Workshops

I teach 2-hour weekend workshops at the Well-Balanced Center in Lafayette, CA.


Making Herbal Medicine — Herbs for Wellness

Learn how to make garlic oil for earaches, mint glycerite for sorethroat, dandelion tincture to cleanse the blood, natural bug repellents and other wonderful herbal preparations to promote health.

Herbal First Aid Kit – Natural Emergency Care
Learn natural ways to handle wound care, sprains, cuts & bruises, infections, burns, bleeding, digestive upset, cramps, motion sickness, sore muscles, bites & stings, and more. As part of the workshop, we’ll be grinding herbs to make an external salve, which is like herbal ice for injuries, tendonitis and muscle pain. We’ll also watch the making of a timeless frankinscense & myrrh pain salve.  We’ll learn about the various components of an herbal first aid kit and you’ll begin to assemble one of your own.

Natural Medicine & Pregnancy – From Conception to Delivery
Eastern Medicine is great for calming morning sickness, sciatica, high blood pressure, swelling, fatigue, and increasing milk supply. We’ll discuss herbs and foods that are helpful in pregnancy and what form of that herb is best to take. For example fresh ginger is a much better choice than dried ginger for pregnancy in general. We’ll discuss which foods and herbs should be avoided during pregnancy and why. We’ll also learn about foods and herbs that are useful week 38 and beyond due to their ability to smooth and promote a healthy delivery.

Healthy Kids’ Day – Hands-on Techniques
Herbal remedies and hands-on techniques that help with common childhood challenges. Kids respond very quickly to simple methods, especially those that clear heat. Bring your child with you to this 2 hour workshop and we’ll work together in pairs. You’ll receive training in a simplified version of the ‘gua sha’ rubbing technique that can be done at home when either common cold or other upper body symptoms arise.

Common Everyday Foods – Ingredients for Health
Learn how to bring balance and reduce illness through herbs and foods. Warm or hot types need more cooling foods. Cold types need more warming foods. But we’re not talking about the thermal temperature! Learn about the inner, energetic temperature of curry, garlic, honey, chrysanthemum, and many other herbs that are commonly used.

The Five Seasons – An Ecological Approach to Health
Stay Healthy amidst global warming. Learn about herbs and foods to prevent the illnesses caused by the extremes of each season. Prepare herbs (and foods) that can prevent winter colds and dangerous flus, build the immune system & reduce the longterm drying and aging effects of summertime heat.