Thursday, August 30, 2018

Greetings Plant Lovers!

Oh my green goodness! Where did the summer go? 

I was talking with a friend the other day about the change of season and how much we enjoy the variety of each of the four seasons. I jokingly mentioned that now we actually have 5 seasons - fire season!  My friend replied that we actually have 6 with flood season! 

I always grateful to be a Herbalist and to have the knowledge, skills and confidence to access and utilize plant medicine when need be, wether it be something small...like a few drops of echinacea tincture applied to a hawthorn puncture (note to self and others...tread carefully when walking barefeet beneath the hawthorns) to prevent festering  to the more large and more serious things such as respiratory congestion due to smoke inhalation. Truth is...thanks to regular/daily consumption of nourishing herbal infusions of nettle, red clover, horsetail and a diet supplemented with wild greens, berries, roots and barks and other wise and wild woman ways...I have a very "resilient" respiratory system and thus I  didn't suffer any ill effects from the smoke. In fact, it saddened me to see how many folks really were suffering. That being said, I will be offering a free workshop on creating "Respiratory Resilience" sometime between now and next fire season 2019. 

If any of you feel like your respiratory system has been comprised what I suggest is to increase your intake of foods high in beta carotenes and retinol - Vit A. Vit A is crucial in maintaining the integrity of the epithilial cells that make up the mucous membrane linings of the body including the respiratory mucous membranes. (There are lots of studies out there for you researchy folks.). All the orange, yellow fruits and veggies, dark leafy greens including the wild weeds such as dandelions, nettles, lambsquarters etc. In fact 1/2 cup of Dandelion greens will supply well over the RDA  of Vit A. Butter, eggs, grass fed meat are other good sources of Vit A. are also an excellent remedy to maintain, nourish and repair a comprised respiratory system. I kept a big pot of fir boughs simmering on my stove during the worst of the smoke storm which helped to clean the air as the volatile oils from the fir were released in the steam. So there you go...a few simple things you do for yourself to help maintain and rebuild the respiratory system!

In the meantime, I have a slew of herbal goodness coming up this Fall and Winter 2019. I hope you can join me so you too can experience greater health, wellness and resiliency...for self, community and our planet; and at the same time, meet and make awesome, cool plant friends too!

Coming right up in our Bio Regional Plant Studies:

Rose Hip Plant Study: We'll be discussing botany, ecology, history, lore, ethical wild crafting and the therapeutic and culinary properties and preparation of this local abundant fruit. This is a "make and take" class so participants will make and take away a nourishing mineral rich, immune building Rose Hip vinegar tonic. And...because we firmly believe in "food as medicine" we'll sample some delicious rose hip/apple crisp while sipping spiced Rose Hip infusion. Medicine never tasted so good!
Date: Sunday Sept 9 1 - 4 pm
Cost: $45 includes a detailed Rose Hip monograph with tons of recipes. Pre-registration and pre-payment required via e-transfer, cheque, cash or pay pal.

Also coming up in this series: Elderberry; Fall Roots ~ Dandelions, Burdock, Yellow Dock; Conifers ~ Pine, Cedar, Fir.
Rose Hip Harvest

Coming soon/Sneak Peak:

Medicine Making series:
I'll be offering another weekend medicine making series covering water based preparations, vinegars, tinctures, honeys, oils and salves. Participants will take home a variety or herbal products to start or add to their own herbal apothecary. This class is a must if you are interested in making your own, high quality herbal medicines. And why wouldn't you :)
Date: October (specific date tbd...stay tuned)
Cost for the weekend: $175. Includes Handouts and Make and Take Home remedies.

Wise Women Wellness Intensive Workshop series:
I'll be offering a series of classes specifically tailored to women: Self Care; Bone; Breast; Reproductive; Mental/Nervous system; Skin care. All classes will include lecture and demonstrations with an overview of each system of the systems being studied; wise women ways - nourishment, lifestyle, herbs and foods - for vibrant good health; herbal Materia Medica. Classes will include lunch and make and take home products. I will be offering a discount if take all of the classes. 
Cost: $100 per class. Time: 10:00 - 4:30. All classes include nourishing and delicious lunch, beverages, snacks and a variety or make and take home products and a detailed handout/booklet. Dates still to be determined but will most likely be once or twice a month beginning this Fall.

Winter Wellness & Herbs for Colds and Flu:
This has been one of most popular classes ever! If there is one class and only one class you can take this is it! In this "all inclusive" class  we'll discuss foods, herbs and lifestyle strategies to create immune and respiratory resiliency as well as treatment protocols for dealing with colds, flus - fevers, coughs, sore throat etc. Participants will make and take home a complete "winter wellness" care kit.
Cost: $100. 10 - 4 pm. Includes an Immune Building lunch and a detailed handout/booklet with lots of remedies and recipes. (The remedies you "make and take" home are well over the $100 value of the course itself.)
Date is still to be scheduled this Fall (Oct/Nov) 

Herbal Learning Series:
I plan to offer a variety of Herbal Learning seminars this Winter 2019 covering basic topics such as: Materia Medica (Herbs); Using Herbs Simply and Safely; Actions; Energetics and lots more.

I'll be kicking off this series with a seminar on "Amazing Adaptogens". Adaptogens have become quite "trendy" and are popping up in snacks, drinks (including cocktails) and even restaurants. In this seminar we'll discuss exactly what Adaptogens are and what they aren't; what they can and can't do and how to get the most out of Adaptogen herbs. As always, we'll be tasting, "making and taking". 

I'll be posting more information re: dates and course content soon. You can send me an email or give me a call to let me know what you're interested in.

In the  meantime...hope you can join us for some Rose Hip goodness Sept 9, 1- 4 (See above).

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Mugwort and Moonbeams

Mugwort s ~  Medicine Magic and Moonbeams

Join us on the full moon and experience the magic and medicine of Lady Mugwort!

Dine on Mugwort fairy cakes, sip on Mugwort magic potion and make and take home a Mugwort dream bag and balm and let Mugwort guide you safely and gently to the etheric realms. Our dream bags will include Mugwort (Artermesia vulgaris), Lavender, Yarrow and Rose flowers. Our dream balm complements the bag and will include infused oils of Mugwort, Wild Rose, Yarrow and a drop or two of Beautiful Balm of Gilead for extra sweetness.

And because we believe in the power of  practical magic and indeed Mugwort is more than meets the (third) eye we'll...learn all  about her amazing healing medicine as a digestive tonic, hormonal harmonizer, immune defender...just to mention a few.

Date: Aug 26
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Place: Enderby area ~ specific location tba
Cost:  $50Pre-register and Payment  Required by Aug 24. 

Payment by e-transfer, cheque, cash or PayPal. See payment page for paypal.












Thursday, June 14, 2018

Important notice for Medicine Making and Plant Immersion Participants!

The new venue for the Medicine Making and Plant Immersion is the Kingfisher Interpretive Centre. KIC is a beautiful site 25 km east of Enderby on the banks of the Shuswap River (on Mabel Lake Rd approx a 25 min drive from Enderby). The site has a rich and diverse flora and home to a Chinook salmon hatchery and environmental education centre. Here's a link http://www.kingfishercentre.com/

There is a well run and well kept forestry camp ground - Cooke Creek - adjacent to KIC for those who might want to camp over. A 5 min easy walking trail connects KIC to the campground.

See you soon!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

So...I read a post on the internet the other day about a natural tooth powder. The main ingredient was horsetail. I did a little online search and discovered many more posts advocating horsetail as an ingredient and a "remineralizing" agent for the teeth.
Please folks...do not use horsetail as an ingredient in your toothpastes/powders!! It is highly abrasive...it's mostly silica for (think sand and glass) and it will wear the enamel off your teeth faster than you can say equisetum arvense! It was used to polish pewter for goodness sake. I've used horsetail to clean pots that had food burned on so bad nothing would get rid the crud except horsetail. So...if horsetail can do that, think what it's going to do to your teeth. Further...you need to drink horsetail to receive the benefits of minerals.
I've been doing extensive research - lots of hands on experience and reading - due to my own dental issues.
If you want to incorporate horsetail into your home dental hygiene practices I do recommend horsetail as 1) a mouthwash/rinse it is an astringent (will help to tone boggy soggy gum tissue), a stypic (stop bleeding) and a vulnerary (heals tissue) and 2) prepare and drink as an infusion for the high mineral content (silica). Simply prepare your infusion for drinking and then use that same infusion as a mouth rinse. Easy peasy. I've also just chewed up fresh horsetail and applied as a dental pack for inflamed and infected gum tissue and it works very nicely.
 Horsetail for many reasons - it's a living fossil! Horsetail is one of the plants we'll be studying during the Medicine Making/Plant Immersion weekend June 23/24. 
There are only a few spots left in the course so if you're thinking about signing up you better hurry!


Monday, May 21, 2018

Herbal Medicine Making and Plant Immersion June 23, 24

Hello Plant Lovers!

Wowza! How many shades of green can you count right now! It is such a beautiful Flower Moon this year.

Head on over to the Classes page and read all about our upcoming Herbal Medicine Making and Plant Immersion weekend June 23, 24 at the Mabel Lake Hall. We love this venue! Quiet, secluded, right by the beautiful Shu and holy moly, what great kitchen facilities. It's the perfect place for a weekend of herbal learning with other like minded plant lovers. Hope you can make it.

Love and Plants,

Barb