Sunday, December 2, 2012

Herbalism 101 with Kathy Harrison!

Have you ever wanted to know more about the healing properties of plants? Does native and ancient wisdom raise your eyebrows? How about healing a case of the common cold with nothing but dried herbs from your own larder and honey from you own hive? It doesn't have to be witchcraft or fiction, just basic and practical herbalism. It's a topic I am interested in and want to learn more about as well. So I asked a good friend with a great garden to come and teach us all.

The first Saturday in April will host a very special workshop here at Cold Antler Farm. Kathy Harrison, author of Just in Case and National Geographic Channel Doomsday Prepper, will be here to talk about natural medicines. She's a gardener with an extensive herb garden who makes a number of salves, tinctures, decotions and infusions from easily grown herbs. She knows how to turn dried plants from her own backyard (and foraged from the forest) into teas, salves, tinctures and lotions. Kathy will talk about everything from planting to harvesting, and do a demonstration of making salves and ointments. Bring a notebook, questions, and tolerate a Border Collie in your lap and you'll love this spring day.

The workshop will start out with introductions and a basic overview on herbs. It will include a lecture on the beginning herbalist's garden, and from there take us off into the world of homegrown healing arts. We'll discuss what herbs are best for what ailment or symptom and all the business that goes into procuring them. This is a workshop for the person interested in a small garden they can tend, harvest, dry and then implement in everyday remedies. Something to set next to the taters, carrots, and lettuce patch. Some plants feed our bellies and others calm our minds. If you're already learning how to grow a meal, why not learn to grow the remedy for the stomach ache that might follow?!

We'll talk about specialty gardens, like for example, a calming garden. A bed of mints lavender, chamomile, lemon balm, and valerian. A small 4x4 bed with these herbs could be turned into teas, rubs, and bath soaks. Even aromatherapy can play into herbalism. What the day will achieve is getting you acquainted with the basics to start out.

Everyone who comes will get a small herbal manual called Herbal First Aid from the fine folks at Microcosm Publishing. You'll also receive some seeds, and Kathy might bring plants along as well (season and weather permitting!).

Sign up my emailing me at This workshop is limited to a small number of people due to the books, seeds, and plants included in the workshop budget, so it is first come, first served as far as reservations go. If you are a season pass member and want a spot, email me quick to claim it!

Workshop Rundown
Date: April 6th
Time: 10AM -3PM
Cost: $125
Spaces Left: 6


Blogger Teri said...

Lol, my husband always called it witchcraft when I used herbs and herbal teas - but they work - no matter what you call it.

September 26, 2012 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...

I just bought a copy of her book, Just in Case and am anxious to read it. I wish I lived closer and could come to the workshop . . . someday

September 27, 2012 at 12:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Jenna. I live in Kingman, Az and cannot afford to be at this workshop. I am interested in buying this book "Herbal First Aid" if possible. Could you possibly find out from the author if she is selling these. I tried looking for it on Ebay but no luck. My email is Thank you.

September 27, 2012 at 1:07 AM  
Blogger ddu said...

Jenna, how I wish you could tape these sessions and provide paid online access for those of us who live far away. I'd gladly pay to hear Kathy (and you!) talk about anything she's doing to be more independent. I can provide the lap dog here, a sweet Black Lab named Burleigh. Best wishes!

October 9, 2012 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger jules said...

"Everyone who comes will get a small herbal manual called Herbal First Aid from the fine folks at Microcosm Publishing. "

I would be very interested in getting a copy of the above, if you/she are interested in sales beyond the workshop. I'd love to come, but from lower Alabama (LA), it's a stretch.

November 1, 2012 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

You can order the book from Microsm, online I'm sure!

November 2, 2012 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger DarcC said...

I would very much like to attend please!

December 5, 2012 at 9:23 PM  

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