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Every single herbalist starts with a little home apothecary and builds up from there. “I remember how misguided mine was,” comments Matthew Wood. “Why did I get True Unicorn Root?” I probably liked the name! So in this class we are going to talk about the basic two dozen herbs that the herbalist taking care of family and friends should have at hand. Of course, no two herbalists will agree on all the details, but there are many agreements and where there are divergences two or more opinions are still helpful. The home apothecary should cover herbs for wounds, coughs, colds, fevers, flus, the GI tract, menstrual problems, bladder infections, and muscular and skeletal problems. Some of the great “workhorses” of herbal medicine cover many categories, like Yarrow (cuts, bruises, fevers, the GI, menses, and the bladder). Some are more specific, like Solomon’s Seal (muscular and skeletal injuries and disharmonies, bruises, arthritis). Others are very specific but good to have on hand, like Elecampane (yellow, green mucus, pus). This class brings seven decades of experience to the table.
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Recent class - Barking Technique and Q&A - part of "Preparing for Plant Walks"
The start of the wildcrafting cycle, for the year, begins soon! In this lecture/demonstration, I discuss the big and small details of harvesting medicinal barks, collected before the buds come out in the spring. This method can be used for making dried plant material (aka, teas, baths), tinctures or oils. I show supplies, and actually demonstrate removing bark from the inner wood. It is very easy and you can do this at home, in your own ecosystem. And I promise, it doesn't hurt the tree, but actually helps them. All you need to do is identify your trees. We will not be discussing the identification of trees, or uses of barks, since that type of information will be covered in the online plant walks series. But all your questions will be answered, as well as any you may have related to harvesting other plants, or trouble shooting plant preparations, particularly tinctures and oils."
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"...a huge thanks to Matthew for sharing his wisdom (and the many freebie offers, too!). I have all of his books and use them so often as a reference. Especially the Book of Herbal Wisdom is my favourite even after reading and rereading for 5+ years. Many herbalist programs miss the history, acknowledging the native peoples and nature´s spiritual side. I am so glad I found your programs which include all of it - a truly holistic view on herbs."
- Annette W.
What is an herbal “tonic?” Turns out it is not that easy to define. Generally it is thought of as a preparation that is more like a food in composition and acts generally and slowly to build up some tissue or organ, rather than having a sharp medicinal activity that changes functions within the organism...
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A great place to start, for any level of student, is our "Herbs from A to Z" series of classes with Matthew Wood and exceptional co-teachers. For only $8 per month you have access to over 50 hours of previous class recordings, and can join any live-online class offered in the "Herbs from A to Z" while your subscription is active. You'll get a good feel for Matthew's teaching style, and get a good intro to other herbal class topics, which can help in deciding where to go next. Always feel free to contact us for help as well. Learn more and join the "Herbs from A to Z" HERE
The focus of Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism is on a spiritual practice of herbalism, healing, and medicine. The main points in this approach are an overall emphasis on Nature as a Living Being, acknowledging the body, soul, and spirit, the four directions or elements, the seven lessons of the medicine path (described below), and the plants themselves. This is undertaken from a vitalist, holistic, natural, and traditional perspective.
The Living Nature (anima mundi) is experienced through the heart, both as a loving presence and as a fountain of wisdom. In order to practice herbalism, healing, and medicine in a sacred way we need to understand the basic principles by which Nature regulates her creatures. The traditional name for this knowledge is natura sophia (Nature Wisdom).
The Living Nature encompasses the mineral, plant, animal, and human worlds. As an herbal program, our emphasis is on the plant world, which provides so many of our great healing remedies. However, the animal world is also of great importance because it is the source of our animal vitality (vital force or qi), senses, instincts, emotions, and dreaming. We sleep and dream only because we are warm-blooded animals. Internal exploration shows that the dream world is the spirit world; this is an age-old teaching of shamanism, Native spirituality, and the Nature Wisdom tradition. The human adds just self-consciousness and self-determination (a two-edged sword).
So we also need to study the animal world. This includes the vital force, which is also equivalent to the animal self (the double with which we co-walk during life in the body), the so-called etheric body, light body, or energy body. It is the actualization of the animal self in dreamtime allows us to have eyes and ears in the spirit world, for the animal world is the source of sensory awareness. The animal carries the human into the spirit world. This is why the eternal symbol of the shaman is the Human/Animal. This is known as the Old, Old Path, innate to the Living Nature. This is not a religion but an experience.
The mineral world adds the physical Earth, which we need to learn to approach in a sacred manner, with regard to our growing, picking, and selection of herbal medicines, and our living upon the surface.
Thus, Nature Wisdom encompasses the four elements (earth, water, air, and fire), also the fifth (spirit, inspiration). It also teaches us that the medicine of Nature is based on natural laws. These include the law of action and reaction (“karma”), manifesting as the great therapeutic laws of similars (like to like) and contraries (hot to cold). Healing proceeds from the “touch of the essence,” through similarity or opposition, then continues through the healing principle of the law of direction of cure and the law of the healing crisis. These three constitute the basic directives for healing from an innately spiritual perspective, in alignment with the Living Nature. There are, however, a total of seven laws, the higher four constituting therapeutic letting go, therapeutic sight, therapeutic grabbing hold, and therapeutic authority and responsibility.
These seven principles also correspond to the organizational themes of spiritual life, the seven levels or rungs on the shamanic ladder (“Jacob’s ladder”), which led us to self-knowledge and the opening of spiritual vision. For this reason, therefore, our curriculum also offers material on the spiritual journey through life.
These are the principles of Nature Wisdom and the way our school of herbal medicine is organized. A secondary mission will be to collect and offer materials relating to the history of herbalism and herbal practitioners in the last several generations.
MSC (Herbal Medicine), Registered Herbalist (AHG)
Lowgap, North Carolina
9:35 am, Jan. 30, 2019
"...medicine, to be holistic and curative, must include mythic elements to satisfy the soul and spirit." - Matthew Wood