Plants have been the basis for medical treatments through much of human history, and herbalism (or phytotherapy, or botanical medicine) is the study of using plants and plant extracts for therapeutic and medical purposes. One of the earliest systems of medicine known, herbalism remains widely practiced today.
Herbs strengthen the inherent ability of the body to heal itself by providing life-enhancing benefits, including mental clarity, restful sleep, digestive health, increased energy, and resistance to infection. Herbs are not a replacement for pharmaceuticals—they neither suppress nor merely soothe symptoms. Instead, they gently remind the body how to resume proper function, eventually without herbal supplementation.
The nutrition and healing powers of plants may be apparent, but where do you start? In this immersion, a registered herbalist will show you how to identify and use vegetation in your environment for medicinal purposes. (A walk through the Saint Paul campus will help you to identify various plants.) You’ll also learn about various medicine-making techniques, such as drying herbs for teas and the preparation of tinctures, oils, and salves. Throughout the day, there will be presentations, a demonstration of oil and salve making, and a hands-on activity during which you’ll prepare a tincture to take home.
Participants should be prepared to walk and stand a great deal. Tuition includes breakfast and lunch. Itinerary subject to change.
Lise Wolff, MS, University of Wales, has taught herbalism at the University of Minnesota and St. Catherine University. A student of herbalism for 28 years, she is a member of the American Herbalist Guild, the largest professional botanical medicine organization in the US. Wolff focuses on the nutritional and healing powers of the most prolific plants available locally, which she gathers and prepares to supply her apothecary.