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Cinco de Mayo is a Big Deal here in North America. On this day each year, we like to think that Mexico’s win in the face of great odds was one of their greatest contributions to our culture. The truth is, their plant medicine has had a bigger and more lasting impact on our daily lives. Today, we’re talking about a few of the herbs we love most from Central and South America.
Herbs We Discussed:
- Chili and Cayenne
- Sweet Corn and Corn Silk
- Wild Yam
- Passion Flower
Herbs in the News
We discussed medical marijuana and its use for treating children with epilepsy. The discussion was sparked by an article by Carly Schwartz published in April 2015 by Huffington Post entitled “Thousands of Families Demand Legal Medical Marijuana for Their Critically Ill Kids.”
“Pot Kids: Inside the Quasi-Legal, Science-Free World of Medical Marijuana for Children” by Kate Pickert. Published on Time.com.
Herbalists use a variety of terms to describe the properties of herbs. We discussed Aerial Parts of herbs and plants.
Herbs we mentioned:
- Saint John’s Wort
- Lemon Balm
The Practical Herbalist Team
Candace Hunter, Sue Sierralupe and Patrick Hunter have been working together as the Practical Herbalist/Real Herbalism Radio team for many years. They have published 10 books which are available in Kindle form.