Tag Archives: Herbal Medicine

Medicinal Trees and More

When I think of trees I think of firewood, log cabins, shade, and more. I don’t usually think about medicine, but for a few exceptions (slippery elm, white willow). In this Podcast I talk with Andrew Ozinskas, a Kentucky herbalist, about the wide variety of medicinal trees and how to make medicines from them. We also talk about adventure travel and end the interview with a tasty recipe for a Kentucky Moonrise.

Andrew Ozinskas is a self taught herbalist and Bastyr grad from Kentucky. He has walked parts of the Appalachian trail without provisions, living just off the land. I had the opportunity to meet and travel with Andrew this past summer on an herb trip of the east coast through Bastyr. In this podcast he shares with us some of his vast knowledge of the plant world and more.

Guide:
Intro –
Herbal Adventure Travel – what it is and how to do it.
How traveling and wildcrafting share similarities

6.30 – An Intro to Medicinal Trees
How diverse are they? How much Knowledge has been last?

9min – The Tulip Poplar
– major digestive and respiratory medicine in Native American culture
– in the magnolia family
– aromatic parts – go to lung
– great for sinus infections, expectorant
– a fine bitter
– compare with Lomation
– warming and heating digestive stimulating

13min – Preparing Tree Medicne
– easy to harvest and low impact

18.30 – Harvesting Slippery Elm sustainability

22.10 – How to tincture
– What proof to use and how long
– What temperature to store
– how to determine the shelf life of a home made tincture

33 min – Assesing store bought herb quality
– Tincture vs Dried Herb: Andrew’s take

40 min – American Holly
– How it is similar to herba mate
– Preping leaves for consumption

47.30 – The American Elm
– how it compares to slippery elm

52.30 – THe American Chestnut
– how it was a survival food and how it isn’t entirely extinct

1 hour 1 min – Black Birch
– how sweet birch, yellow birch and black birch are related
– the source of wintergreen oil
– a good source of methyl salicylates – good for joint pain, arthritis
– usually gives topically
– can use internally, but does have some toxicity
– slippery elm, sweet birch combinations
– good for urinary pain
– good for skin conditions too
– how to increase the methyl salicylate content though a simple process

1 hour 10 min – Kentucy Moonrise Recipe

Andrew can be contacted via email at andrew.ozinskas-at-gmail.com (replace the -at- with @)

Medical Cannabis

Over 16 states plus DC have medical marijuana laws which cover close to a million patients. New research has shown that there is an extensive system of receptors for compounds found in marijuana throughout the brain, immune system and most parts of the body. In this podcast with Dr. Michelle Sexton we try to fill in the gaps most medical schools leave out by talking about the biochemistry and clinical use of Cannanbis.

Dr. Sexton is a naturopath, a researcher, lecturer and a mom. She is currently setting up a practice in Sacramento, California.
Her research on echinacea¬†led her into her interest in medical Cannabis. She has done a variety of research on the clinical use of Cannabis, as well as it’s biochemistry. We start off the interview by talking about what it takes to get into research.

In this episode:
Getting into Research
– Choosing the right project
– Finding the right mentor

Medical Cannabis (starting at the 11:45 mark)
– Historical use of Cannabis
– Current legal classification

The Biochemistry of Cannabis
– It’s not just about THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Learn about CBD (cannabidiol)
and it’s effects throughout the body
– The endocannabinoid signalings system (ecss) and it’s role in neurotransmission and immune¬†function
– The endogenously produced cannabinoids: anandamide and 2AG

Using Cannabis Clinically
– Helping pain patients decrease opioid use with Cannabis
– The use of Cannabis in autoimmune diseases like Multiple Sclerosis
Cannabis as an adaptogen
– Why variety matters and how to dose
– Managing an overdose
– Contraindications for use
– Using Cannabis as a “gateway herb” to natural medicine