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Explore the art and science of kitchen herbalism. Each episode delves into the fascinating world of botanical medicine - how it can enhance our lives and support our well-being. Build your own personal kitchen apothecary, a medicine cabinet stocked with all that is good for your families, friends and yourself.
 
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Could chicken soup be medicinal because of the plant and herbal ingredients?. Chicken adds nourishment but I propose the healing qualities are due to onions, thyme, bay leaves and pepper. Chicken Stock (from my kitchen) ½ gallon water (2 quarts) 3 pounds chicken bones (joints - wings, backs) 2 cups chopped onion 1 cup chopped carrot 1 cup chopped c…
 
Another form of kitchen alchemy and extraction: Kvass. This fermented beverage is refreshing and tangy. Using Kvass as broth may be unconventional but it is also uncommonly good, especially beet kvass used in borscht, either cold or hot. Give it a try. Kvass Recipe 12 slices dark rye bread 2-3 quarts hot water ¼ cup sugar or honey 1 ¼ teaspoon dry …
 
Join me in my kitchen apothecary as I make the easiest stock ever. Just garlic and water simmered together results in a versatile, flavorful and densely nourishing stock. It’s perfect for making vegetable soup, rice, marinara sauce or beans. Garlic Stock makes 2 quarts 2 whole heads garlic 1 Tablespoon olive oil 2 quarts water Gently wash garlic he…
 
Chocolate begins as the seeds of Theobroma cacao, a tropical tree. After much processing, we are gifted cocoa powder which is in itself an herbal remedy, a delicious one at that. Come join me in this pop-up tea salon episode where we brew a warm comfort cup of cocoa. **NEW TRIAL OFFERING: Herbal Kitchen Styling Sessions** To Schedule Click Here Men…
 
The more I work with weedy plants from my yard and in my kitchen, the greater my confidence in them grows. Plantain is the perfect bridge for embracing the idea that plants growing around us are remedies readily available. Plantain is a rockstar for healing the skin and mucous membranes where it can soothe pain, cleanse and promote wound healing. W…
 
This is not the tropical fruit plantain, so yummy cooked in butter. This plantain is the leafy green weed growing in any grassy yard, field or meadow. This plantain tops the list for herbal first aid remedies, especially for rashes and insect bites. In this episode, we explore topical uses including the amazing plantain poultice. Plantain Poultice …
 
Herbs offer all kinds of remedy. Tending a kitchen garden may provide culinary delights and stock for an herbal medicine cabinet, but with additional benefit of peace, solace and hope. Join me in this episode to tour through my 2020 kitchen garden for some delicious and medicinal discoveries. Mentions: Donna J. Haraway: Staying with the Trouble, Ma…
 
Medicine from plants can’t replace pharmaceuticals, but botanical remedies can contribute to prevention and recovery from illness. In this episode, I explore building the kitchen herbal pantry to include cough remedies. Categories and Examples of Herbs with therapeutic use for coughing Demulcents are herbs that soothe and protect mucous membranes f…
 
Sharing three inspirations of courage from my kitchen apothecary. A calming chai, ideas for a little remedy kit that you probably have already at home and thoughts for future herbal kitchen planning. Ashwaganda Chai Herb/Spice Blend ¼ cup ashwaganda root powder 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder ¼ teaspoon nutmeg powder ¼ teaspoon clove powder ⅛ teaspoon …
 
Finally a kitchen medicine baking episode! This one starring herbal infused culinary oils. Not to be confused with essential oils, herb infused oils are easy to prepare at home and versatile. Always use dried herbs for infusing into an oil like olive oil. The creative options are endless. Perhaps begin by baking this biscotti with me! Mentions: Cul…
 
Herbal tinctures are welcome and sustainable additions to your kitchen medicine cabinet - whether homemade or purchased. And they are so easy to prepare. Join me to delve into the basics of herbal extractions. Herbal Tincture Weight to Volume Ratios Fresh Herbs 1:2 (1 part herb to 2 parts menstruum) Dried Herbs 1:4 or 1:5 (1 part herb to 4 or 5 par…
 
Astragalus is one of the premier immune system nourishing and strengthening herbal medicines. The best way to use an immune system tonifying herb like astragalus is to begin taking it when you are not sick, beginning about six weeks prior to the height of cold and flu season. It’s ideal for incorporating into cooking on a daily basis. In this episo…
 
Lovely red clover may be a weedy and grow wild, but it is not to be overlooked as a medicinal herb. This full monograph delves into all of its nuances from garden friend to delicious tea to profound remedy. Mentions: Mypronouns.org Strictly Medicinal Seeds David Winston’s Alterative Formula from Herbalist & Alchemist Celebrated Herbalists: David Wi…
 
We are forever learning the role of plant compounds in our bodies, especially those with complexity like isoflavones and phytoestrogens. Red clover and traditional whole soy foods are sources of these phytochemicals. In this episode, my goal is to reframe some of the controversies. Sources for Red Clover Dried or Tincture: Avena Botanicals Mountain…
 
I can not yet serve you a latte through your podcast app even though I wish that I could. Maybe someday that will happen. For now, here is a pop-up recipe offering, to make dandelion root vanilla latte homemade. I hope you enjoy! Dandelion Root Latte with Vanilla Syrup 8 ounces roasted dandelion root tea 2 teaspoons vanilla syrup ¼ cup milk (whole,…
 
An installment in my continued commitment to not waste the abundant and aggressive nettle crop I have growing in my yard. These green sauces are an embrace of life for me, a pathway to the things that I love: recipe collecting, discovery of brilliant herbal use and reason to shop for interesting ingredients, green or otherwise. Please come along an…
 
Materia medica tells a plant’s story. Please join me to explore and appreciate one of the herbalism sweethearts, a far cry from bothersome weed. I hope by the end you will love dandelion and never want to spray it with chemicals again. Taraxacum officinale = Dandelion: leaf, root, flower, stem Photos of Tarasque in Tarascon, France Sources for Dand…
 
Can we refashion the reputation of weeds? With many negative connotations surrounding weeds it’s hard to switch their image to foods and herbal medicines to love. We may call them edible weeds or wild foods, but I would love to change the name. I’m working on my own relationship with weeds by getting to know lamb’s quarters. Mentions: Edible Weeds …
 
Popping up here to offer you tea, through recipes instead of actually serving it. I promise for the time it takes to wait in line or sit in the drive thru, you can make your own chai, tweak it to how you like it and best of all experience some good medicine. Recipe for Masala Chai 4 whole cloves 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, that I’ve cut into thin …
 
Coughs can be so uncomfortable. Coughs can linger after the cold has long gone. Herbal cough syrups hold possibility to soothe and quiet a cough or support expectoration. Today’s kitchen medicine has three steps and uses three herbs combined to make a cough syrup that keeps in the refrigerator for when you need it. Ingredients for Wild Cherry Cough…
 
Sometimes prayers are not answered. A dedication to my mom... Mentions: Herbalist & Alchemist Compound Formula: David Winston’s Grief Relief No Fear, No Death by Thich Nhat Hanh Inward by Yung Pueblo Herbs for next episode’s Cough syrup: Angelica Root Wild Cherry Bark Mullein Leaf Deepest gratitude to Andrea Klunder, my podcast boss. Find her at th…
 
Adding herbs to a cold and flu season supply kit is easy and valuable peace of mind. Clear a space in your kitchen apothecary for dried herb blends for tea and steam inhalations, tinctures for prevention and symptoms as well as a few homemade syrups. Please listen in as I share my favorites. Cold and Flu Kitchen Apothecary Survival Kit Foods for me…
 
There’s no time like the present moment to stock up on kitchen medicine cabinet remedies that nourish the immune system, both for prevention and treating symptoms. This apple cider vinegar and honey combination is more like cooking than medicine making. If you’re cooking along while you listen, you will need the following: ½ cup grated fresh horser…
 
Deep roots symbolize durability, resiliency and unfaltering character, they are grounded and strong. For plants, roots are a matter of life or death. Cut off a plant’s roots then replant it, the plant won’t survive. Autumn is the time for roots in the kitchen and in herbalism. Burdock Root and Carrot Nut Torte: get the recipe here Burdock Tea Decoc…
 
Autumn and roots go hand and hand. I’m outside foraging through my weedy disarrayed backward to find treasure in the form of horseradish root. Join me for a successful harvest. Gardening podcasts: Plantrama Living Homegrown Mentions: Plants: horseradish, pokeweed, nettle, burdock, motherwort Plant Healer Magazine Chestnut School Of Herbal Medicine …
 
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