For as long as humans have existed, we have relied on plants for remedies and food. Sarah will introduce you to a range of common local plants and how they can be used medicinally. This class will cover the basics of herbal medicine and medicine making; explore the science behind the effects of various herbs; and introduce the plants “in person” as participants learn to identify them. Participants will prepare and take home an herb-infused vinegar and oil, as well as the supplies to prepare their own herbal tincture. Many samples and handouts are included. No experience necessary.
Cost is $68, which includes supplies and samples.
Week 1: Wild edible and medicinal greens (nettles, chickweed, dandelion, clover). Prepare a mineral-rich, herb infused vinegar using local/seasonal greens.
Week 2: Immune system/cold and flu supportive herbs (lemon balm, elderberry, boneset, mullein). Discuss tincture-making, and take home supplies to make your own herbal tincture.
Week 3: Liver and digestive support (burdock, yellow dock, dandelion root, chicory). Discuss appropriate tea preparations for roots and barks vs. leaves and flowers. Sample several herbal teas.
Week 4: Herbs for the skin (plantain, violet, yarrow, witch hazel). Prepare an herb-infused oil for topical use.