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2-Day Seasonal Series: Basic Herbal First Aid (Autumn)

2-Day Seasonal Series: Basic Herbal First Aid (Autumn)

  • WHEN:  October 12 - 13, 2024
  • TIME:  9:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • FEE:  $330.00 USD
  • INSTRUCTOR:  Heather Bruno
  • SETTING:  In-Person
  • LOCATION:  Seattle, WA

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Accidents Happen! Did you know that there are plants growing right at your feet and above your head that can be quickly used in a pinch when an emergency situation arises to stop bleeding, reduce pain from burns, cuts and sprains, ease an allergic reaction, treat an insect sting or bite, and more? Not only that, but often these plants are preferred remedies, often achieving better results than anything you can buy!

In this course you will build and add to your First Aid knowledge, skills and create effective apothecary staples with plants that are available in each season. This course is taught by an herbalist and wildcrafter trained in Advanced First Aid.

You will learn basic first aid responses, protocols and preparations that address a wide variety of emergency topics and situations. And you will develop your own Materia medica and herbal first aid kit!

This course builds on the Spring and Summer sessions but can be taken as a stand-along course. Beginners welcomed and encouraged!

Develop the knowledge and confidence to keep calm in emergency situations!

In these classes, learning takes place through instruction, demonstrations, and hands-on practice. You will learn field ID and preparations, what plant parts to use and when, how to utilize them in emergency situations for the most effective results and how to create effective remedies to add to your herbal first aid kit. Plant ID, constituents and medicine making instruction is also provided.

Each day we will be at a different location learning about the plants that are in season and especially useful in first aid situations including emergent trailside applications and remedies with freshly picked plants, as well as remedies that you make in advance preparation and add to your herbal first aid kit that grows with the seasons!

Herbal actions and categories of herbs that may be covered: disinfectants and antimicrobials, astringent/drawing herbs, analgesics and anodyne herbs, nervines, and more!

Medicinal preparations that may be covered include: poultices, liniments, hydrotherapy, fomentations, tinctures, glacial mineral clays, salts, succi, topical honeys, salves, infusions/decoctions, aromatherapy remedies, and more.

Autumn is the season for Roots, Fruits/Berries, Barks, Seeds! Specific plants we may cover in the Autumn session include: Oregon grape root, Pine trees and resins, willow, Usnea and other Lichens, Rosehips, Garlic, Wild Cherry, etc.

At CMHS, not only do we go beyond the “this herb is good for that” mentality, we recognize that it is simply not enough to know that willow is “good for” pain, or that Herb Robert can stop bleeding. That knowledge is not useful to you unless you also know how to find the herb, prepare and administer these herbs and in what context to use them and with who!

We will cover herbs and protocols for wound care including minor burns, scrapes, cuts, bruises and sprains, preventing and managing infection, stopping bleeding, addressing mild allergic reactions, contact dermatitis/rash, gastrointestinal emergencies, pain, heat and cold emergencies, insect stings, animal bites and even psychological first aid and more!

Each class session will be at a different location. Details, location and carpool arrangements will be provided before each class. For reference, during each session, we may travel to places near Seattle and to areas farther out such as Cle Elum, Camano/Whidbey Islands, Mt Rainier Area, Tacoma, Snoqualmie/North Bend or the Carnation Area.

Carpool options may be arranged if needed. Please email Heather to inquire.

But wait, there’s more! You won’t want to miss the other Seasonal Series weekends:

  • Spring Session April 13 & 14
  • Summer Session June 22 & 23
  • Winter Session February 2025, dates TBA

What to bring? How to prepare?

You will receive a supply list and information about resources before the first class. See details in the online portion of the class when it becomes available.

Basic supplies include:

  • half pint canning jars with lids
  • scissors
  • menstrua (vodka, isopropyl alcohol, witch hazel, honey)
WORKSHOP REFUND POLICY: Refunds will gladly be given minus a 20% processing fee up to 7 days before a community workshop. We have a no refunds policy for cancelling 7 days or less before a workshop and for no-shows. No exceptions can be made. Thank you for understanding. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have before registering.