Tag: Herbal Apprenticeship

Herbalism 101: Lesson 4

Activity 1: Seeing Plant Families: Asteraceae Read this article on the Asteraceae family. List all the plants in the Asteraceae family that you use regularly and why. Choose three plants from the Asteraceae family that interest you. Read their monographs online. Make three monographs, one for each of your herbs,… Continue Reading “Herbalism 101: Lesson 4”

Plant families: Asteraceae

Asteraceae Family Key Words: Composite flowers in disk-like heads. This family was previously known as the Composite family-Compositae. Asteraceae plants are everywhere. From sunflowers that make the sky look even bluer to the lettuce that’s in your salad, you come into contact with members… Continue Reading “Plant families: Asteraceae”

Herbalism 101: Lesson 3

The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind. Paracelsus Activity 1: Seeing Plant Families: Apiaceae Read this article on the Apiaceae family. List all the plants in the Apiaceae family that you use… Continue Reading “Herbalism 101: Lesson 3”

Plant Families: Apiaceae

Apiaceae-Parsley/Carrot Family Key Words: Compound umbels. Usually hollow flower stalks. Often aromatic. Some of the most common plants, most loved and most eaten are in this beautiful Apiaceae family, as well as some of the world’s deadliest. Mostly grown as vegetables or for food,… Continue Reading “Plant Families: Apiaceae”

Plant families: Lamiaceae

Lamiaceae-Mint Family Key Words: Square stalks and opposite leaves, often aromatic. Members of this family include: Basil Mint Sage Oregano Rosemary Motherwort Horehound Catnip Thyme Lavender Lamiaceae Medicinal Actions: Medicinal constituents include the strong aromatic essential oil, tannins, saponins and organic acids. The oil is obtained… Continue Reading “Plant families: Lamiaceae”

Plant Families

The first step in wisdom is to know the things themselves; this notion consists in having a true idea of the objects; objects are distinguished and known by classifying them methodically and giving them appropriate names. Therefore, classification and name-giving will be the foundation… Continue Reading “Plant Families”

Herbalism 101: Lesson 2

Just as the flowers grow from the earth, so the remedy grows in the hands of the physician. The remedy is nothing but a seed that must develop into that which it is destined to be. -Paracelsus Activity 1: Seeing Make three monographs, one… Continue Reading “Herbalism 101: Lesson 2”

Herbalism 101: Recipes

Lesson 1: Infused Oil Dry herbs in a dehydrator or in a cool dry place. Grind herbs with a mortar and pestle or in a grinder. You need as much surface area as possible to come into contact with the oil. Fill a jar… Continue Reading “Herbalism 101: Recipes”

Herbalism 101: Lesson 1

The plants have enough spirit to transform our limited vision. -Rosemary Gladstar Activity 1: Seeing Identify three herbs that grow in your area or you are familiar with already. Read their monographs online or on Kristas Herbarium. (What’s a monograph?) Read sample monographs on… Continue Reading “Herbalism 101: Lesson 1”

Herbalism 101

Herbalism is all about the senses: seeing, touching, tasting, smelling and hearing. seeing: recognising plants by their family groups recognising plants by key identifiers able to identify poisonous plants recognising plants in and out of bloom understanding the help and harm of the Doctrine… Continue Reading “Herbalism 101”