53. Healing Herbal Oils: How To Make and Use Them - Kami McBride

Every woman throughout time has taken some kind of plant and some kind of fat, put them together and used it as medicine. Herbal body oils are the One Remedy to Rule Them All. And no one knows more about making and using them than Kami McBride.



  • How herbal oils came into Kami’s life and immediately replaced petroleum based products

  • If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, don’t put it on your skin

  • Kami’s favorite herbs for oil making

  • Mugwort as a deepening, driving, carrying herb

  • St. John’s Wort for bruises, burns, cuts, eczema, growing pains, inflamed skin, muscle pain, nerve pain, neck tension, spasms, back pain, insomnia, anxiety, relaxation, children’s health, smashed fingers and a million other things

  • How oiling nourishes and calms the nervous system

  • If the skin is dry, then the nerves are dry- this dehydration makes us feel agitated and irritated and anxious (and is exacerbated in summer and fall), “Oil is the antidote to nervousness”

  • The skin is an immunological organ- why oiling is so important for supporting optimal lymphatic and immune system health

  • Using oils with kids

  • Earlobe oiling! Game changer

  • Herbal oils for sleep support- goodnight insomnia

  • When you study herbalism you’re also learning about the earth and the human body

  • No one can tell you how much of an herbal preparation to take- even doctor’s dosage recommendations are guesses (know thyself!)

  • How herbal body oiling helps you develop deep listening to and knowledge of your body

  • Embedding self care into the culture

  • All the places where Kami keeps little bottles of oil for immediate access

  • How oils helped revive Kami’s ailing great aunt

  • The skin as a reflection of internal health

  • How making an herbal oil is different from making an herbal tincture


  • Learning to make shelf stable and potent herbal oils

  • How to know which herbs to use fresh and which to use dry

  • Preventing spoilage when making fresh plant oils: the 5 things to pay attention to (FLAHM)

  • Using alcohol in your oil making for greater potency and preservation

  • The most controversial of all oil making questions- should you solar infuse your oils?

  • There’s not just one way to make your herbal medicine- herbalism is vast

  • If you’re making a blend, should you make separate oils and blend later or just put all the herbs into one jar?

  • Should you oil your face? And our skin care practices

  • “Every woman throughout time has taken some kind of plant and some kind of fat, put it together and used it as some kind of medicine”

  • Why making your own oils will save you SO MUCH MONEY

  • Oils are the least amount of effort for the most return home remedy and are such an effective and easy place to start your herbal journey

  • All the first aid uses for herbal oils



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39. Kitchen Herbalism: The Body Remembers - Kami McBride

Herbalist Kami McBride is back to dive even deeper into the uses of plant medicine for long term vitality and well being. This time we focus on home & kitchen herbalism, which is both super easy/accessible to everyone and the most important way to utilize herbs for daily health. Win win!


  • Home herbalism is the best kind of herbalism

  • Put this spice (already in your kitchen!) on a cut to stop bleeding quick


  • How simple kitchen herbalism bypasses the overwhelm many new herbalists feel (IT'S SO EASY Y'ALL)

  • Culture begins in the kitchen

  • Empowering yourself to take care of everyday illnesses and ailments at home

  • The magic that happens when women gather to make food and medicine together (with our uniques lineage of women standing behind us)

  • How Kami has her kitchen set up so that incorporating healing herbs into every meal takes no thought

  • Herbal sprinkles alone can change the whole food culture in a home

  • No one eats perfectly healthy at every meal, but adding herbal salts, vinegars, oils, honeys, etc. to each dish automatically and dramatically boosts the nutritional- and flavor!- content

  • Kitchen herbalism returns a vast diversity of missing micronutrients to the Standard American Diet

  • Digestion is literally the foundation of health, and an herbally oriented kitchen supports the flow of blood, energy, and oxygen to your digestive track at every meal

  • Evolving our medical care to the next level begins at home

  • Pesto is as sacred as the elements and is incredible for fighting colds & flu (and has endless possibilities beyond basil!)

  • Reawakening our senses & activating ancestral taste and scent perception

  • Why you need the bitter flavor in your life

  • Alchemy Oil, Chai Honey, and mind blowing Herbal Cordials

  • The best herbal food gifts to give for every occasion

  • Mega next level meal planning- taking 15 minutes to ask yourself what's going on with your/your living mates lives and health this week, and then planning meals and herbal condiments around that


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Music by Mariee Sioux (from her beautiful song Wild Eyes)

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20. Herbalism, Menstruation, & Innate Knowing - Kami McBride

In the Intro:

  • My number one herb book

  • My healing pilgrimage to the skull of a blue whale

  • I say somthing that's hard to say

  • Edible & Medicinal Flowers eBook

  • The dark places of the soul & sharing our stories

In the Interview:

  • The strong childhood memory, and teenage crisis, that started Kami on the plant path

  • Recalling the era when being an herbalist was an underground, misunderstood, frowned-upon thing

  • You never know where or when the seeds you plant will sprout

  • Bringing information to the culture so that it can later be mirrored back to our children (or loved ones) by someone other than us

  • Unspoken soul transmissions from the ancestors

  • How to extract ancestral stories from your living relatives (do it now!)

  • What you are seeking is also seeking you

  • We are downloading decades of ancestral information right now & it’s causing information overload- when do we know enough?- an ancestral strategy for simplifying our herb learning

  • You don’t have to know everything, too much information clogs the channels

  • Stepping into power as bleeding women

  • Healing menstrual shame & a look at the learned cultural practices of plugging and drugging (which, in the long run, just repress and create more pain)

  • How your blood & bleeding time reflects your state of health back to you

  • Aligning with the energy of your moon time- enhanced perception, clarity around boundaries, awareness of emotion

  • Menstruation is a truth serum

  • Sensitivity is what’s gonna save us

  • Women, exhaustion, and rest

  • One small change that has dramatically reduced PMS symptoms for many of the women Kami and I know (including me!)

  • Returning to our innate body wisdom