By Montana Public Radio
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Flora Delaterre, plant detective, investigates one medicinal plant per show including recent science, traditional uses, efficacy, risks, and lore. A production of Montana Public Radio since 1996.
||Mistletoe (Part Two): Druids And German Cancer Patients Swear By It||Modern interest in mistletoe as a possible treatment for cancer began in the 1920s. For centuries, it had been used as something of a cure-all, but when...||12/26/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mistletoe (Part One): A Parasite That Can Hurt Or Heal||Mistletoe, a parasitic plant that grows on a wide range of host trees, shows up on every continent but Antarctica - and on each continent, it's been...||12/20/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Relax, It's Passionflower||Passionflower is a beautiful climbing vine native to the Americas whose corona reminded people of the crown of thorns worn by Jesus during his...||12/13/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Calabar Beans: Pre-History's Lie Detectors||The Efik people of the region that is now Nigeria used to force people accused of crimes to suffer a trial by ordeal: they'd be fed calabar beans, a...||12/6/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Usnea: Bearded Medicine||You might have brushed by it in the forest, where this hairy-looking symbiosis between algea and fungi perches on tree limbs. The look of the lichen...||11/29/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Cranberry: North America's Ruby-Red Superfruit||It's not an old wive's tale: cranberry helps prevent and treat urinary tract infections. And it's not just the acidity: a compound in cranberries and...||11/22/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Garlic II: "Don't Leave This Life Without It"||Among the artifacts discovered in the tomb of Egypt's Tutankhamen - objects meant to ease the boy king into the afterlife - were 3,000-year-old bulbs of...||11/15/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Garlic I: Asia's Gift To The Future||Ever since nomadic tribes helped spread wild garlic from Central Asia to far-flung parts of the globe, garlic has helped humans fight microbes. Louis...||11/8/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Demand For Slippery Elm's Gummy Bark Tempts Poachers||In 1905, author Harriet Keeler wrote about the inner bark of the slippery elm tree: “It is thick, fragrant, mucilaginous, demulcent, and nutritious. The...||11/1/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Datura: Delirium, Broomsticks, And Divination||Medicinal use of datura - also known as moonflower - is so ancient, no one is sure where the plant originated. Two important nervous system depressor...||10/24/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Atropine: Antidote To Disaster, Useful Drug...And Poison||The alkaloid atropine occurs naturally in plants like deadly nightshade, datura, and henbane. It can keep your heart rate steady after a heart attack,...||10/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Devil's Claw's Popularity Puts It At Risk||The powerful anti-inflammatory action of harpagoside, a compound in the roots of devil's claw, relieves the pain of osteoarthritis, and many herbalists...||10/11/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Devil's Dung Stinks When Raw, But Cooked, It Harmonizes||This feathery plant from the deserts of Afghanistan and the mountains of Iran stinks - until you cook it, that is, when its pleasant flavor and active...||10/4/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Devil's Club: Diabolical Spines Protect Against Many Evils||The gigantic leaves of devil's club barely hide its sharp thorns - if you're ever sliding down a mountain slope, this is not a plant to grab. But...||9/27/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Feverfew: Phew! Fewer Migraine Headaches||The causes of migraine aren't well understood. Neither is the mechanism behind feverfew's proven ability to stop or prevent a migraine headache....||9/20/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
Love this series
I have been looking for podcasts about medicinal herbs and i finally found it. It gives the listener a quick description of unfamiliar plants then continues on explaining what medicinal it consists of. Although it would have been useful to know the dangers of some medicinal herbs if taken in large doses. Educational and entertaining none-the-less.