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11 Month “Foundations of Herbal Medicine” Course for 2021

11 Month “Foundations of Herbal Medicine” Course for 2021

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 the learning and use… 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 >>>

Resources for Studying & Using Essential Oils

Resources for Studying & Using Essential Oils

Having access to reliable information and being able to cut through the marketing hype is important in herbal medicine. It is even more so in the essential oil community due to the multi-year boom in the popularity of using essential oils. There is no shortage of quality oils on the market and accurate, in-depth teaching… Continue >>>

Photo-Toxic Essential Oils

Some essential oils contain furanocoumarins. These organic chemical compounds can cause phyto-photo-dermatitis, which is the skin’s hypersensitivity to the UV rays of sunlight. Possible skin reactions include stinging, itching, blisters and burning. When using essential oils on the skin, it is important to either avoid using furanocoumarin oils or avoid exposure to the sun for… Continue >>>

Pinaceae for Herbalists

Pinaceae for Herbalists

The Pinaceae family, commonly known as the Pine family, includes the Spruce (Picea) and Fir (Abies) genera in addition to the Pine (Pinus). Cedar is also in this family although the common cedar in the southwest is actually juniper, a member of the Cypress family. There are no true cedars native to the area. Therapeutically,… Continue >>>

The Role of Cortisol in Health and Disease

The Role of Cortisol in Health and Disease

Cortisol is commonly known as the “Stress Hormone” and is released by the adrenal glands in stressful situations. It is primarily a catabolic hormone as it signals the body to release energy for what it perceives to be an emergency survival situation. It has short term beneficial effects when stress is sporadic and short term.… Continue >>>

How to Make Pine Resin Salve

How to Make Pine Resin Salve

Salve made from the resin of our native pinon pine tree (Pinus edulis) has an exquisite aroma and is useful as a topical anti-microbial. While the final product is popular these days, the processing of tree resin into a finished product is a bit different than the standard salve making process. It seems like each… Continue >>>

Plant Metabolites & Herbal Medicine

Plant Metabolites & Herbal Medicine

A recurring question when studying herbal medicine is how and why plants have a beneficial affect on people’s health. The answer to this question varies by the cultural filter through which the plant world is viewed. One view that has helped my understanding of herbal medicine is the subject of Plant Metabolites. Nature does not… Continue >>>

Websites for Herb Research

Websites for Herb Research

These sites are some of the best on the internet for researching medicinal uses of specific plants. These sources are used for the final project in the Foundations of Herbal Medicine program at our school. They are also helpful for anyone doing independent study in the field of herbal medicine. http://oneearthherbs.squarespace.com/important-herbs-world/ http://www.herbcraft.org/articleindex.html http://animacenter.org/allies.html http://www.herbcraft.org/hoffmann.html http://www.ryandrum.com/index.htm#articles… Continue >>>

Latest Courses

Rocky Mountain Herbal CampOut

Rocky Mountain Herbal CampOut

Due to the ongoing public health crisis with COVID-19, all info on this page is tentative.This trip is not confirmed yet. Photos from previous trips can be seen on Facebook here. Students are responsible for food, lodging (camping or hotel) and transportation. The dates for the 2021 program are July 12-15. Day 1 – July… Continue >>>

Colorado Plateau Herbal Intensive 2021

Colorado Plateau Herbal Intensive 2021

Due to the COVID-19 virus, this course is not confirmed. All info should be considered tentative. If you would like to be on an Update List, send us your email. The “Colorado Plateau Herbal Intensive” is a multi-day program designed to introduce people to the medicinal and edible plants of the southwest flora. This program… Continue >>>

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Rocky Mountain Herbal CampOut

Rocky Mountain Herbal CampOut

Due to the ongoing public health crisis with COVID-19, all info on this page is tentative.This trip is not confirmed yet. Photos from previous trips can be seen on Facebook here. Students are responsible for food, lodging (camping or hotel) and transportation. The dates for the 2021 program are July 12-15. Day 1 – July… Continue >>>

Colorado Plateau Herbal Intensive 2021

Colorado Plateau Herbal Intensive 2021

Due to the COVID-19 virus, this course is not confirmed. All info should be considered tentative. If you would like to be on an Update List, send us your email. The “Colorado Plateau Herbal Intensive” is a multi-day program designed to introduce people to the medicinal and edible plants of the southwest flora. This program… Continue >>>

11 Month “Foundations of Herbal Medicine” Course for 2021

11 Month “Foundations of Herbal Medicine” Course for 2021

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 the learning and use… Continue >>>

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