Grindelia with Lisa Ganora + Grindelia Respiratory Elixir

Grindelia, or gumweed as it’s sometimes known, is a warming, aromatic expectorant, a smooth muscle relaxant that can soothe a spasmodic cough…and it’s abundant in many landscapes. Please join me for a discussion about this weed of many gifts with Lisa Ganora, who is delightfully energetic and obviously thrilled to share her abundant wisdom. You’ll also receive Lisa’s detailed recipe for Grindelia Respiratory Elixir.

For those of you who don’t know her, Lisa began studying herbal medicine in the early 80s. After practicing as a Wise Woman tradition community herbalist, wildcrafter, and medicine-maker for a decade, Lisa returned to school at UNCA and graduated summa cum laude with multiple awards in biology and chemistry. After graduation, she focused on exploring herbal constituents; pharmacognosy and phytochemistry, in the context of Western clinical herbalism and Vitalist therapeutics. In addition to founding and directing the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism from 2012 to 2020, and managing Elderberry’s Farm, a Rocky Mountain herbal education center in Paonia, Colorado, Lisa has also served as Adjunct Professor of Pharmacognosy at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, and has lectured and taught classes at numerous schools and conferences around the world.

She is the author of Herbal Constituents, in its 2nd edition, a popular textbook on herbal phytochemistry for natural health practitioners, which is used by schools and universities worldwide. Lisa also teaches distance learning courses on herbal constituents and pharmacy and formulates botanical and CBD products for the dietary supplements industry.

Listen in for:

► How the cacao tree, a friend’s advice, and dandelion root started Lisa on her herbal path (Timestamp: 00:04:13)

► Why Lisa uses Grindelia in respiratory formulas as an alternative to oshá (Timestamp: 00:14:07)

► Why it’s valuable to know the constituents of a plant and how to extract them (Timestamp: 00:56:28)

Here is one of my favorite takeaways from our conversation:

“Instead of thinking, ‘This herb is good for this condition,’ I like to think, ‘What actions does the herb have? And then what actions do you need with this condition?’” (Timestamp: 00:49:47)

I was so thoroughly enjoying all that she had to say that I let the conversation meander longer than usual. As you listen to Lisa’s many pearls of wisdom, I think you’ll agree it was a good choice. I’m delighted to bring our conversation to you today!


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