Winter can be tough on us but there are a wonderful assortment of herbs that can truly help. Herbs bring a bit of growing season green and life in our lives even in the dead of winter.
In this workshop, we'll discuss herbs for supporting the immune system and for treating and preventing colds, flus, sore throats, coughs, congestion and the like. We'll also discuss using herbs to balance hormones and lift spirits during this dark and cold time periods. And we'll go over the concept of using herbs to circulate and lift stagnation in the body so your winter hibernation is peaceful and restorative rather than stale and depressing.
With a focus on organic, fair-trade, medicinal herbs and spices, we'll construct a variety of healing and soothing salves and lip balms. We'll also discuss different types of healing herbs, what they can do for us, and where to get them. You'll never want to be without a jar of Anti-itch salve made with white willow bark and plantain or Dry-skin healing Calendula salve made with self heal and chickweed once you see how fun they are to make and how effectively they work.
If you've said to yourself, " I have more herbs than I know what to do with!" take this workshop! Herbs are easy to grow and beautiful, and fresh herbs are pretty much impossible to get in supermarkets. So take the fullest advantage of your herb garden this year - cook away! Herbs are also full of important phytonutrients you can get no where else. You'll get tons of recipes and we'll go through various processes of recipe building, storing, etc that you can apply to any herb at any time.
We use herbs with our Cats and Dogs as well as part of our Natural Pet Program.
Natural Pet Rearing with a focus on using herbs as a way to naturally care for your cat or dog. We'll be discussing Herbs as Superfoods, Herbs for preventing parasites, Calming herbs, Anti-inflammatory herbs, Allergies and herbs, Skin problems and herbs, and more as well as an Herbal-based whole food supplement mix.
Plants enjoy tea too! Just as with human skin, plants can absorb many nutrients through the pores on their leaves. Plant teas are applied by spraying the plants foliar areas with nutrient dense brewed liquid fertilizer - or tea. We'll go over the basics of brewing plants teas made from aged manures, compost, and various herbs. And we'll also discuss the Biodynamic 500 prep. Making your own teas is simple and easy. The cost is minimal. And the whole process is so much more clean, graceful, and effective than buying expensive commercial fertilizers. Workshop takes place at Midsummer Farm.
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Self-Heal or Heal-All (Prunella)
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Chickweed (Stellaria media)
Parsley (Petroselinum hortense)
Oregano/Marjoram (Origanum vulgare/Origanum majorana)
These are all easy to grow (some have been classified as weeds). I find them to be cornerstones of herbal well-being, and I want to share how I use them in my household and everyday life. We'll go over identifying, how to harvest, drying, tincturing, freezing, etc. And we'll create some remedies, teas, and recipes using them to their fullest potential.
This workshop focuses on 10 common herbs that you probably have growing in your yard (or, if not, are easy to grow!) that can add SO MUCH to your household's health and well being: