In this class, we will discuss how to use herbs to strengthen the immune system and how to use herbs and foods to fight off sickness once it has settled in. We will address the herbs for common winter illnesses such as cold, flu coughs, and sore throats. Students will learn how to properly choose their herb and using the correct dosage to achieve the best effects and recover from illness more quickly. Learn how most of people can take charge of their own health and how to get through the winters with little to no medical intervention!


About the Instructor  ~  AMY BRANUM

Amy Branum is an herbalist, ayurvedic practitioner, flower essence therapist, and mother. She has a deep passion for plants, their medicine, and the amazing transformations they can inspire in people. Helping people to heal and teaching this work is her passion. Since she first began working with herbs 14 years ago, she has been able to do nothing else.

Amy graduated in 2002 from the University of North Carolina–Asheville with a degree in Biology and focus on Botany. Before graduating college, she began her studies with herbs and flower essences. She originally studied herbs at the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism, and has continued her education throughout the years with professional conferences and workshops. She has most recently graduated from the California College of Ayurveda as a certified Ayurvedic practitioner and is a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).

Before moving to California, Amy worked in Asheville, North Carolina as a teacher, resident Clinical Herbalist, and in the administration at the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism. She is also a founding board member of the North Carolina chapter of United Plant Savers. For 3 years, Amy organized and led the Wellness Center at the Southeastern Women’s Herbal Conference, providing first aid and wellness assistance to 600 participants. Her body care company, Boutique Botanika, formerly Savoir, has provided herbal remedies to people all over the country for the past 8 years. She has recently contributed her Honey Face Mask recipe in The Herbal Bath and Body Care Book by Heather Lee Houdek.