A Walk in the Garden, Nature’s Medicine Chest-Little changes today can bring the next few generations back to a natural way of living. Generations before intuitively walked through the wild, taught their wisdom to the youth and ensured the continuance of family, clan, tribe, the larger community. We’ve lost sight of this in the USA. Pharmaceutical companies have made it too easy to take a pill. But pills have side effects and some are truly toxic over time. Join us to recapture the past wisdom and invest in the health of the next generation. (Plant choice dependent on marketing season)
Baby Yourself with Bath Salts-Easy to make, wonderful to give, better to be selfish and keep, bask in the luxury of your own creation from herbs, spices, fruits, salts, milk, honey, etc. Come and enjoy this workshop, volunteers will be asked to come forward and share their wisdom and style creating a personal Bath Salt to take home.
Bananarama-Why would bananas be important? Aren’t they sweet? Aren’t they bad for your teeth? Diabetes? What good can come from this fat, yellow boomerang that doesn’t fly? You can make a face mask, foot scrub, nutritious smoothies, mix them in your cereal for sweetening. Bananas are a multi-faceted fruit. Jump into the exploration.
Bathing Beauties - Which plants or parts of plants can enhance your bath? That would depend on the hoped for effects. Name your need. Calm me! Wake me up! Ease my anger and frustration! I want to feel silky and sexy! No more need to depend on Calgon.
Better with Booze-Spirits, intoxicants, hooch, liqueur, alcohol, beer, wine, cocktails, and “the drink”. There are so many names. Its uses are just as varied but if you believe it is only around to give you an altered emotional and mental state, you are missing its higher power. For most of recorded human history the liquid from fermented fruits, vegetables and honey have served as a starting point for traditional healing remedies. I have seen clients use beer to move kidney stones or decrease edema. Wine is a go to for relaxing nerves or grief. Amaro is an Italian digestive, settles the stomach. Peppermint Schnapps clears the sinuses. What does a Pinacolada or Margarita provide? Grow your own coconuts, pineapples, lemons, limes, and much more. Combine alcohol, herbs and creativity to see what personal remedy is your favorite. Yes, there will be a little taste testing.
Bountiful Berries-Berries hold the key to better health and vitality. They are rich in color, texture, water, fiber and nutrients. Many of the illnesses of the industrialized world can be altered by adding berries to your daily eating. Strawberries and raspberries have ellagic acid to fend off cancer. Bilberries and blueberries enhance the health of your eyesight. Grapes have supplied stress relief, relaxation and an addition to socializing since ancient times. Join us to explore the benefits and varied recipes using berries (maybe a recipe for homemade wine).
Crazy for Cruciferous-Those dreaded veggies from early childhood, remember, you fed your Brussel sprouts to the family dog. Everyone ran from the room as your dog reacted with silent but deadly noxious gas. Most people remember cauliflower or broccoli covered in cheeses to make them palatable. Well, now everyone is returning to cruciferous. Why? Scientific studies are proving what the old farmers and grandparents always new, This group of vegetables fight cancers and some many other ailments. Crunchable sampling available, wait should you eat them raw or cooked? Come find out.
Digging out of Depression with Plants-There are times in life when our emotions or biochemistry get the best of us. Feelings of grief, sadness, depression, melancholy or anxiety take control. There are plants which contain unique elements that feed and realign the body’s natural chemical make-up, bringing light to dark moments. Support your mind-body health with Lemon Balm, Purslane, St. John’s Wort, Spinach, Bananas, Bell Peppers, Pumpkin seeds and many more.
Dream Pillows-Easy no sew sleep aides. Whether you want more restful, rejuvenating sleep, romantic dreams, clearer vision into your future, release from headaches, allergies, and stuffiness or a quick last minute gift basket for a friend, dream pillows fit the need. Choose the right herbs to produce a specific effect. Put them in a small muslin bag. Pull the tie to clothes the bag. Tuck it into a pillowcase, put your head down and fall into a deep sleep. You will leave with a list of supplies and herbs listed by category to easily fill your Dream Pillows.
Elemental Essential Oils-Essential oils are high potency healing aids. However, they must be used with the utmost respect for their concentration of plant aromatics (chemicals). Plants have an immensely faster adaptability to climate change and microbial/pest invaders than humans. They can be incredible assets to any first aid kit. With mounting resistance to antibiotics, plants are constantly changing to meet the challenges of new bacteria, yeast, fungi, molds, insect attackers and more. Explore the many facets of creating your own personal or family Essential Oil First Aid Kit, with a focus on safe and proper usage.
Enliven Your Liver-Our livers cleanse the blood. They are the filtering factories of our bodies. Without the health of the liver we all die unnecessary deaths. Plants can supply the nutrients to keep the liver clean, clear and healthy. When the liver is working properly, the blood moves smoothly to avoid clotting, hormones are flushed, recycled and balanced, the rest of the organs are able to receive needed nourishment. Learn the liver lingo of plants (Chicory, Cilantro, Dandelion, Gentian, Milk thistle seed, Jerusalem Artichoke, Peppermint , Ginger and Grapefruit).
Food and Health Remedies in the Bushes-When I was young my Grandparents spoke of the Hedge Row Schools in Southern Ireland. These were the hidden places that created safety, a place to play and learn in secret away from the parents and soldiers. But it wasn’t their main purpose. They created windbreaks, minimized soil erosion, provided habitat for animals, supplied medicine and in myth were often portals to the “Faeries’ World”. Chaste Tree, Elder, Hawthorne, Witch-hazel as well as underbrush like berries, nettles, wild herbs (chamomile, mints, thyme, cleavers), nightshades and ivies to name a few are disappearing from farms and wild places without regard to the effects. We need these habitats, foods and health remedies. Build this in your memory before it is completely forgotten.
Flower Power-Most often the products we will discuss are referred to as Bach Flower Essences or Remedies. Sounds complicated, but it isn’t really. A flower essence is a water based homeopathic (energy) liquid gently soaked from the plant. These are not as intense as Essential Oils in terms of smell, yet they can be intensely healing to emotions, mind and spirit. The supplies and time needed to create your own flower power is minimal. Take a chance and delve into another wonder of the plants we love so much.
Granny’s Garden Lives Again-Nature abounds with plants that share their survival adaptations with their animal and human companions. Discover plants from a new perspective. Explore the significance of the language of modern herbalists, antibacterial, antiviral, antihelminth, nervine, tonic, bitter, adaptogen and many more. Familiarize yourself with plants in these categories and how they can assist you to a healthier life. Become a Traditional Herbalist. Great Grandmother would be proud. (Plant choice dependent on marketing season).
Generational Lessons from the Garden-Little changes today can bring the future back to a natural way of living. Generations before intuitively walked through the wild, taught their wisdom to the youth and ensured the continuance of family, clan, tribe, the larger community. We’ve lost sight of this in the USA. Foraging is a dying talent. Gardening is a hobby to most, not a way of saving money, eating healthier, exercising, relieving stress and creating your own medicine. Poverty stricken communities like Detroit have no choice but to move or relearn the plants and methods that can ensure their survival. Grocery stores have left. There are miles between home and food. Will you or your community need this knowledge in the near future or generations from now? Who will be the gatekeeper holding the seeds of tomorrow?
Harness the Hormones-Plants that help balance hormones. Men and women alike as they age face various hormonal challenges. There are plants with innate abilities to bolster, balance or bury hormones. Your sex and situation determine the direction to take. Sex hormone changes might benefit from Saw palmetto, Chaste Tree, Clary sage, or Pumpkin seeds. Adrenal exhaustion is assisted by Adaptogenic herbs; ginger, astragalus, ashwaghanda, ginseng, cayenne. Pancreas function sometimes needs help with Sugar Imbalance: cinnamon, Crepe Myrtle (Banaba leaf), just to name two
Healthy at Home Lotions and Potions for Body Care-Discover the varied ways women of the past and present use the vital life of their gardens to enhance their own beauty and creative spirits. (Great workshop for Christmas) (Roses, Thyme, Rosemary, Elder, Cardamom)
Herbs Alert for Pregnancy-Herbs are a blessing given from the earth but much like other things in life they have different sides. Pregnancy is a tender moment in a woman’s life. She wants the best for the child growing within her. If you enjoy using herbs and spices this class will empower you to use them for healing, it will also give you the knowledge to comfortably use them with safety.
Hurrah for Hedges- English Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), Vitex, Crampbark (Highbush Cranberry), Barberry, Pink Flowered Rosa Rugosa and Blue Skies Rosemary.
When I was young my Grandparents spoke of Hedge Row schools in Southern
Ireland. These were the hidden places that created safety, a place to play and learn in secret, away from parents and soldiers. But it wasn’t their main purpose. They created a wind break, minimized soil erosion, created habitat for animals and supplied medicines. Chaste Tree to benefit PMS. Hawthorne to help the heart. Crepe Myrtle modulates blood sugar. There are others. Hedges can be a beautiful, useful addition to landscaping.
Indoor Well-being & Outdoor Protection
Majestic Mints-Our short adventure into the floral arena will bless its participants with an understanding of the healthful remedy uses and preparations of a diverse group of plants known as the mints. These beauties are flavorful, aromatic, safe and easy to slip into one’s lifestyle. We will delve into the calming and antiseptic effects of lavender. Meditate on the spirit lifting benefits of peppermint and spearmint. Challenge the misconception that rosemary, thyme and basil are just for enhancing the taste of pizza, spaghetti and other Italian dishes. These are tidbits from a much larger conversation. Join us in a feast for the mind, spirit and senses, walk away with the rudimentary knowledge to begin healing all aspects within and without of your energetic and physical body.
Melon Mania-What defines a melon? Why would a melon or a harvest of melons be useful to your health? Water, fiber, vitamins, minerals and countless micronutrients make melons a favorite hot weather treat. They may even contain the ingredients for a long and youthful life.
Pamper with Bath Salts & Scrubs-Easy to make, wonderful to give, better to be selfish and keep, bask in the luxury of your own creation from herbs, spices, fruits, salts, milk, honey, oils, etc. Come and enjoy this workshop, volunteers will be asked to come forward and share their wisdom and style creating a personal Bath Salt to take home. Limited free sample scrubs will be available.
Pamper Yourself, Don’t Pollute-Do you use commercial shampoo, condition, lotion, make-up, deodorant, antiperspirant or other personal hygiene and beauty products? Have you read the labels? Can you identify and understand all those complicated chemical names? Let’s discuss some of those chemicals and their effects. Then discover simple recipes to create your very own product with the textures and smells you’ll love all day. Coconut oil, olive oil, honey, rosemary, lavender, sage, tea tree are just a few of the possible ingredients.
Pepperazzi-Red, green yellow, orange, peppers come in many colors. Each presents a beneficial usage. Some contain high levels of capsaicin which relieves pain. Others are fiery in food decreasing gastritis, Montezuma’s revenge, and allergies. There are even those that require special handling they are so very, very hot tempered. Can you distinguish the beneficial from the brutal (some are so hot you can use them for self defense at a moment’s notice).
Pest Proof People, Pets & Plants-How many times have you gone to the garden, to relax or plant and prune, only to be annoyed by mosquitoes, ants and other predatory pests? Is your dog or cat just as likely to be scratching and rolling around trying to relieve the effects of tiny tickling, biting pests? Perhaps your roses are infected with aphids, your grass has spots from cinch bugs, ant mounds blotch your garden bed, what can be done? There is hope. Natural, non-toxic remedies are available to prevent and treat these issues.
Petalicious–There are least 42 different garden flowers with edible petals. Why eat flower petals? It’s been done throughout history for general nutrition and traditionally as an herbal remedy for all kinds of ailments. Discover the benefits of a colorful edible garden.
Petal Pushers-Three seasons of the year in Texas are warm or hot. Because of this cool refreshment from drinks and salads are popular. Overcome the years of boredom from the same ingredients by learning the colorful flowers whose petals can add flavor, aroma, beauty and astounding nutrients. Adorn your Sangria, Mojito, Mint Julip or Iced Tea. Decorate a cake, accent a pie or merely toss extra bright colors and shapes in your salad.
Plants to Support Active & Over-Reactive Adrenals- Everyone knows the feelings of fight, flight or freeze. All three of these reactions mean your adrenals have been engaged. You are under stress. If this goes on for too long the adrenals become tired or exhausted and other symptoms of stress begin to occur. There are plants that modulate stress. Stress does not have to be a bad thing. It can bring us to our goals if handled with kid gloves. The plants I speak of are: Holy Basil, Ginseng, Rhodiola, Ashwagandha, Ginger, Cayenne, Rosemary, Peppermint, Spearmint, Turmeric. If we have time we will discuss others.
Plants to Refresh and Charm the Senses-Ferns and Ivies are known by many to help clean your home’s air and remove toxins. However, removing toxins just cleans your home’s air. Let’s explore the way we can add to cleaning by imbuing our homes with plants that share refreshing, warm, calming or other wonderful scents. Smell is one of the most important senses that can reach the brain and alter mind, body and mood. (Citrus, Peace Lilies, Bamboo Palm, Gerbera daisies, Pot Mum, Golden Pothos, Azaleas, Philodendrons, Spider Plants, Corn Plant).
Poison or Pleasure-Have you any idea of the effects of what is growing in your yard? There are plants with deadly potential and others which are nutritious even medicinal. How would you know? Where could you find out? This discussion will introduce the resource and some of the plants.
Prevent Kidney Carnage- Kidneys are the powerhouses that keep the rivers and streams of your body clear of debris. Almost every ounce of your blood runs through the kidneys to be filtered. The pollutants and excesses are shifted to the vessels between the kidneys, bladder and exit vessel of the body. However, without proper nutrients these organs can and will fail. It time to use the right sources of energy and nutrients for the kidneys. Seventy percent of your body is water, keep it clear. Plants on our list: Cranberry, Tart Cherry, Corn Silk, Cleavers, Parsley, Hops (beer).
Roses for Romance, Health and Beauty-The color of a rose and number given traditionally represent specific emotional attachments. However, a rose has far more blessings than just its color. Explore the varied ways to luxuriate in the beauty of roses. (Roses assorted colors).
Sassy Succulents-Texas enjoys the ability to vary landscapes far more than most of the USA. Why not mix things up in your garden. Succulents offer food, healing, protection and beauty. Pose your questions about theses sometimes prickly prizes. (Purslane, Prickly Pear, Aloe, Agave, Yucca, Nopalito).
Scrub-a-dub-dub-Oops, you don’t need to be in the tub, but it will be less messy and luxuriously rich. We will go through making some very simple, inexpensive scrubs. Depending on the body part (face, hands, belly, legs or feet) and its sensitivities, we will combine ingredients to exfoliate, soothe, moisturize or even help balance skins oils. We will be in a garden nursery, so of course we will incorporate the plants for their textures, nutrients and scents.
Serene Citrus –Citrus fruits have been used to flavor foods, create edible designs, adorn tables, deodorizing, crush or juice for cleaning and purifying the home, as well as detoxifying and fortifying the mind, body and spirit. Join this class to sweetly enhance the recipes of your life (Lemon, Lime, Orange, Grapefruit, etc.).
Teas, Tinctures and Toddies-Your Great Grandmother, maybe even your Grandmother may have made remedies at home in the kitchen for colds, flu, cramps, headaches and other ailments. My favorites are Swedish Hot Toddy and Irish Hot Toddy, relief for just about anything and that’s how my Grandma used them. Revisit the early kitchens and these timeless treasures that helped restore health. But before you will be able to make the remedies, you will need to learn the plants behind the healing. Taste testing is an option.
The Kitchen Herb Garden – Sensible, non-toxic, inexpensive first aid elements can be found in the Kitchen Herb Garden. Before the industrialization of medicine, remedies for health were found all around in nature. Start your own backyard pharmacy with just a little knowledge to begin experimenting.
Treeriffic- Cinnamon is from the bark of a tree. We use it often in cooking. But have you any idea how many other uses there are for bark, sap, resin, seeds and fruits. Mountain Ash was once used for sweetening; Maple gives us syrup (you want to know the right one). Many trees have been used for medicine in our history. One tree comes to mind for pain relief, another bleeding. Are you curious yet? The Texas climate allows us to enjoy so many fruit trees, can you guess all the ways one can use a lemon, an orange or a grapefruit? Join this class and learn some wonderful tree blessings.
Tree Wisdom – The Celts created a whole alphabet based on the trees of their region and poetically recognized their usefulness as remedies. Native Americans named one tree the Toothache Tree. Every culture around the world has a use for trees. What benefits can you find in trees? We’ll discuss several trees that grow in Texas and their uses.
A Plant for Every Season of Eternity-Nature abounds with plants that share their survival adaptations with their animal and human companions. Discover plants from a new perspective. Explore the significance of the language of modern herbalists; antibacterial, antiviral, antihelminth, nervine, tonic, bitter, adaptogen and many more. Familiarize yourself with plants in these categories and how they can assist you to a healthier life. Become a traditional Herbalist, Great Grandmother would be proud. (Plant choice dependent on marketing season)
Gardening for the Health of Your Children and Grandchildren-Little changes today can bring the next few generations back to a natural way of living. Generations before intuitively walked through the wild, taught their wisdom to the youth and ensured the continuance of family, clan, tribe, the larger community. We’ve lost sight of this in the USA. Pharmaceutical companies have made it too easy to take a pill. But pills have side effects and some are truly toxic over time. Join us to recapture the past wisdom and invest in the health of the next generation. (Plant choice dependent on marketing season).
Weedy Wonders- The perfect outdoor challenge for Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, School Groups or those wanting to reconnect with their innate wild side. This is a simple introduction to plant parts, families, as well as the food and medicinal uses of plants past and present.
Classes and workshops can be customized to your preferences and organization.