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Intermediate Herb Course Part 1- Winter 2014-15

Place: My house.

Dates for the evening class: 8 weeks of class- Tuesday, December 9- February 10th (the weeks of December 23-30 we will take off for Christmas break)     Time: 6:30-9pm

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Dates for the daytime class: 8 weeks of class- Wed., Dec 10-Feb. 11th (the weeks of December 23-30 we will take off for Christmas break)     Time: 10 am. -12:30 pm.

The Intermediate Herb Course Part 1 picks up where the Beginners course leaves off. Over the course of 8 weeks we will focus on maladies of the nervous and digestive systems, and the liver. Because this class begins right before the holidays, with a 2 week break for Christmas and New Year, I will break from the old class format of making the sumptuous creams in the third class, to making it in the first.

For each system covered, we will address basic anatomy and physiology, applying our plant Materia medica energetically, clinically, and physiologically. We will then focus our attention on the maladies of each system, their symptom picture, and how to formulate for them based on the person.

In formulation, we will consider the following:

 How to determine organ system deficiency and excess, a beginning understanding of what heat, cold, dryness, and wetness look like in the body, and how to tell if there is too much tension or function is too relaxed.
 How deficiency and excess occur.

 We will continue to apply plants according to taste, energetics, the 4 qualities (hot, cold, dry and moist), and if the plant stimulates or relaxes.

The Materia medica we began learning in the beginning course will be used and added to. We will also continue to discuss solubility factors, and what should be made/used as a tincture or tea.

We will add to our medicine making repertoire in this course by learning to make body creams. I will demonstrate in class, and you will try your own hand at it at home.

Required reading:

The Earthwise Herbal, A Complete Guide to New World Medicinal Plants, by Matthew Wood

(Please note that there is another book by the same author with a similar title, but is Old World Plant Medicines. Be sure to get the orangish colored book with the correct title.)

Books from the Beginners class will also be used. They are as follows:

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

Cost: $375

Credit cards are accepted on Square!

Place: My house.

Dates for the evening class: 8 weeks of class- Tuesday, December 9- February 10th (the weeks of December 23-30 we will take off for Christmas break)     Time: 6:30-9pm

Dates for the daytime class: 8 weeks of class- Wed., Dec 10-Feb. 11th (the weeks of December 23-30 we will take off for Christmas break)    Time: 10 am. -12:30 pm.

If you would like to apply, please leave a message here and I will email you an application. Send your application and check to the address I will provide you with.

Class 1– Making Hand Creams

Hand and body creams are a creature comfort that envelop the senses and make one feel pampered. They are also tricky to make. But with a little instruction and a few helpful tips, they whip up fairly quickly and easily. In this class, we will learn to make body/hand creams, making a batch of my favorite formulas-Calendula Marshmallow Root Cream with Lemongrass and Rose.
Information will also be given on how to formulate creams that are specific for different skin types, with a brief Materia medica of infused oils. This is a demo class.  Your Homework Project will be to make a cream at home on your own. Presentations of your product will be made at the last class.

Class 2– Introduction and Materia medica for and basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System

Nervous System: Stress is an ever present force in our world. And the question isn’t how we eliminate it, it’s how we support our body when it’s influence adversely affects our health. In this class on the nervous system, we will study the different parts of the nervous system and examine the short and long term affects of stress and trauma on the body. We will then learn to assess and formulate for dysfunctional patters that result from stress.

Class 3-Nervous System: Formulating for Maladies

We will learn to formulate for following: anxiety, stress with immune depression, stress with digestive upsets, insomnia, and general chronic, low-grade nervousness.

Class 4– Materia medica for and basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Digestive System

Digestive System and the Liver: All skillful herbalists know that good digestion, proper assimilation of nutrients, and a body capable of dealing with the toxic load of modern day life are important elements of wellness. In this class, we will discuss herbal strategies to support acute and chronic illnesses and imbalances of the digestive system and the liver. We will cover: the basics of digestion and assimilation, talk about the livers role in assisting digestion, and apply herbal strategies and formulas to improve digestive imbalances and the health of the liver.

Class 5-Digestive System: Formulating for Maladies

If time allows, we will learn how to formulate for the following: Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease, acute or chronic gastritis, gastric ulcers, dyspepsia/indigestion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, general gas and bloating, Candida, constipation, diarrhea

Class 6 and 7-Liver

The liver has hundreds of jobs. In this class, we will focus on the role of this amazing organ in digestion, assimilation of nutrients, and its ability to breakdown and eliminate waste.

Our Materia medica will focus on general health and wellness of the liver, as well as support for the following maladies: anemia, poor fat digestion, how to recognize and support liver deficiency or excess, jaundice, and heavy metal poisoning.

Class 8- Presenation of final projects

In this class, the final project will encompass two parts. In part one, individuals will present their research on an old formula for digestion, as well as a formula they came up with themselves.

In part 2, each individual will present a cream that they formulated with their recipe and what it can be used for.

 

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  • Raka

    I am really interested and hope to attend this class! Raka

    • That’s great, Raka. You can register whenever you like. Warm wishes, Kathy

  • Pam Frydman-Roza

    Kathy, I would love to take this class. I prefer the day time class option because I am driving from a distance. Thanks so much! Pam.

    • HI Pam,
      That’s wonderful to hear! I’ll put you on the list, and I’ll know by Friday evening if all works out with my school schedule.It will be lovely to see you on Wed., as always. Warm wishes,Kathy