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Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine

Tempe, AZ

Friday-Sunday, April 6-8, 2018 

Field Study, Superstition Mountains - Friday, April 6, 2-6p  (Class fee $59)

Garden Class, Oxymels: Sweet & Sour Herbal Preparations for every Organ System - Saturday, April 7


Field Study Description

Becoming a Bioregional Herbalist: How we develop relationship with plants

Throughout time, herbalists’ training has begun by developing relationship with the plants that grow around them. This involved long hours of observation and contemplation with guidance from experienced elders, often beginning at a very young age. Now, most, if not all of our training is derived from books, lectures, scientific studies, and video trainings with very little knowledge being passed from plant-to-person, our original, and primary, or foundational, mode of learning about plants. Join bioregional herbalist, John Slattery, for a walk through a diverse Sonoran desert landscape where multiple habitats converge as we explore the various modes of gathering knowledge about plants as medicine. We’ll focus on direct observation of plants, and receptivity to transmission of knowledge and healing from plants, which can be referred to as experiencing the Nature of plants. John has been honing these exercises and this approach to working with wild plants for well over a decade. The material is deep and powerful, yet accessible to any and all who put their awareness into receptivity from the plants. We’ll also explore all the aspects of becoming a bioregional herbalist through experience, knowledge sharing, and exploration.

Garden Class Description

Oxymels: Sweet & Sour Herbal Preparations for every Organ System

Oxymels date back millennia as useful and common herbal preparations. They provide a method of preservation, a vehicle for delivery of herbs to the patient, and the therapeutic effects of the ingredients used. Although remarked as being of benefit to the digestive and respiratory systems in Hippocratic writings, oxymels can be directed throughout the body via herbal formulation. This provides an alternative to tinctures, and conveys an array of flavors and tastes, not just sweet & sour, depending on the combination of herbs used in formulation. In this class, we’ll cover a variety of ways to make oxymels, some strategies for formulating oxymels for all body systems, and we’ll explore them organoleptically, tasting them and observing their effects as we proceed through the body systems.

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