01- Benefits of Herbs with Natalie Hammerquist

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

February 22, 2017

Today we had the lovely opportunity to have Natalie Hammerquist come on to our show! She is a traditional western herbalist located in the Pacific Northwest. We spent our hour together breaking down herbs into a nice introduction for anyone who is unfamiliar with what herbs can do for your health. Listen and learn about how you can go out and learn to identify, forage, and start using some of the powerful herbs right in your own backyards! Please enjoy this episode of Benefits of Herbs with Natalie Hammerquist!


1:41 – Making Calendula Cream
2:18 – Natalie uses both wildcrafted and sourced herbs
2:55 – Foraging during winter
3:33 – How to identify plants in winter
3:55 – Scoping out foraging areas during other seasons
4:30 – What can herbs do for somebody
6:16 – When herbs can help cancer
6:38 – Some issues herbs can help with
7:05 – What stages of cancer do herbs help with
7:55 – Most ideal time to use herbs for cancer
8:06 – 2nd most ideal time to start using herbs for cancer
8:22 – Point of no return using herbs for cancer
9:26 – Most doctors don't know how herbs work, so they recommend not using them
10:30 – Our medical system has led to more self education on health
11:08 – Paradigm shift in self care
12:49 – How to know what herb to take for disease
13:45 – Utilizing different assessments to determine herbal remedies
18:23- Dosage of herbs

21:52 – What is the best method for taking herbs
23:55 – Steaming herbs for respiratory issues
24:40 – Steaming essential oils versus the actual herb itself
25:12 – Using essential oils internally
26:28 – Brands of essential oils
26:48 – Uncle Harry's Essential Oils
27:31 – Is extractions of specific constituents a good practice
30:33 – Willow bark and known specific constituents extracted for medicine
31:45 – Our understanding of carrots compared to what we don't know
34:13 – Doctrine of Signatures within plants
37:35 – Is the herb you are harvesting safe?

40:28 – Are single herbs harder on the body than a formula of herbs
41:50 – Using local herbs vs imported herbs
43:05 – Master herbalists only use around 50 herbs
44:25 – Natalie's most commonly used herbs
45:30 – Common household herbs for medicinal purposes
47:05 – Making your own plaster (TV show Grow your own Drugs)
48:32 – Natalie's tried and true remedies
50:05 – The benefits of Goldenseal
52:02 – Using herbs for their properties in lotions and creams
52:37 – Natalie's herbal classes that she teaches
53:15 – Apprenticeship with Natalie
55:32 – Classes sizes

Learn More About Natalie Hammerquist

Website: www.adiantumschool.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adiantumschool/

Classes: https://www.adiantumschool.com/classes

Yearlong Programs: Foundations of PNW Herbalism   Seattle Herbal Apprenticeship

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About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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