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(Mostly) First Tuesdays of the Month- May-October   6:30pm

Dates: May 1st, June 5th, July 10th, Aug. 7th (tentative), Sept. 4th, Oct. 2nd

Garden Dreams Urban Farm and Nursery  806 Holland Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15221

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No Pre-registration required.  Donations welcomed.

Introducing a new Class Series:

Herbal Actions 101: a four part series

Do you love being around plants and learning about all they have to offer? Are you a budding herbalist hoping to enter deeper into your knowledge? In this series I’ll be focusing on herbal actions from a Western Herbalist perspective. It’s the way we refer to plants working in our bodies. Some of these actions can be tasted in a plant—astringents often taste like that dry mouth pucker of biting into a green banana, others, like nervines, must be felt to be understood. Nervines act on our nervous system and can be valuable in working with stress and anxiety. These classes will be offered as singles, but I encourage you to sign up for the whole series. As you gather more herbal knowledge, bringing it together from several different classes starts to make a more meaningful body of knowledge. Although we will focus on a particular action each class, most herbs have multiple actions, and we have multiple ways of using and understanding them. In each class we will focus on a few plants that excel at the action we are studying. I invite you to come explore in a beautiful space where questions are always welcomed, and personal interaction with the herbs in several different forms is prioritized.

Herbal Action: Astringents~ Saturday, May 26th, 1-3pm

Herbal Action: Aromatics~ Saturday, June 9th, 1-3pm

Herbal Action: Nervines~ Sunday, June 24th, 1-3pm

Herbal Action: Demulcents~  Sunday July 22nd, 1-3pm

Scroll down to read about each class and to purchase a space in an individual class.

Classes will be $35 each, or $115 if you purchase all 4 together

 

Herbal Actions 101: Aromatics

Saturday June 9th 1-3pm  at Garden Dreams  806 Holland Ave Pgh, PA 15221

Aromatic herbs include any herb with a strong aroma. Often we think of the flower parts of the plant as having the strongest smell, but many medicinal herbs have strong volatile oils in the leaves, roots or bark. Think of all the culinary herbs(rosemary, thyme, sage, basil, etc), or something like sassafras root and you’ll have plenty of examples. In this class we will explore the ways we use aromatic herbs from a Western Herbalism perspective. Simply stated: aromatic herbs help break up congestion and are often topically antimicrobial. Respiratory congestion, indigestion, stagnation in the mind or body can all be helped by understanding aromatics and supporting our natural body processes. But we won’t talk about herbs in the same way we talk about drugs. There is an innate wisdom to the body, and so we look to see why something is happening, and how to support it. We will talk about when it’s appropriate to use this action, how to balance this action if needed and why your body might be reacting the way it does in so many of these situations. As always we will be tasting, smelling, feeling, picking, processing, or sitting with plants that exemplify this action as part of how we learn and internalize this information.  The cost of this single class is $35.  You can also buy all 4 classes in the series at a discount above.  Classes do sell out; reserve your spot for this class below!
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Herbal Actions 101: Nervines

Sunday June 24th 1-3pm  at Garden Dreams  806 Holland Ave Pgh, PA 15221

Nervines are herbs that act on the nervous system. This could actually refer to herbs that stimulate, tone, or relax the nervous system. As most of us don’t need much in the way of nervous system stimulation (raise your hand if your nervous system sees plenty of activity all day long!), we will focus on nervines that relax and tone our nervous system. Anxiety, stress, or a general feeling of overwhelm and un-groundedness can exist for many reasons. First we will talk about the ways to nourish your body and your life in order to support a healthy stress response. Then we will talk about some wonderful nervine herbs that support our natural processes, or pull us out of an acute situation of anxiety. But we won’t talk about herbs in the same way we talk about drugs. There is an innate wisdom to the body, and so we look to see why something is happening, and how to support it. We will talk about when it’s appropriate to use this action, how to balance this action if needed and why your body might be reacting the way it does in so many of these situations. As always we will be tasting, smelling, feeling, picking, processing, or sitting with plants that exemplify this action as part of how we learn and internalize this information.  The cost of this single class is $35.  You can also buy all 4 classes in the series at a discount above.  Classes do sell out; reserve your spot for this class below!
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Herbal Actions 101: Demulcents

Sunday, July 22nd 1-3pm   at Garden Dreams  806 Holland Ave Pgh, PA 15221

Demulcent herbs have an action of moistening tissues. Often they can be identified by the slimy, mucilaginous attributes that you can feel after biting into one. Think of okra’s natural slime, or marshmallow root, which is how marshmallows were first made (held together by that delightful mucilage!). While some have an aversion to this texture, even tiny amounts can be helpful when dryness is prohibiting our processes from working properly. In this class we will explore the ways we use demulcent herbs from a Western Herbalism perspective. Simply stated: Demulcents help soothe and moisten dry and inflammed tissue. Sore throats, UTI’s, constipation, and more can all be helped by understanding demulcents and supporting natural body processes. But we won’t talk about herbs in the same way we talk about drugs. There is an innate wisdom to the body, and so we look to see why something is happening, and how to support it. We will talk about when it’s appropriate to use this action, how to balance this action if needed and why your body might be reacting the way it does in so many of these situations. As always we will be tasting, smelling, feeling, picking, processing, or sitting with plants that exemplify this action as part of how we learn and internalize this information.  The cost of this single class is $35.  You can also buy all 4 classes in the series at a discount above.  Classes do sell out; reserve your spot for this class below!
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Medicine Making: Tinctures (alcohol extracts)

July 15th 1-3pm  at Garden Dreams  806 Holland Ave Pgh, PA 15221

Does the thought of making an alcohol extract of an herb intimidate you? Come learn an easily accessible way to start preserving your medicinal plants by extracting many valuable properties. Tincturing is a simple way to keep the medicinal benefits of your herb garden with you all year long. We’ll focus on the “folk method”, but also talk about the “ratio method” of tincturing. We’ll discuss the tools you need, which herbs need higher amounts of alcohol, the differences between tincturing fresh or dried plant material, and much more!  The cost of this class includes the materials needed to make your own fresh herbal tincture.  Classes do sell out; reserve your spot today!

Class $25
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Syrups, Shrubs, and Soda’s

July 21st 2018 1-3pm  at Garden Dreams  806 Holland Ave Pgh, PA 15221

Using seasonal fruit, herbs, and vinegar, we’ll learn how to make refreshing, hydrating, healing, and delicious drinks the whole family can enjoy. There’s a reason that the first pharmacies were also the local soda fountains. It was a palatable way to help people take their medicine. That was back when “medicine” meant herbs, and the “tonic” in your water was made from the bark of a tree. We’ll perfect a few delicious and nutritious recipes, that will have you wanting more than just a sip!

Class $20
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