What to treat to sit down with herbalist and author, Nancy Phillips, to discuss dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)! Who couldn’t use an herbal friend that:
► Supports our hardworking livers (which may beautify our complexions, too!)
► Is rich in inulin to feed the beneficial bacteria in our guts
► Is bursting with nutrients AND enhances digestion
► Benefits pollinators
But, as if all that wasn’t enough, dandelions usher in joy with their sunny blossoms and whimsical seedheads. These unique plants serve as models of resilience and tenacity while simultaneously inviting the child in all of us to play.
There’s a lot to love about dandelions!
Nancy shares two delicious recipes for dandelion greens, too. (Now I have even more reasons to await Spring with happy anticipation!)
By the end of this episode, you’ll know:
► Why growing a plant yourself is such a special way to get to know it
► Why to pay attention to your intuitive nudges when choosing which herb to work with
► The easiest way to make dandelion wine (this could become a fun seasonal celebration!)
► The benefits of focusing on getting to know just a few herbs really deeply
Here is one of my favorite takeaways from our conversation:
“If there’s a possibility of growing a plant and seeing it move from seed to seedling and to see it through the seasons, that’s really my favorite way to get to know plants.”
For those who don’t already know Nancy, she is an herbalist, yoga/Ayurveda instructor, and small-scale farmer. She delights in supporting people on their path to finding more peace, joy, and vitality through healing herbs, healthy food and strengthening their connection to Earth and Spirit. She and her daughter, Gracie, lovingly tend Heartsong Farm, an herb farm, organic apple orchard, and holistic educational center. They offer consultations, workshops, grower’s intensives, and healing retreats at their farm in Northern NH. Nancy and her husband, Michael, co-authored The Herbalist’s Way: The Art and Practice of Healing with Plant Medicines.
If you’d like to hear more from Nancy, which I highly recommend, then head to the show notes where you can get easy links for her website and social media. You can also find the transcript for this episode in the show notes.
I’m so glad to share our conversation with you today!
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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.