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9 Month “Foundations of Herbal Medicine” Course for 2021

9 Month “Foundations of Herbal Medicine” Course for 2021

Total Beginners are Welcome! Many people begin using herbs in small steps – something for sleep, a cold or maybe a headache. As one continues on the herbal path of independent study, information is pulled from many sources. After a few years, this person begins to identify as an herbalist and continues to increase both… Continue >>>

Understanding the Role of Endocrine Disruptors for Men’s and Women’s Reproductive Health

Endocrine Disruptors: What are They? Chemicals that can increase and decrease the production of hormones in our body by disrupting the normal functioning of the endocrine glands. They especially affect estrogen, androgen and thyroid hormones. This throws many organ systems out of balance. This term is often used interchangeably with Xeno-estrogen or Xeno-hormones. This is… Continue >>>

Herbal Support of the Nervous System in Chronic Disease

It is well known that being stressed causes dis-ease. But the fact that disease causes stress is often overlooked. This is why supporting the nervous system is helpful in many (most, all?) health conditions even if the Chief Complaint is not directly related to nerves. The engagement of the nervous system in long term health… Continue >>>

Plant Profile: Mullein Leaf – Flower – Root

Plant Profile: Mullein Leaf – Flower – Root

Mullein has specific uses for its leaves, flowers and roots. This Plant Profile includes all three plant parts and some of the many uses for Mullein. Botany: Verbascum thapsus (Scrophulariaceae) Common Names: Mullein Southwest Habitat: Mullein loves disturbed soil and is one of the first plants to move into a burned area. It is often… Continue >>>

Plant Profile: Hawthorn Berry

Plant Profile: Hawthorn Berry

Botanical Name: Crataegus spp. There are many Crataegus species. While there are personal favorites among many in the herb community, there are no definitive therapeutic differences among the various species. Family: Rosaceae Common Names: Hawthorn(e). The small tree flowers in May so some form of this month’s name is often used such as Mayflower or… Continue >>>

Men’s Health: Resources for the Prostate

Men’s Health: Resources for the Prostate

The following sources are provided for learning more about prostate health. Links to both mainstream medicine and herbal medicine are included. 1. This link is from the National Institute of Diabetic and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Its main focus is Prostate Enlargement, also known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH. 2. This link shares… Continue >>>

Plant Profile: Yerba Santa

Plant Profile: Yerba Santa

Botanical Name: Eriodictyon angustifolium is the narrow leafed species found around Sedona, the Verde Valley and the Superstition Mountains. This is the one I have used the most. E. californicum is a much broader leafed species from northern California. It is more common in the wholesale herb trade. I consider these two species to be… Continue >>>

Cognitive Function and Using Nootropic Herbs

Cognitive Function and Using Nootropic Herbs

Understanding how our brains function and learning ways we can support that is part of the the advanced training in the longer course at our school. The following links are resources to support the information shared during class. Brain Overview http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/B/brain.html Brain Anatomy http://www.mayfieldclinic.com/PE-AnatBrain.htm Alzheimers http://www.innerbody.com/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease Hypomania v Mania http://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/breakingbipolar/2010/08/what-is-the-difference-between-mania-and-hypomania/ Neurotransmitters http://www.brighthubeducation.com/science-homework-help/62633-neurotransmitters-in-the-brain/ Neurons http://www.brighthubeducation.com/science-homework-help/62839-function-and-structure-of-neurons-in-the-brain/ Synapse… Continue >>>

Plant Profile: Calendula Flower

Plant Profile: Calendula Flower

Botanical Name: Calendula officinalis Family: Compositae Common Names: Marigold, Pot Marigold These common names can be confusing and imprecise so always check the botanical name before using. Part Used for Medicine: Flower Habitat in Which it is Found/ Harvesting Season/ Special Considerations: Calendula is found only as a culitvated flower in the Southwest. It is… Continue >>>

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Community Herbalist Program for 2022

Community Herbalist Program for 2022

The Community Herbalist program has been created for people who already have some formal training in using plant medicine and have integrated herbs into their lives. These people are committed to going deeper into the many topics related to this craft.The Community Herbalist program is a natural continuation of the Family Herbalist program. Topics Presented… Continue >>>

Family Herbalist Program for 2022

Family Herbalist Program for 2022

Choosing the path of herbal medicine can be a life-changing event. It was for me in 1990 when I made the decision to begin studying and using herbal medicine as a primary form of personal healthcare. It was in the mid 1990s when I was accepted into the Clinical Herbalist program with Dr. Tieraona LowDog… Continue >>>

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Community Herbalist Program for 2022

Community Herbalist Program for 2022

The Community Herbalist program has been created for people who already have some formal training in using plant medicine and have integrated herbs into their lives. These people are committed to going deeper into the many topics related to this craft.The Community Herbalist program is a natural continuation of the Family Herbalist program. Topics Presented… Continue >>>

Family Herbalist Program for 2022

Family Herbalist Program for 2022

Choosing the path of herbal medicine can be a life-changing event. It was for me in 1990 when I made the decision to begin studying and using herbal medicine as a primary form of personal healthcare. It was in the mid 1990s when I was accepted into the Clinical Herbalist program with Dr. Tieraona LowDog… Continue >>>

Plant Walk in Flagstaff – Saturday, August 21, 2021

What: Medicinal and Edible Plant Walk with a focus on traditional uses of native flora When: Saturday, August 218am to noonWe need to begin early to avoid possible rain and thunderstormsSafety is the #1 concern. The walk will be cancelled if there is heavy rain or lightning in the morning. Where:In the ponderosa forest near… Continue >>>

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