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Herbal Radio

May 5, 2023

In this “Tea Talks Roundtable,” Jiling discusses the topic of “Food as Medicine” with herbalists Christa Sinadinos, Rona Leah, Jana Kilgore, and Mary Colvin. With our collective herbal experience as two professional cooks, three book authors, two herb school founders, and five herbalists working with different populations, teaching styles, and botanical expertise-- you can expect a fun and delicious conversation! 


We explore:

• everyday strategies to integrate Food as Medicine into your average diet and lifestyle

• delicious culinary spices 

• common wild herbs (in different bioregions) to supplement standard kitchen herbs

• easy to find foods and herbs that can be used medicinally while traveling

• breakfast strategies and considerations  

• nutritional snacks

• different preparations for common wild herbs 

• specific recipes like Rona’s Herb Sauce, Demulcent Waters, Christa’s Schug, and Jana’s Morning Chai! 


Learn more about these herbalists below: 

🌿RONA LEAH is a chef, folk herbalist, small farmer and educator at Tend & Flourish School of Botanicals. She focuses on cooking with herbs for everyday wellness and support, especially in regards to skincare and Metabolic Syndrome. Find Rona on Facebook @Rona.Leah.1 and Instagram @CelesteFarmSTL

🌿JANA KILGORE is certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and postpartum Ayurdoula, clinical nutritionist, herbalist, massage therapist, Yoga teacher, chef and cooking instructor, author of "The Outdoor Adventurers Guide to Yoga", novice gardener, and lifelong student of Nature. Visit Jana at

🌿MARY COLVIN is a clinical herbalist, and the owner of Ancestral Herbology in Wakeman, OH. Mary is a Registered Herbalist through the AHG, formulator for Sprigs Life, mentor, and author. She writes articles for Living Healthy magalog, Sprigs Life, Motherhood magazine— and stay tuned for her upcoming book!

🌿CHRISTA SINADINOS is the founder and director of the Northwest School for Botanical Studies, and author of the textbook, “The Essential Guide to Western Botanical Medicine.” She brings over 25 years of clinical expertise in consulting, formulating, teaching, and operating an herbal extract business. 

🌿JILING LIN is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac) and herbalist in Ventura, CA. A clinician and teacher, Jiling is also a passionate traveler, artist, and adventurer. Visit Jiling at, Instagram @LinJiling, and Facebook @JilingLAc. Get her free Nourishing Life (養生) template, Five Phases (五行) outline, or sign up for her newsletter here


Resources mentioned: 

• “Schug: A Delicious, Nutrient-Dense Condiment,” blog by Christa Sinadinos

• “Parsley,” blog by Christa Sinadinos

• “Cucumber Peach Salad, Medicinal Vinaigrette & Herb Sauce,” Facebook post by Rona Leah

• “Golden Chai,” blog by Jana Kilgore

• “Favorite Protein Bars,” blog by Jana Kilgore


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