Please Note: This is a rerun of a course that was taught during the day this past winter.
Join this summers 5 week Materia medica study. We will comb through the details of 3+ plants per class, tasting them, learning deeply about their medicinal history and nature, their emotional disposition, and working up formulas. You will be expected to write reports, and some articles about these plants. I’ll probably come up with other interesting hands on projects as well!
This course will do well to stand on it’s own, but also augments the work that we do in the night time courses. It is appropriate for beginners and those who are more knowledgeable alike.
If you’re interested in joining, please leave a comment on this post, and I will email you back with registration information.
Read on for a description of each class!
Week 1- Weeds for Wellness!
In this class, we will study plants that are cool, stimulating, and bitter. Some of them you will have heard of, for they grow in your backyard, while others will not be as widely known.
This won’t be your typical backyard garden party of plants, though, as we’ll be investigating the how, why, when to use and on whom specifics of each plant.
Plants to be included: dandelion root, artichoke leaf, culvers root, and gentian root
Week 2- Flowers for Finer Spirits
Whether sweet and floral, pungent or bitter, flowers are a fine addition to a medicine chest. We’ll study each of these flowers specific indications, and what taste to use when.
Plants to be included: passionflower, motherwort, skullcap, elder flower and California poppy
Week 3- Plants that are Pungent and Warm
Winter brings a craving for things that warm the constitution, but some folks need these plants for balance year round.
Plants to be included- cardamom seeds, fenugreek, Angelica archangelica, and turmeric
Week 4- Salty and Sweet, Mucilaginous and Moistening
Plants that are used to turn dry tissue lively and moist are fascinating. In some cases they are leaves, in some they are roots. They may work to restore a cell or tissues water and mineral balance, and coat to protect, calm irritation from dryness, or increase the flow of fluid.
Plants to be included- marshmallow root, cleavers, calendula, and burdock root
Week 5- Nutritious Plants for Brews
Class 5 will focus on single plants for long cold infusions to make nutrient dense teas with. In this class, we’ll put together some formulas of brews to experiment with taste, and with class input and research, will label what each tea formula is good for, what vitamins and minerals it’s high in, and what season it is best to be drunk in.
Plants to be included: raspberry leaf, oat straw, nettles, hibiscus, hawthorn berries, cinnamon bark, dandelion leaf and root, and burdock root
Place: My house
Dates: Tues. July 8 – August 5
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Cost: $140, cash, check or charge ($10 fee for charge cards)
FYI: This class will run with 6 or more applicants.