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Herbal Antibiotic Study Group - and "Just for the Day" Tippers
NEW DATE: AUGUST 12 Our Herbal Antibiotics Group - and those who are joining us for the day - have a full day ahead to harvest and study Bidens pilosa, Oak, Blackberry, Glechoma hederacea, and Medicago lupulina. Day-trippers have a day-rate for this and any of these special day-long, in-the-field classes. Future classes: Sept 23, Oct 21 plus one more TBA Times: 10:00 - 3:00. Each class brings with it an opportunity to work with new herbs and review familiar ones. We continue to expand our medicine-chest from simple- to compound-formulas. Today we will be exploring two local herbs with strong antibiotic actions that are not mentioned in our text book. As well we will gather fresh, local Bidens pilosa. From these herbs we will create tinctures in situ. We will also gather oak bark to dry for future tincture-making, and process the special life-enhancing roots we collected last class. Finally, each group member will choose a gram-positive or gram-negative bacteria for which to create a full-formula healing kit over the next few classes or at home. The weather will perfect so plan for a full day out-of-doors - and please dress in cool layers (tick-proof), bring lots of water, hat, sunscreen, natural mozzy repellant, protective shoes. There will be giant hogweed, poison parsnip, burrs, etc. to dance around. Awareness is key here. This is Mother Nature keeping us on our toes. *We do have medicine-making instructionals coming up (cortisone cream, etc)... I am saving these for when we must be inside due to rain or heat. *Please RSVP here so I am SURE you are coming and we know to wait for you. Text me if you will be late. Bring a chair. If you have something to make shade, please bring it for our lunch break. No washrooms on site we will make a 'toilet-run' at lunch. Note for Day-Trippers: Here is an opportunity to be an herbalist for a day and find out what we do, how we do it, and why it's so important. You can feel if this resonates with you and if you'd like to join our Herbal Antibiotics group in the future and get your essential herbal medicine kit going. We have spaces for 3-4 Day-Trippers per class. Day-Tripper Fee is $65. You must RSVP, and then send an e-transfer to reserve your space - jennie@itsawildthing - use the password: wildthing. Please see the list of what to bring, below. What to Bring: the usual - gloves, knife, digger, garden shears, 2 or more large paper bags, unopened bottle of vodka for tinctures, 4 clean glass jars with tight-fitting lids, notebooks, writing utensils, lunch, water, and hot water in thermos. Wear clothes that can get dirty. It would be wise to bring a chair or stool or blanket to sit on.

Petro Canada Park

Next to 350 Bronte Rd. (See Petro Canada Park Sign to go down to parking lot) · Oakville, ON

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We love wild things of all description, and we love to share knowledge about plants that we hope will help us grow and be healthy - physically, emotionally and spiritually. So, if you want to get together, get outside, and learn about wild-growing edible and medicinal plants, or just want to know what weeds in your garden can be put to good use in your kitchen, join us for guided wild-weed-walks, foraging excursions, wild herbal workshops, and other courses. Learn how to make your own herbal remedies and about safe, responsible, and environmentally-friendly foraging. And meet local foragers who will share your enthusiasm and their recipes and harvesting locations!

We have many more foraging and herbal walks, events and workshops in the Burlington, ON area, visit here ( this information. If you wish to learn more about who I am, visit here (

. *Some events are free; others will carry a fee, but, we do have a sliding scale fee-system for those who might need a bit of help to come out and join us. Just email Jennie to discuss. The idea is to be empowered and included, and work together for awareness and impact!

We have a website ( progress... but might be ready when you check). Take a look for our upcoming blog and homemade herbal products, like the awesome finishing salts made with locally foraged herbs, shown below. Sales of these salts go directly to the creation to Green-Belt Kids: a children's garden project to teach food security to thousands of children in the Niagara Escarpment region over the next few years. This project is in the planning stage. (If you wish to support Green Belt Kids, please contact me!). It's a Wild Thing forager's salts, and wild teas, can be purchased right off the shelves at Centro Gardens ( in Burlington.

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