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The Herbalist's Path

Mountain Mel Mutterspaugh

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Join Mountain Mel, a clinical herbalist, holistic health educator, and natural medicine maker teaching mommas how to use plants in a safe and effective way. In this podcast, you’ll discover how to make your own herbal remedies at home so that you can take better care of yourself, better care of your family, and better care of our planet! You’ll also hear from other herbalists, as they share their journey’s down the herbalists path.We're on a mission to inspire a movement where there’s an her ...
 
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Sometimes it can be hard for our kiddos to focus in school, whether homeschool or in another school, there are herbs to help your kiddos stay focused, attentive, and retain all of that great information. In this episode we talk about helping the kids whole body, through lifestyle choices, and of course great herbs to support along the way. I hope y…
 
It's important that we choose herbs and foods to keep our kids immune systems strong all year long. In this episode I chat about 3 of my favorites for my daughter, and how you can incorporate them into your family's life as well. If you want to start growing your own Shiitake mushrooms, this is the company I mentioned in the episode. Cascadia Mushr…
 
As we near the school year, we also head into cold and flu season, which means missed days of school, and missed days of work for us parents. But the good news is, that you can be prepared to keep the sickness out of your house, and you can do it with herbs! So in this episode, I'm sharing the 3 most important herbs that helps keep my whole family …
 
A common thing I see as smore people are discovering the world of plant medicine, is that they hear about a plant being "good for one thing" and then that's the only way they get to know that plant. But, when you discover the many uses of each plant, that's when you can become an amazing healer in your home, without having to buy allll of the herbs…
 
There's no doubt about it, summer is the BEST! Except when there's no way for you to beat the heat. Fortunately, there's several herbs you can use to help you. And, yes, I dive into them inside this episode. From cooling herbal teas, to sun burn skin care, we're diving into it in this episode. And, if you'd like to grab my favorite summer time reci…
 
Herbs are amazing, and can be incredibly powerful healers. And, sometimes they just may not work for you. In this episode I break down four common reasons that herbs don't work for people, and what can be done about it. If you love the show and learned something new, please don't forget to leave us a bunch of ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐! And, share it with your friends …
 
Summer fun never fails to have a blooper or two, and someone is bound to get burned, cut, broken, in one way or another. That's why it's so important to know, or grow plants around you! In this episode I share my 3 top herbs for first aid for these inevitable accidents. Are you ready to use more plants as medicine within your family??? Then it's ti…
 
Life can be stressful, and it's absolutely stressful for our kids. In this episode, we'll chat about 3 of the best herbs to turn to when it comes to help your your kiddos handle stress and anxiety, in a safe, natural, and effective way. Are you ready to use more plants as medicine within your family??? Then it's time for you to discover the most po…
 
Your backyard is loaded with tons of food and medicine. The same food and medicine that so many of us have been raised to think of as "weeds" or the bad guys. So many people have spent insane amounts of money to kill these abundant plants, while simultaneously poisoning our Earth. It's time we shift that! It's time we look at these plants and recog…
 
Weeds weeds wonderful and medicinal weeds. Truth is, there's potent and powerful medicine in these abundant plants. And yet, toxic crap like round up still exists for those that want the perfectly manicured lawn and don't realize the medicine these plants provide. Well, in this episode I'm sharing 3 of my favorite medicinal weeds that you likely ha…
 
There's so many things to consider when it comes to planning your garden each year. What food will you grow? What herbs will you grow? Medicinal, culinary? They're both medicinal actually. And of course the garden planning thoughts go well beyond that. So in toady's episode we'll talk about some of the things to consider when it comes to planning t…
 
Let’s talk about one of the most nourishing plants out there. A plant that is feared by many, due to its oh so famous sting, yet a plant that is incredible food, and incredible medicine! This plant is…. Stinging Nettles, and if you’ve ever even kinda wondered (or not) how this plant could possibly be a good plant, stay tuned to this episode and I’m…
 
Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you started using more herbs and plants as medicine? Well in this episode I interview budding herbalist Amanda Stanley. She shares how her life has changed and improved since she's began walking down the herbalist's path! Amanda has been one of my students, and it's been such a beautiful honor …
 
Join the Herbal Entrepreneur Conference with some of the best herbalist and herbal business owners sharing their lessons of all kinds of angles of being an herbal business owner. Register for the FREE Event here! I'm honored to be one of the speakers, and I'll be sharing a bit about the journey of being an herbal product maker in the big big world …
 
Elderberry syrup is an immune boosting herbal powerhouse to keep the sickness away. And it’s certainly more sustainable and trustworthy than most of the stuff you see on the local drug store shelves. But how do you know when it’s the right time to take things like elderberry syrup, and other natural remedies when you’re sick? Well, I can tell you t…
 
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United states. And, February is American Heart Health month, so what better time than now to talk about heart healthy herbs Honestly, I think this is something we should be raising awareness for all year round, because, ya know, our hearts and our lives a, well… pretty dang important! So, in this e…
 
Have you ever wondered how you can start growing your own medicinal herb garden? Or perhaps you already do, but you're wondering how you can make it even better? In this episode I interview fellow herbalist and Garden Mentor, Robin Haglund. Robin coaches people on how to grow a sustainable, abundant garden, without tossing your money down the drain…
 
It's no secret that everybody is getting sick these days. And, that kids and the places they go are breeding grounds for germs viruses and bacteria to spread. So, how can you help keep you kids immune system healthy and strong so that they can kick these bugs quicker than others? Better yet, how in the heck can you make your own remedies that your …
 
Rosalee is someone I've followed for over a decade. She's a brilliant herbalist, and much like me, also a passionate nature lover. For Rosalee it's all about nature connection, and plant connection! I couldn't agree more! She's currently offering a FREE Webinar all about How To Choose The Best Herbal Preparation. She's also about to launch her year…
 
Stuck with Brain Fog? Irritability? Stubborn Weight Gain? Random Rashes? Or Tons Of Tummy Troubles? The reality is that the key to your health lies in your gut. Fortunately there are herbs that can help you get there. Discover 3 of my favorite anti-inflammatory herbs for the gut in this episode Want to discover even more herbs to improve your gut h…
 
Discover the herbalist journey of brilliant herbal educator, botanist, community connector, and all over beautiful human, Shana Grover of Sage Country Herbs! Shana's journey began as a youngin' that loved to be out in nature. That's where she's always found the deepest connections, and now she helps keep others connected to the same thing. You can …
 
The holiday season has us snacking on tasty treats everywhere we turn. Most of the time, they're loaded with sugar and other unhealthy options, but in good news, Cinnamon, one of the stars of the season has a wide array of medicinal benefits for you. Inside this episode, you'll discover why Cinnamon is your friend. From From heart and circulatory h…
 
Imagine your life where you're so connected and rooted to the ways of the Earth, that not only do you grow your own food, but you also make your own medicine, and make your own cold pressed oils out of the plants you grow or harvest around you. Sounds pretty dreamy, and perhaps "simple", right?! Well in the latest podcast episode on The Herbalist's…
 
It's Autumn here in the Pacific Northwest of the USA-- leaves are changing, rain is starting to fall, the kids are back to school. That also means the petri dish is open for business. And after not spending much time together over this past year & a half, we're gearing up for a strong cold & flu season. In this episode, I introduce you to my BFF fo…
 
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-t…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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,…
 
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 interviewi…
 
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, natu…
 
What can we say about Jim McDonald? He’s quirky, funny, talented, knowledgeable, and kind. In this super-fun conversation, I get down and dirty with Jim talking about sustainability and conservation, stewardship, and how teaching has changed in the current, internet-driven world. And Jim shares with us some great stories and knowledge around one of…
 
We’re back! And I hope you left some room in your garden plot because in this episode I’m going to share with you five MORE of my favorite plants that are must-haves for my medicinal garden. And they may be for you too. We’ll talk about not only uses, but also what they look like, what they feel like, what they need to be happy and healthy and prov…
 
Spring is springing! Let’s get those gardens growing! Wouldn’t it be just the best thing ever if the medicine you & your family would like to have on hand is available in a living form in your own yard? You can make it a reality with relative ease. In this episode I’m going to share with you five of my favorite plants that are must-haves for my med…
 
Hi everyone. I’m so excited for this episode’s guest! Her name is Amanda Furbee, owner of the Herb Shoppe on Mississippi and Portland, Oregon. In this episode, Amanda and I will talk plants, formulating, our approaches to medicinal values, and the amazing way that Amanada found herself on an unexpected Herbalist’s Path that carried her from one coa…
 
HAPPY HERB DAY! How lucky I am to be able to live up here on Mt. Hood, a place with so much abundance of life especially in the Spring. In fact, this episode was recorded out in my local forested riverway. And as I watch the river wend its way through the landscape, I take a moment to reflect on my own Herbalist’s Path and the influential people wh…
 
This episode is about Nettles. Yes, “those”nettles. Urtica diotica. The “stinging” ones. But there’s a ton of medicinal zing other than the (still medicinal) sting. How about a nettle tea? Or nettle Pesto? What!? Yeah! Nettles are actually one of the most nutrient dense plants we have to work with in our world and they can be used as food and medic…
 
In this episode, I get to chat with clinical herbalist, author, & teacher Elaine Sheff about her 30 years journeying down the Herbalist’s Path. We discuss favorite books and favorite teachers. I also ask Elaine about favorite herbs like Calendula (Calendula officinalis) and Comfrey (Symphytum officinale). We speak of wonderful things going on at El…
 
Today's podcast is a super special treat. I had the honor of interviewing Liz Neves, a beautiful herbalist and healer, dream guide, reiki practitioner, living and teaching in Lenapehoking (mainly Brooklyn, NY). She's also the author of Northeast Medicinal Plants: Identify Harvest and use 111 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness (Timber Press)., as we…
 
Did you get hit by all those wild winter storms? Here at our home on Mt. Hood in Oregon, we had 21 inches of snow fall; places west are covered freezing rain. Jack Frost has certainly had his way with us all here, February 2021. Snow & ice covering places like Texas that are ill-prepared to handle such weather. Weel, we're here to help. I want to s…
 
This episode is all about licorice. No, not Twizzlers. Nor Red Vines. Licorice root is our star today, and good for our bodies in so many ways. Glycyrrhiza glabra is the Latin name of this particular plant. The “Glycyrrhiza" part of the name actually means "sweet root" and what an amazing root it is. It has been used for thousands of years as a "ha…
 
We’ve all heard the phrase, “Trust your gut,” right? There might be more truth in that statement than you might think. Our gut is about digestion --all about the power of our digestive organs to process and absorb what we eat while also being able to burn off waste products-- but there’s so much more to it. If our digestive fire isn’t burning up to…
 
Hey, first podcast of 2021! Since the whole world is hollering “New year, new you!”, I figured I'd talk about how you can work on healing your body from the inside out. So I'm just going to share with you a few of my absolute favorite herbs that I love to turn to when I have issues of inflammation in the gut. Our gut health is absolutely essential …
 
Gut check! Check 1...Check 2… Is your Digestion in Question? I don’t know about you, but holiday merriment and comfort food indulgence have left my digestion a bit questionable. So I figured we would do a little episode all about gut health and why it's so important in our every day. Because we all know that it's directly connected to the health of…
 
In this episode, I’m talking with educator, author, herbalist Kristine Brown. Kristine has devoted much of her life to creating herbal education curriculum for our youngest budding herbalists. We talk about how she sought to fill that blank spot in educational herbalism by creating her long-running zine, authoring books that make herbalism approach…
 
It's no secret that life has been mighty tough for the majority of people these days. Whether these times have you suffering from stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, immune issues, or emotional trauma, adaptogenic herbs can offer a great helping hand to support you and your body during these trying times. Adaptogens produce an increase in bodily resist…
 
“I’m so grateful to be living in times like this that demand so much of me.” You know, we’ve spent a lot of time learning about plants. Have you ever stopped to wonder what we could learn from plants? Scott Kloos has. And the plants have taught him many lessons about such things as reciprocity, nurturing, and cultural evolution (just to name a few)…
 
Welcome back for the second part of our exploration of the herbal medicine chest in your cabinet! Last episode,we talked about savory culinary herbs and how they can help you & your family. In this episode, we’ll look at delicious spices that show up in our sweeter holiday fare although no herbs we’ll discuss are actually sweet. They do, however, h…
 
Did you know that there might be a whole entire medicine chest in your kitchen cupboard? As your cooking for the holidays, we’re going to look at what herbal goodness we can slip into your meals (savory) & treats (sweet, next episode!). In this episode, we’ll talk about savory culinary herbs and how they can help you & your family. Here we go to Sc…
 
How does stress impact your immune system? Have you ever been super stressed out, spread way too thin, and next thing you know, you’ve gotten sick (which certainly doesn’t help the stress!)? Well, stress and what it does to your body can really adversely affect your immune system. And right now-- post-election, pre-holidays, global pandemic-- we’re…
 
We’ve all heard that we should take echinacea for a cold, or garlic is good for you, or elderberry. All of it’s true, but have you ever wondered why or how these plants work their magic? This episode is a big shout out to Immune Stimulatants! These virus & bacteria-fighting herbs ramp up your immune system to help fight illness. They are best emplo…
 
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