Wildcrafting Intensive: Western Red Cedar, Salal, Fir Resin
Sunday, January 27
11 AM - 5 PM Fee: $85
Join other herbal enthusiasts at the Cedar Mountain Herb School and carpool up into the mountains in Skagit County for a day of wild plant ID, harvesting, and medicine-making. These intensives are mini-apprenticeships for those who have limited time or wish to learn more about the wild plants that live in the Pacific Northwest.
Each intensive gives a brief summary of medicinal uses for the wild plants we will harvest. A great deal more information, case study stories, and instruction around appropriate uses, dosages, and applications will be shared during the harvesting time.
There's so much medicine available in the winter! Rain or shine, we'll don our harvesting outfits and gather nature's remedies.
Western Red Cedar - Thuja plicata, is best known for its ability to kill certain bacteria and fungi. Cedar is also a powerful immune system stimulant. Learn why the indigenous peoples of the area revered cedar and utilized it in their ceremonies, food preparation, lodging, and communication. We'll harvest cedar tips, make smudge bundles and medicine, and learn how to best employ this valuable tree.
Salal - Gaultheria shallon, is astringent and anti inflammatory to the throat, upper intestinal mucosa, lungs and renal system. It is also used in wound healing formulas. Learn its medicine and how to incorporate it in your herbal first aid kit.
Fir Resin - one of my favorite herbal medicines to gather. The resin of all firs and pines are used to relieve fungal infections including ringworm, cradle cap and athlete's foot. In addition, the resin is anti-microbial. It functions well alone or in formulas in soap, salves, and the like.
You'll learn to identify, harvest, prepare the harvest for a variety of remedies, including medicinal oil, tinctures, and fir tar.