Educational Presentations

Educational Presentations

I am available to provide educational classes to get to know your herbs and how they are allies in your wellness plan. You will get to know the plants, how to grow them, how to harvest them and learn about current research on each plant.

In each class, I will provide samples of the dried herbs, teas made from these herbs and demonstrate products made with one or more of the herbs. You will have a chance to ask general questions about what you’ve read on the internet for clarification and basics on what to look for in over the counter supplements.

  Getting to Know Herbs: Nettles and Eyebright

Allergies getting to you? Become more familiar with the herbs nettles and eyebright. They may become great herbal allies for you during this time of year.

  Getting to Know Herbs: Ginger and Cardamom

Ginger and Cardamom are great herbs that help with digestion. This class will be about getting to know ginger and cardamom in a different way.

Getting to Know Herbs: Chamomile and Valerian

Looking to get a better night sleep? Become more familiar with the herbs chamomile and valerian. They may become great herbal allies for a longer night sleep.

Introduction to Herbal Medicine

Traditional Use of Herbs as Medicine

•Chinese Medicine
•Ayurvedic Medicine
•Middle Eastern Medicine
•American Indian/Blue Ridge Mountain
•African American
•Physiomedicalist
•Eclectic
•Homeopathic

 Acceptance of Herbal Medicine

•Herbal medicine was practiced before the American Medical Association was established in the US
•There were medical schools that taught both “heroic” medicine alongside traditional medicine
•Flexner Report was used to shut down all competing schools of thought through licensing and arrest.
•Most pharmaceutical companies began as herbal compounding companies (patent medicines)

 What is Herbal Medicine?

•The use of plants, trees and fungi to aid in nudging the body towards wellness
–Parts Used
•Whole Plant
•Root
•Leaves
•Bark
•Fruiting Bodies (flower or berries)
–Forms Used
•Powder
•Cut and Sift (infused or decocted tea)
•Tincture (alcoholic or vinegar extract)
•Syrup, Oxymel, Honey or Glycerite (sugar based extract)
•Hydrosols and Essential Oils
•Infused oil
•Ointments, Salves and Balms
•Lotions, Creams and Suppositories
•Poultices, Fomentations and Baths

 Where do the Herbs Come From?

•Peoples gather from the wild (Wild Harvested)
–Only cultivated certain times of year (supply issues)
–Can overstress parent population if over harvested (United Plant Savers)
•Cultivated in natural habitat
•Farmed using traditional methods (fertilizers and spraying)
•Organic farming practices

Issues with Herb Suppliers

•Adulteration of the herbs with another similar looking plant (incorrect plant identification)
•Use of wrong plant part
•Concentration too low or too high
•Traditional vs Modern research
–Single herb extracted
•Method of extraction (solvent used)
–Multiple compounds
•Synergy of herbs

Role of an Herbalist

•Provide guidance on herbs that are appropriate for your situation
•Provide recommendations on dosage of herbs, particularly if taking other over the counter or prescription medications
•Work with client to determine their individualized herbal, dietary, lifestyle and exercise plan