Season 9 Episode 6:
Mexican Oregano with Jesus Garcia

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Mexican Oregano with Jesus Garcia

Episode Summary

It was truly a delight to connect with Jesus Garcia. And it was so interesting to learn about Mexican oregano (Lippia graveolens), a plant I wasn’t familiar with before this episode. 

I think you’ll love hearing Jesus share memories of how his grandmother turned to Mexican oregano for food and medicine. 

There’s no doubt that plants can be deeply nourishing and healing to our bodies. But I love how Jesus embodies the awareness that plant medicine can go far beyond the physical to encompass connection, nurturing, and positive movement.

Which leads me to the work Jesus does with kids in the school systems just outside of Austin, Texas. (It seriously made me wish I could be one of the students in his preK classes!)

If nurturing a connection between children and our beautiful Earth is one of your values, I suspect you’ll come away from this episode with a LOT of ideas and inspiration for:

► How a food forest can evolve into a place of peace and sanctuary

► How plants can be a caretaker and the caregiver for community

► How children can make their own medicine

For those who don’t already know Jesus, he is a Mexican Shaman and Herbalist teaching the traditions of lineage work through botanical practices of curanderia and community spiritual herbalism.

Jesus is an early childcare educator focusing on nature school fundamentals through holistic enrichment garden programs and is the founder of the HerbalActionProject, a nature play-school and community.

I’m thrilled to share our conversation with you today!

Every little pocket of our gardens and our food forest has not only food. It has a beautiful sensation of spiritual care.

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What You'll Learn from This Episode

  • [01:09] Introduction to Jesus Garcia
  • [02:15] How family and childhood experiences led Jesus to his herbal path
  • [05:02] Why Mexican Oregano is one of Jesus’ favorite herbs
  • [11:42] Growing a food forest
  • [14:44] The Herbal Action Project
  • [17:54] Children can make their own medicine
  • [21:54] How plants can facilitate release of trauma held in the body
  • [25:27] What Jesus keeps in his herbal medicine kit
  • [33:03] Herbal tidbit



  • 01:13 – Introduction to Jesus Garcia
  • 02:17 – How family and childhood experiences led Jesus to his herbal path
  • 05:06 – Why Mexican Oregano is one of Jesus’ favorite herbs
  • 11:53 – Growing a food forest
  • 14:58 – The Herbal Action Project
  • 18:12 – Children can make their own medicine
  • 22:19 – How plants can facilitate release of trauma held in the body
  • 25:59 – What Jesus keeps in his herbal medicine kit
  • 33:49 – Herbal tidbit

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Rosalee is an herbalist and author of the bestselling book Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Healand co-author of the bestselling book Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine. She's a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and has taught thousands of students through her online courses. Read about how Rosalee went from having a terminal illness to being a bestselling author in her full story here.  


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