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Would you like to be on The Herbal Path?

The Herbal Path

 

When I was taking applications for my apprenticeship program, I noticed a few things: 1- People WANT to learn about herbalism and a more natural holistic way of life. 2-Time and distance prohibited a lot of folks who were interested from applying. 3-I got a lot of great applicants and I am going to have a really hard time choosing only 2 people!

All of these things led me to realize that if I could somehow create an online interactive program, I could reach and serve all those people who really want and need herbalism in their lives. 

Out of that came The Herbal Path. A comprehensive beginner’s herbalism course set in an a private Facebook group. Sort of like a classroom. I wanted it to be in a group format so students could help and learn from each other-and maybe make some friends! Other online learning programs seem so isolating with limited human interaction.  

This is a 5 month program that will give you an introduction to the basics of working with herbs: methods of medicine preparation, history of herbalism, folklore, wildcrafting, beauty and skin care products, replacing chemicals in your home with natural homemade methods, how to eat a whole foods diet (both traditional foods and veganism), and more. 

The group is hosted by myself and my good friend Carolyn Schreiner of The Natural Choice Apothecary. Each week a new file will be uploaded to the group. That week we will work on that particular topic. Assignments will be uploaded to the group for group discussion.  Each student will receive a small sampling of herbs to work with-with the option to purchase more if desired. 

Now, for the part that I am sure you are all wondering about: cost. That is always the big inhibitor, isn’t it? There are TONS of things that I have found that I would love to join and take part in, but they always cost way too much for me to be able to afford. So-with that in mind, I want to make this program available for EVERYONE who wants to participate. It is only $30 a month.  That’s right! Can you believe it?  This is such an amazing deal. $30 is about the cost of 1 class, typically. AND, you don’t have to leave your house. You don’t even have to put clothes on! So, you get 4 classes for the price of one, don’t have to get dressed, don’t have to spend gas money, and get a great learning experience. How can you NOT sign up?  Our next series starts April 1st, so be sure to sign up soon!

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DIY Herbal All-Purpose Cleaner

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Surely by now most people have either seen the orange peel in vinegar method of creating a natural kitchen cleaner. There may even be a few recipes that call for adding in essential oils to give it even that much more of a antimicrobial kick.  Well, yes-this is a bit similar. I’ve taken the basic idea of orange peels in vinegar and doctored it up a bit.

I tend to like to stay away from using essential oils because while I have studied herbalism for several years, I have not spent one dime on any aromatherapy courses.  I strongly feel that essential oils are VASTLY over used-and by people who do NOT know how to safely use them.  So, this recipe has taken the idea of the essential oils of certain plants and incorporated the use of the whole plant instead.

Ingredients:

  • Orange peels
  • Whole cloves
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Fresh lavender
  • Distilled white vinegar

The recipe is a simple as you would think-combine all the herbs in a large mason jar and cover with the vinegar. Let sit for 2+weeks and strain. Pour vinegar about 1/4 into a spray bottle and fill with water. Voila! You now have a great smelling, effective all-purpose cleaner that utilizes the anti-microbial properties of plants without the potential dangers of using volatile essential oils.

You can find most of these herbs locally (either grown yourself or in your grocery store) but you can also find them online at places like Mountain Rose Herbs or Bulk Herb Store.

 

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