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Herbal Resilience Broth @ Wintergreen Market

Join us for this free talk at this year’s Wintergreen Herbal Market, Herbstalk’s holiday event! We’ll discuss herbs, mushrooms, & seaweeds for immune resistance, stress mitigation, and deep nourishment. We’ll include tried & true recipes both for adventurous palates & picky eaters! Saturday, November 25th, 2017 2:00 – 2:45pm (market open 11:00am – 5:00pm) The…

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Charles “Doc” Garcia Teaches in Boston!

Join us for a VERY SPECIAL two evening series with Charles “Doc” Garcia! We first met Doc in 2010, and he is definitely one of our heros! He has worked extensively with homeless communities in Richmond, CA – a city with a lot of challenges – and he’s pretty much seen it all in his…

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Live Recording Sessions!

We’re recording a whole online program, and YOU can come join in the behind-the-scenes action! We’ll take a break for November and December as everyone is gearing up for the holidays. We’ll see you again next year! Join us for FREE live recording sessions Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm. We’ll be recording our entire Apprenticeship program,…

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homemade herbal cocktail bitters

DIY Herbal Bartending: Homemade Cocktail Bitters

At bars all over the country, house-made herbal bitters are seeing a resurgence in popularity, and this is good news! Bitter herbs offer some of our most striking, unique, and complex flavors. Beyond taste, they’re also fantastic medicine, especially for digestive upsets & complaints. And what better way to take your remedy than in a…

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bottles of homemade herbal mead

DIY Herbal Bartending: Homemade Herbal Mead

The oldest of humankind’s experiments with fermentation, and certainly one of the most delicious, mead is a special alchemy of honey and yeasts. Not just another alcohol, mead is an excellent carrier for the medicinal actions of herbs! In fact, one of the names for herb-infused mead, metheglin, speaks to its original use as a…

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DIY Herbal Bartending: Herb-Infused Wines

This is one of our most popular classes – with good reason! Infusing herbs into your wine is easy to do and is a great way to make a special dinner particularly fancy. Not only that, but it can really improve the flavor of a cheap wine, too. So whether you’re looking to add some…

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Building Your Herbal Business

You’ve had a lot of herbal study and now you’re ready to embark on a business, but you’re realizing: building a business requires a whole different set of skills! How can you turn your dreams into reality? Join the Herbal Business Mentorship 9-month online program! Our students have gone on to start their own private…

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Family Herbalism Intensive

Do you want to feel the independence that comes with knowing how to handle common health issues? Are you drawn to care for yourself and your community in sustainable ways? Join us for this 5-day Family Herbalism intensive program to build your herbal skills! In this program, we’ll be covering some of the most common…

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Materia Medica Intensive

This class already happened, but if you missed it, you can do it online! Check out the Materia Medica online program! Materia Medica is the way herbalists refer to their “dictionary” or “tool box” of plants. It is, literally, the “medicinal materials” – herbal allies ready to assist in times of need! Are you ready…

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Holistic Fertility

With our culture’s strong focus on birth control and avoiding pregnancy, many people are left in the dark when they actually WANT to become pregnant! If I eat peanuts, will my baby have nut allergies? Is it true that too much folic acid is related to childhood asthma? How much is too much? Should I…

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Peter McCoy – Radical Mycology

We are excited to host Peter McCoy, author of Radical Mycology, on Wednesday, September 28th for a free talk open to the public! Mushrooms are a hot topic of study right now – come find out why! Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm 25 St. Mary’s Court, Brookline Entry is free; donations accepted. Help…

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Herbs for Midwives and Doulas

Birthworkers are often interested in herbs to help things go more smoothly, but there’s not always good information available about which herbs are useful, which are safe to use, and which are just herban legends. Join us for this four-week series that will help you help your clients herbally! We’ll discuss herbs that help calm…

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Herbal Fermented Foods

Fermentation is a traditional food preservation technique found throughout the world: cultured foods are as old as human culture. Modern research has proven that this process also boosts the nutritional value of foods and provides beneficial bacteria to keep the gut healthy. Today, there are a plethora of fermented food products like sauerkraut, kimchi, and…

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Alternative Approaches to Multiple Sclerosis

Katja writes: Multiple Sclerosis stinks, which I say from personal experience. Normally we write some witty stuff about our classes, but there’s just nothing funny I can think of to say about having MS. What I can say is this: for the last 12 years I’ve been able to live almost 100% symptom-free, with no…

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Herbal Smoking Blends

We’re pleased to host the founders of Sterling Smokes, Lian Bruno and Sam Kravitz, who will be teaching this class in our space. Humans have an intricate and ancient relationship to smoke. In this class you will learn about the history of smoking and its place in modern herbal practice. We’ll discuss the actions of…

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Practical Herbs for Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is epidemic in our society today, and is a major source of misery – and medical bills! – for a growing number of Americans. Many people afflicted with it have difficulty understanding how or why they got to this point, and believe that pharmaceuticals are their only option. Yet, understanding the underlying…

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Making Herbal Medicines: The Power of Powders

When extracting herbs into alcohol or infusing them in water, we can only pull a fraction of the plant’s constituents in either solvent. For many plants this suits our purposes fine, but some have both water- and alcohol-soluble constituents, and we’d like to keep both in our finished medicines. Powdering is one of the best…

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Heartburn: the Root and the Remedy

Over-the-counter antacids and acid-blocking drugs like proton pump inhibitors are some of the most commonly used pharmaceuticals in our society today, but growing numbers are realizing that these do not address the fundamental causes of heartburn, acid reflux, or GERD. Worse, they may worsen the very problem they are supposed to solve, leading to dependence…

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Homemade Herbal Skin Care

Your skin is a highly permeable surface – a large percentage of what you put on it is absorbed into the body. So why would you put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth? And why pay a premium for “green” skincare products when they’re so easy to make in your…

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Botany for Herbalists

Botany, or the study of plant biology, is one of the oldest branches of science. Originated by herbalists in medieval times, botany was developed to help share specific information about medicinal and poisonous species of plants. We can think of botany as a form of communication, and knowing the language of plant taxonomy can aid…

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Permaculture for Herbalists

We are nature, learning. Permaculture and herbalism have a lot in common: they both utilize a holistic perspective to identify patterns in systems and their interconnections with other systems. Both can have an impact on ecosystems of all types – the ecosystems of gardens, farms, forests, and parking lots; the social ecosystems of people, relationships,…

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Herbal Psychological First Aid

Psychological injury and pain are as much in need of relief as phsyical hurts. First aid providers need to be able to address anxiety, panic, shock, and other disruptions of mental state. Join us for this class and learn basic competencies and herbal aids to work of this nature. Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 7:00pm –…

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Making Herbal Medicines: Elixirs

The word itself is evocative, rich: elixir. The medicine itself is even more so! Learn how to make your own delightful and medicinal herbal elixirs using honey, spirits, and herbs. These are delicious and potent remedies with a long history. Honey and alcohol are both excellent menstruums for the medicinal properties of plants, and each…

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Plant-Based Dyes for Natural Fibers

It’s not only eggs that are dyed in spring but also wool, cotton and linen! Come discover the joy of pulling unexpected hues from plant-based dyes. People have historically gone to great lengths to harvest plant dyes for their fabrics for the same reason we look forward to spring flowers – the mind loves a…

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Herbal First Aid: Managing Pain

Anodyne and analgesic herbs provide direct relief from pain, but each one has its specific talents and applications. Learning to distinguish the many types and causes of pain, and matching herbs to them, is a subject for long study and practice. There are, however, a few herbs which are very potent and immediate in their…

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Herbs to Hold After an Abortion

Statistics show that one in three American women will have an abortion before age 45. There is a good chance this affects somebody you care about! This class, taught by an herbalist and abortion doula, highlights holistic ways to support someone who is having a clinical or medication abortion. We will cover the basics of…

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Spring Cleaning for a Healthy Home

Many of the cleaners on the grocery store shelves contain known neurotoxins, endocrine disruptors, and carcinogens – a danger to children and pets who might get into them. Once we’ve washed our homes clean, they disappear down the drain and into the water system – but our treatment facilities do not treat for these kinds…

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Winter Bud Identification

Medicinal bark is harvested in late winter and early spring as the sap rises and before the plant breaks dormancy. Learn to distinguish trees and shrubs by their buds and bark. Trees can be identified year round mainly by bark and growth habits but the pattern of scales on leaf buds appearing in late winter are…

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Herbal Strategies for MRSA

MRSA is a staph infection that antibiotics have a hard time killing. At first, the acronym stood for “methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus” – methicillin being an antibiotic which came to prominence in the 60’s, when staph bacteria developed resistance to penicillin. Nowadays, it’s more accurate to let it signify “multi-drug resistant S. aureus”, as the species…

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Simple Herbs for Sound Sleep

The average human requires a minimum of eight and a half hours of sleep each night to function normally. During sleep, the body recovers, rebuilds, and detoxifies from the day’s damages and stresses. Sound, deep sleep is vital to health — but many people today find it difficult to get to sleep at night, and…

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Love Your Liver: Herbal Detoxifiers

“Detox” is a trendy word these days, and there are lots of products on the market that promise to “chelate your heavy metals” and “cleanse your colon”. But what does that mean? What are toxins, and how can we really clear them from the body? Are fasts, cleanses, and laxatives really necessary? When it comes…

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Homemade Herbal Mead

The oldest of humankind’s experiments with fermentation, and certainly one of the most delicious, mead is a special alchemy of honey and yeasts. Not just another alcohol, mead is an excellent carrier for the medicinal actions of herbs! In fact, one of the names for herb-infused mead, metheglin, speaks to its original use as a…

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Herbs for Back Pain

Lower back pain is a very common affliction. As the NIH’s Back Pain Fact Sheet observes: About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work days. In a large survey, more than a…

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Herbal Support for Seasonal Depression

A New England winter can be a tough prospect. Mark Twain purportedly said that if you didn’t like the weather here, you could just wait fifteen minutes – but in February you might cycle through snow, sleet, freezing rain, frostbite, and melted-enough-to-be-muddy all in one week. Add to that the post-holiday crash, and it’s no…

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Herbal Remedies for Strains & Sprains

This class continues our series on first aid skills, to help you get prepared to care for your family and loved ones in the event of a disaster – whether that’s a hurricane, a car accident, or a kitchen mishap. The more you know, the more calm you can stay in an emergency, and a…

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Herb-Infused Wines

This is one of our most popular classes – with good reason! Infusing herbs into your wine is easy to do and is a great way to make a special dinner particularly fancy. Not only that, but it can really improve the flavor of a cheap wine, too. So whether you’re looking to add some…

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Silent Forest Retreat

Here in the city, it can be hard to get good and still, and clear your head. But in the woods, there are so many ways! You can sit in the brook and listen to the water singing. You can climb a tree and watch the birds and squirrels going about their day. You can…

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Herbs for Fertility

With our culture’s strong focus on birth control and avoiding pregnancy, many people are left in the dark when they actually WANT to become pregnant! With the trend toward older ages for first-time parents (especially around Boston), many are wondering how to prepare their bodies best for parenthood. Why does it seem like everybody has…

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Secrets of the Flame: Weekend Fire Building Workshop

Fire is endlessly fascinating. We need it to survive, we fear it, we love to look at it… But do you know how to make it? Lighting the grill with a can of lighter fluid isn’t the same as really understanding the mechanics of building a fire, but that understanding could save your life! In…

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Herbal Wound Care

We’re kicking off a long series of classes on first aid skills, to help you get prepared to care for your family and loved ones in the event of a disaster – whether that’s a hurricane, a car accident, or a kitchen mishap. The more you know, the more calm you can stay in an…

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Herbal Lotions for Dry Winter Skin

Cold wind outside, forced hot air inside – winter in New England can dry you out both coming and going. Dry lips, chapped hands, and cracked skin are uncomfortable and persistent. Commercial moisturizers often contain alcohol and can irritate the very skin they’re supposed to heal. Fortunately, it’s simple enough to make your own herbal…

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Herbal Care for Cold & Flu

Are you sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy-head, fever, and need some rest? Don’t suppress it, support it! Cold medications suppress your body’s ability to fight back against wintertime viruses – and leave you drudging into work like a zombie. There’s another way – you can learn to give your body the support it needs to…

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Wilderness Herbal First Responder with Sam Coffman 2016

We’re thrilled to have Sam Coffman, founder of The Human Path and Herbal Medics, back in the Boston area for another Wilderness First Responder certification course – this time taught in Royalston, MA at the school property just 90 minutes out of Boston. Sam will be offering the Wilderness Herbal First Responder course. This includes…

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Herbal Kitchen Remedies

More than just for pasta sauce, the major culinary herbs have been efficacious herbal remedies for thousands of years. They are so important to health that their presence in our kitchens has remained unquestioned even as other herbs fell out of common usage. We will discuss the valuable plants found on every pantry shelf and in…

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Herbs for Headaches

Headaches are all too common, and can be frustrating to deal with. Conventional wisdom would have it that over-the-counter drugs are the easy answer, but there are grave risks associated with the use of common painkillers, especially as a habit of frequent use. Fundamentally, though, this one-size-fits-all approach is flawed: there are many kinds of…

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Making Percolation Tinctures

Percolation tincturing is a way of preparing an herbal extract from dried powdered herbs. Its primary advantage over maceration tincturing is that your medicines can be finished in mere hours, instead of waiting weeks to months. Percolation can also help increase the strength of the finished tincture. This class will cover the practical steps to…

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Rushelle Frazier Poetry Slam!

Saturday, September 26 at 7:00pm Rushelle Frazier will be performing right at our school! Rushelle is a queer black feminist writer, permaculture educator, urban farmer, counselor, and organizer. And herbalist! She’s also a member of the 2015 Worcester Slam Team and co-coordinator of Choice Words Poetry Series. Video clips are viewable at www.rushellefrazier.com and you…

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Decolonizing Herbalism: A Community Discussion

Herbal medicine is the people’s medicine, so its practitioners must serve the people. Herbalism is medicine from the edge, so herbalists must build community with those who are marginalized. Herbalism is “alternative” medicine in our society today, so its practitioners must advocate for the underrepresented. To do this, we need to acknowledge the presence of…

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Cannabis as Herbal Medicine

Medical marijuana continues to gain legal status in more and more states, and even recreational use has been legalized by Colorado and Washington. Opinions abound as to how, when, and by whom it should be used – and in the fracas it sometimes gets lost that this medicine is an herb, not a drug. And…

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Herbs for Stress

As if it weren’t already bad enough on its own, stress makes us more susceptible to illness. When the mind and emotions are disturbed or overtaxed, the body is less able to fight off infection and manage the repair and rejuvenation of its cells. Living with chronic stress is more of a threat to good…

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Herbal and Nourishing Broths

Mineral deficiency is rampant in our society – contributing to a whole host of chronic and acute illnesses. Depleted soils mean that our fruits and vegetables don’t have the same mineral content that they once had. To make things worse, we no longer favor mineral-rich foods in our diets: organ meats, seaweed, and bone broths…

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Herbs for Pregnancy and Birthworkers

Are you pregnant, or hoping to be, and wondering how to safely and effectively use herbal remedies? Do you work around pregnancy and wish you knew what types of alternatives are good to suggest? Many folks approach midwives, lactation consultants, and doulas for insight on pregnancy and postpartum support herbs. This class, taught by a…

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Tammi Sweet: Stress, Relaxation, and the Heart

We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Tammi Sweet, one of Katja’s personal heroes, to teach a special weekend workshop at our school Saturday October 31 & Sunday November 1. Tammi will be teaching on one of her favorite topics: stress and the way our bodies respond to it! She’ll weave information about the nervous system,…

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Herbs for Pets

Wild animals are natural herbalists. From bears to panthers to deer, they have been observed selectively foraging for medicinal plants when ill or injured, able to recognize the appropriate medicines by instinct. Domestic animals, too, retain this affinity for herbal medicine, and respond well to the use of herbs for their own ailments. Come learn…

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Handle it Herbally: UTI

Urinary tract infections are uncomfortable, irritating – and all-too-often a persistent, recurring problem. Conventional treatment relies on a course of antibiotics, but with the rise of drug-resistant bacteria this approach has two major flaws: first, the antibiotics may be ineffective at eliminating the pathogen (while still quite effective at disrupting your gut flora – making…

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Herbal Honey Medicines

Honey itself is medicinal – a wound healer, antimicrobial, gentle expectorant and more. Adding herbs makes it even more potent! In this class we’ll explore the medicine of honey and various ways in which we can prepare it with herbs. We’ll start with the basics of infusing herbs into honey. Then we’ll discuss honey-based preparations…

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Make An Herbal First Aid Kit

Herbal medicine was the original first aid. Herbs are extremely safe and effective for all of life’s little injuries, but their usefulness isn’t restricted to playground bumps & scrapes. In a remote wilderness situation or a post-disaster environment, when conventional medicine is out of reach, knowing how to work with the medicinal plants that grow…

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Practical Herbs for Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is epidemic in our society today, and is a major source of misery – and medical bills! – for a growing number of Americans. Many people afflicted with it have difficulty understanding how or why they got to this point, and believe that pharmaceuticals are their only option. Yet, understanding the underlying…

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Permaculture for Herbalists

We are nature, learning. Permaculture and herbalism have a lot in common: they both utilize a holistic perspective to identify patterns in systems and their interconnections with other systems. Both can have an impact on ecosystems of all types – the ecosystems of gardens, farms, forests, and parking lots; the social ecosystems of people, relationships,…

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Decolonizing Herbalism: Interdependence

Decolonizing Herbalism is an ongoing conversation about appropriation and exploitation in the world of herbal medicine. We’ve had great turnout for our previous discussions in this series, and we’ve committed to making them a regular occurrence. Please join us as we face these issues, build dialogue, and work for change. This session, we’ll focus our…

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Herbal Fermented Foods

Fermentation is a traditional food preservation technique found throughout the world: cultured foods are as old as human culture. Modern research has proven that this process also boosts the nutritional value of foods and provides beneficial bacteria to keep the gut healthy. Today, there are a plethora of fermented food products like sauerkraut, kimchi, and…

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Alternative Approaches to Multiple Sclerosis

Katja writes: Multiple Sclerosis stinks, which I say from personal experience. Normally we write some witty stuff about our classes, but there’s just nothing funny I can think of to say about having MS. What I can say is this: for the last 12 years I’ve been able to live almost 100% symptom-free, with no…

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Making Herbal Medicines: The Power of Powders

When extracting herbs into alcohol or infusing them in water, we can only pull a fraction of the plant’s constituents in either solvent. For many plants this suits our purposes fine, but some have both water- and alcohol-soluble constituents, and we’d like to keep both in our finished medicines. Powdering is one of the best…

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Herbs for Travel

Jetlag, cramped airplanes, unfamiliar water, eating out and on the go . . . traveling is tough on the body. Disrupted sleep cycles, sore muscles, and intestinal distress may seem like the inevitable costs of vacation or business away from home, but they don’t have to be! Come to this class and learn how, with…

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Join us at Herbstalk 2015!

We’re looking forward to teaching at Herbstalk again this year!   History of Herbalism in the U.S. Saturday June 6th 2015, 2:00pm – 3:30pm The practice of herbalism in the United States is substantially different from other industrialized nations, where it is oftentimes more widely accepted and integrated into conventional medical practice – but also,…

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Botany for Herbalists

Botany, or the study of plant biology, is one of the oldest branches of science. Originated by herbalists in medieval times, botany was developed to help share specific information about medicinal and poisonous species of plants. We can think of botany as a form of communication, and knowing the language of plant taxonomy can aid…

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DIY Herbal Hair Care

We have a saying around the school: don’t put anything on your skin you wouldn’t put into your mouth. That includes things that go on your hair! We say this because most of what you put on your skin, or use to wash your hair, will be absorbed into your body. If your shampoo and…

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Spring Cleaning for a Healthy Home

Many of the cleaners on the grocery store shelves contain known neurotoxins, endocrine disruptors, and carcinogens – a danger to children and pets who might get into them. Once we’ve washed our homes clean, they disappear down the drain and into the water system – but our treatment facilities do not treat for these kinds…

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Wild Kids Homeschooler Adventure Class

In this 8-week class series we will explore the wild places around us. Together we will learn new skills, like wild plant identification, how to craft tools and containers from wild materials, brush hut and lean-to building, first aid, animal identification, and basic knife and fire safety. This class is tailored for 11-to-13-year-olds of all…

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An Introduction to Flower Essences: Weekend Workshop

As herbalists, we see flower essences as an extension of the qualities and personalities of the herbs themselves. They are another way to work with the herbal remedies we often make into tea, tincture, and salve. Flower essences, however, are unique in their healing action. Flower essences work to help realign emotional and psychological imbalances,…

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Open House

We’re having an open house night! Join us for tea, treats, and conversation with herbalists, students, and friends. Have questions you’ve been wanting to ask? Well, wait no longer! Feel free to bring gluten-free, dairy-free treats to contribute, and a knitting project or some such if you’re a person who likes to chat with busy…

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Herbs for Whole Hearts

The heart is physical, emotional, spiritual. Herbs touch it in all these realms, offering tonification, relaxation, stimulation, and exhilaration to a heart that has grown weak, tight, tired, or downcast. In this class you will learn to identify which of the cardiac herbs are most appropriate and important for your own particular needs. You’ll discover…

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Making Herbal Medicines: Elixirs

The word itself is evocative, rich: elixir. The medicine itself is even more so! Learn how to make your own delightful and medicinal herbal elixirs using honey, spirits, and herbs. These are delicious and potent remedies with a long history. Honey and alcohol are both excellent menstruums for the medicinal properties of plants, and each…

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The Caffeine Herbs

Coffee is likely our country’s most favorite herb, even if people consider their morning brew to be in a completely different category from other herbal infusions – and much of that popularity is due to the buoyancy and buzz its caffeine content provides. Coffee is more than just caffeine, though, and caffeine is found in…

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Simple Herbs for Sound Sleep

Learn how herbs can help you re-establish a natural sleep cycle and wake up feeling refreshed, every day. The average human requires a minimum of eight and a half hours of sleep each night to function normally. During sleep, the body recovers, rebuilds, and detoxifies from the day’s damages and stresses. Sound, deep sleep is…

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Yoga & Herbs: An Ongoing Alliance

Yoga & Herbs is on hold for the summer. Two great things that go GREAT together: Herbs and Yoga! Each class will be focused on a particular theme, with delicious herbal preparations to accompany your practice. The herbs will complement the movement, the movement will complement the herbs, and in the end you’ll feel fantastic!…

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Homemade Herbal Mead

The oldest of humankind’s experiments with fermentation, and certainly one of the most delicious, mead is a special alchemy of honey and yeasts. Not just another alcohol, mead is an excellent carrier for the medicinal actions of herbs! In fact, one of the names for herb-infused mead, metheglin, speaks to its original use as a…

Read More

Love Your Liver: Herbal Detoxifiers

“Detox” is a trendy word these days, and there are lots of products on the market that promise to “chelate your heavy metals” and “cleanse your colon”. But what does that mean? What are toxins, and how can we really clear them from the body? Are fasts, cleanses, and laxatives really necessary? When it comes…

Read More

Homemade Herbal Skin Care

Your skin is a highly permeable surface – a large percentage of what you put on it is absorbed into the body. So why would you put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth? And why pay a premium for “green” skincare products when they’re so easy to make in your…

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Herbs for Dental Health

Dental health and oral hygiene are known to be strongly correlated with overall health markers. Taking good care of your teeth and gums is an important part of your preventive care, and herbal remedies can be very effective and useful. In this class we’ll discuss the truth about fluoride, and the problems with many commercially…

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Herbs for Addiction & Harm Reduction

Addiction and self-harming behaviors can be some of the most challenging issues to heal from. Drug and alcohol addiction, self-harming thoughts and actions, and disordered eating are symptoms of a sickness of the spirit; a response to deep hurt, past trauma, and self-hatred. When asking ourselves why we use substances and behaviors that harm our bodies,…

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Fed Up Film Screening

FED UP is a critically-acclaimed documentary about the epidemic of childhood obesity and the shady practices of the food industry which contribute to it. From the producers: Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to…

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Herb-Infused Wines

Just in time for Valentine’s Day – come learn to make herbal infused wines! It’s not difficult, and it can make your special occasion EXTRA special! We’ll have delicious samples to taste, a whole host of recipes, and we’ll make a bunch together so that you really know what you’re doing. We’ll also talk about…

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Herbal Care for Cold & Flu

The flu vaccine protects against 5 strains of the virus, at best. Garlic protects against them all! Come learn about how to take care of yourself during cold and flu season without resorting to pharmaceuticals. Plants are a much better option for this kind of health care: they are not harsh, they work well, and…

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Make Your Own Bitters

At bars all over the country, house-made herbal bitters are seeing a resurgence in popularity, and this is good news! Bitter herbs offer some of our most striking, unique, and complex flavors. Beyond taste, they’re also fantastic medicine, especially for digestive upsets & complaints. And what better way to take medicine than in a subtly…

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Decolonizing Herbalism: Facing Racism

We had a great turnout for our first Decolonizing Herbalism discussion, and we want to make this a regular occurrence. Please join us as we face these issues, build dialogue, and work for change. This session, we’ll focus our discussion on the impacts of systemic and structural racism on herbalism in our country today. Some…

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Herbal Lotions for Dry Winter Skin

Cold wind outside, forced hot air inside – winter in New England can dry you out both coming and going. Dry lips, chapped hands, and cracked skin are uncomfortable and persistent. Commercial moisturizers often contain alcohol and can irritate the very skin they’re supposed to heal. Fortunately, it’s simple enough to make your own herbal…

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GMO OMG Film Screening

GMO OMG is an award-winning documentary about genetically-modified organisms, their prevalence in our food supply, and the movement to make labeling mandatory. From the producers: GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And…

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2014 Holiday Party

Join us for a fun evening of tasty treats, good music, and all things herby! Not only that, but you can: meet our new Clinical Interns, who are ready to start taking pay-what-you-can appointments! talk to current students about our programs to see if it’s right for you! talk to Ryn and Katja about any…

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Sam Coffman – 2015 Wilderness Herbal First Responder Certification Course

This class took place in the past. If you are looking for the current Wilderness First Responder Certification course with Sam Coffman, which is August 15-24, 2016, the listing is here. We’re thrilled to host Sam Coffman, founder of The Human Path and Herbal Medics, for his first teaching engagement in the Boston area. Sam…

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LGBTQ Herbal Medicine

As LGBTQ people, we have unique health concerns. Unfortunately, the conventional medical system rarely respects our identities, our particular needs, and our financial situations, making this form of healthcare out of reach to many in our community. When medical appointments are available, we frequently come away feeling judged, disempowered, and even bullied by the practitioner…

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Food Allergies and the Holidays

You or someone you love has food allergies – but that doesn’t mean your holiday festivities have to be bland and boring! Just a few tricks can turn your food into feasts that all your guests will love! We’ll cover traditional favorite recipes and delicious new ideas – everything from comfort food to party food…

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Decolonizing Herbalism: A Community Discussion

Herbal medicine is the people’s medicine, so its practitioners must serve the people. Herbalism is medicine from the edge, so herbalists must build community with those who are marginalized. Herbalism is “alternative” medicine in our society today, so its practitioners must advocate for the underrepresented. To do this, we need to acknowledge the persistence of…

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Cannabis as Medicine

Massachusetts has recently joined 21 other states in legalizing medical marijuana. Opinions abound as to how, when, and by whom it should be used – and in the fracas it sometimes gets lost that this medicine is an herb, not a drug. And if you want to understand an herb, you talk to an herbalist!…

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Herbs for Stress

As if it weren’t already bad enough on its own, stress makes us more susceptible to illness. When the mind and emotions are disturbed or overtaxed, the body is less able to fight off infection and manage the repair and rejuvenation of its cells. Living with chronic stress is more of a threat to good…

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Selfie to Healthy

It’s so much easier to stick to your goals when you have concrete markers for progress. Lots of people try out a new diet, exercise routine, or change in lifestyle, only to be uncertain if it’s really making a difference. As clinical herbalists, we encounter this problem all the time – our clients want to…

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Herbs for Headaches

Headaches are all too common, and can be frustrating to deal with. Conventional wisdom would have it that over-the-counter drugs are the easy answer, but there are grave risks associated with the use of common painkillers, especially as a habit of frequent use. Fundamentally, though, this one-size-fits-all approach is flawed: there are many kinds of…

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Herbal Fermented Foods

Fermentation is a traditional food preservation technique found throughout the world: cultured foods are as old as human culture. Modern research has proven that this process also boosts the nutritional value of foods and provides beneficial bacteria to keep the gut healthy. Today, there are a plethora of fermented food products like sauerkraut, kimchi, and…

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An Introduction to Flower Essences

As herbalists, we see flower essences as an extension of the qualities and personalities of the herbs themselves. They are another way to work with the medicinal plants we often make into tea, tincture, salve, etc. Flower essences work to help heal emotional and psychological imbalances, and that alone is an important element of holistic…

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