Introduction to Garden-Based Herbalism
September – November 2019
Herbal medicines abound in our bioregion. Herbs disguised as ornamentals and “weeds” await your discovery. By studying the foundations of garden-based herbalism, we will learn how to safely prepare and use garden herbs for teas, poultices, salves, tinctures, and more.
In this course, you will smell, feel and taste your way to understanding the uses for dozens of plants from our unique bio-region. This class is not only educational, but also very engaging, entertaining and fun!
For thousands of years, people have been harvesting herbal medicines from their home gardens for basic family needs. Become part of this evolving tradition using the garden and wild lands as a classroom. This is a dynamic and hands-on introduction to the art and practical application of garden herbalism.
We will spend over half of our time outdoors, where we’ll harvest common herbs and discuss their uses and cultivation. We will then bring the herbs back to the classroom and learn how to make effective teas, oils and remedies for commonly encountered health challenges including stress, sleeplessness, indigestion, and minor wounds.
By effectively preparing and using herbs, we inspire and empower the healer within. This work rejuvenates the senses and steeps us in the wonder of nature’s healing powers. Participants will leave with an abundance of practical and easily implemented information, and a sampling of herb plants to transplant at home.