Season 2 Episode 7:
Chickweed Benefits with 
Kat Maier

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Episode Summary

The cooling energy of chickweed (Stellaria media) can help to bring relief from hot flashes and other “hot” conditions, such as some infections. Ubiquitous, mineral-rich, and deeply nourishing, chickweed cools and moistens, moving heat and stagnation gently, yet powerfully. 

Join me as I discuss chickweed’s many gifts with Kat Maier RH, (AHG). The founder and director of Sacred Plant Traditions, Kat has trained many clinical herbalists who have gone on to begin other schools, apothecaries or open practices. Her training as a Physician’s Assistant allows her to weave the language of biomedicine into her practice of traditional energetic herbalism. You’ll also receive Kat’s recipe for Meno-ease, an herbal tincture which she describes as one of her most reliable remedies to help with cooling temps from hot flashes. 

Listen in for:

► How chickweed works on boundaries to help heal conditions such as cysts or fibroids

► How patterns of nature inform the practice of herbalism

► Kat’s easy-to-follow words of advice for people just beginning to work with herbal medicine

It was a huge pleasure to spend time with Kat and I’m excited to share our conversation with you!

When you learn the energetics, you can work with plants in so many different levels… I really love just taking one plant and really seeing how far we can explore with it.

What You'll Learn from This Episode

  • [01:08] Introduction
  • [03:03] Kat’s journey to becoming a community-created herbalist
  • [13:18] Kat shares why she loves chickweed (Stellaria media)
  • [16:45] Does it matter whether you use fresh or dried chickweed?
  • [17:45] How chickweed may play a role in healing conditions such as cysts and fibroids
  • [21:48] Kat explains how various herbs can help in relieving hot flashes
  • [28:27] Kat’s recipe for Meno-ease, an herbal tincture for relief from hot flashes
  • [29:22] Chickweed’s high mineral content and how that can support weight loss efforts and the lymphatic system
  • [32:32] Rosalee and Kat discuss Kat’s new book, Energetic Herbalism
  • [36:42] How patterns in nature inform herbalism
  • [42:12] Kat shares advice for beginning herbalists
  • [46:10] Kat shares her greatest surprise in working with herbs

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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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