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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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Natural Approaches for Seasonal Allergies

Allergy season is just around the corner! Warm weather may feel far away, but now is the time to prepare for the pollen and other irritants that increase in the spring. Nourishing herbs can build up your reserves and keep away the itchy eyes, runny nose, and sneezing. By improving your overall state of health,…

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Natural Fertility for a Strong, Healthy Baby

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 take prenatal vitamins? You know that the choices you make before and during your pregnancy affect the way your baby grows, but don’t let that…

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Herbal Detox: What You Need to Know

“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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Know GMOs: Protecting the organic integrity of our seeds, bodies and biosphere

We’re happy to host this workshop by Martin Dagoberto of MA Right to Know GMOs. We feel this important subject impacts the health of everyone in our community and needs to be addressed first and foremost through education. Genetically engineered foods were quietly introduced into the American food supply nearly 20 years ago. The Food…

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Spring Cleaning for a Healthy Home

Many of the cleaners on the grocery store shelves are 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 of…

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Birth Control: A Social, Political, and Practical Matter

Women’s rights to their own bodies are still woefully subject to the whim of politics. But whatever way the winds shift, we still need practical solutions to the problem. Unfortunately, however, it’s just not as simple as we’d like it to be. This class will discuss the various forms of conventional birth control and how…

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Infused Wines & Herbal Cordials

Just in time for Valentine’s Day – come learn to make herbal wines and cordials! 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…

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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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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 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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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 January you might cycle through snow, sleet, freezing rain, frostbite, and melted-enough-to-be-muddy. Add to that the post-holiday crash, and it’s no wonder people start to…

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Herbs & Foods for AD[H]D & the Autism Spectrum

More children and adults are being diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and Autism Spectrum “disorders” than ever before. Frequently, the diagnosis is quickly followed by a prescription for Ritalin, or some other medication, which the child or adult is often intended to take for life, despite their often unpleasant side effects! In this class we’ll describe a…

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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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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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Making Herbal Medicines: Herb-Infused Wines

Get a jump start on the holidays – come learn to make herb-infused wines! These delicious concoctions are simple and inexpensive, and can make any occasion extra special! We’ll teach you everything you need to know to make your own herbed wines, share a whole host of recipes, and we’ll make some together so that…

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David Dalton: Lyme Disease with Flower Essences

We are very proud to host David Dalton, author of Stars of the Meadow and founder/director of Delta Gardens, for this special weekend intensive. In this intensive two day workshop, David Dalton will teach and demonstrate his protocol for working with Lyme Disease. Based on decades of work in his busy seacoast NH practice, and…

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Breathing Free and Clear

Breath is the air which keeps our inner fire alight, a necessary nourishment and catalyst for life. Our exhalations are also a pathway of elimination, one of the routes by which our bodies dispose of toxins and waste products. Everyone who lives breathes, but not everyone breathes freely, or deeply, or without obstruction. In the…

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Ferment & Foment with Jeremy Ogusky

Fermented foods are healthy! In addition to providing probiotic lactic acid bacteria, fermented vegetables provide the soluble fibers which preferentially feed a variety of symbiotic organisms in the human gut. They shift the balance of these flora in a direction which optimizes health, with profound impacts on immunity, metabolism, digestion, and absorption of nutrients from…

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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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Tina & Her Pony – Live!

With warm smiles and honest simplicity, Tina & Her Pony bring fresh life and a unique sound to the American folk tradition, featuring original songs that echo the sound of Appalachia, while creating new waves with radical, queer lyrics, uncommon instrumentation and vocals tighter than your mamas’ brazier.

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Herbal Healing for Eczema

Your skin is a two-way street. When we see a lesion on the skin, we usually think “what did I touch?”, but it could just as much be, “what did I eat?” This is especially true when dealing with chronic inflammatory skin conditions like eczema. In this class, we’ll discuss nutritional and herbal protocols for…

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Herbs and Movement for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common and often intractable problem that can make your every step an agony. Conventional approaches to resolution are well known to be limited, and in some cases can result in further degeneration of the tissues. It is well established, though, that plantar fasciitis can be exacerbated and even caused by postural…

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7 Herbs: An In-Depth Study

A favorite conversation among herbalists is a variant on the old desert-island game: If you were stranded and could only have a few herbs with you, what would they be? It’s a thought experiment that pushes us to deepen our relationships with the plants we depend on. In studying herbalism, it’s common to focus on…

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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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Muscle, Bone, & Movement

From the simple things like sports injuries and muscle soreness, to chronic back pain, arthritis, and osteoporosis, musculoskeletal conditions take many forms – and are increasingly common. We know that to keep the muscles healthy, they must move – but what if you’re in too much pain to move? What if you’re not sure how…

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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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CWH at Herbstalk 2013!

We’re delighted to be teaching at Herbstalk again this year! Working with Chronic Illness with Katja Swift & Ryn Midura Saturday June 8th, 4:00pm – 6:30pm For a cold or the flu, you can probably send your client off with your favorite remedies and your job is done. But when you have a client with…

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Herbs and Movement for the Pelvic Floor

Weakness and tightness in the muscles of the pelvic floor can manifest as incontinence, impotence, hernia, chronic pain, even organ prolapse. But even before things progress to any of those embarrassing and painful conditions, there will be restriction of the flow of blood, lymph, and nervous system signals to the pelvic area, causing functional impairments…

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Herbal Healing for Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is ever more prevalent these days, and in many cases, insurance companies don’t cover treatment, even if there is treatment available. Some doctors and insurers don’t acknowledge Lyme as a chronic condition. Even the ones who do are often left at loose ends when the disease doesn’t respond to the drugs available. But…

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Alternative Approaches to Multiple Sclerosis

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 about MS is: for the last 11 years I’ve been able to live almost 100% symptom-free, with no drugs…

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DIY First Aid Kit

First aid products available on the market are made with ingredients you really don’t want to have in your body: chemical alcohols, petroleum products, and anti-bacterial agents that are foreign and harmful. (A new study recently came across my inbox regarding triclosan causing muscle damage and endocrine disruption!) The stuff you put on your skin…

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Wilderness Weekend

Join us for a very special weekend excursion in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of northern New Hampshire. Life in the city can be stirring and stimulating, but too much input ultimately overwhelms and dulls the senses. Out in the forest, we find not only stillness, but another kind of richness in the organic textures, scents, and…

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Preventing & Recovering From Runner’s Injuries

Achilles tendonitis, muscle tears, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, . . . the list of common injuries associated with running is as long as any trail, and any one of them can ground a runner indefinitely. Is running inherently damaging, or are we running ourselves ragged? This class will cover herbal remedies for preventing and recovering…

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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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PMS Prevention, Naturally

PMS is often reduced to a punchline, but the pain and discomfort can keep you out of work or away from play, and the emotional disruption is even less pleasant for the woman suffering from it than for anybody they happen to share space with. Fortunately, the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome–physical, mental, and emotional–can be…

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Clearing the Carpal Tunnel

Repetitive stress injuries are especially disruptive, because–by their very nature–they make our most common movements painful or impossible. Work and play are both impacted, and simple tasks become extremely difficult. Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common forms of RSI, with drugs and surgery the conventional methods of treatment. Co-taught by an herbalist…

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Handling Headaches Herbally

Headaches can range from a minor discomfort to a debilitating pain, and can be caused by a great range of influences and imbalances. A well-crafted herbal formula can help relieve pain in an acute situation, but for those who suffer regularly from headaches or migraines, identifying and managing common triggers and individual weak points is…

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Matthew Wood

Matthew Wood – Alchemical Origins of Plant Pharmacy

We are pleased and honored to host Matthew Wood, internationally renowned teacher and author of the Western herbal tradition, for this special guest lecture. A practicing herbalist since 1982, Matthew has helped tens of thousands of clients over the years, while working to learn, preserve, and practice the tradition of herbal medicine descending to us…

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Preventing and Recovering from Yoga Injuries

Yoga can be an invigorating and healthy practice, but recently there have been many reports of injuries sustained by students. Is yoga inherently dangerous? Are teachers incautious? Are students overzealous? Whatever the cause, there are some simple precautions — and perhaps more important, new perspectives — that can make any style of yoga safe and…

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Making Herbal Medicines: Elixirs

The word itself is evocative, rich: elixir. The medicine itself is even more so! 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 extracts a different profile; mixing them together creates a full-bodied, well-rounded medicine. We’ll teach you all…

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Paleo Candy

We are pleased to welcome guest lecturer Russ Apotheker to teach this class. For those who’ve adopted a diet modeled on ancestral health and food traditions, finding “approved” sweets can be tough. That’s fine for every day — you’ve probably noticed that your sweet tooth isn’t quite as crazed as it once was. But there…

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Dealing with Depression

Loss and grief, Seasonal Affective Disorder, nutrient deficiency . . . depression can have many causes, but it’s too often treated only with anti-depressant pharmaceuticals, which come with heavy side effects. Sometimes those may be necessary, but depression responds very well to natural therapies. In this class, we’ll learn to differentiate between the types of…

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Office Worker’s Survival Skills

Repetitive stress injuries, chronic neck pain, stress headaches, impaired circulation — these are just some of the side effects of a desk job. The human body is simply not adapted to sitting at a computer screen for eight hours a day, no matter how you slice it. But with a few changes to your office…

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Natural Therapies for Endocrine Problems

Hormone imbalance, thyroid dysfunction, adrenal fatigue – these are common endocrine problems today. Trying to fiddle with specific hormones, however, is a lot like chasing the tail of the tiger. There may be herbs or foods that can force or limit production of an individual hormone (and certainly there are drugs and hormonal supplements that…

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Rising Appalachia – Live in Concert!

Rising Appalachia is a dynamic sister-lead group with soulful harmonic singing, hypnotic poetics, stomp beat percussion, and a message of common unity through music. They enchant crowds and continue to propel roots music further with genre-bending cross cultural prowess and political ferocity. We first met Leah & Chloe at the 2010 Traditions in Western Herbalism…

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Learning to Work with Tree Medicine

We are pleased to welcome guest lecturer Michael Blackmore to teach this class. Trees make for great medicine, but there is more to trees in herbalism than Elder, Hawthorn and Linden. This workshop is an introduction to some of the herbal uses of the many trees available to us. Hear about the variety of trees…

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Herbal Care for Cold and Flu

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

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Making Herbal Medicines: Herbed Wines

Get a jump start on the holidays – come learn to make herb-infused wines! These delicious concoctions are simple and inexpensive, and can make any occasion extra special! We’ll teach you everything you need to know to make your own herbed wines, share a whole host of recipes, and we’ll make some together so that…

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Foundational Therapies for Autoimmune Disorders

On the surface, various maladies like Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Lupus may seem very different from one another. They attack different tissues and organs, have different symptoms, and are treated in conventional medicine with different drugs. But these diseases all share a common origin–a dysregulation of the immune system which causes it…

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Natural Remedies for Thyroid Disorders

More people than ever are being diagnosed with thyroid imbalances, and while Fukushima may have faded from the daily round of news, concerns about radiation and its effects on the thyroid persist. Thyroid disorders may lead to weight gain, depressed mood, chronic fatigue, poor immunity, and nervous exhaustion, and contribute to more serious issues such…

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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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Strategies for Stress

One of our most popular and oft-requested classes returns, just in time for the start of the school year! 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…

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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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Making Herbal Medicines: Topical Treatments

Different types of skin complexions and skin conditions call for distinct topical preparations, whether to moisten dryness, calm inflammation, heal wounds, or resolve infection. Come learn to make medicinal-grade herbal salves, lotions, and liniments right in your own home, from scratch. No prior experience necessary. This class will be hands-on, simple and fun! We’ll have…

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Herbs & Foods for AD[H]D & Asperger’s

More children and adults are being diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and Asperger’s than ever before. Frequently, the diagnosis is quickly followed by a prescription for Ritalin, or some other medication, which the child is often intended to take for life! In this class we’ll look at a wide array of natural therapeutic options that can relieve…

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Making Herbal Medicines: Maceration

For the sensual: rose petal honey, damiana in pinot noir, kava-laced massage oil, … For the practical: earache-quelling garlic & mullein oil, immune-boosting thieves’ vinegar, solomon’s seal & st john’s wort liniment, … For the bold: schizandra berries in malbec, calamus Carménère, ferocious fire cider, … Extracting herbs into a liquid menstruum is one of…

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An Herbal Toolkit for Men

Men can work harder, heal quicker, play better, and stay potent for longer with the aid of herbal medicine. They can also sleep deeper, breathe easier, laugh lighter, and feel more freely when their bodies, minds, and spirits are cared for with this ancient and primal system of healing.

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Natural Fertility and Prenatal Health

This class will set the stage for pregnancy. Build a stronger, healthier baby by building stronger, healthier parents! But there’s more to it than just skipping the wine at dinner – come learn what you need to know to eat right, sleep right, move right, and support yourself with herbs so that your body is…

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Tina and Her Pony – Live in Concert!

With warm smiles and honest simplicity, Tina & Her Pony bring fresh life and a unique sound to the American folk tradition, featuring original songs that echo the sound of Appalachia, while creating new waves with radical, queer lyrics, uncommon instrumentation and vocals tighter than your mamas’ brazier.

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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.

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Natural Remedies 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.

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Open House Reception

We’re so excited about our new office, new classes, and new growth! Come share in the excitement! We’ll be serving tasty teas, delicious treats, be available to show off the new space and chat about any questions you might have! Thursday, May 10, 6:00pm – 9:00pm 25 St. Mary’s Court, Brookline This event took place…

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Healing with Flower Essences

Flower Essences are becoming more and more popular, and with good reason! Flower Essences work to help heal emotional and psychological imbalances, and that alone is an important element of holistic healing. But physical illness is often a manifestation of emotional and psychological imbalances. Have you ever noticed that people who are happy and content…

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Herbs for Women’s Health

This class will be a Materia Medica for Women – an in-depth study of the plants that are most useful for women’s health, including herbs both for acute disorders and long-term wellness. You may have heard that vitex and wild yam are good for “balancing your hormones”, or that mugwort is useful in bringing on…

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Sleep Soundly with Herbal Support

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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Natural Approaches for Seasonal Allergies

Allergy season is just around the corner! Warm weather may feel far away, but now is the time to prepare for the pollen and other irritants that increase in the spring. Nourishing herbs can build up your reserves and keep away the itchy eyes, runny nose, and sneezing. By improving your overall state of health,…

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Natural Therapies for Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is ever more prevalent these days, and in many cases, insurance companies don’t cover treatment, even if there is treatment available. Some doctors and insurers don’t acknowledge Lyme as a chronic condition. Even the ones who do are often left at loose ends when the disease doesn’t respond to the drugs available. But…

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Insulin Resistance: Under Control, Naturally!

Metabolic Syndrome, Syndrome X, Pre-Diabetes: Insulin Resistance, whatever it’s called, is endemic in our society today. And it’s not just the beginning of diabetes, it’s at the root of many of the health problems plaguing the modern world, including cardiovascular disease, obesity – it even plays a role in cancer! If you are at risk…

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Strategies 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 just as much a threat to…

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Herbed Wines and Cordials

Just in time for Valentine’s Day – come learn to make herbal wines and cordials! 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…

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Women’s Pelvic Disorders

This class will cover the mulligan stew of things that go wrong “down there”, including UTIs, incontinence, vaginal infections, polyps, fibroids and cysts, uterine prolapse, yeast infections, and more. We’ll give special attention to PCOS, endometriosis, and HPV. We’ll cover natural and allopathic treatment options, and the pros and cons of each.

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Women’s Self-Care Working Group

You know you need to take care of yourself, but at the end of your day, there are still a handful of things left on the to-do list undone. Taking care of yourself gets pushed further and further down the list!

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Fertility: Build a Healthy Baby!

Part of our Women’s Reproductive Health Series, this class will set the stage for pregnancy. Build a stronger, healthier baby by building stronger, healthier parents! But there’s more to it than just skipping the wine at dinner – come learn what you need to know to eat right, sleep right, move right, and support yourself…

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Herbs for Frequent Flyers

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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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!

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Traditional Nutrition for Weight Loss: Real Food, Real Results

Tried every diet there is? Still can’t keep the weight off? You’re not alone! In our society, everyone talks about being thin, but what if you exercise like crazy and still can’t get there? What if you aren’t healthy enough to exercise? What if you just hate treadmills?

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Integrating Herbs Into Your Practice

As more people are trying to take their health into their own hands – whether by choice or economic necessity – herbs and herbal supplements are increasingly becoming a part of your clients’ health care. As a practicing health care professional, you’ll serve your clients well by making herbal medicine a part of your continuing…

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Herbal Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 7:00 – 9:00pm 25 St. Mary’s Court, Brookline (near BU) The flu vaccine protects against 3-5 strains of flu virus. Garlic protects against them all! Come learn about how to protect yourself during cold and flu season without chemicals or pharmaceuticals. Plants are a much better option for this kind of…

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Menopause – Naturally!

The “change of life” it’s called, and that’s true, both physically and emotionally. But the change doesn’t have to be debilitating, depressing, or unmanageably uncomfortable! We’ll talk about herbs and therapies for getting through menopause, as well as allopathic options and their potential consequences.

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An Herbal Toolkit for Men

Saturday, October 8th, 2011 1:00pm – 5:00pm Brighton Center Men can work harder, heal quicker, play better, and stay potent for longer with the aid of herbal medicine. They can also sleep deeper, breathe easier, laugh lighter, and feel more freely when their bodies, minds, and spirits are cared for with this ancient and primal…

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Muscle, Bone, and Movement

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 7:00 – 9:00pm Brighton Center Back pain, arthritis, osteoporosis: musculoskeletal conditions take many forms, and are increasingly common. We know that to keep the muscles healthy, they must move—but what if you’re in too much pain to move? What if you’re not sure how to start? This class combines herbal medicine…

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Herbal Detox: What You Need to Know

Saturday, September 10th, 2011 1:00pm – 5:00pm Brighton Center “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…

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Herbal First Aid

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 7:00 – 9:00pm Brighton Center What would you do if you sprained your ankle hiking? How can you most effectively deal with mosquito bites and bee stings? What are the most useful herbs to have in your first aid kit? How would you clean the wounds if you were attacked by…

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Natural Therapies for Lyme Disease

Saturday, August 20, 2011 1:00pm – 5:00pm Brighton Center Lyme disease is ever more prevalent these days, and in many cases, insurance companies don’t cover treatment, even if there is treatment available. Some doctors and insurers don’t acknowledge Lyme as a chronic condition. Even the ones who do are often left at loose ends when…

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13 Herbs: An In-Depth Study

Sunday, June 12, 2011 10:00am – 5:00pm Brighton Center A favorite conversational game among herbalists is: If you were stranded and you could only have 13 herbs with you, what would they be? It’s a game that pushes us to deepen our relationships with the plants we depend on. These days, we tend to focus…

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Postpartum Recovery and Infant Health

The childbearing year doesn’t end on your due date! We consider the three to four months post-partum to require the same attentive care for mom, though the issues are different. In this class, we’ll look at post-partum recovery, “baby blues” and post-partum depression, breast feeding and complications, and other post-partum issues. We’ll discuss mom’s reclaiming…

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Natural Remedies for Thyroid Disorders and Chronic Fatigue

May 14, 2011 10:00am – 5:00pm Brighton Center More people than ever are being diagnosed with thyroid imbalances, and in our non-stop society, chronic fatigue is also rampant. These disorders may lead to weight gain, depressed mood, fatigue, poor immunity, and nervous exhaustion, and contribute to more serious issues such as heart disease and diabetes.…

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Natural Kids Summer Camp!

July 11-15, 2011 – A week of nature and wildlife for kids ages 6-10 right here in Boston! Each day, we will study the plants, animals, and bugs that live in the Arboretum. Where do they live? What do they eat? How do they grow? We will run in the meadows and hide in the…

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Prenatal Health

Pregnancy has its own special set of “symptoms” and “side effects”, some mild but annoying, some more serious. From morning sickness to gestational diabetes, we’ll cover all the most common and their treatments, as well as how to know when you need to seek help. We’ll also talk about preparation for labor and birth, the…

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Herbalism 202: Medicines for Modernity

Thursday, July 21st – Sunday, July 24th, 2011 Our second summer intensive, Medicines for Modernity will focus on the chronic conditions — diabetes, autoimmune diseases, lyme, cancer, and others — which plague modern life and are not well-addressed by conventional medicine. We’ll also discuss reproductive health for both men and women, and holistic methods for…

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Herbalism 101: Body Basics

Thursday, May 26th – Sunday, May 29th, 2011 Our introductory-level intensive, Body Basics will give an overview of the practice of Traditional Western Herbalism, focusing primarily on the most important body systems: how they function, how they can fail, and how herbs and foods can be used to bring them back into balance. Medicine-making, plant…

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Addressing ADD, ADHD, and Asperger’s Naturally

Tuesday, March 22 7:00 – 9:00pm Brighton Center More children and adults are being diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and Asperger’s than ever before. Frequently, the diagnosis is quickly followed by a prescription for Ritalin, or some other medication, which the child is often intended to take for life! We will look at a wide array of…

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Breast Health

Mainstream breast health is largely limited to self-exams and mammograms, but there’s a lot more to breast health than that! From mastitis to breast cancer, this class will cover causes, symptoms, and natural treatments for breast issues, including allopathic options and their potential consequences. We’ll also talk about fibroids, cysts, benign tumors, the effects of…

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Strategies for Stress

April 9th, 2011 10:00am – 5:00pm Brighton Center As if it weren’t already bad enough, 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 just…

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Natural Approaches for Seasonal Allergies

March 12th, 2011 10:00am – 5:00pm Brighton Center Allergy season is just around the corner! Warm weather may feel far away, but now is the time to prepare for the pollen and other irritants that increase in the spring. Nourishing herbs can build up your reserves and keep away the itchy eyes, runny nose, and…

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Understanding Menstruation

Part of our Women’s Reproductive Health Series, this class will explain everything you ever wanted to know about your monthly cycle! We’ll put particular emphasis on using herbs and nutrition to rebalance problematic cycles – heavy bleeding, absent period, PMS, irregular cycles, and more! We’ll also cover fertility awareness, lunar cycling, and natural birth control…

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Healing with Flower Essences

February 12th, 2011 10:00am – 5:00pm Brighton Center Flower Essences are becoming more and more popular, and with good reason! Flower Essences work to help heal emotional and psychological imbalances, and that alone is pretty great! But when you consider that physical illness is often a manifestation of emotional and psychological imbalances — that when…

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Natural Health for Children

We’re excited to announce the beginning of our Evening Lecture series: Tuesday, February 15, from 7:00 – 9:00pm, we will be offering an encore presentation of our very popular Natural Health for Children class! From cradle cap to acne, most childhood ailments and illnesses respond very well to natural treatment. We know that antibiotics and…

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Our Book is Now Available on Amazon.com

Our first book is here!

This is the perfect introduction to a powerful yet manageable apothecary of 35 herbs and teach you how to apply them to common ailments.

We keep it simple and practical, and along the way teach you how to think effectively about herbs & herbalism, laying the foundations for deeper study.

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