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Part 1: An Introduction to Ayurveda

In our first audio class of the series, Todd begins by explaining why food as medicine is so important for people who are seeking to live healthy lives. He explains how food brings about life and it is when our relationship with food is bad that disease sets in…

Rosemary Gladstar: Wild Greens & Spring Remedies

Rosemary Gladstar covers the importance of wild greens, both nutritionally and energetically. Dandelions, plantain, nettle, chickweed and many more favorites will be covered. In addition to her favorite ways to prepare wild greens, Rosemary will also cover ethical wild harvesting. It’s time to clean out the closets and leave the winter blues behind!


Fibromyalgia is a common chronic disease that most often effects women. People diagnosed with fibromyalgia are often diagnosed with other diseases as well making this a high variable syndrome. In this presentation we’ll look at the main common symptoms of fibromyalgia and how to address them both in the short term and in the long term.

Herbal Roots Zine: Basil

Known as a culinary herb, you might be surprised at all the medicinal uses this yummy herb basil possesses! This month, you’ll have lots of fun making some yummy recipes that will delight your stomach and senses as well as heal what ails you! A digestive, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, expectorant and much, much more!


The French have over 300 common names for our beloved stinging nettle which is a sure sign that they love it too! In this episode we’ll look at stinging nettle from four different perspectives; French culture, agriculture, utilitarian uses and medicine. You’ll learn some interesting ways they use nettles, especially the seeds! How does nettle seeds mixed with pepper, honey and wine sound?

November & December 2011: Echinacea

King’s American Dispensatory is an Eclectic materia medica book first published in 1854. Echinacea boasts quite a long entry in this book and it certainly was a darling of the Eclectics. Reading the above quote we can see the author was very opposed to simplifying one of their greatest herbs to an “antiseptic” and an “alterative”.

Starting Seed

This is the time of year that I have new apprentices on SongCroft. Right about now is the time that we are teaching them to start their seeds indoors.  I thought you all might like a primer on starting your seeds…

Module 1, Lesson 1: Welcome

Learning Your Plants will help you learn the plants and trees of your bioregion through learning botanical families and journaling individual species that grow around you. This time proven system of indoor learning will not only help you with field identification, it will also increase your observation skills in the field.

Beebalm video

Beebalm (Monarda fistulosa) is often called “oregano of the mountains.” and is a member of the mint family. One of Kiva’s favorite plants, she makes everything from pesto to tincture with it.

Healing Herbs eBook

This 56 page eBook (PDF) covers all 23 herbs listed on the Healing Herbs Chart in greater detail. It also includes a remedy or recipe for every herb in addition to a reference table for all herbal properties mentioned on the Chart.

Choosing Herbal Preparations Video

Have you ever wondered which herbal preparation you should use? Tinctures? Teas? Capsules? Vinegar? In this 30 minute video presentation, Rosalee covers the pros and cons of each method…

Lesson 3: Syrups

A syrup is an herbal preparation made by adding honey (or other sweetener) to an herbal decoction or infusion. In this lesson we are going to make a syrup using dried elderberries (Sambucus nigra)…

The Digestive System

A Day in the Life of Your Food: An Herbalist’s Perspective on Digestion. Unless something goes wrong it’s easy to stop thinking about the food that goes into your mouth until it comes out the other end, hopefully 12 – 24 hours later…

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