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Your host, Miranda Brist, is a clinical herbalist, phytotherapist, and human geography teacher.  She reads ethnopharmacology and integrative medicine journals so that you don’t have to.


Join siblings Miranda and Lucas as they explore the history, geography, traditional knowledge, and current pharmacological research on medicinal plants from around the world. You'll finish each episode with ways to harness the power of plant medicines in your own life.

We spotlight health problems, potential herbal and natural solutions, and interview the innovative researchers that aim to solve those problems through the power of plants.

For example, one of the most important health problems emerging in the world today is the epidemic of antibiotic resistant infections. According to the CDC, “more than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the U.S. each year, and more than 35,000 people die as a result. ” 

Luckily, international pharmaceutical and nutraceutical research based on traditional knowledge of medicinal plants is one of the most promising potential solutions to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR). And the same goes for dozens of other stubborn health crises facing us today. 


We also Explore . . .

  • The folklore and legends about medicinal plants. 
  • Plants used in a wide range of traditional medicine systems in Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania, and the Americas. 
  • The connection between our environment and our health. 
  • Debates over the value of botanical medicine vs. conventional medicine solutions.
  • Peoples’ WILDLY different beliefs about health and healing across cultures (and maybe in your own neighborhood). 

But no matter what, we always aim to analyze AND apply. 

Every episode will include a takeaway to help you apply the newest (or oldest) botanical knowledge in your own health strategies.

Introducing your co-host, Lucas Brist. Lucas produces and edits the podcast. Under duress, he also tirelessly combs the depths of the internet to bring you interesting facts and folklore. 

All content on Radio Botanical is for education purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. We do not diagnose or treat disease.