Season 4 Episode 7:
Oats with Mason Hutchison


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Episode Summary

Oats masquerade as a simple breakfast but they are actually medicine in disguise!

This deeply nourishing food is also soothing medicine for your nervous system. Join me for an episode all about oats (Avena sativa) with my guest (and one of my favorite herbal buddies), Mason Hutchison.

Herbalists love oats medicine! You’ll learn about the mineral-rich gifts of dried oatstraw as well as the nourishing tonic ability of fresh milky oats.

You’ll also get instant access to a FREE recipe card for Mason’s Savory Miso Oatmeal recipe. This recipe is a wonderful example of food as medicine. Besides being delicious anytime, it can be especially beneficial as you're recovering from an illness or anytime you're feeling depleted. It’s really easy to digest and filled with all sorts of nutrients.

Whether you already know Mason or not, you’re in for a treat. He is the founder of HerbRally, a podcast and website that promotes herbalism education and events. Mason is also the co-organizer of one of the longest-running herbal events in the US, the Breitenbush Herbal Conference. He is also on the board of directors for the Eugene Tea Festival.

Mason was the Events & Marketing Strategist for Mountain Rose Herbs for over a decade. His day-to-day work involved organizing community events such as the Free Herbalism Project, as well as attending herbal conferences throughout the country. He has completed herbalism apprenticeships at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and the Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies.

Mason is a husband, proud father, avid chess, basketball and ping pong player, spring water gatherer, and an enthusiast in the art of frugal nutrition.

Listen in for:

► Why working with different herbal preparations and listening to your body is the most effective way to discover your best herbal allies

► The benefits of doing a 30-day Oats Challenge

► How you can develop relationships with herbs yourself (and why you might want to)

It was a joy to spend time with Mason and I’m delighted to share our conversation with you today!



Herbalism and herbs are more than just cut and sifted dried plants.[...] I don't think anything really beats getting out into nature and developing relationships with these plants, one on one, in their natural environment.

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What You'll Learn from This Episode

  • [01:08] Introduction
  • [03:13] How weight lifting and depression led Mason to herbalism
  • [05:09] How Mason first began learning about herbs
  • [07:33] A peek behind the scenes of herbal events
  • [09:45] Why Mason considers oats an herbal ally
  • [12:49] The easy-peasy way Mason makes a nourishing infusion with oatstraw
  • [15:20] Silver linings: The robbers didn’t take the oatstraw and community support came through
  • [18:00] Mason reflects on his 30-day Oats Challenge
  • [19:47] Differences between milky oats, oatstraw, and oatmeal
  • [23:32] Mason’s recipe for Savory Miso Oatmeal
  • [25:35] Rosalee’s thoughts about the benefits of oatmeal
  • [26:50] Mason’s closing thoughts about oats
  • [28:08] Mason shares his current herbal projects
  • [30:18] What Mason wishes he knew when he started working with herbs

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-- TIMESTAMPS --

00:00 - Introduction

03:34 - How weight lifting and depression led Mason to herbalism

05:43 - How Mason first began learning about herbs

08:22 - A peek behind the scenes of herbal events

10:47 - Why Mason considers oats an herbal ally

14:05 - The easy-peasy way Mason makes a nourishing infusion with oatstraw

16:49 - Silver linings: The robbers didn’t take the oatstraw and community support came through

19:33 - Mason reflects on his 30-day Oats Challenge

23:22 - Differences between milky oats, oatstraw, and oatmeal

25:35 - Mason’s recipe for Savory Miso Oatmeal

27:51 - Rosalee’s thoughts about the benefits of oatmeal

29:06 - Mason’s closing thoughts about oats

30:27 - Mason shares his current herbal projects

32:42 - What Mason wishes he knew when he started 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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