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Sources for Fresh Herbs or Fresh Plant Extracts

For the Community Herbalist, acquiring dried plants is a straightforward process in the current herb market. Dried herbs are widely and easily available from many retail stores and online distributors. Plants that are best processed and/or used fresh can be more challenging to find. In the modern world of everything being instantly available 24/7, the… Continue >>>

Sourcing Bulk Herbs

Sourcing Bulk Herbs

Herb courses at our school emphasize the ability of students to create their own herbal pharmacy. The results are both more affordable and higher quality than purchasing finished products off store shelves. Some plants can be harvested from a backyard garden while others can be wildcrafted from the broader landscape. The ability to sustainably wildcraft… Continue >>>

Herb Gardening in Flagstaff

Herb Gardening in Flagstaff

The coming of spring brings with it a renewed interest in the sprouts, buds and shoots of warmer weather and how they can be used to improve our health. Many people are motivated to not only learn the uses of finished herbal products found in the retail world; they are also inspired to connect with… Continue >>>

Are You a “Certified” Herbalist?

Are You a “Certified” Herbalist?

A question that is frequently asked regarding titles in the American herb community: Do the herbal studies offered at your school make me a Certified Herbalist? My Reply: Currently, there is no legal or official certification of herbalists or herbalism in the USA. Some schools and organizations offer a certificate upon completion of their programs.… Continue >>>

Rewilding: A Connection to Nature

Rewilding: A Connection to Nature

A guest blog by Arthur Haines from the Delta Institute at http://www.arthurhaines.com Rewilding Fundamentals Rewilding is a process for creating humans who can live in a healthful, truly sustainable manner, in close connection with their local landscape (i.e., as part of the wild ecology). It is a trajectory that anyone can follow, regardless of where… Continue >>>

Where to Find Quality Herbs

Where to Find Quality Herbs

Where can we find quality dried herbs by the ounce? By the pound? Almond oil? Salve containers? Droppers for tincture bottles? These are questions that often come up in our classes. Having a reliable source for the tools of the trade is important in any field. Fortunately for herbalists, there are good options available. Gardens… Continue >>>

Secrets to the Safe Use of Plant Medicines

Herbs are generally considered to be safer to use than pharmaceutical drugs. When used properly, they tend to have a gentler effect on the body; supporting organ systems rather than covering up symptoms. They are certainly more appropriate for home-based, grassroots health care. An important question is: “What is the proper use of herbs?” Let’s… Continue >>>

Herbal Energetics and Chemistry

There are two primary ways to view herbal medicine and diet: Energetics and Chemical-Nutrition. Energetics uses three continuums to describe a food or herb’s affect on the body: Hot – Cold, Wet – Dry and Lax – Tense. These continuums form the foundation of many traditional diets and health care systems such as Traditional Chinese… Continue >>>

Latest Courses

How to Teach Herbal Medicine

How to Teach Herbal Medicine

What:A three hour live online workshop that walks you through, step by step, how to teach in the herb community.This includes information, strategies and tips learned from my 35+ years in education and 26 years of teaching herbal medicine.Detailed class notes are provided in a .pdf format. Topics Include:Why Teach Herbal Medicine?Deciding What to TeachWhat… Continue >>>

Outdoor Herbal Apprentice Program 2021

Outdoor Herbal Apprentice Program 2021

Total Beginners are Welcome!Much of the herb community is going to online education in 2021 to provide safe social distancing. While this is necessary for health reasons, I realized I would greatly miss being outside with the plant world and sharing it with fellow herbalists. The Outdoor Herbal Apprentice Program is a way to meet… Continue >>>

Educational Resources

Community Herb Store

Our Community Herb Store is a collection of small batch, homemade herbal products that have been used in my clinical, family and personal healing for 25+ years. The inventory is ever changing and often reflects seasonal availability. At any one time, you will find 100+ individual herb extracts, herb-infused oils, salves, cough syrups, herbal honeys… Continue >>>

Tincture Making: Macerations

Tinctures can also be called : Alcohol-Water Extractions or Hydro-Ethanol Extracts Vocabulary1. Menstruum – any fluid used to extract therapeutic properties from plants. Usually a water-alcohol mix.2. Marc – the herb being extracted3. Maceration – the soaking of the marc in the menstruum. The final product will be a mixture of water and alcohol. This… Continue >>>

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