Episode 26: Learn about native Appalachian herbs in this interview with educator, designer, and farmer Trevor Piersol. Co- founder of the Shenandoah Permaculture Institute, Trevor grows perennial fruits and medicinal herbs, with a focus on easy-care native plants, in his home state of Virginia.
Appalachia, a vast mountain region of the United States, is rich in botanical diversity and herbal lore. In this episode, Trevor talks about American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides), Black Cohosh (Actaea racemes), and two of the many fungi that grow in this region, Reishi (Ganoderma tsugae), and Chaga (Inonotus obliquus). Trevor shares with us the type of medicine these plants provide, how to use them, how to ensure that the plants you buy are ethically harvested, and how you can grow them at home or in a nearby woodland.
Threatened by habitat loss, climate breakdown, poaching, and over-harvesting, these living treasures need to be protected.
For more information about Trevor and his work, visit the Shenandoah Permaculture Institute.com.