– Ken McCarthy
Korean TV documentary on medicinal uses
The film refers to May as optimal harvest time, but, of course, that differences from place to place.
How wonderful it must be to live in a country that has “modern” medicine and deep herbal knowledge too.
The second half of the video is a bonus: Korean Qi Gong.
– Ken McCarthy
Hello All Plant Lovers,
Our first Herb Walk will be on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 6:30 – 8:00 PM. We will meet at the Illinois Prairie Trail at Westmore-Myers Rd and North Broadway in Lombard, IL There is a parking lot within several feet of where the trail begins.
This is a rain or shine event….barring tornadoes. If you are late, look for us down the trail or alongside … Read more
A walk through the wild spring woods with Adam Haritan
The glorious eastern woods
Hey, do you live near southern Michigan? Can you get there?
Adam will be teaching at this annual fun gathering of foragers in June.
– Ken McCarthy
Plant Wisdom talks with Adam Haritan of LearnYourLand.com
My hope: That people all over the world see these videos and some are inspired create ones of similar quality and depth.
If you’re an Eastern Woodlands person, they will amplify your love and appreciation of where … Read more
A mediation on human dignity.
A short documentary on the daily life of a botanist in the mountains of Tajikistan.
Not a whole lot of specific plant information, but insight into the soul of a plant lover and a look at the rich plant life in an environment you don’t expect to find much.
It’s also a portrait and reminder of what human life is like away from our overdone … Read more
Ken McCarthy interviews Klaus Ferlow, master herbalist and leading North American advocate of sturdy, fast-growing, versatile Neem tree.
Called “arista” in Sanskrit, it means “perfect, complete, imperishable.” It’s also known in India as the “village pharmacy.”
The neem tree grows rapidly, even under challenging desert conditions, anywhere where there is no frost.
The leaves, flower, twigs, bark, roots, oil, and oil cake are all useful.
Uses include: non-toxic pesticide, … Read more
A while back, I wrote about the “commercially inspired over-enthusiasm” for essential oils.
In response, I received a flood of vociferous hate mail.
Hate mail to PlantWisdom.org? Yup. That’s part of the word we live in.
Unfortunately, most of what appears online and elsewhere about essential oils comes from people who manufacture and sell them.
That said if you dig even a little – Google: “essential oil dangers” – you’ll … Read more
In my article about the effectiveness of echinacea as a temporary immune booster I pointed out that some people have an allergy to echinacea and they need to search out alternatives.
How do you know if you have an echinacea allergy?
There are two ways:
1. Do you have a ragweed allergy?
If you do, you may also have an allergic reaction to echinacea.
Ragwood and echinacea are members … Read more