Tea, "Fire Cider" Featured at Two April Events Preceding National HerbDay
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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Two April talks led by botanical medicine experts will highlight the importance of herbs ahead of National HerbDay.

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Bastyr University invites the public to join us for the 10th annual National HerbDay. This nationwide celebration on Saturday, May 2, 2015, features a series of educational events to raise public awareness about the significance of herbs and the many way they can be used for health, beauty and food. On Tuesday, April 21, Bastyr will host two unique talks at its Kenmore campus in advance of HerbDay:

“Bringing Herbal Tea Into Daily Life”
Free talk by Robin DiPasquale, ND, RH (AHG)
Noon to 12:50 p.m. in Room 146

Whether beginning with fresh or dry herbs, the infusing and decocting of plants to make herbal tea is becoming a lost art. This lunchtime talk will inspire you to bring herbal tea making into your daily life, whether it is in your own kitchen or in the treatment plan of the patients you see in your office.

Dr. DiPasquale is a naturopathic physician and herbalist practicing in Madison, Wisconsin. She is the former chair of the Bastyr University Department of Botanical Medicine.

 “Making Traditional Fire Ciders”
Talk by Crystal Hamby
6-6:50 p.m. in the Botanical Medicine Lab (room 75)

Fire Cider is a traditional preparation that herbalists having been making for centuries. It combines the sour properties of vinegar, the sweet and soothing nature of honey, and the hot/spicy/pungent qualities of a number of herbs such as garlic, ginger, onion, horseradish, turmeric and cayenne. This delicious remedy has been used traditionally by herbalists during cold and flu season to ward off viruses and bacteria, and it is a preparation that embodies the notion of “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Crystal Hamby is a graduate from the Bachelor of Science with a Major in Herbal Sciences program at Bastyr University, and an adjunct faculty member and lab coordinator for the Department of Botanical Medicine.

*This workshop requires a $5 entrance fee and advance registration. Contact Crystal Hamby by emailing chamby@bastyr.edu or calling (425) 896-6832 to register.

For more information on either of these Bastyr events, please call (425) 602-3287. For more information on HerbDay, including national events, educational materials and more go to www.HerbDay.org.