Interview with Kami McBride

   I think one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves as herbalists and healers is “why do we get sick?” This is the big question pondered by healers, physicians,

Truly Ethical Wildcrafting: Creating Reciprocity & Relationship with Wild Plants & Places

On this week’s episode of The Plant Path, Whitney is joined by herbalist Rosalee de la Forêt. They have a discussion around wildcrafting practices; how to build relationships with the plants that grow around you by learning how to honorably harvest, tend, and care for land in your bioregion; how to work with the wild plants around you for food, medicine, and healing; and much more.
Herbal medicine

Finding Replacements for Endangered Plants Ethical Herbalism I want to discuss a topic that feels pretty important as it often comes up in practice. I think it is essential for all herbalists to know what herbs

Using Comfrey Safely

Comfrey is an important plant in traditional Western herbalism, as well as in modern herbalism, but there's a stigma around it too. People seem to be a bit scared of comfrey because of some research showing some of the constituents are potentially dangerous. But this is an herb that has been used in Western herbalism both topically and, yes—believe it or not—internally as well for a really long time. Few people talk about the possible internal usage of comfrey. But if you know more about its uses and characteristics, you can use it with greater confidence and competence.

Determining Interchangeable Species

Oftentimes with medicinal plants, there will be other species in a particular genus that can be used in the exact same way as the standardly accepted species that we typically use in herbal medicine.