Monday, April 29, 2013

Five Days of Free, Unique Classes to Honor HerbDay 2013

The eighth annual National HerbDay aims to raise awareness about the benefits herbs can play in our daily lives.

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The eighth annual National HerbDay aims to raise awareness about the benefits herbs can play in our daily lives.

A week long series of educational events at Bastyr University lead up to the eighth annual National HerbDay on Saturday, May 4, 2013. This nationwide celebration features a series of independently produced educational events at botanical gardens, universities, retails stores and parks to raise public awareness about the significance of herbs in our daily lives and the many ways herbs can be used safely and creatively for health, beauty care and culinary enjoyment.

Locally, Bastyr University will be offering five days of unique activities open to the public, all to be held at the University’s campus in Kenmore, Wash.

The following presentations are FREE, held on the Bastyr University campus:

The Ebers Papyrus is generally regarded as the oldest extant book of any kind, and it happens to be an herbal formulary. After reviewing the history of the scroll and understanding something about it linguistically (including problems with its translation), we will review some of the prescriptions and consider their meaning in a modern herbal therapeutic context. Some of the ancient Egyptian materia medica will be reviewed.

  • Tuesday, April 30, noon to 12:50 p.m.: Pleomorphism: Which Side of the Sewer Do You Drink From?,” presented by Jenn Dazey, ND, RH (AHG), in room 186

Do you believe that environmental conditions such as temperature, moisture and soil composition are important to the health of your garden? Do you also believe that the reason organisms are healthy is because they are well-adapted to their environments? Let’s discuss this important observation, giving credit to the late French chemist and biologist, Antione Béchamp, who first popularized this observation in his Pleomorphic Theory. This is the basis for charging natural living systems with the responsibility of cleaning up toxic soil, air and water. Pleomorphic Theory is also the foundation of Naturopathic Principle, and explains how herbal tonics improve health and prevent disease.

  • Wednesday, May 1, noon to 12:50 p.m.: “Herb Walk” presented by Alexis Durham, in the medicinal herb garden (meet in the gazebo)

Tour is limited to 20 people, rain or shine. Please dress appropriately. RSVP by emailing adurham[at]bastyr[dot]edu or calling (425) 602-3153.

  • Thursday, May 2, noon to 12:50 p.m.: “Plants and Planets: An Astrological System of Medicine,” presented by Kaleb Lund, PhD, in room 184

In the absence of modern pathophysiology, physicians and healers of the past developed systems of medicine based on the science and spiritual paradigms of their time - for many these included the rational science of astrology.  Similar to Chinese systems which correlate pathology and cure with elements, textures and energies, these physicians correlated pathology and cure with astrological archetypes - especially the planets. This talk will introduce the concept of astrological medicine and describe how it has and can be applied in the context of modern herbalism.

  • Friday, May 3, noon to 12:50 p.m.: “The Art of Formulating a Great Tasting Tea,” presented by Sheila Kingsbury, ND, RH (AHG), in the Auditorium (room 176) Tea formulation is more than just selecting the medicinal plants we want to use.  We have to take into account the taste, appearance and synergy of the herbs as well. We will discuss how to formulate teas for taste as well as therapeutic effectiveness, for adults and children.

The following workshop requires a $5 entrance fee and advance registration. Contact Chrissy Atkins by emailing catkins[at]bastyr[dot]edu or calling (425) 602-3287 to register.

  • Thursday, May 2, 6:00 pm to 6:50 p.m.: “Herbal Salves: Versatile Herbal Preparations & First Aid Necessities for Every Home” presented by Crystal Hamby, in the Botanical Medicine Lab (room 75)

Herbal salves are one of the simplest preparations to make and are useful for healing topical abrasions such as minor wounds, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, bruises and insect bites.  They make great gifts and require minimal ingredients.  In this interactive workshop, we will discuss the healing properties of salves while observing how to make these versatile remedies. You will then have the opportunity to make your own personal healing salve for $5.

The annual HerbDay event was conceived of in 2006 by the HerbDay Coalition, a group of five national nonprofits: the American Botanical Council, American Herbalists Guild, American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, American Herbal Products Association and United Plant Savers.

Bastyr University is located in Kenmore, at 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., adjacent to St. Edward State Park. For more information as well as map and directions, click here, or call (425) 602-3287. Bastyr’s renowned award-winning dining commons will be open until 6 p.m. weekdays for those wishing to purchase an excellent meal in conjunction with any of the events. General information on HerbDay including national events, educational materials and more is available at