Introduction to Home Scale Herbalism

Haalo Herb Shoppe, 412 Commercial Street Nevada City

Starts Wednesday, March 7, 2018

This 4 class series is designed for beginning home herbalists who want to feel more confident using self-prescribed herbal medicine for health and wellness. Topics include general principals of home-scale herbalism, tools of the trade, discussion of various forms of herbal medicine, safe and appropriate application, as well as how to make your own herbal preparations at home. An emphasis will be placed on locally available plants with a long history of safe and effective use.

Introduction to Home Scale Herbalism consists of 4 core classes:
1. Getting Started with Home Scale Herbalism
2. Tincture, Tea, Powder, or Pill: How to Take Herbal Medicine
3. Making Tinctures at Home
4. Making Medicinal Oils and Salves

These classes are designed as a complete series, building on content from one session to the next. Maximum class size is 18 people. More detailed course descriptions are below.

1. Getting Started with Home Scale Herbalism
Herbal medicine offers an effective, safe, sustainable and joyful alternative to many over-the-counter drugs. How do you confidently use herbs at home for health and wellness? This class will offer a broad overview of home-scale herbalism and provide techniques and guidelines for incrementally expanding your herbal repertoire in a fun, joyful, and safe manner.
Topics include: introduction to the practice of home-scale herbalism; an introduction to commonly used garden, landscape and kitchen herbs; a discussion of common ailments that are reasonable to treat at home with herbs, and safety issues.
At the end of class, you will have a deeper understanding of home scale herbalism and specific ideas as to how to incorporate more herbal medicine into your daily life. You will receive a list of trusted references to expand your practice, and We will also discuss methods appropriate for specific health conditions, and cost-saving DIY alternatives to store bought products. At the end of class, we will make immune-boosting herb balls – a delicious and nutritious technique for taking powdered herbs.

2. Tincture, Tea, Powder or Pill: How to Take Herbal Medicine
There are many ways to take medicinal herbs – through tinctures, teas, powders, pills, herb balls, syrups, honey, butters and more. What methods are right for you or your family? What are good options to have at home this winter for cold and flu season?
In this class, we will review (and sample!) these different methods of taking herbal medicine, and discuss issues of: cost effectiveness, convenience, ease of ingestion, and appeal to infants and children.
We will also discuss methods appropriate for specific health conditions, and cost-saving DIY alternatives to store bought products. An emphasis will be placed on how to take herbs for the upcoming cold and flu season, but all questions are welcome. At the end of class, we will make immune-boosting herb balls – a delicious and nutritious technique for taking powdered herbs.

3. Making Medicinal Tinctures
Tinctures are an easy and convenient way to take herbal medicine, especially for people who are on the go. Making your own tinctures at home can be easy – using fresh plants from your own garden or with store bought herbs – and they cost only a small fraction of what you pay at the store. This skill is a great way to economically make herbal medicines at home that last for decades.
During this class, you will you learn how to independently make your own medicinal tinctures using:
the popular folk method
weight and measure method
fresh, dried, or powdered herbs
a variety of bases, or menstruum, including alcohol, glyceride, and vinegar
We will also discuss resources for getting herbs, alcohol, and other supplies you may need for your home apothecary. At the end of class, you can make your own tincture to bring home.

4. Medicinal Oils & Salves
It is easy to make your own medicinal oils and salves at home. As long as you know a few key principles, you can make high quality massage oils, lip balms, skin salves, medicated rubs, and more.
During this class, you will learn:
how to make a quality medicinal oil from fresh or dried plants
how to make a medicinal salve
how to choose appropriate oils, beeswax, and other optional ingredients
various herbal applications for first aid, muscle repair, pain relief, skin repair, infant care, colds, and more.
How to make culinary oils for the kitchen and to promote general wellness
As a class, we will make a multipurpose first aid salve with 100% regional ingredients, and each participant will take home a jar.

Rachel Berry
Rachel blends her background in herbalism, health psychology, public health, sustainable living and permaculture to help empower others to use herbal medicine at home for health and wellness. She has participated in several formal herbal training programs from various Northern California herbalists, including Donna d’Terra, Kathi Keville and Candis Cantin. She has gained some of her deepest herbal knowledge from using herbs for treating family ailments for over a decade, as well as using plants to heal from her own debilitating case of Lyme disease.
Rachel taught courses in women’s health and healing at Northern Arizona University for many years, and now teaches primarily in Northern California, empowering others to use herbal medicine at home for health and wellness. She teaches frequently at the the HAALo Herb Shoppe, as well as other venues, including Esalen in Big Sur, the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, and more.
Rachel is also an avid wildcrafter, and she and her husband Matt Berry offer a seasonal Wild Food & Medicine CSA in Nevada City. Read more about Rachel at www.sierrabotanica.com

When: Every other Wednesday beginning
March 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Dates: March 7 & 21, April 4 & 18, 2018
Tickets: $150 for all 4 classes, Plus $10 materials fee payable to instructor on the first day of class.

More Information: www.haalo.org

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