Seasonal Medicine Making 3-Class Series — Fall 2014

Instructor: Rachel Berry

Dates: November 18, December 2, December 9, 2014

Location: HAALo Herb Shoppe, 412 Commercial St., Nevada City, CA

Class fees:
3-Class series:
$90* early bird registration (by November 4)
$100* registration fee
*There will be an additional materials fee (approximately $5 - $10) per class for the take-home remedies.

Medicinal plants are growing all around us. How do we use them for health and wellness? In this 3-session series, you’ll learn how to use local wild and cultivated herbs to make seasonal remedies for the fall and winter season, and begin building up your own herbal remedy pantry.

The local plants we’ll use and discuss will be determined by availability, but will likely to include pine, cedar, elderberry, choke cherry, manzanita, echinacea, elecampane, grindelia, ganoderma, horehound, calendula, self-heal and more. Class discussions will include plant identification, how to process fresh herbs and roots, and how to safely and ethically wild harvest. Every session, participants will take home three herbal medicines made in class.

These classes are intended to be taken as a series, building on medicine making skills from one session to the next. Assignments will be given from class to class to help build your confidence with plant identification and medicine-making skills.

It is recommended that participants have some familiarity with the basics of herbal medicine, or have already taken “Introduction to Home-Scale Herbalism” at the HAALo Herb Shoppe.

Classes are taught by Rachel Berry, local herbalist, teacher, and wildcrafter.

Class 1: Immunity Support
Date: November 18, 2014
Healthy lifestyle choices, as well nourishment with some of our local plants, can help build your resistance to seasonal colds and flus. During this class we will focus on local berries, trees, vegetables and mushrooms that can support your immunity.

In class we will make (and you will take home):

  • a delicious, herbal cordial designed to be sipped regularly to keep colds and flu at bay.
  • a sweet and sour condiment from local berries, high in vitamin C, to sprinkle on oatmeal and other foods.
  • a recipe for making wellness broth, including local, immune-boosting mushrooms and other vegetables.


Class 2: Cold & Flu Remedies
Date: December 2, 2014
We’ll talk about various antiviral and antimicrobial herbs, and how to prepare them into decoctions, syrups, medicinal honey, and throat lozenges. In class we will make (and you will take home):

  • an anti-viral and anti-microbial herbal syrup to help soothe and treat colds and flu.
  • a cough tincture from freshly harvested medicinal roots.
  • old timey horehound throat lozenges made with local honey and powdered herbs.
  • a conifer-based herbal steam for lung and sinus infections.


Class 3: Healing Winter Skin & Herbal Holiday Gift Making
Date: December 9, 2014
Keep your skin nourished and moisturized during the fall with herbs and other organic, plant based ingredients. We’ll make several herbal remedies and talk about how to formulate them as homemade, customized herbal gifts for friends and family. In class we will make (and you will take home):

  • a creamy herbal body butter for treating dry elbows, hands, cracked heels and more.
  • an herbal infused tinted lip balm that will moisturize lips and help fight cold sores.
  • a less glamorous, but highly practical anti-fungal liniment for treating itchy toes that can come with wearing heavy socks and boots day after day in the winter season.