meadowsweet’s bitter and astringent taste and why this combination is so good for treating ulcers
    How Meadowsweet alleviates heartburn, ulcers in the GI, joint pain, and more with its energetic and biochemical properties
    Why Meadowsweet is helpful for so many modern-day issues that didn’t use to exist 
    Meadowsweet’s powerful connection with Saturn and how it balances other planetary influences
     
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    CONNECT WITH SAJAH AND WHITNEY
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    To get free in depth mini-courses and videos, visit our blog at: 
    http://www.evolutionaryherbalism.com
     
    Get daily inspiration and plant wisdom on our Facebook and Instagram channels:
    http://www.facebook.com/EvolutionaryHerbalism
    https://www.instagram.com/evolutionary_herbalism/
     
    Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyP63opAmcpIAQg1M9ShNSQ
     
    Get a free 5-week course when you buy a copy of the book, Evolutionary Herbalism:
    https://www.evolutionaryherbalism.com/evolutionary-herbalism-book/
     
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    ABOUT THE PLANT PATH
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    The Plant Path is a window into the world of herbal medicine. With perspectives gleaned from traditional Western herbalism, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Alchemy, Medical Astrology, and traditional cultures from around the world, The Plant Path provides unique insights, skills and strategies for the practice of true holistic herbalism. From clinical to spiritual perspectives, we don't just focus on what herbs are "good for," but rather who they are as intelligent beings, and how we can work with them to heal us physically and consciously evolve.
     
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    ABOUT SAJAH
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    Sajah Popham is the author of Evolutionary Herbalism and the founder of the School of Evolutionary Herbalism, where he trains herbalists in a holistic system of plant medicine that encompasses clinical Western herbalism, medical astrology, Ayurveda, and spagyric alchemy.
    His mission is to develop a comprehensive approach that balances the science and spirituality of plant medicine, focusing on using plants to heal and rejuvenate the body, clarify the mind, open the heart, and support the development of the soul. This is only achieved through understanding and working with the chemical, energetic, and spiritual properties of the plants. His teachings embody a heartfelt respect, honor and reverence for the vast intelligence of plants in a way that empowers us to look deeper into the nature of our medicines and ourselves.
    He lives on a homestead in the foothills of Mt. Baker Washington with his wife Whitney where he teaches, consults clients, and prepares spagyric herbal medicines. 
     
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    If you’d like to interview Sajah or Whitney to be on your podcast, click here to fill out an interview request form.
     

    • 26 min
    Do You Need to Know Phytochemistry to Be a Great Herbalist?

    Do You Need to Know Phytochemistry to Be a Great Herbalist?

    Phytochemistry is a fascinating study, but it can be incredibly complicated and confusing at times. Understandably, there are many herbalists who’d prefer to avoid learning it all together. The big question is: Do you really need to know phytochemistry to be a great herbalist?
     
    There are many paths you can take as an herbalist. You can meet with clients, make herbal medicine, wildcraft, and so much more. As you’ll see, phytochemistry plays a different role in each of these paths. 
     
    In today’s episdode, you’ll discover:
    What phytochemistry is using simple terms
    The traditional vs biochemical approach to herbalism and what it has to do with phytochemistry 
    When learning phytochemistry matters as an herbalist, and when it doesn't
    Why it’s essential if you’re making herbal medicine 
    My top three book recommendations that make learning phytochemistry easy
     
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    CONNECT WITH SAJAH AND WHITNEY
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    To get free in depth mini-courses and videos, visit our blog at: 
    http://www.evolutionaryherbalism.com
     
    Get daily inspiration and plant wisdom on our Facebook and Instagram channels:
    http://www.facebook.com/EvolutionaryHerbalism
    https://www.instagram.com/evolutionary_herbalism/
     
    Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyP63opAmcpIAQg1M9ShNSQ
     
    Get a free 5-week course when you buy a copy of the book, Evolutionary Herbalism:
    https://www.evolutionaryherbalism.com/evolutionary-herbalism-book/
     
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    ABOUT THE PLANT PATH
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    The Plant Path is a window into the world of herbal medicine. With perspectives gleaned from traditional Western herbalism, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Alchemy, Medical Astrology, and traditional cultures from around the world, The Plant Path provides unique insights, skills and strategies for the practice of true holistic herbalism. From clinical to spiritual perspectives, we don't just focus on what herbs are "good for," but rather who they are as intelligent beings, and how we can work with them to heal us physically and consciously evolve.
     
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    ABOUT SAJAH
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    Sajah Popham is the author of Evolutionary Herbalism and the founder of the School of Evolutionary Herbalism, where he trains herbalists in a holistic system of plant medicine that encompasses clinical Western herbalism, medical astrology, Ayurveda, and spagyric alchemy.
    His mission is to develop a comprehensive approach that balances the science and spirituality of plant medicine, focusing on using plants to heal and rejuvenate the body, clarify the mind, open the heart, and support the development of the soul. This is only achieved through understanding and working with the chemical, energetic, and spiritual properties of the plants. His teachings embody a heartfelt respect, honor and reverence for the vast intelligence of plants in a way that empowers us to look deeper into the nature of our medicines and ourselves.
    He lives on a homestead in the foothills of Mt. Baker Washington with his wife Whitney where he teaches, consults clients, and prepares spagyric herbal medicines. 
     
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    WANT TO FEATURE US ON YOUR PODCAST?
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    If you’d like to interview Sajah or Whitney to be on your podcast, click here to fill out an interview request form.

    • 31 min
    Interview with Margi Flint

    Interview with Margi Flint

    Margi Flint is a practicing herbalist, registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild, and herbal mentor from Marblehead, Massachusetts. Margi's wisdom spans over 20 years of labor coaching certification, polarity therapy, and Reiki, alongside 40-plus years of clinical herbal practice. She teaches at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, British Columbia, and has lectured at numerous prestigious herb schools, including Tufts Medical and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, as well as Boston University.
    She is also the author of one of my favorite and, in my opinion, one of the most useful herb books of all time, "The Practicing Herbalist: Meeting with Clients, Reading the Body," now in its fourth edition. She is most known for sharing the legacy of the late William LeSassier. The plants and her clients are her revered teachers. 
    Margi is one of the most inspirational herbalists I know today and a true master in holistic evaluation and client intakes. For this episode of the Plant Path, I had the opportunity to connect with her, learn more about her expertise, and hear what’s in store for us in her new book honoring the late William LeSassier.
    In today’s episode, you’ll learn:
    How to get the information you need in a consult by asking the right questions and reading the body
    Ways to help clients overcome their skepticism and get the most from their sessions 
    The best way to filter what’s important in a consultation and follow-up sessions
    What’s really behind the wave of digestive issues and food allergies today
    About Margi’s upcoming project, and how you’ll have the chance to learn from one of the most influential herbalists of our time in the first-ever book recording of his work
     
    Learn more about Margi and her work: 
    Website: https://earthsongherbals.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flintmargi/
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    CONNECT WITH SAJAH AND WHITNEY
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    To get free in depth mini-courses and videos, visit our blog at: 
    http://www.evolutionaryherbalism.com
     
    Get daily inspiration and plant wisdom on our Facebook and Instagram channels:
    http://www.facebook.com/EvolutionaryHerbalism
    https://www.instagram.com/evolutionary_herbalism/
     
    Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyP63opAmcpIAQg1M9ShNSQ
     
    Get a free 5-week course when you buy a copy of the book, Evolutionary Herbalism:
    https://www.evolutionaryherbalism.com/evolutionary-herbalism-book/
     
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    ABOUT THE PLANT PATH
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    The Plant Path is a window into the world of herbal medicine. With perspectives gleaned from traditional Western herbalism, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Alchemy, Medical Astrology, and traditional cultures from around the world, The Plant Path provides unique insights, skills and strategies for the practice of true holistic herbalism. From clinical to spiritual perspectives, we don't just focus on what herbs are "good for," but rather who they are as intelligent beings, and how we can work with them to heal us physically and consciously evolve.
     
    ————————————
    ABOUT SAJAH
    ————————————
    Sajah Popham is the author of Evolutionary Herbalism and the founder of the School of Evolutionary Herbalism, where he trains herbalists in a holistic system of plant medicine that encompasses clinical Western herbalism, medical astrology, Ayurveda, and spagyric alchemy.
    His mission is to develop a comprehensive approach that balances the science and spirituality of plant medicine, focusing on using plants to heal and rejuvenate the body, clarify the mind, open the heart, and support the development of the soul. This is only achieved through understanding and working with the chemical, energetic, and spiritual properties of the plants. His teachings embody a heartfelt respect, honor and reverence for

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Truth About Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids

    The Truth About Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids

    Pyrrolizidine alkaloids are natural compounds found in certain herbs. Despite their long history of safe use in herbal traditions, they are often misunderstood and feared, discouraging people from working with these potent medicinal herbs.
     
    By learning more about these compounds and how to safely use herbs containing them, you can confidently incorporate them into your herbal practice.
     
    In today’s episode, you’ll discover:
     What pyrrolizidine alkaloids are and why they're named this
    The two types of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, distinguishing between toxic and non-toxic ones
    Notable herbs containing pyrrolizidine alkaloids and safe usage guidelines for each
    Safety precautions for utilizing any herb containing pyrrolizidine alkaloids
    Considerations when preparing herbal medicines using these herbs
     
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    CONNECT WITH SAJAH AND WHITNEY
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    To get free in depth mini-courses and videos, visit our blog at: 
    http://www.evolutionaryherbalism.com
     
    Get daily inspiration and plant wisdom on our Facebook and Instagram channels:
    http://www.facebook.com/EvolutionaryHerbalism
    https://www.instagram.com/evolutionary_herbalism/
     
    Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyP63opAmcpIAQg1M9ShNSQ
     
    Get a free 5-week course when you buy a copy of the book, Evolutionary Herbalism:
    https://www.evolutionaryherbalism.com/evolutionary-herbalism-book/
     
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    ABOUT THE PLANT PATH
    ————————————
    The Plant Path is a window into the world of herbal medicine. With perspectives gleaned from traditional Western herbalism, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Alchemy, Medical Astrology, and traditional cultures from around the world, The Plant Path provides unique insights, skills and strategies for the practice of true holistic herbalism. From clinical to spiritual perspectives, we don't just focus on what herbs are "good for," but rather who they are as intelligent beings, and how we can work with them to heal us physically and consciously evolve.
     
    ————————————
    ABOUT SAJAH
    ————————————
    Sajah Popham is the author of Evolutionary Herbalism and the founder of the School of Evolutionary Herbalism, where he trains herbalists in a holistic system of plant medicine that encompasses clinical Western herbalism, medical astrology, Ayurveda, and spagyric alchemy.
    His mission is to develop a comprehensive approach that balances the science and spirituality of plant medicine, focusing on using plants to heal and rejuvenate the body, clarify the mind, open the heart, and support the development of the soul. This is only achieved through understanding and working with the chemical, energetic, and spiritual properties of the plants. His teachings embody a heartfelt respect, honor and reverence for the vast intelligence of plants in a way that empowers us to look deeper into the nature of our medicines and ourselves.
    He lives on a homestead in the foothills of Mt. Baker Washington with his wife Whitney where he teaches, consults clients, and prepares spagyric herbal medicines. 
     
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    WANT TO FEATURE US ON YOUR PODCAST?
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    If you’d like to interview Sajah or Whitney to be on your podcast, click here to fill out an interview request form.
     

    • 45 min
    Is All Herbal Research Trustworthy?

    Is All Herbal Research Trustworthy?

    Is all herbal research trustworthy? If you’ve ever Googled an herb to learn more and saw lots of research papers about it, can you trust them? Herbal research is tricky since there are a lot of things that can go wrong and right with them that make the results tricky to decipher. 
     
    Even though understanding herbal research isn’t 100% necessary as a clinical herbalist, it can introduce novel uses of plants, and of course, knowing the chemistry of an herbal makes you a much better medicine maker. With a few pointers, you can learn how to tell if the scientific research you read online is trustworthy. 
     
    In today’s episode, you’ll discover:
    Signs that a piece of research was funded by an organization with an agenda
    The differences between in-vivo, in-vitro, and clinical research, and which is best
    Ways science can back up traditional knowledge about plants
    The dangers of believing any research article about herbs you find
    Some of the most common things that make an article untrustworthy
     
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    CONNECT WITH SAJAH AND WHITNEY
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    To get free in depth mini-courses and videos, visit our blog at: 
    http://www.evolutionaryherbalism.com
     
    Get daily inspiration and plant wisdom on our Facebook and Instagram channels:
    http://www.facebook.com/EvolutionaryHerbalism
    https://www.instagram.com/evolutionary_herbalism/
     
    Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyP63opAmcpIAQg1M9ShNSQ
     
    Get a free 5-week course when you buy a copy of the book, Evolutionary Herbalism:
    https://www.evolutionaryherbalism.com/evolutionary-herbalism-book/
     
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    ABOUT THE PLANT PATH
    ————————————
    The Plant Path is a window into the world of herbal medicine. With perspectives gleaned from traditional Western herbalism, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Alchemy, Medical Astrology, and traditional cultures from around the world, The Plant Path provides unique insights, skills and strategies for the practice of true holistic herbalism. From clinical to spiritual perspectives, we don't just focus on what herbs are "good for," but rather who they are as intelligent beings, and how we can work with them to heal us physically and consciously evolve.
     
    ————————————
    ABOUT SAJAH
    ————————————
    Sajah Popham is the author of Evolutionary Herbalism and the founder of the School of Evolutionary Herbalism, where he trains herbalists in a holistic system of plant medicine that encompasses clinical Western herbalism, medical astrology, Ayurveda, and spagyric alchemy.
    His mission is to develop a comprehensive approach that balances the science and spirituality of plant medicine, focusing on using plants to heal and rejuvenate the body, clarify the mind, open the heart, and support the development of the soul. This is only achieved through understanding and working with the chemical, energetic, and spiritual properties of the plants. His teachings embody a heartfelt respect, honor and reverence for the vast intelligence of plants in a way that empowers us to look deeper into the nature of our medicines and ourselves.
    He lives on a homestead in the foothills of Mt. Baker Washington with his wife Whitney where he teaches, consults clients, and prepares spagyric herbal medicines. 
     
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    WANT TO FEATURE US ON YOUR PODCAST?
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    If you’d like to interview Sajah or Whitney to be on your podcast, click here to fill out an interview request form.

    • 28 min
    Do You Need to Know Botany to Be a Great Herbalist?

    Do You Need to Know Botany to Be a Great Herbalist?

    Do you need to know botany to be a great herbalist? Since learning botany is like learning a new language, it’s a fair question. After all, if you won’t use it, is it worth becoming fluent in it?
     
    Being an herbalist means a lot of things: Working with people, plants, and being the bridge between the two. Although it might seem like studying botany is an important part of this process, the answer to this question might surprise you. 
     
    In today’s episode, you’ll discover:
    The three layers of botany and how you can use them in your work with herbs 
    When learning botany is helpful as an herbalist, and when it’s not
    The #1 most important piece of botany every herbalist should know 
    How knowing botany can help you prevent harming people and spot bad herbal products
    My top book recommendations that make learning botany easy for anyone
     
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    CONNECT WITH SAJAH AND WHITNEY
    ————————————
    To get free in depth mini-courses and videos, visit our blog at: 
    http://www.evolutionaryherbalism.com
     
    Get daily inspiration and plant wisdom on our Facebook and Instagram channels:
    http://www.facebook.com/EvolutionaryHerbalism
    https://www.instagram.com/evolutionary_herbalism/
     
    Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyP63opAmcpIAQg1M9ShNSQ
     
    Get a free 5-week course when you buy a copy of the book, Evolutionary Herbalism:
    https://www.evolutionaryherbalism.com/evolutionary-herbalism-book/
     
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    ABOUT THE PLANT PATH
    ————————————
    The Plant Path is a window into the world of herbal medicine. With perspectives gleaned from traditional Western herbalism, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Alchemy, Medical Astrology, and traditional cultures from around the world, The Plant Path provides unique insights, skills and strategies for the practice of true holistic herbalism. From clinical to spiritual perspectives, we don't just focus on what herbs are "good for," but rather who they are as intelligent beings, and how we can work with them to heal us physically and consciously evolve.
     
    ————————————
    ABOUT SAJAH
    ————————————
    Sajah Popham is the author of Evolutionary Herbalism and the founder of the School of Evolutionary Herbalism, where he trains herbalists in a holistic system of plant medicine that encompasses clinical Western herbalism, medical astrology, Ayurveda, and spagyric alchemy.
    His mission is to develop a comprehensive approach that balances the science and spirituality of plant medicine, focusing on using plants to heal and rejuvenate the body, clarify the mind, open the heart, and support the development of the soul. This is only achieved through understanding and working with the chemical, energetic, and spiritual properties of the plants. His teachings embody a heartfelt respect, honor and reverence for the vast intelligence of plants in a way that empowers us to look deeper into the nature of our medicines and ourselves.
    He lives on a homestead in the foothills of Mt. Baker Washington with his wife Whitney where he teaches, consults clients, and prepares spagyric herbal medicines. 
     
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    WANT TO FEATURE US ON YOUR PODCAST?
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    If you’d like to interview Sajah or Whitney to be on your podcast, click here to fill out an interview request form.
     

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

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456 Ratings

456 Ratings

pistachiokarma ,

Medical Astrology

In you defense of Medical Astrology episode, it seems you went full circle to claiming your own dismissal of other types of astrology. I wonder where your opinion lies with more energetic treatments (ie Reiki, Ancestral Healing, DNA healing, etc). I remember you saying if a method has results and has existed for a long time, why dismiss it?

S. Rocket ,

Greatest Herbal Podcast!

Thank you so much for the plant path podcast. As a beginning, clinical herbalist, the information that you share with all of us is astounding. You have an uncanny ability to simplify very complex concepts in a way that I truly understand. I always look forward to your next podcast.

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I’ve been looking for an informative plant podcast with a holistic / balanced perspective, thanks for all the great info !!

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