Meathead Hippie Podcast #35 with Kat Mackinnon
Posted on: December 20, 2017
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Meathead Hippie Podcast #35 with Kat Mackinnon
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Kat is a certified clinical herbalist and nutritionist, as well as a certified Bach essences practitioner through the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. She is also a Registered Herbalist through the American Herbalists Guild. She currently works as the Botany course
director, as well as faculty and student services coordinator for the Fundamentals and Advanced programs at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism.

Kat also has her own small clinical practice and runs a small endeavor, Meet the Green, through which she teaches classes on herbalism and primitive skills. She also has a blog, Discover the Green, on botany, herbal medicine, and any other information on plants she finds interesting.

Though a transplant from the East Coast, Kat has a passion for working with the herbs nearest to her. Having studied forestry at Northern Arizona University, the plants, animals, and incredible harsh beauty of the Southwest are one of the great loves of her life. Between teaching
and working, she spends her time wild crafting and running in the mountains, gardening in the lowlands, and medicine making in between. Her other interests include art, primitive skills, gardening, and generally geeking out on the natural world.

Content Summary:

6:20 Beginning in the World of Herbalism

Kat’s love for the cultivation of plants and her journey to a career in herbal medicine

10:52 Resources For Inspiration

Books written by Herbalist, Michael Moore

13:26 Is There an Influx in Popularity With Herbal Medicine?

A whole new generation of people who are making herbal medicine more accessible

20:23 An Herbalist Stance on Essential Oils

Herbal safety: Essential oils are hyperconcentrated medicinal extracts

24:10 Requiring Patience in Herbal Medicine

“The biggest thing is getting people into their bodies. That is where I try to start first and foremost because really that is not an easy place for most people to be in.”

27:35 The Idea of Constitution and Temperament

Framework for matching a person’s energetics

“An herb is no just a thing, it’s not just a pill. It is its own entity. And you get to interact with this medicine that is very much alive.”

33:00 Explaining the Power of Flower Essences

“They are designed to be working on mental and emotional levels that are sometimes a little more difficult to perceive with other medicines.”

39:54 Sitting With Your Emotions

“What it’s doing, is that it is getting you to actually think about your emotions as beings that you can interact with.”

Rewiring your brain

41:53 If You Were an Herb, What Herb Would You Be?

Pine: a beautiful patch of wildness that acts as a respiratory stimulant

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