Episode 137:
Oats with Kimberly Gallagher

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Oats with Kimberly Gallagher

Episode Summary

If you’re new to herbs, you might be most familiar with oats as a breakfast staple. But they’re so much more than that! As my guest today, Kimberly Gallagher, shares, oats can soothe frazzled nerves, contribute to endocrine balance and sexual wellness, provide a wealth of easily-absorbed minerals, and much more. (Note that in this episode, Kimberly discusses her latest work with aphrodisiacs, so this interview is best for adults.)

Speaking of aphrodisiacs, though, herbal medicine can be delicious! And as a listener, you have access to a beautiful, watercolor-illustrated recipe card for Maple Oat Squares. (You can find the link in the section below.)

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

► Why incorporating herbs into your everyday life provides the best results

► Why Kimberly has turned to oats every day for more than 25 years

► Inspiration for how to make food prep an aphrodisiac experience

► What aphrodisiacs are (and aren’t)

► How oats can create a soothing, moistening, and intimate experience for couples

► and so much more…

For those of you who don’t already know her, Kimberly Gallagher is the author of Aphrodisiac: The Herbal Path to Healthy Sexuality and Vital Living and is co-founder of LearningHerbs.com. She has been working with the healing plants for over twenty years, integrating them into her family's life while homeschooling her now grown children. She is the creator of the Wildcraft! board game and the Herb Fairies children’s herbal program, and loves to teach through experience and play. Kimberly is also the founder of her Trail of Beauty Ministry, where sacred sensuality is at the heart of her work. 

I’m delighted to share our conversation with you today.

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What You'll Learn from This Episode

  • [01:09] Introduction to Kimberly Gallagher
  • [02:24] How Rosalee and Kimberly became friends
  • [05:10] How Kimberly found her herbal path
  • [08:53] How Herb Fairies came to be
  • [11:10] The inspiration for Aphrodisiac: The Herbal Path to Healthy Sexuality and Vital Living
  • [13:29] Aphrodisiacs: What is myth and what is real?
  • [14:45] Why Kimberly loves oats
  • [20:04] How oats can act as an aphrodisiac
  • [25:12] What about milky oat tincture?
  • [27:36] Maple Oat Squares
  • [32:21] Oats in the bath
  • [37:23] Herbal Secrets for Intimacy
  • [41:07] How herbalism has surprised Kimberly
  • [45:55] Herbal Tidbit


These oat squares are both nourishing and delicious. Between the melty chocolate, delicious spices, maple syrup and satisfying oats, they are a gateway to pleasure.



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients.
  3. Melt coconut oil over low heat, and pour it into a bowl with the other wet ingredients.
  4. Whisk wet ingredients together until smooth, smashing the ripe banana into the mix.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix until all the oats are well coated.
  6. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish, then press a piece of parchment paper down until it sticks to the bottom and sides of the dish evenly.
  7. Pour the oat bar mixture into the baking dish and press down evenly.
  8. Bake the mixture for 20 to 25 minutes, until lightly browned on top.
  9. Pull the dish out of the oven and allow it to cool for 10 minutes.
  10. Slice the mixture into bars and store them in the fridge for up to 10 days.

Maple Oats Squares Recipe

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  • 01:09 - Introduction to Kimberly Gallagher
  • 02:24 - How Rosalee and Kimberly became friends
  • 05:15 - How Kimberly found her herbal path
  • 09:04 - How Herb Fairies came to be
  • 11:24 - The inspiration for Aphrodisiac: The Herbal Path to Healthy Sexuality and Vital Living
  • 13:51 - Aphrodisiacs: What is myth and what is real?
  • 15:06 - Why Kimberly loves oats
  • 20:34 - How oats can act as an aphrodisiac
  • 25:51 - What about milky oat tincture?
  • 28:23 - Maple Oat Squares
  • 33:14 - Oats in the bath
  • 38:27 - Herbal Secrets for Intimacy
  • 42:19 - How herbalism has surprised Kimberly
  • 47:03 - 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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