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Beginning Herb Course- Summer of 2015!

Day, Dates and Time: Wed. (may move to Thurs.) July 8, 15, 22, 29; Wed. August 12, 19, 28, September 2nd (NO CLASS August 5th)     Time: 6:30-9 pm.

Cost: $375 (Credit card payments accepted through Square.)  Place: My house

Registration Deadline: June 20th

Welcome to Red Root Mountain’s Beginning Herb Course! In this course, you will engage and learn the root of this flexible art! Come look at plants, and experience how they work according to taste, the language of energetic actions, and the properties hot, cold, dry and moist, relaxing and stimulating.

Also gain skills in how to make plant medicines as we prepare hot and cold water decoctions, macerations of herb oils, fresh and dried plant tinctures, and salves.

We will apply and weave in the information acquired in the first few class to assessing and formulating for acute respiratory illnesses and basic first aid. You’ll learn basic assessment and herbal application skills for managing fevers and coughs, healing sinus infections, supporting bones re-growth and more. You’ll also have fun, as you find yourself a part of an herbal community that is ever growing in this area.

Whether you are a self learner/herbalist-in-waiting, have never read about a plant before in your life or want a refresher course in herbal medicines, this is the class for you. Beware, this is not a simple course. It lays a foundation of herbal application and philosophy that is fairly advanced, and introduces the concepts of Greek medicine.

Read on for a descriptive list of the 8 classes included in this series, and class schedule. If you are interested in joining the class, please leave a message below. I’ll see your email, and send you an application form.

Since this course is running during growing season, we will often be stepping outside to see plants!

What will you gain from this course:

 An understanding of the function of herbs according to taste, the qualities hot, cold, dry and moist, and whether they relax or stimulate
 Gain an active working knowledge of the energetic actions of plant medicines (i.e. demulcent, anti-inflammatory etc.)
 Learn the practical and mystical application of some 20+plants, as we begin to delve into the history and energy of plants, and learn clinical applications.
 Begin to learn Latin plant names, their meanings, botanical identification and growing conditions.
 Get hands on experience making fresh and dried plant tinctures, infused oils and salves. We’ll also put together the beginnings of an herbal first aid kit using medicines made in class.
 Gain knowledge and experience in assessing patterns of 15+ acute conditions of the respiratory tract and for first aid. We’ll address what to use based on energetics, quality and taste learned in Materia medica classes, and how to formulate.
 Acquire tools for self study to expand your knowledge of plants individually.

Required reading:

• A Modern Herbal, Volume I and II, by Maude Greive (you may purchase these books, or visit http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/mgmh.html to access the book online for assigned readings)

• Make Your Way To Being An Herbalist, by Kathy Eich (purchase from me, Community Pharmacy, or Amazon)

Make note: Handouts are emailed out. The cost of the course includes 95% of materials for medicine making. You will need to provide the following: 5 oz. of olive oil, 1 oz. of dried plant of your choice (this will become clear later), three 2 oz. glass containers or 1 pint size mason jar, and ½ oz. of beeswax for at the home salve making assignment.

Class 1: Introduction and Materia medica I

Materia medica is a Latin term. It is a compendium of substances used for healing, in this case, medicinal plants. We will study up to 20 plants that can be grown regionally, wild crafted locally, or found at Madison businesses. We will address some of the following: part of plant used, habitat, energetic actions of plant on the body, plant categorization, taste, smell, clinical application, contraindications, and history.

In this class, we will walk the neighborhood and learn to recognize medicines in our environment.  We will discuss the practice of using plants to heal illness and re-balance the body. We will classify plants according to tonic, medicine and poison, and categorize how plants work by taste, and the properties hot, cold, dry and moist. We’ll also walk the neighborhood and learn to recognize some garden plants.  It’s fun!

Homework will be: reading, and to taste a plant, and write a short report describing it’s use and history.

Class 2: Materia medica II:

In class 2 we will study more deeply the history and use of plant medicines according to taste and properties, weaving in botanical markers for identification. We will also delve further into the energetic actions of plants and their ability to relax or stimulate function.

Homework: reading and tasting teas.

Class 3: Medicine Making I:

Learn to make fresh and dried plant tinctures, infused oils and lip balm! Not only will this class give tools for mastering medicine making, but you will also be using these tinctures and oils to fill your own medicine chest later.

Homework: making an infused oil at home

Class 4: Respiratory Class 1:

It is the nature of being human to become ill. But the discomfort that arises from respiratory infections is high, regardless of the severity. In this class, we will discuss the application of herbs and aromatherapy to help resolve acute infections naturally. A broad array of illnesses and symptoms will be covered, from fevers, shingles that occur around the eyes, pink eye, and sinusitis, to chronic and acute ear infections, and afflictions lungs and throat.

You will learn: basic anatomy with some physiology, assessment, formulation, herbs for symptom relief and tonics for long term wellness, supporting organ systems, and essential oils that may be helpful.

Please note: The focus of these the classes will be on wellness, how to support the warrior that is our immune system, and dealing with acute illness.

In this first class on the respiratory tract, I will introduce our Materia medica with applicable energetic actions in the context of very basic anatomy and physiology. The focus will be on healing acute illness.

Class 5: Respiratory Class 2:

Building on what we learned in class one, we’ll address maladies individually, how to assess need, talk energetic’s to support each, formulation and dosage. Breakout sessions will give hypothetical situations that groups assess and make recommendations for. It’s the beginning of learning application skills.

Class 6: Beginning First Aid:

Trauma occurs and shakes us, but with some basic tools, skills and perspective we can not only ease pain, but lessen the impact of traumatic situations. And even if our herbal allies are only a brief stop before seeking the help of a western physician, they are invaluable tools that make the path there easier.

In this beginners course on first aid, students will learn remedies for bug bites and stings, strategies for healing severe bruising, sprains, burns, (sun, chemical and heat), for treating deep cuts, puncture, abscesses, deep splinter removal and for healing broken bones. We will also begin to assemble an herbal first aid kit for home and travel.

Homework: reading; and everyone must invent a salve and bring the invented product to the final class with a list of ingredients, and what it may be used for.

Class 7: Beginning Aromatherapy:

Get ready to formulate scents, and learn the basics of an old art.  We’ll study 7 essential oils that you will be thankful to have in your medicine cupboard!

Class 8: Presentations! (and overflow from past classes)

In our final class, each of you will present your salve.


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  • Jill

    I have two friends who’ve loved your classes and I am interested in taking part. If you could please send me an application? Thanks!

    • Hello! Thanks for your note and your interest. It would be a pleasure to have you join. I’ll send you an email. Warm wishes, Kathy

    • Hello! Thanks for writing, and for your interest. It would be lovely to have you join. I’ll send you an email. Warm wishes,Kathy

  • mominmadison

    I am interested in the summer beginning herb course. Could you please send me an application? Thanks

    • That’s great! I’ll send you an email. Thanks for writing.

  • Randa

    I have two interested in taking beginners course. Please send me application. Thanks!

    • It will be great to have you in the class!

  • Pam Frydman-Roza

    Kathy, just returned from Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference and am very ready to move forward! Please send me registration information!

    • Hi Pam,  That is great to hear. Thank you for writing, and to the person who talked about my courses. I look forward to meeting you, and will email you later today with an application. There are only a few spots left, so you have good timing. Warm wishes, Kathy

  • Sarah

    Hi Kathy,
    Are there still openings for the beginning herbalism course? I too attended the Midwest Women’s Herb conference and am eager to learn more, thanks!

    • HI Sarah,  Thank you for writing! I’ll send you an email. Warm wishes, Kathy