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Category Archives: Essential Oils

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 >>>

Formulas for Diffusing Essential Oils

Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways. One of the most effective methods is by diffusing a mist in the air. This mist is a combination of the essential oils and water. There are many possible therapeutic affects for any given oil formula. These obviously depend on the specific oils used and… Continue >>>

Latest Courses

Family Herbalist Program for 2024

Family Herbalist Program for 2024

This program is full and registration is closed for the 2024 session. If you would like to be notified of the 2025 Family Herbalist Program, send your contact info to mmasek@theforagerspath.com. Registration for the 2025 program opens September 1, 2024.   Choosing the path of herbal medicine can be a life-changing event. It was for… Continue >>>

Advanced Topics in Herbal Medicine

This course is currently full and registration is closed. Contact us to be on the waiting list for the next offering. This 3 weekend class offers topics for continuing education to herbalists that have working knowledge of: Herbal Energetics – Materia Medica – Herbal Pharmacy – Wildcrafting & Botany and other foundation areas in using… Continue >>>

Educational Resources

Denver Herb Trip 2024

This program is full and registration is closed. Dates: Arrive July 19, 6pm evening campfire and orientation meeting at my campsite. I am near the main bathroom for the tent area and I am easy to find. July 20, 21, 22 field study + herb farm tour July 23 drive home Where: We will be… Continue >>>

Family Herbalist Program for 2024

Family Herbalist Program for 2024

This program is full and registration is closed for the 2024 session. If you would like to be notified of the 2025 Family Herbalist Program, send your contact info to mmasek@theforagerspath.com. Registration for the 2025 program opens September 1, 2024.   Choosing the path of herbal medicine can be a life-changing event. It was for… Continue >>>

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