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Herbal Radio

Feb 17, 2023

This week we are rereleasing Bevin Clare’s “Meet the Herbalist” interview with Lucretia VanDyke. Lucretia will be one of the keynote speakers at the upcoming Florida Herbal Conference taking place March 10 – 12, 2023. Use code MOUNTAINROSE to receive $50 off the event ticket price. Learn more about the Florida Herbal Conference and get your virtual or in-person tickets here.

We hope you enjoy this conversation between these two esteemed herbalists!

Did you know both of these herbalists are also authors? We highly recommend adding Lucretia’s book African American Herbalism and Bevin’s book Spice Apothecary to your bookshelf.

Lucretia and Bevin were also guest speakers at our in-person Summer 2022 Free Herbalism Project. Listen to Lucretia’s presentation “Zen Esthetics” here and Bevin’s presentation “Spice Up Your Life!” here.

With a journey that began when she was a little girl mixing herbs, mud, and roots on her grandparents’ farm, Lucretia VanDyke has had a lifelong connection to the plants. She has been in the wellness industry for over twenty-five years. Her quest for knowledge and storytelling has led her all over the world to learn about remedies, traditions, and ceremonies from indigenous healers. 

One of the foremost experts on Southern folk healing arts, Lucretia integrates rituals, plant spirit meditation, holistic food/herbal medicine, and ancestor reverence into people’s practices.

Lucretia has worked and trained with many internationally known spa and skin care companies. She is a holistic educator, speaker, herbalist, sacred sexologist, ceremonialist, spiritual coach, intuitive energy practitioner, diviner, author, and world traveler. Lucretia brings her vivacious spirit and her message of ancestral connection in herbal practices to inspire others to embrace their unique relationship with the plants. Teaching herbal classes, cooking, storytelling, and foraging in the woods learning native medicine charges her soul.

Visit Lucretia here!

Bevin Clare is an herbalist, nutritionist, world-wanderer, spice-gobbler, and is a professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health and the program director of the MS in Clinical Herbal Medicine program. She holds a MSc in Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has studied herbal medicine around the world, blending her knowledge of traditional uses of plants with modern science and contemporary healthcare strategies. She is the author of Spice Apothecary (Storey Books, 2020). Bevin a board member and former Chair of the Board of the American Herbalists Guild where she works to promote clinical herbalism accessibility and professionalism and she is a long term board member of the United Plant Savers. 

You can find her musings at and on Facebook and Instagram @spice.herb.wander


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