Plant Detective, The

Monday 3:58 PM and Saturday 6:00 PM

Each week Flora Delaterre a.k.a. The Plant Detective investigates a new medicinal plant somewhere around the globe--and it could be in your backyard. Beth Judy writes and voices this minute-and-a-half program in consult with Bastyr University, Tai Sophia Institute, and the Vermont School of Integrative Herbalism. Produced by MTPR. Podcasts available on this website as well.....

Deadly Nightshade

Nov 1, 2013

November 2nd & 4th, 2013: Belladonna, or deadly nightshade, is reputed to have poisoned Emperor Augustus, but in spite of its name, the scopolamine nightshade contains is medicinal, inducing sleep and calming motion sickness.

Datura: A "Witches' Weed"

Oct 25, 2013
Anna Veltfort

October 26th & 28th, 2013: Datura. Also known as  jimsonweed and moonflower, datura is medicinal. In potentially fatal doses, it's hallucinogenic. Datura isn't safe for experimentation.

Autumn Crocus's Corms of Colchicine

Oct 18, 2013
Anna Veltfort

October 19th & 21st, 2013: Autumn Crocus blooms purple in fall, and its bulbs contain the powerful drug, colchicine, which relieves gout...with side effects.

Saw Palmetto II

Oct 11, 2013
Anna Veltfort

October 12th & 14th, 2013: Saw Palmetto II: Extracts of the berries of saw palmetto are an effective remedy for mild to moderate Benign Prostate Hyperplasia, but its popularity is tough on the species.

Saw Palmetto I

Oct 4, 2013
Anna Veltfort

October 5th & 7th, 2013: Saw Palmetto I: Extracts of the berries of saw palmetto are an effective remedy for mild to moderate Benign Prostate Hyperplasia.

Sylphion: Worth its Weight in Ancient Silver

Sep 27, 2013
Flora de la Terre

September 28th & 30th, 2013: Sylphion was so valuable to the ancient North African city of Cyrene - the only place where it grew - that the plant was pictured on the city's coins. People harvested sylphion to extinction for its medicinal and seasoning properties.

Witch Hazel Shrinks Tissues (Not Witches)

Sep 20, 2013

September 21st & 23rd, 2013: Witch hazel is an astringent, shrinking tissue and tightening skin and blood vessels. Nondistilled water extracts, without alcohol, are the most beneficial.

Boldo...Going Where No Plant Has Gone Before

Sep 13, 2013

September 14th & 16th, 2013: Boldo's fruit is eaten throughout South America. Its leaves are used as a culinary herb, as tea, and as medicine for the digestive system.

Sage Advice

Sep 6, 2013
Flora de la Terre

September 7th & 9th, 2013: Garden sage is a plain little herb that packs a medicinal punch.Depending on how it's prepared, sore throat, sweating, nervous system conditions, digestion, hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause are all affected by it.

Flora de la Terre

August 31st & September 2nd, 2013: Henna, used since antiquity to dye skin, hair and fingernails, is medicinal, but risky for some.

Eat Your Porridge: Oats

Aug 23, 2013
Flora de la Terre

August 24th & 26th, 2013: Oats are a sedative and fine nutraceutical, useful in soothing eczema and itchiness; reducing cholesterol, anxiety and chronic stress; and providing fiber.

What's in a Name? Self-Heal

Aug 16, 2013
Flora de la Terre

August 17th & 19th, 2013: Self-heal is a wound-healer that stimulates immunity. It's used in China for fever, headache, and dizziness.

The Many Uses of Hyssop

Aug 9, 2013
Flora de la Terre

August 10th & 12th, 2013: Hyssop is spicy, warming, & antiviral. Its sweet aroma attracts humans, and its purple flowers attract honeybees. Hyssop should be avoided during pregnancy.

Mullein's Stalks Fight Coughs

Aug 2, 2013
Flora de la Terre

August 3rd & 5th, 2013: Mullein is a respiratory remedy good for ear infections; short-term use only.