You have a treat in store with this episode featuring Henriette Kress and focusing on the gifts of elecampane (Inula helenium). I think you’ll see right away that Henriette is a very gentle soul and very modest in spite of the wealth of herbal knowledge she possesses. She even shares things about elecampane that were new to me (and that’s saying something, after years of being herb-obsessed)! As a listener, you’ll also have access to Henriette’s effective and yummy elecampane cough syrup recipe.
By the end of this episode, you’ll know:
► Why Henriette’s herbal website, which was one of the first sites out there, is such a treasure in the herbal world
► Why elecampane is one of the herbs Henriette always turns to when formulating a tea for grief
► The connection between Pokemon cards and Henriette’s educational work as an herbalist
► The wonderful herbal tradition Henriette remembers from her grandmother’s village
For those of you who aren’t already familiar with her, Henriette Kress has been working with herbs since she was about five. She's a bit older than that now, with a head full of gray hairs and all. She attended the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine in Arizona in 1998, and has been a full-time herbalist in Helsinki, Finland ever since.
She has a large website, has written a few books, lectures a lot, and has a distance course in Finnish and Swedish. As you'll see, she's very down to earth and practical.
I’m delighted to share our conversation with you today!
Elecampane is special. It's very grounding, and it's good for coughs and good to get long term stuff out of the lungs. And it's good for digestion.
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Here's a tasty elecampane syrup. This is great for coughs and for grief.
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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.