Ground Ivy with Val Alcorn + Upper Respiratory Tincture

By | February 14, 2023

It’s always exciting to hear about a little known herb with powerful medicinal action, especially when it also happens to grow abundantly. And that’s what you have to look forward to in this conversation about ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea) with Val Alcorn!

You’ll also receive Val’s recipe for an Upper Respiratory Tincture which contains ground ivy. This is a formula she describes as ideal for “heavy, stagnant congestion and/or pain in the upper respiratory system.”

By the end of this episode, you’ll know:

► Are there ever any advantages to invasive plants?

► Why look at how herbs were used ancestrally?

► How following your curiosity and intuition can lead to powerful medicine

Here is one of my favorite takeaways from our conversation:

“I feel like everybody’s so excited about the exotic plants, the adaptogens, those buzzword herbs, but sometimes I feel like the most common plants are the most powerful.” (11:36)

If you don’t already know Val, she is an herbalist, herb farmer, writer and artist living on Anishinaabe land in what is now Michigan. Her goal is to connect people with the stories and the medicine of the plants so that we may heal body and spirit with curiosity and reciprocity. She crafts a variety of herbal tools and goods with a focus on herbal bitters and runs a brick and mortar store in Gladwin, Michigan.

I’m so grateful to share our conversation with you today!


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01:19 – Introduction to Val Alcorn

02:55 – How Val found her way onto her herbal path

08:29 – Why Val chose ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea) as a topic for this conversation

12:33 – Ground ivy look alikes and ID tips

13:42 – When to harvest ground ivy

14:30 – Ground ivy medicine in medieval times

19:04 – Ground ivy upper respiratory tincture recipe

23:48 – How Val became interested in bitters

31:40 – Val’s YouTube channel

34:26 – The 2023 Lunica planner and gardening by the moon

42:49 – Advice for those just starting out on their herbal path


Yes, I did knit my sweater! Pattern is: Love Note by Tin Can Knits


The herbal and plant information in this video is for educational purposes only. The information contained is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other medical professional. If you have or suspect that you have a serious health problem, promptly contact your health care provider. Always consult with a health care practitioner before using any herbal remedy or food, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or have a medical condition.

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