Season 6 Episode 10: Benefits of Evening Primrose with Ginger Webb

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Evening Primrose with Ginger Webb

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Episode Summary

There’s so much to love about evening primrose (Oenothera spp.)! In this episode, you’ll get to listen in as I discuss the many gifts of this beautiful plant with herbalist and teacher, Ginger Webb.

As you’ll see, evening primrose is not only swoon-worthy, but it’s abundant. Almost everybody has an evening primrose that grows in their region. And the various species are similar enough in their medicinal properties that they’re essentially interchangeable.

As a listener, you’ll also have access to Ginger’s Primrose Bliss tea blend, which may just become a treasured part of your evening relax and unwind routine.

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

► Which comes first, harvesting and making medicine or stewarding – and why?

► What taste signals that an herb may be a nervine (an herb for the nervous system)?

► Why evening primrose can be an ally for resting in a go-go-go culture

► Why relying on plants’ common names can be dangerous (literally)

For those of you who aren’t already familiar with her, Ginger Webb has been practicing herbalism in and around Austin, Texas, for over 25 years. Trained by Michael Moore at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, Ginger carries on Michael's tradition of bioregional, populist herbalism, adding her own perspectives and working most closely with the plants of central Texas. She supplies small batch, lovingly-made herbal medicine to her clients and community through her company Texas Medicinals, and teaches herbalism, (including a 200-hour foundational program and a shorter clinical program) as the primary teacher at Sacred Journey School of Herbalism. Ginger currently lives on 6 acres in the Texas Hill Country, and enjoys regular visits from her 21 year old child, Chia, and Chia's French bulldog, Ham.

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

Let's take the time to rest. Let's take the time to do nothing. Let's take the time just to be. I feel like evening primrose really allows that.


What You'll Learn from This Episode

  • [00:00] Introduction
  • [01:09] Introduction to Ginger Webb
  • [03:43] How Ginger found her herbal path
  • [05:50] Ginger’s approach to herbalism
  • [09:32] Why Ginger chose evening primrose (Oenothera spp.) as a focus for this conversation
  • [12:20] How Ginger loves to work with evening primrose
  • [13:30] Evening primrose memories
  • [14:39] Who can benefit from working with evening primrose?
  • [20:54] Ginger’s Primrose Bliss tea blend
  • [23:52] Identifying evening primrose
  • [25:22] Evening primrose for the digestive system and depressed moods
  • [27:22] Closing thoughts about evening primrose
  • [29:59] Ginger’s plant projects and programs
  • [35:34] How Ginger likes to give back to the plants

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A wonderful, soft, aromatic tea blend, formulated to calm the nervous system and help you feel emotionally safe.



  1. When you are ready to make the blend, simply use a teaspoon and measure out the quantities into a small bowl. Mix them together, and place them in your teapot, or in a pint mason jar.

  2. Boil your water, pour over the herbs, cover and let steep for 20-30 minutes.

  3. Strain and enjoy to feel calm and nourished.  

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