Materia Medica: Shiitake with Maggie
Tasty on your pizza and easy to grow in our humid climate. Let your food be your medicine, let’s get to know shiitake. This episode of Materia Medica will be a little shift from plant to fungi.
Our friends in the garden Whether it’s a new friend or one you’ve known a while, it’s always nice to visit friends and give special attention to create a deeper more meaningful relationship.
The study of herbalism is rooted in our personal relationships with individual plants (or fungi). Join us for an afternoon in the garden with Maggie on Facebook Live to learn more about this amazing fungi ally.
Suggested price: $5.00
Join us on our Facebook Page – Sunday, November 22, 4:00 pm
If you cannot join us during the scheduled Facebook Live, please view it later on our YouTube Playlist.
Maggie O’Halloran is an herbalist and educator in Central Florida. She comes from a large family where chaos was the norm. She always found peace outside watching things grow or climbing magnolia trees. One of her older brothers was considered hyperactive and had a hard time staying in school. Because of the impact food had on his behavior they had no sugar in the house, including ketchup! She learned in her mother’s kitchen that the things you put in your mouth impact your mind and your body.
In the early 90’s she first found her own inspiration to view health from a holistic perspective while working as a teacher assistant at a mental health hospital for children. From that experience, she decided that there had to be a better way to help kids beyond medicating them to a zombie state with pharmaceuticals. She started college studying education and psychology and ultimately received a bachelor’s degree in Human Development.
In 1999 she took her love of plants to Oakland, California where she worked with inner-city elementary students and teachers, learning and teaching about violence prevention and anger management through physical education and body awareness. She explored working with food, exercise, breathing, and communication skills. She continued to study plants and their medicine by sharing with friends.
In 2006 she moved to Florida to find a slower pace in life. Though her love of teaching hasn’t waned, she took the opportunity to focus on deepening her plant knowledge in a more intentional way with herb walks with Emily Ruff. Since then she has found inspiration from teachers like Phyllis Light, Rosemary Gladstar, David Winston to name a few and mostly Emily Ruff. She continues her passion for helping people find peace by sharing her knowledge with whoever will listen. She enjoys working with friends, family, and strangers seeking a more holistic way to be healthy.
These days she can be found hiking on trails, tending her garden, creating something good for you in her kitchen, teaching in her community about plant medicine, and learning from her nine-year-old herbalist and his friends.