Join Rosemary Gladstar at her home for an introduction to medicinal herbalism. Covering some of the important topics for beginners, Rosemary will guide you through the maze of information on selecting your materia medica, safety issues, formulation, herbal resources, herbs for stress and anxiety and herbs for digestion. Sprinkled along the way are practical advice, delightful information, and the priceless stories that Rosemary so artfully weaves into her teaching.
8+ hours of video
* The Foundations of Herbalism Video set is Included in both The Online and Online Plus Printed versions of The Science & Art of Herbalism
Now is the season where we have beautiful Violets blooming all over the ground and they are so easy to harvest! You (and your small children with clean hands) can reach down and grasp a bunch of the leaves and flowers, gently ask them to release and give thanks. Leave half for the bees and take half for you. Put them into a basket in one layer to dry. If you put too many layers together they’ll mold! I like to use big round beautiful baskets. They are easily stackable so that drying is very efficient. Remember to dry away from light but with good air circulation.
From the dried flowers and leaves you can make violet syrup or add them into teas for breast issues. Whether it is breast cancer or fibro-cystic breasts, Violet has a definite affinity to the breasts.
You can make cough syrups by adding harvested Violets to gently heated honey or honey loquat syrup. Violet is especially good for the cough that is at the back of the throat (i.e. always clearing the throat.)
Violets also make lovely ice cubes to add into summer teas. Even Winter teas if you can keep ice cubes around that long!
Kids love them. Gathering up some beautiful violets is a great project to do with the family. You can even make candied violets, but I am not a chef.
Okay, enjoy the Spring!
It’s that time of year, and if you’re like most people, you’re feeling the holiday rush. Take a break for yourself and enjoy a long, mood-changing soak in an herbal bath. Luxurious and decadent, soothing and calming or just rejuvenating – there are herbal bath add-in for all purposes. Bathing in water infused with the goodness of herbs, essential oils and other healthful ingredients is a wonderful, healing way to care for yourself. Something we all should do more of!
Bath salts are a wonderful option and each salt has it’s own properties for enhancing health. Epsom Salts contain magnesium which can help to relax, relieve stress and soothe muscles; while Himalayan Salts draws out toxins, improves circulation, deep cleanses and leaves you with baby-soft skin.
Floating bath oils are a luxurious & tranquil choice, which will moisturize and leave your skin smelling amazing. A few of my favorites:
Lemon & Sweet Orange: Benefits oily skin and creates a happy, uplifting mood. (Caution- not if you go right out into the sun)
Jasmine: Helps dry, sensitive skin and soothes the emotions creating a sense of hopefulness.
Ylang Ylang: Benefits all skin types, is calming to the nervous system and acts as an aphrodisiac.
Remember to use caution, as essential oils are extremely powerful. They need to be diluted before use and used in correct concentrations. For each ounce of carrier oil, mix 1 – 15 drops of the essential oils of your choice. A teaspoon or two in your warm bath and you’re on your way to bliss.
Another option is steeped baths made with leaves & flowers. Any combination of herbs that you fancy is the perfect bath for you! Some options:
Rose Petals & Buds: Calm & soothe the heart while relieving inflammation and toning the skin.
Lavender Blossoms: Cleansing and relaxing inducing a sense of calm.
Elder Flowers: Relieve inflammation while toning and cleaning the skin.
Rosemary Leaf: Relieves fatigue and is a cleaning tonic for the skin.
To create an herbal bath, combine a handful of each herb you desire in a large pot. Fill with water, heat to almost boiling and make sure you keep a lid on the pot so the volatile oils do not evaporate. Remove the pot for heat and let infuse for no less that 20 minutes. Strain the liquid into your filled tub and you’re ready to go. The other option is to fill a cloth or muslin bag with your herbal concoction. Fill the bath with the hottest water you have, leave until water is at your desired temperature and get right in.
A lovely thirty minutes of relaxation can greatly affect how you’re going to deal with the rest of your day. So switch off your mind & go enjoy one of life’s little pleasures.