Yarrow with Guido Mase




Episode Summary

In this chat with Guido Masé, one of my herbal heroes, you’ll hear the many, many gifts of Yarrow. Then, we get a glimpse into what’s on Guido’s mind these days.

This conversation is a real treat. I love how Guido weaves together many seemingly different pieces of herbalism, whether it’s chemical constituents, heart-centered healing, or even mythology and folklore. He also perfectly summarizes why I love being an herbalist.

You’ll also receive instant access to a FREE recipe card with Guido’s instructions for how to make yarrow powder from the fresh plant.

I love this recipe for many reasons. One is that yarrow powder is a truly wondrous healer for cuts and scrapes. This is one remedy you’ll never want to be without! Another is that, rather than letting any part of the plant go to waste, Guido also shares how you can process and use the yarrow stalks to cast the I Ching, a traditional Chinese oracular system.

For those of you who don’t know him already, Guido Masé is an herbalist and garden steward, specializing in therapeutic herbalism and the pharmacology of plants and mushrooms.

He spent his childhood in Italy, in the central Alps, in a Renaissance town called Ferrara. After traveling the United States, he settled into Vermont where he has been living since 1996. He is a founder, faculty member, and clinical supervisor at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit herbal medicine clinic and school. He serves as herbalist, principal scientist, and chief formulator at Traditional Medicinals, where he works on herbal teas, supplements, bitters, and tonics. He is a founding member of the Railyard Apothecary in Burlington, Vermont, where he works as part of a collaborative clinical practice.

He’s the author of the The Wild Medicine Solution: Healing with Aromatic, Bitter, and Tonic Plants, as well as the book DIY Bitters.

Listen in for:

► Why yarrow is one of Guido’s most beloved herbal allies

► What makes plants and herbal medicine, in Guido’s words, a chemistry of communion

► How medicinal compounds tell a story (quite literally)

If we’re at a conference together, you can bet that I’m in the front row of all of Guido’s classes.  I’m truly thrilled to share our conversation with you today!


So many incredible things from Yarrow, as well as its shining beauty in the field or in the garden, make this perhaps my most beloved ally.

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What You’ll Learn from This Episode

  • [00:01:08] Introduction
  • [00:03:32] The moment in a beech tree that put Guido firmly on the path of herbalism
  • [00:11:50] Why Guido chose yarrow as the focus plant for this conversation
  • [00:16:36] Guido shares some experiences of working with yarrow as a wound healer
  • [00:21:30] A brief explanation of the I Ching
  • [00:29:18] Guido’s recipe to process fresh yarrow into powder and divination stalks
  • [00:29:34] Rosalee shares her thoughts on The Wild Medicine Solution
  • [00:30:47] Guido shares the background for his latest project
  • [00:35:31] A project of inquiry: Defining tonic herbalism
  • [00:36:50] How people may change when their health improves thanks to working with a plant
  • [00:40:35] The patterns of growth and healing
  • [00:42:44] How the flow of information via language intersects with herbalism
  • [00:49:53] Building health and resilience with the concept of resonance and the Three Tonic Principles
  • [00:54:23] How herbal terms we’re already familiar with harmonize with scientific principles
  • [00:59:54] Guido shares the journey he calls The Gift Cycle
  • [01:04:09] What Guido wishes he knew when he first started working with herbs

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— TIMESTAMPS —

00:00:00 – Introduction

00:03:45 – The moment in a beech tree that put Guido firmly on the path of herbalism

00:12:08 – Why Guido chose yarrow as the focus plant for this conversation

00:16:59 – Guido shares some experiences of working with yarrow as a wound healer

00:22:00 – A brief explanation of the I Ching

00:30:03 – Guido’s recipe to process fresh yarrow into powder and divination stalks

00:30:25 – Rosalee shares her thoughts on The Wild Medicine Solution

00:31:42 – Guido shares the background for his latest project

00:36:40 – A project of inquiry: Defining tonic herbalism

00:38:08 – How people may change when their health improves thanks to working with a plant

00:41:35 – The patterns of growth and healing

00:43:47 – How the flow of information via language intersects with herbalism

00:50:58 – Building health and resilience with the concept of resonance and the Three Tonic Principles

00:55:32 – How herbal terms we’re already familiar with harmonize with scientific principles

01:01:10 – Guido shares the journey he calls The Gift Cycle

01:05:24 – What Guido wishes he knew when he first started working with herbs

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