We have some exciting classes in store for you this year! Call in to the store to register, or register online! I keep class sizes small (no more than 8 people) so that we have time to discuss things in depth, answer questions, and have hands on participation!

A year of herbal actions: a 9-part series
Unfortunately, even those of us who are truly looking for a different method of managing our health often fall victim to the “do you have an herb [drug] for…” trap. In this class, we will look at key actions found in herbs – for example, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic (fever reducing), etc. Understanding these different classes of herbs will help you to begin to create your own herbal products safely, as you will understand how they work and how/if they work when you combine them with other herbs.

In addition to understanding how herbs can work, we will look at some regional herbs that you can find locally in nature or grow in your yard. We will focus on five or fewer herbs in each of these classes, so that you can get some more in-depth understanding of them.

Each class will have a hands-on component, during which we will develop an herbal product you can try at home, and you will leave with recipes for your own health that use each of the herbs we discuss.

Class Dates: Nine classes, held the first Thursday of every month from 6 – 8:30, September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1, January 5, February 3, March 2, April 6, and May 4.
Instructor: Dr. Heather Herdman, Clinical Herbalist
Cost: $360 (Or two payments, one before the first class and one before the January class, of $185 each) – includes all herbs required for making products, lecture notes, recipes

Herbal Antivirals: a two-class series
Back by popular demand, this series will give you information and many recipes you can use to help prevent viral illness, and address symptoms if they do occur. In the first class, we will discuss antivirals and how they can be used for prevention and for acute symptoms. We will begin discussion on some of the most commonly used – and easily available – antiviral herbs. In the second class, we will discuss additional antiviral herbs, and then we will create some products you can use at home: a symptom tea or tincture for colds/flu, a cough syrup, and a tea to help ward off the nasty viruses in the first place! Taking the class in September will give you plenty of time to create some of the key antivirals you will want to have on hand to keep yourself healthy this upcoming winter!
Instructor: Dr. Heather Herdman, Clinical Herbalist
Class Dates: Tuesdays, September 20 and 27, 6 – 8:30pm
Instructor: Dr. Heather Herdman, Clinical Herbalist
Cost: $75 – includes all herbs required for making products, lecture notes, recipes

Herbal Adaptogens: a three-class series

In this class we will discuss adaptogenic herbs, and how they can be used to support our bodies and counteract the effects of stress. These herbs regulate balance in the hypothalamic, pituitary, and adrenal glands, and in studies have been found to have neuroprotective, anti-fatigue, antidepressant activities, and they can stimulate our central nervous system. We will learn more about how adaptogens work, and then begin our discussion of herbs with the three main adaptogenic herbs: ashwagandha, rhodiola, and schisandra. We will then move on to talk about other adaptogens – and some herbs that are really not adaptogenic but are often mislabeled as such. In each class, we will sample some of these herbs, and in the last two classes we will create products using the herbs we have studied. As always, you will leave with recipes and product to take home!
Class Dates: Tuesdays, November 1, 8 & 15, 6 – 8:30pm
Instructor: Dr. Heather Herdman, Clinical Herbalist
Cost: $90 – includes all herbs required for making products, lecture notes, recipes

Creating Holiday Gifts [Note: we are offering three separate sessions, so select the workshop that works best for you.]
There is nothing better than receiving a gift that someone had to take some time and effort to create! Come to one of our sessions to make herbal products you’ll be proud to gift – and show someone you care about their health and well-being in the process!
We will talk about skin care, bath, and wellness options – and then you will be able to create a variety of options for friends and family. Options will include bath salts, culinary salts, sugar hand scrubs, teas, and aromatherapy roll-ons. Adults can create a cordial, too!
Workshop Dates:
Saturday, November 12, 12-2:30pm
Monday, November 28, 6-8:30pm
Saturday, December 3, 12-2:30pm
Cost: $25 – includes all herbs required for making 3 distinct products, along with additional recipes. Additional products cost $5 each, to cover the cost of herbs/oils, containers, etc.