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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 >>>

Wild Greens for the Community Herbalist: Sow Thistle

Wild Greens for the Community Herbalist: Sow Thistle

Botanical Name: Sonchus oleraceus Family: Compositae Common Names: Sow Thistle Primary Characteristics for Field ID: The flower closely resembles a dandelion. The leaves are whorled. An annual. Part Used for Food: The leaves and tender portion of the stems Habitat in Which it is Found/ Harvesting Season/ Special Considerations: This plant likes disturbed soil so… Continue >>>

Rosaceae for Herbalists

Rosaceae for Herbalists

The Rosaceae family, commonly known simply as the Rose family is one of the most important families for both the herbalist and forager to know. One of our very best nourishing heart tonics is in this family along with many edible fruits that are high in anti-oxidants. For the herbalist, plants in this family are… Continue >>>

Diet & Nutrition Resources on the Web

Diet & Nutrition Resources on the Web

One of the challenges to healthy eating in the modern world is the need to sort through a flood of often contradictory information: all of it claiming to be the most accurate, healthiest and final word in diets. The sources shared on this page are the ones I have used repeatedly over the years and… Continue >>>

Plant Profile: Burdock Root

Plant Profile: Burdock Root

Botanical Name: Arctium lappa Family: Compositae Common Names: Burdock Part Used for Medicine: Root Habitat in Which it is Found/ Harvesting Season/ Special Considerations: In Southwest Colorado, it grows in shade, sometimes  near streams. Although some field guides list burdock in northern Arizona, I have yet to see it. It is widespread in the Midwest… 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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