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Silverton Grange

Herbal Basics Class 2023-24

Learn to safely use locally available herbs and "weeds" for yourself and your family in a fun, friendly once a month class.

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Herbal Basics Class 2023-24
Herbal Basics Class 2023-24

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Feb 18, 2024, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Silverton Grange, 201 Division St NE, Silverton, OR 97381, USA

About the event

February 18, 2024

The Family Herbalist

Herbal remedies "A to Z"  are already in your kitchen when you need them RIGHT NOW! Aromatherapy and other ideas for staying well when everyone’s sick. Learn about herbal home keeping, make products to clean with herbs, including laundry, pets, bath, and kitchen. There are ways to clean without killing off all our good microbes as we clean. Formulating for children and the sensitive ones in our lives. Herbal healing for common ailments of kids, elders and others we’re caring for. 

March 17, 2024

Smooth Move, Digestive Health

You are what you don’t eliminate.  Learn how herbs, ferments, wild foods and especially nourishing herbal infusions can help your digestion. Discuss common digestive complaints and herbal strategies to heal them. Learn about anthlemitic and carthartic herbs.(Yes we sometimes still need them!)  We’ll be studying the herbs that help us eliminate toxins through our urinary tract and our skin, the diuretics and the diaphoretics. Herbal strategies for common urinary tract problems. Discuss some of the reasons we might need help to sweat.

April 21, 2024

Botanica Erotica, the Secret Language of Plants

What's love got to do with it? We'll make the connection between our love of the plants and their love of us! Study the magnificent rose family and its long connection to our physical and spiritual hearts. We'll have a medicine making review of electuaries, exhilarants and other herbal treats . Of course  we'll tip our cups to Ostara and dive into Botanica Erotica.

May 19, 2024

First Things First

We'll look at the musculoskeletal system and our second largest organ, our skin. Learn about herbal first aid using materials that are widely available, like kitchen spices, weeds, and wild plants. Herbal tooth care.  Most of the remedies we will discuss can be purchased inexpensively at your local herb store, grown or made at home. Anodynes, analgesics, antiseptic herbs and wound care. Create a first aid kit.

June 9, 2024

Soothing the Body, Mind, and Spirit

Relaxation and stimulation are our first introduction to herbs for many of us.  Even Peter Rabbit’s mom knew about chamomile tea. Nervine and antispasmodic herbs; safe and effective sleep and mood helpers. Stimulant herbs (not the usual suspects) that increase the sensitivity of the nerves and that stimulate and energize the entire body. Introduction to homepathy, flower essences and other vibrational healing. 

July 21, 2024

Spend a day creating a basic home apothecary. You'll learn to create herbal preparations for each of the categories of herbs we’ve studied through the year. We’ll jump right in and start with flower essences and then go on to preparing dried herbs for teas and infusions. Prepare electuaries and honeys. You’ll learn to make tinctures by the folk method and percolation. How to use herbs in poultices and baths. We’ll make infused oils and prepare salves. Our day will end with making all of the ingredients needed to enjoy an herbal facial. A list of supplies for you to bring will be emailed to you on receipt of registration.

August 18, 2024

Plant Spirit Medicine

The capstone of our year’s journey together. Pick up where we left off the heart journey in April.  Based on the teachings of the Stephen Buhner, Nikki Scully, Heartmath Institute and others you will learn clear techniques for accessing the heart for knowing the plants around us. Many of these skills are not relegated to only the healer or shamanic realms but are meant for our everyday relationship with life. This experiential class will teach simple techniques for developing intimate relationships with the plants around us. These include wide angle vision, sketching, organoleptics, journaling and other methods in order to understand the depth of the relationships that are available to us with plants.  We will be outside all day so please dress appropriately for the day. A welcome letter will be sent upon registration.

Learning how to use the locally available herbs and “weeds” for yourself, your family and community will change how you think and DO about many aspects of life. We’ll gather and discuss the use of herbs, get to know one another and face the strange changes!

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