550: Josephine DeFalco on Growing Herbs for Health and Happiness.

Recognizing herbs for their many essential benefits.

In This Podcast:

Herbs can be the easiest plants to grow, at the same time, they can be the most expensive item in the produce section of the store. Josephine DeFalco became inspired to educate others on how to grow herbs and the many benefits that arise from herbs aside from enhancing culinary flare. Listen in to learn about the importance of herbs in the garden, the best ways to process herbs, and how they can be a great alternative to salt with a focus on the value of herbs that improve overall health and well-being.

Our Guest:

Retired nurse and living by the Hippocratic belief that food is our best medicine, Josephine’s present mission as a registered dietitian is to encourage everyone to grow their own organic, chemical-free food, and develop skills for food preservation. In this way she shares how we can all be responsible for our own families, our own health, and our own well-being.
She is the author of two books on gardening and food preservation: The Best Little Herb Book and The Best Little Bread Book with Flint Hills Publishing. Josephine has had her own garden from the time she was five years old and has not stopped playing in the dirt since then.

Listen in and learn about:

    • What are the health benefits of herbs
    • Which are the top three herbs to grow
    • How to grow and care for herbs in specific climate regions
    • The surprising facts about using salt verses herbs
    • How herbs can enhance cardiovascular health
    • Why growing herbs improves physical and psychological well-being
    • The resilience of oregano and rosemary
    • The ways to preserve herbs through freezing
    • Josephine’s inspiration behind writing two books

As well as:

Her failure – Realizing that she cannot force her dreams on others

Her success – Getting an education and educating others

Her drive – Determination, never quit until success is achieved

Her advice – “You have to be responsible for your own well-being, whether physical or emotional, once you obtain that skill of taking care of yourself and your family, learn to branch out to your community and take care of them”

Books written by Josephine:

“The Best Little Bread Book”

“The Best Little Herb Book”

Josephine’s Book recommendations:

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein 

How to reach Josephine:    

Website: josephinedefalco.com



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1 Comment

  1. I loved this podcast. I’ve been eyeballing an area of my yard and thinking about turning it into a flower and herb garden. This episode was timely for me and encourage me to move forward with my idea.

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