To get a jump-start on the ethnobotany skills we cover in this class click here for our blog posts on the subject (http://www.wolfcollege.com/category/blog/outdoor-wilderness-skills-educational-videos-essays-and-articles/herbal-medicine-ethnobotany-plants-and-herbs/). Wolf College evening classes with directors Kim & Chris Chisholm (http://www.wolfcollege.com/about/kim-and-chris-chisholm/) are designed for adults, but teens are welcome, as well as focused youth with enrolled parent. Tuition is $15.00 for members of The Mountaineers and all those who pay at least a day in advance, and $20 for non-members at the door if space remains available. Our itinerary includes:
15 Minutes: Making Herbal Remedies – We will spend the first several minutes of class preparing an herbal salve. While the herbs are infusing in heated organic olive oil, you’ll learn about honorable harvesting methods, and we’ll discuss how to make decoctions, infusions, tinctures, essences and other kinds of home-made medicine.
30 Minutes: Plant Walk – We will walk the area around our class location and identify wild edible and medicinal plants by family. If harvesting rules permit, we’ll bring some back to use later in class. Please remember to dress for the weather!
45 Minutes: Top 10 Local Wild Edible Food Plants – It can be challenging to find wild edibles that are available during the winter, or anytime in the backcountry, but spring is at hand, so depending on class location, we hope to find some of these plants near-by, and take one of our Top 10 Wild Edible Food Plants inside to sample as part of a nourishing dish. We’ll bring something along in case local rules deter us from harvesting.
45 Minutes: Wolf College Tenets of Herbal Medicine and the Top 15 Wild Medicinal Plants of the Backcountry – This class isn’t about theory; we’re only going to introduce wild native plants that have been proven to heal. Check out our blog entry on our Top 15 Proven Medicinal Plants for more information.
15 Minutes: Finishing Our Herbal Remedy – We’ll put the finishing touches on our salve by straining it and melting beeswax into the infused oil. We’ll finish with a quick note about allergies and how to use and store your salve.
PLEASE BRING TO CLASS:
- Hats, warm clothes, proper footwear, and rain gear if necessary for the outdoor portion of class.
- Flashlight/Headlamp will make things a lot easier for map reading after sunset.
- Any potted plants, plant samples, pressed leaves, flowers, etc. that you want help identifying.
- Any of your favorite plant books. The ones we recommend and will have for sale at class include:
1. Botany in a Day by Thomas J. Elpel (http://www.hopspress.com/Books/Botany_in_a_Day.htm) for general learning.
2. Lone Pine Plant Guides (http://www.lonepinepublishing.com/cat/search?q=plants+of+the) such as Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast by Pojar & MacKinnon for itentifying wild plants in the field.
3. Edible Wild Plants by John Kallas (http://www.wildfoodadventures.com/publications.html) for using urban greens.
4. Medicinal Plants books for your area by Michael Moore (http://www.swsbm.com/MMCatPage/MMBooks.html) to focus on wild herbal plants.
5. And critical for any home apothecary is Rosemary Gladstar (http://www.sagemountain.com/rosemary-gladstar/books-by-rosemary-gladstar.html)‘s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide to gain skills on using herbs you grow at home.
Finally, please note that we can only cover the basics during a 2-3 hour class, so if you would like to learn to a more advanced level and have time to really practice your skills, please enroll in our April 5th Seaweeds & Shellfish Workshop (http://www.wolfcollege.com/classes-workshops/weekend/edible-seaweeds-shellfish-of-the-salish-sea/) and our April 13th Wild Edible Plants Foraging & Herbal Medicine Making Workshop (http://www.wolfcollege.com/classes-workshops/weekend/wild-edible-plants-foraging-and-herbal-medicine-making/), or our July 6-13 Summer Expedition: Wild Ethnobotany & Herbalism Training (http://wolfcamp.com/conservation-college-expeditions/ethnobotany-and-herbalism-medicine.html)