Episode 145:
Gingko biloba with Mary Morgaine Squire

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Gingko with Mary Morgaine Squire

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Episode Summary

I have fallen in love with Mary Morgaine Squire’s plant love letter newsletters lately, and when I sat down to interview her it was made even more clear to me just how deep her connection with the herbs is!  I’m excited that she chose ginkgo (Gingko biloba) for her herb – it’s a new plant for the show and one I haven’t worked with much myself. I really enjoyed learning more about it.  I’m even trying to find a place to grow a ginkgo tree in my own yard now!

Mary shared so many wonderful things during our conversation – from a plant meditation to an excerpt from her love letter to ginkgo, plus her recipe for Sweet Memory Tea.  You can download your very own copy of Mary’s lovely recipe in the resource section below.

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

► The connections between the history of ginkgo, its physical structure, and its medicinal benefits

► The best time of year to harvest ginkgo leaves

► How working with ginkgo can benefit your mind and heart

► Two ways to combine ginkgo with other herbs to enhance their own gifts

► and so much more…

For those of you who don’t know her, Mary Morgaine Squire, aka Mary Plantwalker, is a land steward, writer, educator, ceremonialist and avid gardener living in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. She began her walk with the plants at Fairhaven College in the early 90’s while earning a BA in sustainable living, and later traveled the world to learn from the plants and healers of indigenous cultures. Matthew Wood, Frank Cook and Juliet Blankespoor have been some of her many herbal teachers along the way.

Mary Morgaine creates sacred sanctuary wherever she goes, pouring her life energy into the space around her. Herb Mountain Farm, a healing botanical sanctuary that hosts events, a forest school and residential community, has been her home for many years and she is devoted to stewarding it with loving care. Her joy arises while tending the land and documenting the life unfolding on this magical planet through writing, photography and collage. Her prayer is that this work will inspire others to care deeply for our Mother Earth.

As a plantfolk woman, Mary Morgaine walks her talk by steeping herself daily in the spirit of the plants whether it’s eating something wild, drinking herbal tea, sitting under a tree or giving voice to the plant nation. She is an eternal student of the natural world and generously shares with others how to strengthen their personal relationship with the plants around them and find their passion for embracing conscious earth stewardship. She offers regular Appalachian Tea Ceremonies, Plant Walks, and other earth-based workshops and is the author of a weekly subscription newsletter called Earth Devotions.

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

What You'll Learn from This Episode

  • [01:10] Introduction to Mary Morgaine Squire
  • [03:53] How Mary found her herbal path
  • [16:21] Herb Mountain Farm
  • [20:15] A Gingko meditation
  • [23:49] Medicinal benefits of gingko (Gingko biloba)
  • [29:31] Sweet Memory Tea
  • [34:13] Closing thoughts about gingko
  • [36:18] Mary’s current projects
  • [39:14] What Mary keeps in her herbal first aid kit
  • [46:12] Herbal tidbit

Get Your Free Recipe!

Gingko brings the herbs together in this gentle tea recipe to help support clear recall.



  1. Measure out and set aside the dried herbs. 
  2. Bring 1 quart water to boil. Remove from stove top. Add the Sweet Memory Tea mixture to the hot water and immediately cover with lid. 
  3. Let steep for 20 minutes. 
  4. Strain and serve. Add honey if you'd like!


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