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Summer Materia medica Series (repeat of the winter daytime class)

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.


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  • j

    WILL you offer online courses?

    • Hello. Thanks for asking. I have been running my advanced classes online, but the Materia medica and beginning classes not so much. If you would like receive information about what is offered online and when, you may request to be put on the mailing list. Thanks again.

  • Sophie Ann

    Hi there!
    I am interested in taking these classes, they sound wonderful, are they appropriate for beginners?


    • Hi Sophie,

      Kathy Eich, here. Thank you for writing! Yes, the Materia medica classes are designed to be appropriate for the beginning, intermediate or advanced learner. While not all courses are designed this way, for it is great to be able to teach to one level, I also find it is nice to offer classes that draw all levels. Just as kids learn well in multi age situations, I find that everyone is inspired by the perspectives of all learning levels in herbalism. I’ll send you an email, and an application. It would be lovely to have you join.

      Warm wishes,

  • Angie

    Hello, I am interested in this course. I look forward to receiving the information to register. Thanks

    • Hello! Thanks for inquiring about the class. I’ll send you an email shortly. Warm wishes,

  • Raka

    Kathy! I would love to take this course, unfortunately Tuesday evenings will not work in my summer schedule. Any possibility for a different time this class may run or that I could join the part 2 before taking this course?

    – Raka

    • Hello Raka, I’ll send you an email about soon, but for the record, there is no exact order to take the Materia medica series in. It’s designed to be simply about individual plants, and how we apply them. You are more than welcome to take this one this summer. Warm wishes, Kathy

  • Dawn Dennis

    Kathy, I would be interested in signing-up for this course; please send me the info to register. Thanks! ~ Dawn

    • Hi Dawn,

      I’m just back in town, and will send you an application via email. Warm wishes, Kathy