Botany at Bastyr: Herbal Remedies

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July 27 2019 9:30 am   through   July 27 2019 3:30 pm
14500 Juanita Dr NE
Bastyr University Community Education
Kenmore, WA 98028
Phone: 425-602-3322
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Traditional practices collect them in teas, tinctures, herb bitters, balms, lotions and sunscreens, all of which have specific purposes and effects. We will demonstrate a few of them, the easy ones you can do yourself at home by following safe recipes.

Date: Saturday July 27, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Bastyr University Kenmore Campus Grounds and Classrooms
This course is part of our Botany at Bastyr Community Education Series

The course “Plant Remedies” introduces the most important methods of extractions and some forms of preparation of certain remedies. Although it can be understood as a continuation of preceding courses like “Plant identification in one weekend” and the sequel “Signatures for interesting plant constituents”, it can be taken on its own and independently. 

We will collect some plants like narrow-leafed plantain outdoors that are later used for making certain applications in the lab.  We will isolate plant constituents by extraction with water, ethanol or oil and then preserve them in simple lotions, teas (hot water extract) or tinctures (alcoholic extracts).  We will also demonstrate common methods like maceration, enfleuration and distillations. 

Student learning objectives

  • Get an idea why plants contain constituents that remedy human ailments
  • Test latex for making an invisible wound cover.  Compare with synthetic latex products
  • Make extracts, tinctures, and oil infusions
  • Learn how to combine aqueous extracts and oil infusions into one lotion
  • Learn using dissecting and compound microscopes to verify, locate and characterize and estimate the quantity of these plant constituents by microscopy, optical stains and microchemistry.

Course notes:
We recommend students have an illustrated book about the wild life flora of the Pacific Northwest (recommended is Pojar and McKinnon “Plants of the Pacific Northwesrt Coast” and R Taylor “Northwest Weeds”)  to bring it. Some handouts will be provided. You should also bring a hand lens, a simple folder or plant press to collect plant samples for later identification or preservation).

This course requires a $10 lab fee to be paid to the instructor at the beginning of the course. 

Please note this course is both in the classroom and in the woods. Please wear or bring closed-toed shoes appropriate for walking in the woods. 

Bastyr University is housed in an older facility with fluctuating interior temperatures; it is advisable to wear layers. Also, Bastyr is a “fragrance-free” campus.

Botany at Bastyr Series

Other Upcoming Botany at Bastyr Community Education Courses:

Plant Identification - July 13

Plant Signatures - July 20

Plant Pigments & Dyes - August 3

Plant Fragrances - August 10

Purchase all 5 courses by July 13th for $280 and save 20% off the public rate. Please note, if you register for the full package, the last day for a refund is June 28, 2019. 

Continuing and Community Education Cancellation Policy 

About the Instructor

Instructor: Rainer Stahlberg, PhD

Rainer Stahlberg is a plant researcher. He received a PhD in plant biology in 1979 working on electrical signals in plants. Rainer taught botany in Germany (Humboldt University Berlin), Russia (st. Petersburg), and the United States (University of Washington and Bastyr University).  He also taught Botany together with the legendary Arthur Kruckeberg to public audiences enrolling for weekend classes with the North Cascade Institute.  Arthur introduced Rainer to the plants of the Pacific Northwest from 1998 to 2006.  He also imparted his philosophy that science does not exist in a ivory tower or university and that it is the duty of its participants to report back to and serve the public.  Rainer has taught botany to kids; major and non-major students and normal people and he I developed a hands-on approach that can be understood by anybody anywhere.