Episode 146: Dandelion with Brigitte Mars

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Dandelion with Brigitte Mars

Episode Summary

It was so much fun to meet the famous Brigitte Mars, who has been an herbalist for over fifty years.  I’ve admired her work for such a long time, and found in this interview that she is also quite the character! 

Brigitte has such a strong thread of creativity that just bursts out of her, and our conversation went in many unexpected directions – way beyond simply talking about our mutual love for dandelions!

It’s truly bizarre to me that some people reach for poisons to eradicate certain plants in their lawn - especially when so many of those plants can be so beneficial to our health!  Dandelion is such a cheerful, wonderful plant with so many gifts, and I think that the more people who learn to work with it in their food and medicine, the fewer people will be using toxic chemicals on their lawn. 

Speaking of making food from this sunny little plant, Brigitte has shared her delicious recipe for dandelion “mushrooms” with us, which you can find in the section below.

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

► Four ways to work with dandelions in food and drink (including an interesting way to use the flower stems!)

► The three herbs Brigitte would bring with her if she was traveling to another planet

► Why Brigitte is so passionate about wild foods

► Why dandelion is such a great herbal ally for mental and emotional health

► and so much more…

For those of you who don’t know her, Brigitte Mars is an herbalist and nutritional consultant of natural health with over fifty years of experience. She teaches herbal medicine at Naropa University.  Brigitte has also taught at the Omega Institute, Esalen, many festivals including Burning Man, and even the Mayo Clinic. She is a founding and professional member of the American Herbalist Guild.

Brigitte is the author of many books and DVDs, including The Natural First Aid Handbook, Natural Remedies for Mental and Emotional Health, The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine, and a newly republished book on dandelion. Her latest project is a phone app called IPlant, and she has several online courses which you can find at https://sevenroots.com/herbal.

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

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What You'll Learn from This Episode

  • [01:09] Introduction to Brigitte Mars
  • [02:57] How Brigitte found her plant path
  • [08:52] Why Brigitte loves dandelions
  • [12:54] The three plants Brigitte would bring to another planet with her
  • [18:03] Wild Weed Juice
  • [20:51] Dandelion “Mushrooms”
  • [22:06] What if I live in a neighborhood with an HOA?
  • [25:06] Dandelions radiate light and joy
  • [27:21] Grow wild food!
  • [31:52] Brigitte’s current projects
  • [34:37] What Brigitte keeps in her herbal first aid kit
  • [39:31] Herbal tidbit

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Dandelion Mushrooms Recipe

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  • 01:30 - Introduction to Brigitte Mars
  • 03:00 - How Brigitte found her plant path
  • 09:11 - Why Brigitte loves dandelions
  • 13:19 - The three plants Brigitte would bring to another planet with her
  • 18:36 - Wild Weed Juice
  • 21:26 - Dandelion “Mushrooms”
  • 22:40 - What if I live in a neighborhood with an HOA?
  • 25:51 - Dandelions radiate light and joy
  • 28:09 - Grow wild food!
  • 32:48 - Brigitte’s current projects
  • 35:37 - What Brigitte keeps in her herbal first aid kit
  • 40:32 - 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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