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Spring Foraging: Willow Bark

Spring Foraging: Willow Bark

  • WHEN:  April 21, 2024
  • TIME:  9:30 am to 2:30 pm
  • FEE:  $125.00 USD
  • INSTRUCTOR:  Heather Bruno
  • SETTING:  In-Person
  • LOCATION:  Seattle, WA

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Come celebrate the arrival of Spring in a magical and memorable way! Willow is a powerful symbol of spring, rebirth, and renewal and of hope, resiliency, and strength.
Willow is gentle yet powerful herb that contains many different natural constituents that work together with our bodies to bring about relief and allow healing to occur. Willow has been used for thousands of years across cultures and has been studied extensively.
You’ll learn to identify willow, how to harvest it at just the right time and I will share my knowledge and tips for how to make the most effective willow remedies! We will cover more than you thought possible about this amazing medicinal plant. Best of all, this class takes place in a beautiful setting where you will process the willow bark as you watch the river flow peacefully by!

It’s bark peeling time! Did you know that there are over 90 species of wild willow growing in the Pacific and Inland Northwest? It’s true! In this wildcrafting intensive you will learn where willow grows and how to correctly identify it! You will also find out the best time of year to harvest, what part of the plant to harvest, and the best methods of preparation to create effective remedies! Make lovely, effective remedies to enhance your own health and well-being and that of your friends and family!

Willow is an excellent pain reliever, fever reducer, and anti inflammatory herb, and it can be used in a toner to reduce and eliminate acne breakouts and soothe ingrown hairs. Being a bitter herb, willow is supportive of digestive, immune and nerve health. Willow is also a very bitter herb, however, it’s the very bitterness that makes willow so valuable. CMHS’s motto is: Getting the medicine to the people in ways they’ll enjoy taking so that healing can occur. We’ll explore ways to make the medicine of willow palatable. Depending on the constituents that are required for their unique benefits, willow can be utilized in many different ways, including as a tea, syrup, honey, elixir, witch hazel or alcohol tincture.

You will have the option to make 2 different remedies. Choices are a tincture, honey, elixir (mixture of alcohol and honey) or a skin toner. The benefits of each will be discussed in class.

Willow was my first herb love and a plant that’s had a profound impact on my own health and well-being. I love, love, love this herb and I am excited to share willow’s gifts with you! This is going to be the best spring foraging class EVER!

We will be in the Carnation, WA area. Detailed meeting instructions will be provided about a week prior to class meeting. Carpool options may be arranged if needed. Please email Heather to inquire.

What to bring? How to prepare?

  • 2 small (half pint) jars with lids (NO larger sizes please!)
  • Small clippers (Felco). I will have extra available for you to use.
  • A small towel or sheet for processing the bark
  • Paring knife
  • Sturdy scissors or kitchen shears
  • Camp chair or something to sit on
  • Masking tape or labels and a sharpie pen
  • Lunch/water/a thermos of something warm to drink
  • Dress for the weather! Bring warm layers (rain gear!) and sturdy shoes! It can be chilly by the water!
  • Sunblock, hat, umbrella
  • Hand warmers are recommended

Depending on the remedies you choose to make bring 2 of the following:

  • infused honey: 1/2 pint of honey (Unpasteurized, local honey is best. Liquid honey only-not spun)
  • tincture: 1/2 pint 80 or 100 proof alcohol-unflavored (vodka or brandy are good choices)
  • elixir: 1/4 pint of honey mixed with 1/4 pint of alcohol of choice)
  • toner: 1/2 pint unscented witch hazel
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.