Saturday, March 10, 2012

Folk Herbalism Classes-Plant Medicine for the People

Folks have been asking about this year's herb classes. I've been working on the schedule and I'm finally ready to post this season's classes. I've made a few changes from last year, including shorter classes which are more affordable, the addition of a couple topics, and a change in the name. This year I'm calling the series "Folk Herbalism".

Basic knowledge of the healing plant used to be commonplace, and still is in much of the world. I believe strongly that herbal medicine is the people's medicine, and I have seen how people's live can be improved when they develop the knowledge and confidence to turn to the healing herbs growing around them to treat their families minor health issues.

We live is a society where nearly everything has become professionalised and each generation has less personal skills to rely upon. Herbalism is one skill we can choose to reclaim, not to become professionals ourselves, prescribing herbs to others for a profit, but for our own well being. Because when we are more independent, having the skills and knowledge to meet our basic needs, our sense of security and confidence increases. In this spirit, I offer the following classes throughout the season to aid in helping others develop the ability to use the healing plants to enrich their lives. This is herbalism for the common folks, Folk Herbalism.

April 22nd 29th  Food as Medicine-
Spring tonics growing wild in your yard
Identify the herbs and weeds that are most nourishing and toning to our systems. Learn how to harvest and use these plants as edibles and infusions. Prevention is the vest medicine, and many of the wild plants are loaded with the nutrients we need to stay healthy and energized throughout the season. We will be tasting some simple recipes made with these nutritious and tonic plants.
This class is almost full!!

May 20th Herbal First Aid
Learn what herbs to reach for when those little emergencies happen. We will look at my favorite plants to turn to for cuts, scrapes, bruises, bleeding, pain, poisoning, diarrhea, burns and other minor emergencies. Nature offers abundant and safe solutions to heal our traumas. We'll be getting to know some of my most relied upon plants.

June 17th Herbs for Children
I can't imagine caring for my children without the gentle healing herbs. I'll share my favorites for everything from restlessness and tummy aches to conjunctivitis and fevers.

July 15th Oils and Salves
Herbal oils and salves can heal and soothe, stimulate or relax. In this class we'll make some together and look at recipes and techniques for making your own at home. (This class fills up fast. Also, see price note below)

August 19th Tincture Making
Learn to make your own tinctures to last all winter. Making these herbal extracts is easier than you think. We'll be making some in class. (See price note below)

September 16th Poultices and Fomentations
From chew and stick poultices in the field to carefully prepared fomentations in the kitchen, we'll look at the lost art of laying on the herbs. These techniques are useful for anything from treating minor skin problems to helping broken bones heal faster to drawing out toxins and poisons and infections.

October 21st Teas and Syrups
Tisane, Infusion, Decoction...what's the difference? Teas are among the most simple and effective of herbal medicines. We'll sip some in class and make some sweet syrup too.

November 18th Digging the Medicine
We'll be talking about underground medicine (literally and figuratively). Come unearth some healing roots while discussing the history of the suppression of herbal medicine and why it continues, like a stubborn root in the garden, to persist.

All classes will be from 10am to 12pm at my home and garden outside of Oxford, Pa.
Cost is $15 per class ($5 for interested young people)
*$20 for the Oils and Salve class and for the Tincture Making class, to cover supplies
Students will bring home products from these classes ($10 for interested young people).

To sign up, e-mail me at

I look forward to sharing another season of herbal medicine!

Photos in this post by Earth Mama

1 comment:

  1. What gorgeous courses. I would love to come along with my family.