Everyday Plant Medicine: Making an Herbal Skin Salve
August 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Medicine grows all around us, in plants prevalent in both rural and urban environments. In this online class we will identify “plantain,” a local, common, and abundant plant used both topically and internally for wound healing, itch relief, digestive issues, and more. Join expert herbalist Carolyn Smith as she teaches a hands-on, experiential, relational, and easily accessible folk style method to befriend the common plantain. The group will learn how to identify and collect plantain as well as the steps involved in making a topical salve—perfect for preserving your remedies in an easy-to-carry form—at home.
(Class offered via Zoom; we’ll send you a link once you RSVP.)
Many plants are useful for physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing. Carolyn writes that, “We close a relationship gap with nature when we learn to recognize the variety of all life around us and what it has to offer, and when we use and perpetuate ancient traditional ways that kept us healthy and thriving for thousands of years. Often healing begins simply with this connection itself to tradition, nature, and the plants as individuals, then is further assisted by ingestion or topical application of the specific plants and their chemistry at the level of physical biology.”
Carolyn Smith has been a student of herbal medicine since 2008. Brought up in St. Paul, MN, in a relatively conventional midwestern family, she began developing an awareness of plants and their medicinal value through classes with herbalist, Lise Wolff. She completed Lise’s Three Seasons Herbal Intensive in 2010 and has been Lise’s apprentice since the fall of 2012. Other immersive educational experiences include internships at medicinal herb farms (including Amery’s own Red Clover Herbal Apothecary with Nancy Graden in 2017), studies with other practitioners, and working in retail within natural health care. Working closely with Lise, Carolyn has learned: the power of subtle small doses of plants for healing; the use of local abundant plants for medicine; the value of carefully listening to people and their pulse to hear what they need; and listening to plants to learn what they do. Through Lise’s mentorship she has established her own herbal consultation practice. You can learn more at her website.