A SELF-PACED ONLINE COURSE
Designed to guide you in making herbal medicines with plants and fungi from the region where you live. This course aims to take you from curious to confidant in the realms of Bioregional Herbalism & Medicine Making. By course completion you will have stocked your cabinet with tea blends, tinctures, oxymels, balms, and more!
Bioregional Herbalism is a practice rooted in place. Instead of importing herbs from all around the globe, the bioregional herbalist enters into a sacred relationship with the landscape around them where they steward, coax, and harvest after observing, connecting, and paying reciprocity. Given the present environmental crisis, why would we pluck an herb from an environment we have no way of knowing is out of balance or not, wrap it up in plastic, and burn fossil fuels to have it delivered to our doorstep or the local shop? It seems convenience is the enemy of conservation.
The Medicine Making aspect of the course will guide you through five major solvents of the herbal apothecary - water, vinegar, honey, alcohol, and oil. By course completion you will have facilitated an herbal tea tasting, blended your own herbal tea blends, and know why I should really be saying "tisane". Your kitchen will be brimming with oxymels and you'll have tinctures steeping in the cabinets. You'll be subbing in your home & body care products for ones you make yourself with the gentle power of plants. In the bathroom your deeply soothing, handmade, plant based balms and creams will be proudly displayed.
The Materia Medica section of the course booklet covers 22 herbal plant profiles. 10 native plants, 6 abundantly available so-called invasive plants, and 6 plants that are easy to cultivate in gardens and I can’t imagine life without. This section was written in relation to the region where I live (Northeastern US / Haudenosaunee land) but the herbs included can be found in many environments. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to write your own plant profiles, the template I lay out in the course booklet will help you organize your research and hopefully teach you something about the herbs I work with.