SG564: Grow Your Own Apothecary with Herbalist Jodi McKee

Jodi is the creator of Inspired Living Home Body Spirit. She started her study of herbs over 15 years ago.

Jodi is the soulful mother of three boys. Her specialties include: herbal consultations, hand-crafted herbal remedies, energy healing, herbal instructional classes and inspiration.

Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow. In fact, I always say herbs are great gateway plants to gardening.  Herbs not only make good food great, but they also offer a variety of health benefits. Herbs can aid digestion and ease inflammation - and who doesn't appreciate good sleep?  Jodi shares simple ways to make already-wonderful plants even better as you use them to heal and improve your life.

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Grow Your Own Apothecary with Herbalist Jodi McKee
Grow Your Own Apothecary with Herbalist Jodi McKee
Grow Your Own Apothecary with Herbalist Jodi McKee
Grow Your Own Apothecary with Herbalist Jodi McKee
Grow Your Own Apothecary with Herbalist Jodi McKee

Interview Questions

How did you come to be an herbalist?

Time Stamp: 24:25

You began your journey with an herbalism class. Is that how most people start on this path?

Time Stamp 28:00

I once knew a herbalist who, like you, had a sick child and found herbs that helped cure her daughter. Is that a common story among herbalists?

Time Stamp 29:45

People are skeptical when it comes to herbalism, they’re just not as familiar with it, how do you overcome that?

Time Stamp 31:55

Let’s go back and talk about the yarrow plant. Are we talking about the common yarrow with the yellow blossom? Should I give those to my children whenever they have a bruise?

Time Stamp 34:15

Have you found that if you can understand the plant’s original name, you can also understand some of the medicinal properties it has?

Time Stamp 36:00

Let’s talk a little bit about boneset. It’s a common native plant here in Minnesota.

Time Stamp 38:05

Walk us through how you’d made a boneset tincture.

Time Stamp 39:15

What kind of alcohol are you using when you start that tincture?

Time Stamp 42:05

As you’re doing these tinctures/remedies, do you realize you need to plant a lot more things?

Time Stamp 43:40

What’s the base oil that you use when making your herb remedies?

Time Stamp 45:00

When you’re using plantain weeds, how do you use it? In a form of an oil?

Time Stamp 48:05

By this time the show airs, I’ll be two weeks post-op on my rotator cuff surgery. Any advice?

Time Stamp 58:00

When it comes to solomon seal, do you need to use all of the root system or can you save some of it for regrowth?

Time Stamp 1:04:15

Enula campana (also known as horse hele and elf dock), I had never heard of this plant before. You gotta talk to me about this particular herb.

Time Stamp 1:06:10

Now, you mentioned burdock. Pigs go crazy for burdock, but what can you do with burdock exactly?

Time Stamp 1:13:45

What recommendations do you have for hot flashes?

Time Stamp 1:16:35

Tell me more about motherwort.

Time Stamp 1:19:35

What do you do with creeping charlie?

Time Stamp 1:22:55

Also, tell me more about elderberries.

Time Stamp 1:27:15

Do you have a top list of plants and herbs that you’d recommend everyone should use?

Time Stamp 1:31:45

What do your parents think about all of this? You mentioned that they were both gardeners.

Time Stamp 1:38:40

What advice do you have for someone who wants to be a herbalist?

Time Stamp 1:40:40

You mentioned that you have a herbal teacher come from France, what’s that all about?

Time Stamp 1:43:10

Do you have any favorite websites to follow?

Time Stamp 1:46:05

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I never write reviews but this is the best gardening podcast out there. Jennifer has interesting topics and guests and is not one bit annoying like some others are. I love that she involves her kids at the end of the podcast - usually with poetry or music. Really good podcast.

- Barbcfc, Mar 23, 2016

Still Growing is one of the reliably informative gardening podcasts from North America. The format consists of an intro (personal gardening status chat, seasonal remarks), an extended interview with a guest, and an outro with funny outtakes, side remarks, and some chatter (poems, readings) from the host's children. The podcast is focused on reliable knowledge - the guests are typically experts like academics, master gardeners, gardening entrepreneurs or public garden leaders. The intro and especially the outro give it a homey feel. Given I live in the high northern region, just a little below the Polar Circle, I'm always looking for more cold-weather oriented gardening information. Jennifer Ebeling is in Minnesota, so that's helpful to me! Vegetable gardening (my main interest) gets a good share, but is not predominant. Most topics transcend your specific gardening interest and are applicable to many styles: landscaping principles, vermicomposting, greenhouses. The episodes are typically an hour long, which is just fine for me.

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Best gardening podcast out there. Her preparedness leads to a good interaction with the guests and brings out the best in them. Very informative and yet personable.

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This is a great podcast. Really well produced and organized with good sound quality. I love the mix of information and personal touches. Jennifer has great guests and asks the best questions. You can tell she really does her homework. I listen to several gardening podcasts and this is my absolute favorite!

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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