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Bioregional Herbalism: Materia Medica in Clinical Practice
October 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
This is a day-long seminar with Patricia Kyritsi Howell, Thomas Easley and Danny O’Rawe. It is offered in conjunction with the American Herbalists Guild Symposium at Unicoi State Park near Helen, Georgia.
Cost is $100. Register on the AHG website.
Bioregional herbalism in clinical practice weaves together a sense of place with an intensely personal relationship with individual plants and puts it into the context of practical clinical experience. It is a way of knowing that may take years to develop but, once it takes shape, it becomes the bedrock of herbal practice grounding you and the people you work with.
By sinking into the landscape of your bioregion and following the rhythm of the seasons as local herbs emerge, flower, set seed and fade, you learn about them in way that goes beyond what can be taught in classes or books.
By giving this way of knowing equal weight in your work as an herbalist you begin to develop, for yourself, a materia medica that sits lightly on local ecology and allows a deeper understanding of all the ways individual herbs contribute to healing.
To do this you must move beyond textbook descriptions of what a plant does or doesn’t do, what constituents it does or doesn’t contain, and what others may have told you about how the plant contributes to healing. When you look into the nooks and crannies to discover all the ways a particular herb both now and in the past, you begin to see what lies hidden, waiting to be coaxed into the light. And sometimes you find yourself in situations (personally or in your practice) when you reach for an herbal remedy in a pure act of faith because you truly don’t know what else to do. And when the result is healing beyond what you thought possible, your relationship with that plant is forever changed, and solidified.
And, because all herbs are essentially energetic life forms you must develop the ability to sense energetic patterns in plants, and in the person before you. Somewhat like putting together a complex puzzle, trying to see how the shapes of the herbs correspond to the person before you and where they might fit together.
In this session we’ll each introduce the ten herbs we consider central to our clinical practice and share how we use them, often in ways that you might not expect.
This seminar is co-taught by Patricia Kyritsi Howell, Thomas Easley and Danny O’Rawe. Here are the herbs we’ll be discussing:
Patricia will discuss:
Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata), Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca), Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), Burdock (Arctium lappa), Dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis), Stoneroot or Rich Weed (Collinsonia canadensis), Black Haw (Viburnum prunifolium), Lobelia or Puke Weed (Lobelia inflata), Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum), Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)
Thomas will discuss:
Yellow Jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens), Golden Rod (Solidago virguarea/spp), Yellow Root (Xanthorhiza simplicissima)
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), Peach (Prunus persica), Bayberry (Myrica cerifera), Prickly Ash (Zanthoxylum americanum), Sassafras (Sassafras albidum), Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum), Poke Root (Phytolacca americana)
Danny will discuss:
Hawthorn (Crataegus oxycantha/spp), Ash (Fraxinus excelsior/spp), Wild Lettuce (Lactuca virosa), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Mullein (Verbascum thapsus), Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus), Mistletoe (Viscum album), Violet (Viola oderata/spp), Comfrey (Symphytum officinale), Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis)ot