Great Big Ideas & Takeaways:
- How to find and identify local herbs with medicinal properties.
- Wild herbals that are also delicious wild edibles.
- Herbal recipes for healing open wounds, spider bites, rattlesnake bites, and more…
- Treatments for skin conditions like eczema, arthritis, and psoriasis.
- High-nutrition herbals that you should add to your daily smoothies.
- Excellent treatments for bladder infections, plus liver & kidney tonics.
- Anti-bacterial wound treatments with no side effects.
- Pain-reducing herbals—excellent for open wounds, breaks, and burns.
- Herbals good for ulcers, high blood pressure, and more!
About The Speaker:
Dr. Patrick Jones is a practicing veterinarian and clinical herbalist, based out of Buhl, Idaho. As well, he’s the founder of the Homegrown Herbalist School of Botanical Medicine.
With veterinary credentials, over the years Dr. Jones has had the opportunity to use herbs on all sorts of cases that would not typically be addressed by herbalists. And the miracles he’s seen have given him evangelical zeal to teach others about herbal medicine. His book The HomeGrown Herbalist and his school emphasize self-reliant herbalism that’s plant-based rather than product based.
With an engaging, down-to-earth teaching style that will having you laughing, expect this presentation to leave you feeling empowered to use these wonderful plants in your daily life.
QUESTION: Have you ever foraged for wild herbs? What are your favorite local wild herbs?
is there an herbal replacement for the Heartguard deworming pill for my dog? if so, what dosage for a Jack Russell?
also, please send both pdf of your presentations!!!!
Me too! – both the replacement for Heartguard, for a 30 lb maltipoo as well as the pdf files for your presentations.
Send me an email and I’ll get you the PDFs. 🙂
There isn’t anything herbal that will safely replace pharmaceutical heartworm protection.
not even black walnut extract?
Add them to cart and click Checkout. Enter billing contact but you won’t be asked for payment info because it’s free.
It’s not .com. It’s HomeGrownHerbalist.net 🙂
My 10 year old daughter got bitten by a brown recluse spider one night. The next morning she should me a small pimple pustule on her knee. By lunch time she was vomitting and her leg had swollen and turned red. While I was on the phone to my hubby about taking her to the ED (45 minutes away) her whole body turned red. Needless to say, I took her to the ED. They couldn’t confirm that it was a brown recluse bite, but since we had seen a couple in the den where she had slept that night I couldn’t believe it was anything else. They just called it an “allergic reaction”, gave her some steroids and sent us home. The next morning her leg was roughly twice the size of normal, red and hot and she was complaining of significant knee pain. I went back to the ED and they admitted her with cellulitis. The small pustule was beginning to make a pit, but they still didn’t want to call it a brown recluse bite. Her dad and I swapped out staying with her in the hospital and while I was home, I did some research and found that PLANTAIN could help with spider bites and other venomous injuries. As soon as they let her go home (2 days later) I picked all the broad leaf plantain I could find, stuck it in a blender with a little distilled water and slathered her leg in it. Then I wrapped it in plastic wrap and had her lay down. She still was having “histamine dumps” where her body would turn red and the cellulitis was still surrounding the bite wound about 6 inches from the center on all sides. After an hour, I took the poultice off, washed her leg and the swelling and redness was nearly gone. There was maybe an inch or so surrounding the wound. I put another poultice on and left it for an hour and when I pulled it off, she had no more redness except the wound itself. Everything healed up without a scar. After that I enrolled in an online course to become a family herbalist. I never want my family to go thru something like that again!
Betsy, awesome story
Betsy, I think you should post this on the earthclinic site — and share this miracle with the world!
Thanks for sharing that Betsy. There several areas in herbs are VASTLY better than pharmaceuticals. Venomous bites is one of them. 🙂
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very well presented presentation, i live in France and have nearly all plants as mentioned wild in my garden, my favorite is the purslane; in french pourpier.We prepare that raw as salad or just one minute in the wok with some kokos-oil. ( not for the dog) If we have guests, we ask them to find this plant in our courtyard and serve that for dinner, delicious and good for your health. Thanks for this clear and inspirational presentation, we have so many medical plnats in our garden, i should study the meaning of them.
It’s remarkable how many of our “American” plants are actually from Europe. We’re sure glad the rascals snuck over here on the shoes of European immigrants. 🙂
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Actually some of our founding fathers made a special effort to travel all around Europe to gather well known medicinal plants and brought them over here to propagate, so we don’t run out of medicine.
I’m from France too (Haute Saone) I have most of those herbs in my lawn.
I was so impressed with Dr. Jones presentation. I ordered his book.
Thanks Victoria. Enjoy the book. 🙂
What is the name of his book? I must have missed that part.
So interesting, I love this presentation.I’m learning so much, and I have a lot of the plants in my “lawn”. Glad I’m not too bothered about it looking pristeen,I’m going to get so much use out of it! thank you.
Being an herbalist completely changes one’s weeding paradigm.
When pulling dandelions and half the root breaks…
Non-Herbalist: #%$&@!! (Goes off to find dandelion digger tool)
Herbalist: “Yay! See ya later.” 🙂
Very true. When I had my house didn’t spray the yard with weed killer and I looked forward to the day when my dandelions started growing.
Dr. Jones – I am a HUGE fan and Love, love, LOVE your presentations! I have, literally, hundreds of books on plants and herbs but find I learn more just listening to you and watching your videos than all the books combined. I think it is your wonderful ability to encapsulate the important into manageable, useful, bites that is both entertaining and memorable; the examples and stories you provide really help enable me to remember the herbs and their benefits so much easier. Thank you for, as we say in the Corps, breaking it down “Barney” style.
I really like Dr. Jones too!
We’re all pretty fond of you too Marjory. Thanks for all the great work you’ve done putting together this summit.
Your pdf please
Thanks for the kind works Paige. 🙂
I’ve always felt that wearing a purple dinosaur suit has been the secret of my teaching success. ;0)
Like all the t-rex videos out now? 😉
Can I dry the herbs in a dehydrator without destroying medicinal properties?
Great presentation – I learned a lot. Thanks so much!
Glad you enjoyed it Natalie.
All of the medicinal herbs you talked about, do they have to be fresh or can I dry them and make tincture? I live in a hard winter environment so my herbs or plants do not survive winters. So I would like to know if I may dry them to use
Yes. Drying enough herbs to get through the winter is a great strategy. Dried herbs have a shelf live of a year or so. Tinctures are a great way to store herbs as well and have very long shelf lives (how long is wine wine?).
When you dry herbs, don’t do it in the sunlight. Sunlight is brutal on medicine. Also, don’t do it in the shade (or the birds will poop on them). I do it indoors. I spread the herbs out on a shelf and let them dry. Once dry, I grind them up in a blender (VItaMix) and store them in glass jars.
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If anyone would like the PDF for this lecture, send me a email and I’ll get it headed your way. Saves writer’s cramp. 🙂
Dear Dr. Patrick,
Please send to me the PDF of this lecture.
Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us….it’s been very enlightening and encouraging. Please send both pdf of your presentations.
Send me an email and I’ll get the PDFs headed your way. 🙂
Please send pdf
email@example.com for pdfs please!
Please send me the pdf for your seminars.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge & experiences.
I am looking forward to putting many of your suggestions into practice.
Can all these wonder herbs be used fresh?
Absolutely. The plantis the medicine. You don’t have to turn it into something else. :0)
Can I dry the herbs in a dehydrator without destroying medicinal properties?
When you dry herbs for flavor in food you use twice as much fresh than you use if using it dried. Would it be the same for healing get herbs?
Brenda, I have taken Dr. Jones’ class in Buhl, and he did say that the heat from a food dryer would be too much for drying herbs. The best place for drying herbs is indoors, on a screen or shelf where there is no sunlight, but some airflow. Your other question about amounts dried versus fresh…yes, dried herb is more concentrated, so you use less. Hope that helps! Happy herbing!
Tried drying culinary herbs in the dehydrator, but found that the flavor was very faint. A lot of times, it is the essential oils that give them flavor and therapeutic value. Air drying takes longer and the herbs may look darker and less pretty, but the flavor is much more distinct. When I started drying herbs for therapies, I figured air drying was the best choice. I do in damp weather set up a small fan and run it at a low setting to accelerate drying. If the herbs are very delicate, I place them on a screened tray and slip the tray into a a mesh bag to help keep them from blowing around.
Like yesterday’s talk, VERY informative. I have been studying herbal medicine for about 2 years now, and always learn something new! After my first herbal “Walk & Talk” my husband and I started walking around our property and were amazed at how many herbs we found that were growing wild. Just last month I found both Witch Hazel and Elderberry. I do tinctures, and this year started making salves. THANK YOU!!!
I’ve been picking elderberries myself this week. 🙂
How do you harvest your witch hazel?
Thank you for this informative video! So much info I have writers cramp! I didn’t want to miss a single word, I’ off to your websites now! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Did I say Thank you?”
Send me an email and I’ll send you the pdf…much better than writer’s cramp. 🙂
You’re generous for giving us the pdf files…a great help! My issue with foraging for herbs is knowing if the varieties of plants like plantain and dandelion that grow here in Houston TX (that may or may not look similar to those I grew up with in PA) have the same medicinal properties as those i see in books and slides. Our Texas dandelions look nothing like those I’m familiar with. Small yellow blooms on tall stalks. The plantains appear to be much smaller.
What a great presentations and such a humor!
Thank you for making the pdf’s available. Wish I could grow those plants, have been asking for plantain seeds for years to family where they grow naturally… stil no luck, (they sent packages of lettice and carrot seeds instead…..)
I’d be happy to hook you up with some plantain seed. Give me a holler if I can help.
Oh ok! I saw another user with that same problem the other day. : ) Glad you got it worked out!
Thank you. So very informative and with clear pictures for identification.
You’re welcome. Glad you enjoyed it. :0)
Thank you Dr. Jones! Another informative and entertaining presentation! I look for these plants when out walking in my “field” and play the game of What’s this and what is it good for and my do I make the treatment for it? So nice to have more than 3 or 4 things to look for.
Happy hunting! :0)
Wow! How much I have gained from this I can’t begin to tell you. I need an herbalist for some of my health problems.
I’m available for personal consultations. Holler if I can help.
I am allergic to flowers, everything in the ragweed family, and probably other stuff I don’t know about. Is it safe for me to ingest these things or use them externally? If not, are there treatments to build up immunity? I would love to use all of these wonderful plants, but I’m leery at this point. Please help.
You need to be careful. Allergic reactions are no fun. There are some things that can be done to reduce allergy issues. Send me an email and we’ll talk.
You not only probably saved my life a dozen different ways, but made me laugh out loud! Thanks!
Glad you had a good time. :0)
Heck, if you can’t laugh about grizzly apocalypse death scenarios what can you laugh about.
Thank you soooooo much from the bottom of my heart. I brought a book on Herbal Meds but this video is so much better than that book is. So much more info and uses for the herbs. As always your humor keep me listening and watching to the end. I have watched it twice already. Your not a good herbalist; your are a great herbalist.
Thanks Kita. You’re very kind.
You’d probably enjoy my book if you liked the lecture…same fellar.
Kita: His book is very straight forward. Large print and to the point. Big pictures of the plants he is talking about. I am going to have to order another copy because my one copy is worn out. He is right. Get 3 copies!
Dr Patrick Jones. I would like to ask a question about my dogs incontinence issues. She leaks even when she was younger, laying down or standing up occasionally. She also has seizures, fewer now that she is older. Which boggles my mind, I expected the seizures to get worse as she aged. Anyway, should I email you, or call, or seek a local herbalist I am a master gardener, there is one on our group, but she does not have a vet’s specialty. I don’t think our vet values herbal remedies. When I discussed the incontinence with him, years ago, he said there was a medicine, but she cannot take it because of the seizures.
I really enjoyed your talk. I tried growing several of the herbs you mentioned this summer, for the first time. I’m thrilled with the results so far, and plan to grow more next year. Also like others have commented, many of the herbs you mentioned, grow in my lawn, and many I have battled to keep out of my garden. I am glad you participated in this summit. Lisa
Spayed female dogs that leak urine at rest are almost always estrogen deficient. I have a good herb formula that helps a lot of these cases. Send me an email and we’ll get some more details.
Wow! What a great question and answer!
Dear Doc Jones and Marjory
Thanks so much for these presentations. Just finished Medicinal Plants and watched Making Herbal Medicines yesterday. Very informative and love the humor (wrong side of prickly pear!). I would love copies of both PDFs if you could send them. I have many of these plants and my bees enjoy some of them as well. Thanks again
Glad you enjoyed it Cynthia. Send me an email and I’ll send the PDFs.
Are there any herbs that would stop itching, mostly legs in this case? My husband has bought many things to help from the drug store which have not worked. I wonder if the cause is internal. I make my own laundry detergent, so no processed ingredients, all natural. Loved your presentation. Thank you.
Shoot me an email and I’ll get some more details. Sounds like he might have a grumpy liver.
I need the itching info for my son who breaks out on his body if he even smells laundry detergent. I could use a good recipe for all natural laundry detergent.
Find many recipes on DIYNatural.com. I use:
1 cup Borax, 1 cup Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer), one bar Dove for sensitive skin, grated in 3 gallons of water in a 5 gallon bucket. Melt grated bar of Dove in 4 cups water. Put all ingredients in 5 gallon bucket and add 3 gallon warm water. Cover and let set overnight. This lasts me over one year and is natural. So far has cost under $25 (for ONE year plus). Actually the boxes of the ingredients hold enough to make more for about five years (for about $25 for FIVE years.) Love the faint smell after clothes are dry. Can find products at your local hardware store.
Bless your son and his family.
II had same problem. Suggest building immune system. Lots of pure water.. Program of taking detox herbs. Can be purchased in combo by some companies. No sugar or bad fats. Lots more can be done and you may try ECOS detergent from Walmart or Costco
Dr. Jones: Unfortunately my computer won’t send e-mails right now, though I can receive. So would appreciate your info sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org. I see as stated above that my e-mail will not be published.
Also, want to purchase your book.
Thank you very much.
Will do Nancy
Support the liver and make a lotion out of Plantain
Yup. I’d be happy to. Send me an email and I’ll get them headed your way. :0)
Dr. Jones, How do you feel about the vaccines that are required/recommended/pushed by vets. I know how I feel about human vaccines but have not heard much re our pets. Thanks in advance.
I think they are over done in most cases. After the puppy series, every few years is usually adequate for most dogs. I do think they need vaccines worse than people do. Their exposure level to pathogens is much higher and they explore the world with their mouth.
The risk of an unvaccinated child contracting measles is pretty slim. The risk of an unvaccinated dog contracting parvo or distemper is quite high in some areas.
Thanks for your input…I spend more on my dog and cat annually than I do on me and my husband. Even took my New Zealand White to the vet as eye drainage was not clearing w/terramycin. Vet rx for triple abx w/steroid. Still no improvement. Maybe yeast at this point. Can’t breed until this clears up. Started using boric acid solution with some improvement but not complete.
Thank you so much, Doc! I have both kinds of plantain and have used both (though I wondered if the narrow leaved variety was the “same stuff”). I picked some yarrow to store over winter and will prepare a tincture.
I have a red elm growing in my yard. If a branch blows down from it, can I use that branch for elm prep or does it still have to be live? (some of the branches are pretty brittle. Also, can I use those leaves as I would slippery elm?
The inner bark of most elms will work as well as slippery elm ( as will marshmallow or mallow). Dry limbs won’t do you any good. You’ll need to harvest it fairly fresh.
Dr Jones’s presentations have been the best by far, so far in this summit–interesting, humor included, lots of valuable information. Want to learn more.
I’d be delighted to teach you more. :0)
Holler when you’re ready.
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I grow sell the seed and make herbal tinctures of many of the plants mentioned but DR Jones has so much more knowledge Awesome Just What I need . I did join this group and would like a consultation for my old horse and will probably get his book for my herbal library. Always learning. . I love your style, DR Patrick . I was in Ireland last year and so many did not know the uses for nettle which I sell here as well as horsetail . I fell in love with Ireland .Its like the garden of Eden! Thanks so much for sharing this DR Jones .:)Sharon
I need to get to Ireland some day. For many years I ran an online Irish Flute Store in my spare time (spare time for me is time I should really be sleeping. LOL). I sold it to another fellow when I started the herb school (now I do that when I should be sleeping). They’re still at it. Irishflutestore.com
btw using wifi which is working for everything else on the net inc utube
Thank u dr patrick so disappointed to be unable to access the film. Hope u have my email address?
Thank you again for this wonderful information.
I was so pleased to hear you speak of Dr. John Christopher. I graduated from his school many decades ago. He is one who kept herbs on the forefront when people and himself were being jailed for using them. He is one of our heavenly Angels I appreciate your acknowledgement of this gentle man.
You are such a delight to listen to. We need more humor with our medicine and people need to know they can heal themselves. Namaste
John Christopher was an amazing herbalist and a remarkable human being. Sadly, he left this world shortly before I arrived.
Just finished listening. Thanks so much. Best talk I’ve listened to in months. Unfortunately, here in Florida we don’t have some of the herbs, even dandelions. We have false dandelions. I keep looking for the narrow plantains but haven’t found that either. I know they are supposed to be here but… Thanks again.
Keep looking. You’ll find the rascals. :0)
Where is Florida do you live? I am in Central Florida (west of Orlando) and I have Dandelion in my garden. Also, I have found Plantains west of Gainesville. I collect some of the seeds. I just have not planted yet.
I am so sorry you had this experience with Dr. Jones. I have followed him for several years, and find him to be extremely generous in sharing his knowledge. He does sell some of the things he talks about, but does not push anything on anyone. Just gives us a place where we can buy healthy, wholesome, fresh products.
I have loved both of your classes. I am curious- you mentioned in this video that if you could only have 5 herbs, comfrey would be 1 of them. What are the others? Enquiring minds would like to know 🙂
I don’t know why I say stuff like that.
Only five? Hmmmm….
Typically, if you can’t fix something with that bunch you’re in trouble. :0)
*Remember. There are three kinds of people in this world, those who can count and those who can’t.
My momma always said I was too nosy for my own good.
I live in Southern California so there are prickly pears all over my neighborhood. I started collecting the downed pads from plants and replanting at home just because I wanted to try the fruit. Had no idea it was like aloe vera! I have also been finding plantain and planting it in pots around the house.
Prickly pear is a good food. I took about 30 16 year old boys out into the desert a few years ago for three days. No housing, no bedding, no food, no water, no matches…just the clothes on their backs and a good knife for each. Oh…and some paracord to make bow drill fires. We ate a lot of prickly pear flowers. Also a lot of cicadas…Not too bad fried with wild onions in an old tin can we found but a little crunchier than I thought was strictly necessary.
Any herbs that work on tinnitus
Doc, is this all the same information in your book and are these images the way they are in the book?
I found it on Amazon and just want to know before I order it.
The first half of the book teaches you how to be an herbalist…how to make medicine etc… The second half of the book has about 25 plants and what they’re good for. All have color illustrations.
Excellent presentation! THANK YOU, DOC! So glad you invited to to ‘tune in’! Mullein is one of the prolific plants that grows where we RV each summer and it’s piqued my curiosity for the past two summers but I’ve procrastinated in identifying it. Now I can finally identify it and potentially use it! Always eager for new herbal information!
Mullien is wonderful stuff.
Put that one on my list of five too. :0)
Loving the info!! I’ve heard of taking apple cider vinegar, water & cayenne (1 tsp) for sinus congestion. How often should this be consumed? Also what is the best concoction for clearing out chest congestion? Thank you for your help!!
Gumweed or elecampane are great for getting goobers out of the chest.
I have a formula on my site called Respiratory-EXP that has both in it.
Excellent presentation. Very informative and KEPT my attention!
Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
Does the chinese elm have the same properties as others? It is a weed tree in my town, but would be nice to learn it is useful.
Yup. Should work fine. Be nice to it.
Doc Jones, thank you so much for two fun filled presentations!!! Fantastic information. I would really appreciate having the presentations emailed to me, if possible at: email@example.com
Okee doke. I’ll send them soon.
I saw him speak before–a similar (maybe the same?) presentation. I am so glad I saw him again and just ordered his book (can’t for the life of me remember why I didn’t order it last time) …wish he lived nearby to treat my cat…and me…lol. Thank you!!
Glad you enjoyed it Kristie. Holler if I can help with something.
Loved both day’s presentations, thank you! Am going to call for a consult.
Look forward to hearing form you Sue. 🙂
Mallow, purslane, chickweed, plantain, dandelion root/crowns/leaves, milkweed, unseen
My favorite forage is mushrooms (chaga and chicken of the woods)
I miss the morels of my youth tromping around the woods of Iowa.
I loved your presentation. I knew nothing about medicinal plants before today. Thank you!
Glad you liked it Missy. Be careful, the herb bug bites pretty hard sometimes. :0)
Great lecture: Thanks. You mentioned several plants are good for bladder infections. My daughter gets these, so which ones would you recommend as the best one? Also, how would you ingest it, as a tea?
Uva ursi and marshmallow are a great combination. Put about a teaspoon of each in a couple of cups of water 2-03 times daily.
There is a formula called Bladder-INFXN on my website if you don’t want to make your own.
Question that I asked from first Dr. Jones piece: Can you please explain why you use dried herbs instead of fresh (when available) for making infusions and poultices? I believe drying breaks the cell wall; what happens to the water soluble constituents? THANKS.
I enjoyed both the presentations, and got a much better appreciation of using the plants in poultices. Looks like most of your poultices are done with powdered plant material. Any specific advantage to this, other than convenience of having it available in emergency?
the water soluble components are fine in dry herbs for about a year or so. I just use dry stuff because it’s convenient. I’m happy to use fresh herbs whenever I can.
Hi Doc Jones! Another fabulous piece. Thank you so much! I loved that you went through and named so many helpful plants. I wish that there was more about which part to use of the plant. I know many times you mentioned what part could be used, but I felt I need more info! lol! Burdock, for example, grows like crazy on our farm. It is so pesky in many aspects (especially when pulling burrs from my Border Collie’s hair) and I know the root is edible. What about the leaves. Is that what you use for liver/ kidney tonic?
All the parts of Burdock are useful for various things. The root is what is used for kidney and liver stuff.
Thank you! So much to learn, so little time!
I have the same problem when I use the large arrow in the middle of the screen but it plays fine if I use the small arrow at the bottom. Hope the same works for you 🙂
Thanks for all the great info doc. My one question after watching this Great talk…there has always been a concern with aspirin and children, I think it is called Reye’s syndrome. Would the willow, aspen birch poplar family of trees be a concern for the children?
Yes. That’s a concern. Aspirin is aspirin even if it comes from plants.
My doc also told me White Willow Bark, like aspirin, surpresses the immunesystem.Pretty sure Tylanol does the same.
yes, i thank her for having these great folks talk to us. i love purslane.
Great presentation and very informative! Kept giggling at the loin cloth bit! 🙂
You have to have really great legs to pull off the loin cloth thing. :0)
That was an excellent and informative presentation.How do you know how much herb to use in the case of an asthma attack.
10-30 drops of Lobelia or Gumweed tincture usually does the trick. Or, if you’re using dry herbs a teaspoon or so in a cup of boiled water.
I have a formula called Respiratory-AZMA on my website if that helps.
How quickly does this work once administered?
I learned so much, and greatly appreciate your humor and stories!
Glad yo enjoyed it Des. 🙂
Dr. Jones apparently uses another potent medicinal ingredient very liberally throughout his practice, which he didn’t even mention…humor! I repeatedly burst into spontaneous laughter unexpectedly throughout his presentation.
Wonderful stuff! Thanks a bunch!
Life is much too important to take seriously.
Excellent presentation! I pdf of “notes” would have been great, but excellent information.
You can download for free from his site. 🙂
They aren’t both up there (though there is another one there you could grab). Send me the email. :0)
I’d also like the PDF notes from “Making Herbal Medicine”. Got the others. Thanks so much for sharing your amazing work.
How about lots of pages of PDF notes? Send me an email and I’ll send them to you. 🙂
Thank you so much for sharing with us. You are a great presenter.
I’m happy you liked it.
Dr. Jones was the perfect pick as a speaker for this summit. I have enjoyed both of his presentations and after the first one, just had to buy his book. But only one! I’ll just have to take my chances if I miss something.
Well I guess you could read just one copy more than once but I’m not sure you’d get the same effect. ;0)
Loved both of your talks and was wondering…(sorry to impose)but do you have any additional thoughts on the story that I related in my response earlier today. Anything else to try on my rabbit’s eye? Doesn’t seem to bother her and eating well. Small amt of white matter in corner of eye daily. I tx with terramycin then vet rx of triple abx w/steroid. Vet stumped. I’m now tx w/boric acid. Some improvement but not completely resolved. Yeast? Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
Hi Diane, I completely missed your bunny question. My apologies.
Make a tea of 1 teaspoon each of Calendula, Goldenseal and a tiny pinch of cayenne in 2 cups of water. Use it for eye drops. It will only last 2-3 three days then make a new batch.
Thanks so much, Dr. Jones. I will try this tea. No need to apologize. Advice much appreciated.
If echinacea is good for cartilage repair would it be beneficial for arthritis?
Echinacea can sometimes increase inflammation so I probably wouldn’t use it for arthritis. I have a good formula Called Joint on my website that really helps arthritis inflammation for some folks.
Ohhhhhh, “Joint”! I get it…now! Ya know, being from Washington and all! 😉
I’ve now enjoyed both of your presentations and have ordered your book, but if you could just bottle up your responses to some of these questions and comments, I would definitely buy that bottle too! I need to get a job (after hip replacement) and pay down some bills before I sign up for your school, but you can count on me (ya know…if you’re one of “those” counters!)!!
OK Julia Holler when you’re ready. 🙂
Would the Joint formula also work on body wide inflammation? Before having DDD, RA, OA up and down my spine, I have had body wide inflammation (yup,I’m a wreck…).
What about repelling ticks on folks and pets and what to use for the tick bite? I’m in Australia and we have paralysis ticks down the east coast.
I”m afraid I don’t have anything great for repelling or killing ticks. 🙁
For tick bites, my natural doc uses arabinogalactin and red root tincture.
Loved both of Dr Jones’ seminars. I purchased the book and am in early contemplation of the school. As a Nurse, I have always had an interest in Herbs and plants as medicine. I currently grow St Johns wort, Acai berry, Hollyhock. As a gift I received a greenhouse (small) and this session gave me ideas for future growing.
I also question the motives of pharmaceutical companies.
Sounds like you’re off to a great start April. Let me know if I can help. 🙂
Thank you, Doc Jones and Marjory for the essential information and great presentation. I now have a new respect for the top ten (?) weeds. They’ve been trying to hang on to life==and all the while I’ve been trying to dig them out.
We subdivision dwellers have sure made a mess of the natural plant world.
You’re gonna have to start being nice to those little fellas. They’re just trying to help. 🙂
That was wonderful! Thank You!
You’re welcome. 🙂
please send me copies of both presentations. Love the information.
Send me an email and I’ll get them to you
Thank you again. Another wonderful, useful class. I know some of the plants that grow here in Maine, but will be looking into the others for a terrific medicinal arsenal. Like many, I am a big fan of Plantain… anytime I get stung by a bee, or wasp. I find the plant somewhere in my yard, chew up a leaf and spread in over the sting. Eliminates the pain and swelling on contact. Great stuff!
Glad you enjoyed it April. An herbalist friend of mine Jim McDonald calls plantain the great Herbal Ambassador. Lot’s of people are introduced to the power of medicinal plants by that wonderful little weed.
This was an excellent introduction to herbal medicine. I am glad to hear your comments regarding comfrey as I know there is controversy over its safety when used internally. Are there any herbs/combinations you recommend for wound care that would be safe for a pregnant woman?
You can use anything topically for wound care in pregnant ladies.
HomeGrown Herbalist School of Botanical Medicine
Do you have any recommendations as to where I can find seeds for Shepherd’s Purse, Cleavers, Gumweed, Mullein, Yellow Dock and Comfrey? Thank you!!
I too hope he answers this question! I have been looking for comfrey all year.
Have lots of seeds. If you want plants, companionplants.com is great
@ Dr. Jones, I have a 14 yr old Coton de Tuler (tiny white pup) who is very prone to sebaceous cysts. She gets them all over her body – mostly on her back but even on her tail and eyelid 🙁 I put tea tree oil on the big ones, but sometimes when they rupture the vet puts her on antibiotics. Anything we can treat them with before they rupture to prevent it, or after they rupture to avoid antibiotics?
Great presentation! Thanks for all the info!
I would get her on some Liver support or my Skin formula (basically liver support…most funky skin stuff is related to grumpy livers).
What would you use to heal an elbow that is sore keeping the hand from gripping without pain, the arm from straightening out or turning the extended arm? It also aches at times. All from trying to Grow Your Own Food! I’ve been doing extensive dirt moving and preparing beds for edible landscaping as well as fruit trees and shrubs from the Spring unto the present. It is strange that it doesn’t hurt much when I use it.
Try some Arnica liniment. Just soak Arnica in rubbing alcohol as though you were making a tincture. Don’t take it internally it will kill you dead. Just rub it on your elbow. That and some of my Joint formula would likely do the trick. You can get both on the website or copy the formula and make your own. 🙂
You mentioned having a formula called Joint for arthritis. Was it able to help with the hardening up of the joints. My joints in my fingers are suddenly hardening up, and as I’m a musician,this could end my career. If inflammation is the cause,what would be the first thing you would do?
Thank you for any help!
Send me an email and we’ll get some more details.
Thank you!!!! I have most of these plants wild or in my garden, and I appreciated your presentation very much. Would love the PDF. Western Montana
Send me an email and I’ll send you the PDFs. 🙂
I loved his presentation. I will be a frequent flyer on his webb site. I am very interested in natural cures and think they could help modern medicine. work with them for optimum treatment. He makes a topic that could be dry into one that is super interesting.
Glad you enjoyed it Claudia. I combine herbs and modern medicine every day. “Prove all things, hold fast that which is good.”
The turf war between herbalists and modern physicians isn’t doing anyone any good.
Yeah!!! It’s playing now! Thank you!
This is a great presentation, thank you! I was busy writing copious notes, then discovered that you have provided the whole presentation as a free download…very generous. Thank you so much! I’m very impressed.
Writer’s cramp is stinky. PDFs are better. :0)
what part of the Hollyhock?
The root is best. Get it in the fall of the first year or early spring of the second year. Before it shoots up and flowers. Marshmallow is better.
Send me an email and I’ll send them.
I so love your presentation. I was recently diagnosed with liver and colon cancer. I had surgery for a blockage in the colon and now have constant diarrhea. Can you recommend something as Immodium is only a temporary solution. Also is there an herbal alternative to chemo? Thank you!
There are lots of things better than immodium IMO. I have a formula called Colon – Dire Era that works very well. Have a look at those ingredients or just order some from the website. Angelica seed is the best first aid in the world for diarrhea.
Send me an email for the cancer question. That gets more involved.
please send both pdfs of your presentations!!
Will do. :0)
What a wonderful learning experience. I have learned a lot tonight. Thank you for your interesting presentation. I would love to have the PDF file. grandmabonniescloset(at)gmail.(com)
OK I”ll send them soon.
Please send the pdf’s. Really loved both presentations!
Send me an email and I’ll get them headed your way. :0)
Still wondering what my 11 year old Siamese cat can take for stuffy nose. Vet put her on Amoxicillin twice, clears up, but comes back. Right now I am using Little Noses saline drops.
This was an amazing presentation–I was taking so many notes, it took me forever to get through. Thank you very much–I am thinking that if I can I will take the online course. So incredibly informative (and funny, and I loved the presentation.)
I think you’d really enjoy the course it’s a lot of fun. Send me an email and I’ll send you the PDFs if you like.
Sorry Josette. Lost you in the shuffle. Send me an email and I’ll get some mor details.
Great information and love your humour quietly snuck in there. Thank you for time and efforts..
You’re welcome Lydia. Glad you enjoyed it.
That was a great presentation! So much amazing information!!! Thanks SO much!
You’re sure welcome. Glad it was helpful.
HomeGrown Herbalist School of Botanical Medicine
I like jewel weed for poison ivy and mosquito bites I cut it and put in a vase and use the leaves as a rub
Haven’t tried that one. 🙂
Hello, that was a great presentation.. the only bad part was that there was so much information I don’t think I will be able to remember everything! Anyway, I am interested in enrolling in your online course after the new year now.
Send me an email and I’ll send you the notes.
Holler when you’re ready to get going on the school. :0)
Are there any plants/meds that people can take that dogs/cats cannot? If no, I would expect limitations for some, I.e., not during pregnancy, etc. would apply to animals as well?
All the pregnancy limitations apply universally across species.
Most herbs that are safe for humans are safe for animals as well.
Grapes or raisins can kill dogs
Garlic, onions and hops can be dangerous for dogs if you over do it.
Since weeds seem to grow best in my yard I am making it my mission to learn all I can about them and the uses I can put them to. This was a most excellent presentation and since quite a few of these grow in my yard (or have been added by myself) the information given in the presentation will be very useful to me. Thank you have adding him to the summit. I will be checking out his website for sure.
THat’s the perfect way to start Teresa. :0)
I really liked the nice, clear pictures of the plants. I have seen other presentations and books on herbal medicine before, with drawings and descriptions, and was never sure whether the plants were the same ones growing in my yard. Thanks!
You have to have good pictures. The pictures in my book are good too. If fact you’ll probably want to buy several copies of my book so that you can hang some of the pictures on your wall. ;0P
Thank you so much for your presentation. Learned like crazy. My question is would it work to plant many of these wonderful weeds in their own raised bed?
Kind of like an herb garden, only all medicinal? Will some “take over” or should i just scatter seeds all about the yard?
thank you for your time. Oh, and what is your email address so i can request the pdf’s?
p.s. love, love your humor
My Email: doc(at)homegrownherbalist.net
Many of our medicinal friends are pernicious weeds. I grow lots of stuff in raised beds (See Mel Bartholomew’s Excellent book Square Foot Gardening). They take some management to make them behave but it’s well worth it.
Great presentation!! As long as herbs are dried first, can they be stored in a deep freeze for 6-12 months without negatively effecting the medicinal properties?
Are glass containers preferred over plastic/Rubbermaid type containers?
How long can you store dried herbs in a glass jar before it starts losing effectiveness?
(Just trying to figure out how best to store dried herbs for emergencies in the winter months.)
Dried herbs are good for a year or two. Probably longer if dried and frozen or freeze dried. I always use glass. Plastic and rubber can react with things.
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dont understand why im having issues with these. would it be possible for pdf’s please. i thought maybe it was just me, but ive gotten neither to play. thank you. i do sub to your blog and marjories also. firstname.lastname@example.org many thanks…
I’ll get the PDFs headed your way.
Thank you so much for a lovely presentation. Enjoyed yesterday’s as well. What a wealth of information to get me started with herbs.
Glad you enjoyed it Deb.
Wonderful. Can you send me the PDF of both presentation
I’d love to. You’ll have top send me am email so I have your address.
Fantastic presentation, as was yesterdays! Thank you so much for taking the time to participate in this Summit.
The entire Summit has been wonderful so far, looking forward to the days ahead. Thanks to all.
Marjory is a class act. She’s done a great job with the summit. 🙂
Thank you Dr Jones for not only the excellent presentations and your generosity to share pdf but also your extra ordinary gift of answering the questions personally. I hope the powers that be see that questions and answers are preserved in the online files.
A note on human treatments being safe for cats: when I asked my vet how much aspirin to give a cat to help her milk supply dry up, his response was, “It depends on how fast you want to kill her. Aspirin is deadly to cats!” I took him at his word and didn’t give her any.
True story. All of the human over-the-counter pain killers are pretty toxic to kitties.
Dr PJ, an excellent presentation, thanks. I am just about to order your book (I’ll buy it on your website if international shipping is available, if not via amazon – although it’s £43!). Anyway, I wanted to know if the book is relevant to me in the UK? I suspect there’ll be pieces that aren’t, but others that are. Also, do you have a recommendation for fungal nail (toe) infection? My toes are pretty rancid! Thanks!
Richard, Dr. Jones may come back with a better reply for you, but I do know that Tea Tree Oil (either straight, or in an easier-to-apply salve) will get rid of toenail fungus. It is very persistent so you may need to keep applying it for months to truly get rid of it, because it will have gotten into your shoes, socks, etc. But you should see improvement quickly. Put it under all nails, rub into the base of nails, and all over the toes, especially between them.
We’ll ship a book to the UK. Probably cheaper shipping through the website.
I think you’ll find many/most of our American medicinals are actually immigrants from your neck of the woods.
Tea tree oil is really good for the toenail fungus.
If that doesn’t do the trick go to my site and look up these two formulas:
INFXN – Fungal Topica
Candida (for internal support)
I loved the dry humor, down-to-earth info, great pictures, and wealth of useful info on what God provides free. Thank you for your great contribution and help for others.
Glad you enjoyed it Pricilla.
Wow! Really enjoyed your presentation and sense of humor. Presently enrolled in Herbal Academy and being encouraged in a BIG way to continue my dream and stay the course.
Yup. Stay the course. If you want to do our school when you’re done, give me a call. I give a ridiculous discount to grads of other programs. 🙂
LoveloveloveLOVE Dr. Jones’ presentations and humor! He is an *excellent* teacher!!! I’d *love* to take his online courses–one of these days? In the mean time, I’m going to join my friend and order his book! 🙂 Was *thrilled* when I saw he was going to be a speaker again, this year! 🙂
You’re very kind Leza. Holler when you’re ready to jump in on the course. We have a really easy payment plan. :0)
I would also like the pdf. Enjoy your presentations a lot!
Will do. 🙂
I would also love the PDF!
wish we could see again the making herbal medicine. your videos are really inspiring and well done!
Send me an email and I’ll send you the PDF
So glad to see the comments which are just as full of information as the presentation pop up with this on Monday! Gave me a chance to copy and paste the ones missed when first presented. Thank you MEN folks, Marjory, and Dr. Jones!!
I missed the first few days of presentations, so I am grateful it was reposted. This is (for me) the best presentation! Such valuable info. I was bitten by a brown recluse a few yrs ago. The ER refused to treat me because I “didn’t bring the spider.” I ended up losing a section of my leg (it’s held together by weak connective tissue at this point). We knew about plaintain but vague on how to use it. It was clearly what saved my leg, however. This info is sooooooooo valuable! THANK YOU!!!!
In my practice I work with people even if they don’t bring the spider. My success rate at saving the spiders has been really low historically anyway so it hasn’t made much difference.
I’m glad you had some plantain and the presence of mind to use it. 🙂
oops, forgot to ask in my previous comment… do most of these plants grow all over the U.S.? (I believe you answered that question for a couple of them already – but not all.) Thank you so much.
Yup. Most of our best medicinals have day jobs as pernicious weeds (gotta pay the bills somehow). They’re pretty happy to live about anywhere in the country. :0)
Horse foundered a month ago. I’ve got her in drylot, feeding grass hay. She still has a hard time walking. Using Bute on more painful days, but will put Willow branch in so she can self-medicate. Feet just warm. Any suggestions?
Talk to Mickey or Chance at Silverliningherbs.com They have some excellent horse formulas. Tell ’em I said Hi.
PS There have been sheep on my place for the last 3 years. They have eaten all of the “weeds” listed in this presentation to the point that I need a seed source. (They seem to eat grass only as a last resort!) Perhaps that is why they have been so healthy in the past but this year they are having some issues. Thank you Dr. Jones for the references you listed.
So glad to learn that cleavers has good uses other than making a mess of the animals’ fur and wool. I’m embarrassed to admit I have just about eliminated it by pulling it out. Thank you again for your generosity of time and knowledge.
Be nice to the Cleavers. It’s just trying to help. 🙂
I appreciated your presentation. I would welcome a copy of your pdf file, if possible.
I have to have your email address. You can send it to me at
I would really appreciate the PDF as well.
Send me an email and I’ll get them headed your way. :0)
Great presentation. Clear and concise. Enjoyed.
Glad yo liked it Lori. 🙂
Very informative presentation. A PDF would be appreciated.
OK Ellen. Send me an email and I’ll get them to you. 🙂
Dr. Jones, any suggestions if you are bit by a tick? Any amelioration for the potential of Lyme disease?
I’ve only ever had to address one Lyme’s case. I used Teasel and had good results.
Loved the info about remedies for kidney stones. I am pretty sure I had my first kidney stone two days ago! I wonder if you could take the kidney stone formula regularly (how regularly?) to avoid getting kidney stones?
Hi Mary Beth,
I recommend folks that are prone to stones take the formula twice daily for one week of each month as a preventative.
I have it on my site. It’s called Kidney – NoStonz
I loved the presentation – thank you for lots of info! I have a whole new appreciation for the “weeds” in our yard. I would like the pdf files, please since I couldn’t possibly remember everything I learned today!.
Send me an email and I’ll send them. :0)
Howdy from a fellow Idaho Jones! I loved and learned from both presentations and would also love the pdf copies, please. Thank you for all you’ve shared! I have been bitten by the herb bug… You’ve now just made it worse. 😉 Maybe I’ll come thank you in person sometime!
Give me a call and we’ll have a putter through the gardens some time. I’m always looking for an excuse to get out of the clinic. :0)
We have most of the herbs you mentioned on our land and I love it anytime I can learn more about them. There is something I have noticed when I have used some of them as potherbs. I have a history of dermatitis and allergic rash, but I think my questions are going to general enough to answer here. A number of the herbs you like to use, typically the ones that are tinged red on the stems, will give me a rash behind my ears. I had severe anemia about 30 years ago and discovered then that I get this rash from some of the more common iron-rich herbs. My doc prescribed iron shots and to our mutual relief they worked. Since then I am make an effort to eat more greens. Would you happen to know what in dandelions, chenopodia and dock might kick in the rash? Purslane sounds so great, I might just try a little despite the red stems. Appreciated the tip about when to harvest burdock. The way my Okinawan Granny taught me to say the word for burdock is gobo (like hobo). You might have the pronunciation confused with the word for seaweed, which is named kombu (pronounced like comb-boo) These two foods often appear in the same dish. My last question is about herbs that have a tangy, lemony taste, like the sorrels. I was cautioned to avoid acidic foods in my diet. Might this include herbs with that taste? Thanks for adding to our herbal knowledge. I already sent an email requesting your pdf and will look forward to getting it.
Could be that your rash is related to a mild allergy to those particular plants.
Tangy and lemony herbs do tend toward being a little acidic.
Do you have any suggestions for treating worms and coccidiosis in sheep or could you recommend a herbalist vet who would know?
SilverliningHerbs.com has horse formulas that work well on ruminants. Tell them I said Hi.
Than you! I will check that out.
So enjoyed learning from you. Please send pdfs also.
Great talk but I was unclear what you said about burdock. Here in N.W. PA burdock grows forever it seems, not just 2 years. I have plants that have been in my yard 10 years. And the old roots are extremely potent. I use them over the young ones for making medicines. The young roots are delicious though!
Thanks for sharing your wonderful tips! I would love a copy of both of your PDFs. email@example.com