Please note: Students will meet at the Gazebo, located in the Bastyr University Herb Garden.
Before harvesting or making herbal remedies, the first step is meeting the plants in their happy environment. In our wild medicinal plant walk, we begin to solve the mystery of Nature’s “green blur.” From the tallest tree to the deepest root, medicinal plants are all around us. We'll explore flowering plants, deciduous trees, conifers, and ferns in varying ecosystems. Open your eyes to the medicine and food in Nature!
Learn medicinal and nutritional benefits, and some anatomy and physiology of the human body. It’s important to know *how and why* the plants work inside the body; their actions on a physiological level, in order to safely utilize them with family, friends, and clients. Included will be a discussion of where and when to legally harvest plants for optimum vitality, potency, and nutrition. Not only will you learn about the plants individually, but also begin your study to create effective formulas by paying attention to plants that grow in community.
Correctly identify at least 15 vascular plants in botanical Latin and colloquial terms using standard botanical identification methods and by closely observing plant identifying classifications such as leaf and flower structure, bark, growth patterns, inherent smell of the plants, and life cycles.
Define and describe wildcrafting within the context of legal gathering, ethics, and sustainable harvesting.
Describe the useful properties of the plant species discussed during the walk. As students acquire knowledge of the medicine of individual wild plants, they recognize the formulas plants create in living in community with each other. This will enable them to design highly effective herbal products for home and business.
About your Instructor:
Suzanne Tabert, bioregional herbalist, is director of herbal education and herbal mentor at the Cedar Mountain Herb School. An herbal medicine instructor for 30 years, Suzanne teaches with great passion, bringing her wealth of herbal knowledge to students in an appealing and vibrant manner. She is the primary instructor at CMHS and adjunct faculty at Bastyr University. Taking students to wild places and giving them tools to engage and connect with flora, fauna, and the exquisite beauty of nature is the icing on the cake of life, and one way that Suzanne is making a difference in the world, one person, one group at a time. She is currently writing a wildcrafting book that will be able to be utilized by people of all walks of life who wish to take their health back into their own hands.
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