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Growing Joy with Plants - Wellness Rooted in Nature

Maria Failla- Happy Plant Lady and Author of Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness



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How to Forage for Healing Plants in Your Backyard

• 68 min

For most of us, the plants growing in our backyards and neighborhoods go overlooked. We mow them down or walk right over them without a second glance. But did you know many of these plants have been used medicinally for centuries? In this episode, we'll share fundamental tips from an expert forager, herbalist, and hiker, Heather Houskeeper. You'll learn basic plant identification skills, foraging best practices, and uses for several common medicinal "weeds." In this episode, we learn:[07:14] How Heather became a botanical hiker[09:30] Juliet’s Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine[13:14] What does sheep’s sorrel taste like?[18:54] What should you know when trying to make foraging your new hobby?[16:11] How does Heather's approach to foraging align with the concept of homesteading?[20:04] Where can you find the best chimes for your lawn and garden?[22:15] Why is plant identification key, especially specific to region, important?[25:35] Why is a magnifying loop helpful in the process of identifying plants?[26:36] Tips for your first foraging adventure[28:35] How to approach and communicate with a plant while foraging[30:51] How does sensory experience enhance plant-human connection?[31:35] What are good harvesting practices, especially if you're on public land?[36:21] General guideline for harvesting plants without causing harm to the overall population[37:38] What is the best way to identify plants while foraging?[38:34] Why is it important to use scientific names when searching for plant information?[39:47] Botanical terms and concepts that beginner foragers should understand[40:09] Radial and bilateral symmetry in flowers[42:33] Parts of a flower[44:22] Leaf arrangement and leaf shape[48:18] Herbalist terms you should know for medicinal purposes[50:44] Medicinal properties and uses of common plants[54:04] Healing properties of sorrel plant family[55:15] Healing properties of plantains[59:14] Healing properties of yarrow[01:02:37] Where can you find Heather online? Mentioned in our conversation:The Lodge at WoodlochChestnut School of Herbal MedicineGrowing Joy Episode 168 Grow Your Own Tea: Intro To Herbalism With Juliet Of Chestnut School Of Herbal MedicineLove and the Long PathA Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Mountains to Sea TrailA Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Finger Lakes TrailAlone - TV show For five of the most common backyard healing plants and their uses,check out the full show notes and blog here! Thank you to our episode sponsor:Wind River ChimesBring more peace, serenity, and magic into your home with chimes. Wind River is a Virginia-based company creating premium handcrafted and hand-tuned wind chimes for over 35 years. If you are looking for a new way to grow joy in your life and find a moment of peace, a Wind River chime is the perfect addition for your home or garden. Plus, it's a perfect personalized gift for your loved ones! Visit and use code GROWINGJOY to receive free engraving on all Corinthian Bells wind chimes. Follow Heather: The Botanical Hiker School of Plant and Place Connection Instagram Facebook YouTube Follow Maria and Growing Joy: Order my book: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet! Get your FREE 2-week trial here! Take the Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle) Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! Instagram: @growingjoywithmaria Tiktok: @growingjoywithmaria Subscribe to the Growing Joy Youtube channel! /growingjoywithmaria Website: Pinterest: @growingjoywithmaria Our Sponsors: * Check out undefined and use my code BLOOM for a great deal: undefined * Check out undefined and use my code TODAY

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