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Plantain with Mel Mutterspaugh
Episode 731st August 2022 • Herbs with Rosalee • Rosalee de la Forêt
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If you love practical herbalism, you're really going to enjoy this episode with Mel Mutterspaugh about the many, many gifts of plantain (Plantago spp.)! Mel shares so many simple and practical ways to work with this abundant and powerful herb that you'll undoubtedly walk away with some new recipes and methods to try for yourself.

By the end of this episode, you’ll know:

► Why Mel says, “When in doubt: plantain.”

► A fun way to introduce kids to plantain for little ouchies or bug bites

► How a plantain moment wowed an initially skeptical, “manly man” carpenter

► How Mel is working to fulfill her mission to help there be an herbalist in every home

You’ll also receive instant FREE access to Mel’s fabulous tea blend, Wild Weedy Respiratory ReLeafy. Even herbalists who consider plantain one of their all-time favorite herbs to work with admit that plantain tea isn’t the best-tasting brew. But Mel has created a blend that brings you plantain’s medicinal benefits, while tasting good, too. This is one to know for cold and flu season!

Here is one of my favorite takeaways from our conversation: 

“Plantain is so abundantly there. Most people are trying to kill it in their yards. If we can just raise that awareness of the power of this beautiful, beautiful medicine, then we can change the world.”

If you aren’t already familiar with her, Mel is a clinical herbalist, environmental educator, founder of the herbal products company, Mountain Mel's Essential Goods, podcast host at The Herbalist's Path, and most importantly, a mom to a fun and silly 9 year old daughter.

Mel’s enthusiasm for and knowledge of plantain and herbalism for parents is deep and wide. I’m thrilled to share our conversation with you today!


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On the podcast, we explore the many ways plants heal, as food, as medicine, and through nature connection. Each week, I focus on a single seasonal plant and share trusted herbal knowledge so that you can get the best results when using herbs for your health.

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Rosalee is an herbalist and author of the bestselling book Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Heal and co-author of the bestselling book Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine. She's a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and teaches many popular online courses. Read about how Rosalee went from having a terminal illness to being a bestselling author in her full story here