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The field of herbalism has changed considerably over the past thirty years. Once, aspiring herbalists had few mentors and essentially had to create the path into the herbal lifestyle on their own. Those hardy souls have become the teachers and guides modern herbalists have to thank for reclaiming herbalism as a real medicine for the people. Today, we’re talking with one of herbalism’s elders, Howie Brounstein, co-owner and primary instructor of Columbines School of Botanical Studies, about his path into herbalism and the changes he’s seen.
Resources We Mentioned
Herbs in the News
We discussed the article “New York Attorney General Targets Mislabeled Herbal Supplements” by Hansi Lo Wang published in October 2014 on the NPR website.
In this show we answer a listener’s question: Can you harvest rose hips when their green and let them turn red in the sun?
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Howie Brounstein is an herbalist and teacher at the Columbine School of Botanical Studies. Howie was the owner of Wizardry Herbs, Inc., a manufacturer of quality wildcrafted herbal products. This intentionally small-sized business supplied high-quality bio-regional herbs to the local community.