Season 3 Episode 8:
Rosemary with Erika Galentin


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Episode Summary

Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus) is an herb of so many gifts! In this video, Clinical Herbalist Erika Galentin focuses on the warming and comforting qualities of rosemary for the emotional heart. She also talks about the connections between our emotional and physical selves and how rosemary can help to support us in times of grief.

Erika is my third guest to choose rosemary as a focus for conversation and she is the first to explore this particular facet of this wonderful herb. Please join us and you’ll also receive Erika’s recipe for Sweet and Warming Rosemary Cordial.

Erika is a Clinical Herbalist and co-creatrix of Sovereignty Herbs in Athens and Columbus, OH. She holds a degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK and Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, Glasgow, UK. She is a professional member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) and the American Herbalists Guild (USA). She is also a proud member of Pi Alpha Xi National Honor Society in Horticulture (USA).

Over a decade of clinical practice has provided a platform for witnessing the efficacy of medicinal plants and aromatics within a clinical environment. It is through this clinical practice that Erika seeks to encourage positive, learned relationships between plants and people and people and their bodies. She is a firm believer in celebrating the role that emotions and the psyche play in the ecology of our physical terrain.

In addition to clinical practice, Erika is both a student and teacher of horticulture, native medicinal plant conservation and ecology, and the phenomenological and Goethean study of plants and their medicinal virtues. With her dedication to medicinal plants native to Appalachian Ohio and the Greater Appalachian region, Erika teaches, lectures, and writes on native medicinal plant conservation and applied ecology, propagation, herbalism, and clinical efficacy. She also participates as a member of the Education Advisory Council of the American Herbalists Guild as well as the Stewardship Committee of Appalachia Ohio Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of land and water in Southeast Ohio.

She is the author of The Family Guide to Aromatherapy: A Safe Approach to Essential Oils for a Holistic Home.

Listen in for:

► How grief can show up in the physical body and how rosemary can be a support

► How herbs do (and don’t) work

Who should be cautious about working with rosemary?


I’m so excited to share my conversation with Erika with you! Thank you for joining us to explore the gifts of rosemary for the heart.



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What You'll Learn from This Episode

  • [01:08] Introduction to Erika Galentin
  • [02:27] The three major influences that led Erika to herbalism
  • [06:30] Erika shares her experience studying to become a clinical herbalist in Scotland
  • [10:31] Why Erika chose to talk about rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus) today
  • [11:02] Exploring the connection between emotional grief and our physical bodies
  • [20:10] How herbs do (and don’t) work
  • [21:35] Working with rosemary distillate
  • [23:10] What are hydrosols and how are they worked with?
  • [26:25] Erika’s Sweet and Warming Rosemary Cordial Recipe
  • [31:40] Who should be cautious about working with rosemary?
  • [33:59] Erika talks about helping clients to develop loving relationships with their bodies
  • [38:58] Erika’s 8-week course with Ritual Botanica: Plants, Planets, and Psyche
  • [40:46] Erika’s book about essential oils
  • [44:01] Erika talks about building skill at identifying trees by their bark

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-- TIMESTAMPS --

01:25 - Introduction to Erika Galentin

02:43 - The three major influences that led Erika to herbalism

07:05 - Erika shares her experience studying to become a clinical herbalist in Scotland

11:11 - Why Erika chose to talk about rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus) today

11:45 - Exploring the connection between emotional grief and our physical bodies

21:06 - How herbs do (and don’t) work

22:32 - Working with rosemary distillate

24:11 - What are hydrosols and how are they worked with?

27:36 - Erika’s Sweet and Warming Rosemary Cordial Recipe

33:17 - Who should be cautious about working with rosemary?

35:39 - Erika talks about helping clients to develop loving relationships with their bodies

41:01 - Erika’s 8-week course: Plants, Planets, and Psyche

42:49 - Erika’s book about essential oils

46:12 - Erika talks about building skill at identifying trees by their bark


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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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