131: Kami McBride on Culinary Herbs
Using herbs from the garden and spice rack for good nutrition, health and wellness.
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Kami, author of The Herbal Kitchen, has spent the past 25 years helping people grow and use herbs so they can be more self-reliant in their health care needs. She is the creator of Herbal Kitchen Remedy Solutions, an online course that demystifies the world of herbal medicine and empowers people to use their garden for herbal self-care in the home to prevent illness and take care of common ailments.
Kami has developed and taught herbal curriculum for the Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Department at University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing and the Integrative Health Master’s Degree Program at California Institute of Integral Studies. She has helped thousands of families to use herbs and natural remedies for their self-care to avoid the damaging effects of medications when not needed. She is dedicated to inspiring the Home Wellness Revolution where the use of home herbal remedies is a normal part of our cultural heritage.
In This Podcast: Kami joins Greg for an informative discussion on the value of herbs in our kitchens and our diets. She talks about how the garden and the spice rack are of central importance to the economy and health of a household. And she gives some great suggestions on how to use some common key herbs for improving and maintaining health.
Listen in and Learn About:
- Growing up with really healthy food and really processed food and how that affected her
- Her young adult recognition of the difference between natural food and processed food
- The path into school and back out again and how she learned about herbs and medicine
- How she recognizes the human-plant connection and how this relationship is so important
- How herbs are not just for the kitchen, but also useful for medicinal purposes as well
- Why she suggests it is important and possible to get herbal medicine into every meal
- That herbs and spices are the bridge to good nutrition
- How carminative herbs help us
- How cinnamon and nutmeg help with the digestive processes
- How sage, rosemary, cloves and other herbs help give the energy to digest
- The garden and the spice rack being of central importance to the economy and health of a household by preventing illness
- How herbs are antibacterial and why that helps
- The many benefits of fennel and coriander
- What can be found in her book The Herbal Kitchen
- How to learn about making herbal teas and waters
- What an herb volunteer is and what you can do with those
- What her mission is and how important it is to listen to our bodies
- About learning your body’s pre-sickness symptoms
- The magic of using herbs preventatively
- The day she went through her son’s backpack and what she found
As well as:
- How taking a prescription medicine in her younger days had a major side-effect on her and how that had a transformative effect on her life
- How she considers navigating motherhood to be her biggest success
- How she is driven and inspired by the concept of living for seven generations in mind
- Her advice is to let yourself fall in love and be inspired with your plants
Kami’s Book Recommendations:
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Book by Kami:
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How to reach Kami:
Upcoming course: Herbal Kitchen Remedy Solutions
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