Linden Tree (Tilia europaea)
Before we begin our adventure into Salt Lake's medicinal herbs- here are a few things to keep in mind:
We're pretty lucky here in the land of salt. We've got a plethora of medicinal herbs and trees to work with throughout the growing season that can help support us in wellness and peace. One of our favorites is Linden. This big tree seems to show up pretty much everywhere around the valley and can be found lining streets and providing shade in front and back yards as well as many of our public parks.
Linden, known also as Tila and Lime Flower Tree, is not native to our area but does very well here. In fact, it's easily one of the most prolific and healthy trees you'll find here.
We love Linden as a celebrated nervine and heart medicine. We use it to help with general anxiety and stress that seems to root or center in the heart. Traditionally, it's been a celebrated nervine that can help unwind tension from the heart center and make it easier for us to feel our way through stressful situations. It also has an incredibly honey-floral flavor that can be enjoyed hot or iced all day long.
Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
If you've come along one one of our medicinal herb walks, chances are you met this majestic desert plant ally- one of Josh's favorites! Mullein does very well in the Salt Lake Valley and it can be seen poking its torch-like flower stalks up in curated gardens and abandoned lots alike.
Mullein is a biennial plant. That means its life cycle is just two years! On the first year it grows as a basal rosette in a spiral shape along the earth; dense, furry leaves spiraling out into a whorl. On the second year, it send a stalk up to 8 feet into the sky and blooms throughout the summer with popcorn-like neon yellow flowers.
Mullein is an incredible wellness ally in our area, one of the reasons it grows so well here. It helps to soothe, nourish, lubricate, and cleanse the respiratory system so that in our dry summers and winters we can breathe easier. Mullein leaves need to be brewed as a tea in cloth or paper tea bags to strain out the often irritating little hairs that help them collect water.
Plantain (Plantago major)
Of all the weeds in Salt Lake City, Plantain is one of our favorites. You can find little stands of Plantain growing in sidewalk cracks, over-watered lawns, and anywhere it can get a lot of sun and regular drinks. Plantain has a distinctive flower stalk that rises up out of the spinach-like leaves.
We love using Plantain to remove built-up toxins from the lungs and to cleanse and detoxify the whole body system. It's a leafy green powerhouse that soothes, nourishes, and scrubs gently.
See if you can find any of these medicinal herbs as you're wandering around the city!
*The information provided here is intended to be education in nature only and does not replace that medical advice given by a qualified professional. Talk to your doctor before working with herbs.
Introduction to Herbalism - August 31 @ 5pm
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Join us for our most popular class!
In this fun, fast-paced presentation we explore the many traditions, approaches, and gifts of herbalism all while experiencing many herbal remedies and meeting many medicinal herbs along the way. Each class is different and will often include seasonally-relevant wellness themes and lots of foundational herbal inspiration.
Saturday August 31
5pm - 6:30pm
Come get dig in to herbalism with us!
Herbal Magic Intensive - September 22 @ 3pm
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Join Herbalist Josh Williams for a special 3-hour herb magic intensive workshop that will take you on a deep, empowering journey into the ancient practice of working with natural herbal energies to call forth positive manifestation.
Sunday September 22
3pm - 6pm
This workshop is suitable for folks of all experience levels. We'll start from the beginning and give you powerful, solid wisdom and hands-on experiences from Josh's Green Craft tradition while exploring many magical herbs, spellcrafting techniques, meditations, recipes, and some very special bits and pieces of magical love.
Workshop is limited to 8 participants. Due to the complex preparations needed for this event, refunds will not be available. Please RSVP early to save your seat- this workshop always goes fast!
Medicinal Incense Workshop - September 14 @ 5pm
Join Herbalist Josh Williams for a hands-on, super messy exploration of medicinal incense!
In this class we'll learn about the history, traditions, and applications of incense as herbal medicine, then get busy creating our own hand-rolled herbal incense joss sticks made entirely of botanicals.
Saturday September 14
5pm - 7pm
We'll cover many of the best therapeutic herbs to use in incense, talk about recipes and formulas, learn about commercial incense, and finish the event with a magical incense ceremony.
This is a small class to afford space for everyone to create. Please RSVP early to save your spot.
Herbs for Stress Support with Heather Saba of HerbPharm
Join special guest herbalist Heather Saba from Boulder, CO as she guides you through the many herbs that support resilience, protection, and adaptability in the face of everyday stress.
Heather is an amazing educator who works with HerbPharm, Herbal Academy, and many other celebrated organizations. We're thrilled to have her in the shop and know you won't want to miss this event.
Tuesday September 10
Class includes herbal samplings throughout the evening and several special offers in the shop on stress-related products.
Herbal Formulation Essentials - September 18 @ 7pm
Join Herbalist Josh Williams for an exploration of the art and science of herbal formulations. In this class you'll learn how to combine different herbs to create powerful and effective formulas for use in herbal teas and more!
We'll cover 3 different formulation styles and will work with example formulas, demonstrations, and hands-on experiences.
This class is moderate to advanced in scope and is best suited for those who have a basic understanding of herbalism, or those who have attended our Intro to Herbalism class.
Wednesday September 18, 7pm-8:30pm
Tincture Making Workshop - October 5 @ 5pm
Join Herbalist Josh Williams and learn how to create your own high-potency tinctures at home! In this hands-on workshop we'll explore the tools, techniques, and tips you need to make your own herbal medicine at a fraction of the cost of buying while adding your own personal magic to each creation you make. Make tinctures as holiday gifts or just start working on building up your own home herbal medicine chest!
Class covers many herbs and formulas for the season, tools, techniques, glycerine and alcohol extractions, and more!
Saturday October 5, 5pm-7pm
Mindfulness & Flowers with Felicia Sanchez / September 28 @ 5pm
Join us for an evening in mindful celebration of the the beauty of flowers.
Felicia Sanchez of Apiana Blooms will be joining us to talk about the art of flower arranging and experiencing this art as an intentional flow for mindfulness and mediation.
Felicia will be providing a selection of gorgeous fresh local flowers for you to choose from in creating your own arrangement; dropping into a free flowing space of creativity and manifesting.
This is an evening of beauty, celebration, mindfulness, and creative space. We're incredibly lucky to have Felicia in the shop with us for this event- if you're a devotee of flowers, this is one you must attend!
Class cost includes presentation and Felicia's hand-harvested local flowers for you to journey with and take home.