Season 8 Episode 13:
Arrowleaf Balsamroot

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Arrowleaf Balsamroot

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Episode Summary

Arrowleaf balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata) is a stunning flower, a nutritious food, and a potent herbal medicine that grows all over western North America. Here’s just a smattering of arrowleaf balsamroot’s medicinal gifts to tempt you…

Arrowleaf balsamroot:

► Relieves the misery of sinus or lung congestion from a cold or flu

► Soothes cold, sore muscles 

► Disinfects wounds

► and more…

Between its cheerful blooms, its hillside-stabilizing and medicinal roots, and its pleasantly resinous-tasting spring shoots, who wouldn’t fall in love?

That said, when you harvest roots for medicine, you’re injuring or perhaps even killing the plant. And arrowleaf balsamroot plants take a long time to reach their full stature.

That’s why with this episode, you’ll also receive FREE access to a downloadable wildcrafting checklist, so you’ll have the know-how to harvest sustainably, ensuring a plentiful yield for years to come.

After listening in, you’ll know:

► The easiest way to prepare balsamroot seeds for food

► How to work with arrowleaf balsamroot tincture for a sore throat

► The best digging tool for harvesting roots (surprisingly low-tech!)

► What herbs to work with if arrowleaf balsamroot isn’t a locally abundant plant for you 

Arrowleaf balsamroot has many offerings as food and medicine but the first gifts they offer are the joy they bring with their bright sunny blooms.


What You'll Learn from This Episode

  • [01:09] Introduction to Arrowleaf balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata)
  • [03:26] Arrowleaf balsamroot in the Spring
  • [05:47] Arrowleaf balsamroot in the Summer
  • [08:50] Arrowleaf balsamroot in the Autumn
  • [13:08] How to ethically and sustainably harvest arrowleaf balsamroot
  • [13:45] Arrowleaf balsamroot in the Winter
  • [15:08] Arrowleaf balsamroot tidbit

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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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