October 7th, 2013
David Winston RH (AHG), is an herbalist and
ethnobotanist with over 40 years of training in Cherokee, Chinese and
Western herbal traditions. He has had a clinical practice for over 30
years and is an herbal consultant to physicians throughout North
America. David founded an herbal manufacturing company called Herbalist
& Alchemist as well as David WInston’s Center for Herbal Studies.
David is author of many books including Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief. He is also a founding member of the American Herbalist Guild and a founding advisory board member of United Plant Savers.
In this episode of HerbMentor Radio, David explores adaptogens and
their importance in this day and age. Adaptogens help the body adapt to
stress and increase health. David also answers questions on adaptogens
submitted by HerbMentor members.
David will be speaking at the 2013 American Herbalist Guild Symposium.
September 20th, 2013
Christophe Bernard is a clinical herbalist from
France who was born and raised in Provence. He spent 15 years of his
life in the U.S., studying medicinal plants and running his first clinic
in San Diego. While mostly self-taught, Christophe found great
inspiration in the writings and teachings of Matthew Wood and the late
Michael Moore. Upon returning to France in 2010, he opened a clinic in a
small village located in the hills of Provence, where he spends his
time consulting, teaching, picking and growing plants from around the
After exploring how Christophe learned about herbs, he takes us on an
herb walk in Provence. Christophe shares some unique ways herbs are
used in France, while exploring linden, fumatory, lavender and rosemary.
He even shares an “off the beaten path” herb for men that will also
blow out your tire should you bike off the path in Provence.
Christophe and HerbMentor’s Rosalee are running a wonderful herbal
experience in Provence May, 2014. Christophe shares what was behind the
design of this amazing opportunity.
September 6th, 2013
Gail Faith Edwards is an herbal educator with more
than 30 years experience as a community herbalist. She runs Blessed
Maine Herb Farm, where she runs many herbal programs, a correspondence
course, tours, and hand crafts beautiful herbal goods.
Gail is author of Traversing the Wild Terrain of Menopause; Herbal Allies for Midlife Women and Men. Gail’s Opening Our Wild Hearts to the Healing Herbs is one of our absolute favorites. Her forthcoming book Through the Wild Heart of Mary; Teachings of the 20 Mysteries of the Rosary and the Herbs and Foods Associated with Them comes out mid-November, 2009.
In this engaging interview, we discuss Gail’s unique way of learning
about herbs, what important lessons the plants taught her, details on a
few key herbs, and she answers HerbMentor member questions.
July 5th, 2013
Chanchal Cabrera, MSc, FNIMH, (RH)AHG
is a medical
herbalist whose clinical specialty is helping people manage cancer and
chronic disease. Chanchal has held the faculty chair in Botanical
Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New
Westminster since 2004. She serves on the board of advisors of Dominion
Herbal College in Burnaby, on the editorial board of Medical Herbalism
clinical newsletter and she publishes widely in professional journals
and lectures internationally on medical herbalism, nutrition and health.
Chanchal is the author of the book Fibromyalgia – A Journey Toward Healing
. published by Contemporary Books.
Chanchal is a certified Master Gardener and a certified Horticulture
Therapist. Chanchal has been a member of the National Institute of
Medical Herbalists in the UK since 1987, where in 2009 she was honored
with a Fellowship for service to the profession for over 25 years. She
lives on Vancouver Island in BC where she and her husband farm 7 acres.
This interview mostly focuses on HerbMentor member submitted
questions, which focus on using herbs for chronic illness. Chanchal
reviewed the questions before the interview and answered them in a way
that could help as many people as possible as to how to approach their
health conditions with natural medicine.
June 3rd, 2013
Dr. Patrick Jones is a veterinarian with a passion for herbs. He grew up close to the land, and his interest in herbs eventually led to him treating animals with herbal remedies. He has a private practice, and is also does formulation, support and training for Silver Lining Herbs. Patrick's wife LoriAnn is also an herbalist, and together they have raised 15 children. Patrick practices veterinary medicine in Twin Falls, ID.
Patrick is also a long time HerbMentor member and a regular presence in the forum. In this episode of HerbMentor Radio, Dr. Jones answers many questions that HerbMentor members posted about herbs for dogs and cats. We cover basic herbal nutrition, delivery methods, common pet issues, what not to give your pets, and the truth about catnip.
May 14th, 2013
Rosemary Gladstar covers the importance of wild greens, both nutritionally and energetically. Dandelions, plantain, nettle, chickweed and many more favorites will be covered. In addition to her favorite ways to prepare wild greens, Rosemary will also cover ethical wild harvesting. It’s time to clean out the closets and leave the winter blues behind!
Rosemary Gladstar is the author of many books, including Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health and Herbal Healing for Women. Rosemary has been inspiring herbalists for nearly 40 years with the herbal schools, conferences, organizations and companies she has founded, which include the California School of Herbal Studies, Traditional Medicinals, the International Herb Symposium, and United Plant Savers.
April 30th, 2013
Susun Weed returns to HerbMentor Radio. For those who want to use herbal remedies, it can be confusing as to exactly how to incorporate them into our lives. It’s really not as simple as “take this herb for that ailment.” Herbalism is an art and science that enhances not just your health, but way of life. Herbalist and author Susun Weed specializes in keeping it simple for folks. This engaging class will cover at least 7 ways we can easily incorporate herbs and remedies into our lives.
Which herbs should you take every day? What sort of herbal preparations should you avoid? What foods are antioxidants and will help prevent chronic illnesses? Which herbal remedies are simple to make in ANY kitchen? Already make herbal remedies like tinctures and infusions? Susun will share BRAND new ways to get more out of these tried and true remedies. This class is for all experience levels.
Susun Weed has been practicing and teaching herbalism for over 40 years, and has written several books. Susun founded the Wise Woman Center in Woodstock, NY. She speaks at conferences worldwide and often appears on television and radio shows.
April 1st, 2013
The microphone is turned as John Gallagher, host of HerbMentor Radio, is interviewed by Rosalee de la Forêt. HerbMentor members asked for it, and John was happy to sit down and reveal the string of random events that lead to the creation HerbMentor.com five years ago.
How did spraying weeds with herbicide begin John on his herbal journey? Why is a dandelion in the LearningHerbs logo? How is Bruce Springsteen responsible for how John creates and markets products? How and why did he start LearningHerbs? What is in LearningHerbs’ future? It’s all here in this fun filled, action packed, chocolate covered, death defying act of thrilling audio goodness…
February 28th, 2013
David Bruce Leonard is a practitioner and teacher of all five branches of Chinese medicine: acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, food medicine and martial arts. Besides studying traditional medicines with healers in Asia, North and South America, David also studied Hawaiian native plants for over 20 years, and is author of Medicine at Your Feet: Healing Plants of the Hawaiian Kingdom and Wild Wisdom: Listening to the Heart of Nature. David is Dean of Oriental Medicine at the Hawaii College of Oriental Medicine, and founder of Earth Medicine Institute.
In this episode of HerbMentor Radio, David explores Hawaiian herbalism, including a few things the elders taught him about herbal learning, gathering protocols, and teachings that cross cultural boundaries. Also, learn what Hawaiian herbalism can teach you about learning the plants of your own bioregion.
David will be teaching at the upcoming International Herb Symposium, June 28th -30th, 2013 near Boston.
February 1st, 2013
Sunny Savage is a wild foodie, filmmaker, and homeschooling parent traveling with the wind ….aboard a sailboat with her husband and son.
She has a Master’s degree in Nutrition Education and taught native nutrition at the White Earth Tribal & Community College. Her ancestry includes pirates, diplomats, farmers, to writers of the French constitution. Her ancestor, Thomas Savage, arrived in Jamestown on the second boat at 13.
Sunny was raised by “back to the land” parents and spent a year eating foods only grown within 250 miles of her home. She’s travelled every continent on Earth, and has a television show called Hot on the Trail with Sunny Savage that followed her adventures. It airs on Dish 218, FIOS 163 and Frontier 162.
Sunny recently re-released her clothing line that is made from wild plants, and we talk about medicinal clothing in the interview.
Sunny joins John from a cafe in Panama. She’s about to begin another leg of her adventures at sea with her family. She is filming the story.