Note: If there are enough applicants, I will open up a Tues. night class.
Dates and times: Thurs., April 4th- May 30th. 6:30-9 pm.
Introducing Red Root Mountain’s beginners course in herbal medicines, where you will engage and learn the root of this flexible art! Come take an herb walk and experience how plants work according to taste, the language of energetic actions, and the properties hot, cold, dry and moist, relaxing and stimulating.
Also master, hands on, 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 properties and perspective 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.
Read on for a descriptive list of the 8 classes included in this series, class schedule and cost. If you are interested in joining the class, please leave a message below, senza email address due to spammers. I’ll see your email, and send you an application form. For those of you who have already left your e mail, I already have you on the mailing list.
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.
• 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)
• Making Plant Medicine by Richo Chech
Early Registration before 2/28/13 is $325; Cost after $375
(includes handouts and 95% of materials for medicine making. You will need to provide the following: 5 oz. of olive oil, 1 oz. of dried plant to be announced, three 2 oz. glass containers or 1 pint size mason jar, and ½ oz. of beeswax for at the home salve making assignment.)
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Place, day, time and dates:
Place: my house
Day and Time: Thursday nights from 6:30-9pm.
Dates: April 4th-May 30th, 2013
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: 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 3: 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 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: Herb Walk:
Learn the beginnings of botany and plant identification with a focus on plants taken from our Materia media.
Class 9: Presentations and Tincture Pressing!
In our final class, we will each take 10 min. to present our salves and press tinctures. It’s hard work, but tons of fun. And in the end you’ll have tinctures to begin your own medicine chest.