Episode 141:
Chamomile with Dr. Jillian Stansbury

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Chamomile with Dr. Jillian Stansbury

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Episode Summary

It was so much fun to interview Dr. Jillian Stansbury! She is a plant nerd in all the best ways, and every section of this conversation has so much wisdom infused into it. Not only does Dr. Stansbury give a ton of information about chamomile’s many gifts but she also touches on the differences between the use of herbs and pharmaceuticals, her passion for ethnobotany, and so much more. If you like to nerd out on herbs then you are going to love this conversation!

A master at herbal formulation, Dr. Stansbury also discusses herbs that partner well with chamomile for different health challenges, and shares her wonderful Tummy Tea Blend recipe.  You can find the beautifully illustrated recipe card for this in the section below.

Chamomile is such a versatile plant!  Here are just a few instances when gentle yet powerful chamomile can be helpful:

► To help calm and soothe a wound-up nervous system

► As a mouthwash for gingivitis

► For a variety of digestive issues from gas and bloating to irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis

► To help quell nausea

And there are so many other health challenges that can benefit from chamomile’s gifts!  Tune in to the entire episode for all the details!

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

► How Dr. Stansbury combined her training as a physician with her love of herbs, along with other healing practices, to create a truly holistic medical clinic

►  Why chamomile is such a versatile plant for your herbal medicine toolkit

►  How chamomile can be used to reduce some of the side effects of chemotherapy

► Ten digestive issues that can be helped by chamomile

► Why we can’t possibly know exactly how an herb does what it does (but that’s okay!)

► The difference between herbs and pharmaceuticals in treating health issues

► and so much more…

For those of you who don’t already know her, Dr. Jillian Stansbury has practiced as a physician in Battle Ground, WA for over 35 years, and she currently directs the Healing Arts Apothecary, which is open to the public. She chaired the Botanical Medicine program at National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR for many decades and remains on the faculty. Dr. Stansbury leads ethnobotany field courses in the Andes and Amazon each January, and is the author of 7 herb books, including the Award-Winning 5-volume textbook series, Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, published by Chelsea Green.

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

What You'll Learn from This Episode

  • [01:10] Introduction to Dr. Jillian Stansbury
  • [02:29] How Dr. Jillian found her herbal path
  • [14:17] Dr. Jillian’s five-volume Herbal Formulary book series
  • [21:28] Medicinal benefits of chamomile
  • [30:29] What about sensitivity to chamomile?
  • [31:51] Pharmacological vs. physiological therapies
  • [51:31] Dr. Jillian’s ethnobotany field courses
  • [1:00:02] New herbal skills Dr. Jillian is cultivating
  • [1:06:06] Herbal Tidbit

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