Willow Harvest Intensive
- WHEN: May 21, 2022
- TIME: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
- FEE: 95 USD
- INSTRUCTOR: Suzanne M. Tabert
- SETTING: In-Person
- LOCATION: Sandpoint, ID (details & directions provided after enrollment)
You’ll learn more than you thought possible about amazingly versatile willow and spend the day out in nature in the fresh air harvesting and processing your bounty right on the sandbar next to a peaceful creek.
Willow, Salix spp. There are 90 plus species of Salix in the Pacific Northwest and Inland West and each contain salicylates and other medicinal constituents to a greater or lesser degree. Willow is an excellent pain reliever, fever reducer, and anti inflammatory herb, and it can be used in a toner to reduce and eliminate breakouts and ingrown hairs.
Being a bitter herb, willow can play a big part in digestive, immune and nerve health. The American diet does not contain a wealth of foods in the bitter profiles, 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 as a tea, syrup, honey, witch hazel or alcohol tincture and medicinal oil.
Willow is a 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. As always, we’ll discuss the specific phytochemicals found in willow and explore the why and how it is working with your body yo to go beyond simply “this herb is good for this issue.”
We can utilize willow to encourage vigorous rooting when transplanting plants and making hugelkultur guilds. Learn all about this AND how to make willow fencing.
There is so much to talk about in terms of willow’s medicine – it’s bark peeling time! We’ll spend the day on the banks of the Lightning Creek in Clark Fork, discussing the medicine and lore of willow, harvesting, peeling the bark, and making remedies to take home.
What to bring:
- A little towel or sheet for processing the bark
- Scissors and a paring/peeling knife
- 1/2 pint 100 proof alcohol of choice OR you may choose not to use the alcohol and take some willow home for drying.
- Pint of honey
- 1 pint of witch hazel – unscented and make sure it is NOT alcohol free!
- 1 half pint jar, 2 pint jars with lids
- Lunch/dress for the weather….sturdy shoes! Sunblock, hats, umbrella or whatever you want to protect yourself from too much sun. Although, it might rain…so be prepared either way!
- Camp chair to sit on and lunch/beverage