Season 10 Episode 4:
Oak with Robin Rose Bennett

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Oak with Robin Rose Bennett

Episode Summary

It was such a delight to have Robin Rose Bennett back on the podcast! In today’s episode, she  shares some powerful words of wisdom about the mighty oak (Quercus spp.), a tasty way to benefit from oak’s medicinal gifts, and a peek at her new book. (You may also want to listen to Robin’s first episode; I still have people commenting on the peach oxymel recipe she shared back in the summer of 2022!)

Oak is a majestic medicinal plant! For example, oak can:

► Help you recover from various intestinal difficulties, from leaky gut to common diarrhea

► Promote healing from superficial wounds

► Provide nutrient-dense physical food

► and more…

By the end of this episode, you’ll know:

► Which herbalist described oak as THE astringent

► A powerful component of any herbal medicine

► When to gather oak medicine and how to do so sustainably

► One of the best medicines for hikers to know

For those who don’t already know Robin, she is a story-teller, writer, and herbalist, offering classes in Herbal Medicine and EarthSpirit Teachings since 1986. She teaches at herb conferences, festivals, medical schools and, most joyously, outside with the plants. Robin Rose shares herbal medicine with gratitude for the loving generosity of the plants and the magic, mystery, and beauty of the web of life. She is the author of Healing Magic: A Green Witch Guidebook to Conscious Living and The Gift of Healing Herbs: Plant Medicines and Home Remedies for a Vibrantly Healthy Life.

Robin’s latest book,  A Green Witch’s Pocket Book of Wisdom- Big Little Life Tips, is filled with golden nuggets of green witch magic and silver strands of spiritual wisdom. It offers inspiring guidance to help you live authentically and vibrantly, and provides practices that will support you as you grow and evolve. It draws upon teachings that Robin has practiced for decades.

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

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What You'll Learn from This Episode

  • [01:10] Introduction to Robin Rose Bennett
  • [02:34] Robin’s first experience visiting an herbalist and working with oak
  • [08:37] What Robin has learned from oak
  • [15:32] Oak as physical medicine
  • [20:27] Which oak bark to work with for medicine-making
  • [23:05] What about oak leaves?
  • [26:23] Can herbalism really help with serious health issues?
  • [31:21] Oak on the Mountain (Standing Strong) tea blend
  • [39:31] Robin’s new book
  • [48:42] What is a green witch? Robin’s perspective
  • [54:26] Robin’s teachers
  • [58:59] Herbal tidbit



  • 00:00 – Introduction to Robin Rose Bennett
  • 02:46 – Robin’s first experience visiting an herbalist and working with oak
  • 09:10 – What Robin has learned from oak
  • 16:31 – Oak as physical medicine
  • 21:40 – Which oak bark to work with for medicine-making
  • 24:47 – What about oak leaves?
  • 28:13 – Can herbalism really help with serious health issues?
  • 33:24 – Oak on the Mountain (Standing Strong) tea blend
  • 42:09 - Robin’s new book
  • 52:12 - What is a green witch? Robin’s perspective
  • 58:11 – Robin’s teachers
  • 1:02:53 - Herbal tidbit

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