February Book Study

Dates:  Wednesdays in February 

Time:  1:30 p.m.  (I'll sign in at 1:00 for anyone who want to chat some before the study begins)

February book:  The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism, by Matthew Wood

Where:  Online via Messenger. 

   Click on this link to enter the room anytime after 1:00:  



I chose this book as Matt explains the system of energetics much better than I could ever even hope to do in a class!  I feel this is such an important concept to grasp and begin to use for more effective (and respectful) use of plants for health.  

Check out his introduction and the first few pages by clicking on "Look Inside" on its Amazon page  to get an idea of what we will be studying.  

Note:  For the basics of what herbal medicine is, how to make a variety of herbal preparations, and other topics I've presented previously, please see the free instructional videos I offer below.  I will be offering beginners classes again once the weather warms and we can meet outdoors and gather plants together.  This book study group will be focusing on the system of energetics as described above.

Proposal of Timing (we'll see how it goes - we can slow it down if the group prefers that.  As long as we're done before I need to start working in the herb garden...).

Part One: Forgotten Energetics of Traditional Western Medicine

There's a lot of information in this section. Don't get bogged down. There won't be a test after all.

February 3, pages 9-61

The Forgotten Language of Energetics

The Four Qualities

The Six Tissue States


February 10

Presentation of tissue states by Judit - thanks Judit!

February 17, pages 63-133

Specific Medicine 

The Fountain of Life

Organs and Systems

The Three Primary Constitutions


Part Two: Classification of Medicinal Plants

February 24

Pages 137-158, Sedatives for excited/overactive/hot)

Pages 237-260, Stimulants for depressed, under active, cold


March 3

ages 177-198, Nutritive Tonics for deficient/atrophic/dry)

Pages 221-236, Alteratives or Blood Purifiers for damp stagnation/excess/torpor


March 10

Pages159-175, Relaxants for constriction/tense, spastic

Pages199-219, Astringents for damp flowing/relaxed

So, does this interest you?  It is not necessary to register beforehand - the room holds plenty of participants.  However, if you have questions or would like to let me know you plan on joining us, simply contact me.  As I said, I'll plan to "arrive in the room" around 1:00 so you can come in a bit early if you want to chat beforehand. We'll plan to start the actual book study group at 1:30. 


Here is the link for joining again



Watch Free Instructional Videos

I enjoy sharing my knowledge of herbal medicine.  Due to the health risks involved with holding in-person classes during this infectious COVID-19 time, I have converted some of my favorite classes into instructional videos, listed below. Simply click on the View button for the class you want to watch and it should connect you to that YouTube video.  If you have problems accessing a video, please let me know.  I also welcome your suggestions for other instructional topics - I love preparing for new classes!   

Herbs: More Than Seasonings

Increased attention to herbal remedies has some people wondering what it’s all about. This introductory class offers an overview of folk herbalism and information about the many health benefits derived from simple herbal remedies.

DIY Herbal Remedies

Learn the basic techniques of making your own herbal remedies (such as tinctures, vinegars, oils, and ointments), along with a few suggestions of what you should have in your own home herbal apothecary.  Making your own herbal remedies is simple and inexpensive... and so much fun!

Growing a Backyard Pharmacy

Would you like to just walk out to your backyard or patio to gather some herbs for teas or medicinal preparations?  This class focuses on the cultivation of medicinal plants in your own yard and gardens.

Growing a Pandemic Garden

Inspired by the idea of victory gardens during both world wars, a Pandemic Garden consists of plants whose medicinal properties support the body's ability to resist and/or recover from disease.

Demonstration Videos

Making Herbal Tinctures (9 minutes)

Making Herbal Vinegars (9 minutes)

Making Herb-Infused Oils (3 minutes)

Making Herbal Ointments (5 minutes)

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