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.
Herbal Smoking Workshop + Ceremony / Saturday October 19 @ 5PM
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Join Herbalist Josh Williams for an exploration of one of the most ancient forms of working with plant medicine + magic; smoking.
In this workshop we'll explore many herbs and blends that can be smoked for respiratory support, mental/emotional wellness, spiritual and ceremonial empowerment, and more. We'll cover over a dozen herbs and taste several via smoke and tea all through the lens of herbal magic and ceremony.
>>> Attendees will get to create their own herbal smoking blend to take home and enjoy along with complimentary botanical rolling papers. Workshop will end with a guided smoking ceremony for personal wellness.
>>> Please note OPTIONAL RAW rolling kit (super cool - see image) at checkout. If you want this, you must purchase with your ticket and before 10/14. Kit includes pre-rolled cones, funnel, and loader- these are by far our favorite way to work with herbal smoking blends.
>>>Please be advised that this workshop is open to adults only and takes place indoors- it will be smokey although we will have fans and ventilation on.
Saturday October 19 @ 5PM
Elderberry Syrup Workshop / Saturday November 2 @ 5PM
Join herbalist Josh Williams for a seasonally-perfect exploration of our fave cold and flu preventative- Elderberry Syrup!
In this demo workshop Josh will share his sugar-free recipe for syrup and show you step-by-step how to craft your own at home. You'll get hints about fun herbal additions you can make as well as practical tips on how to work with Elder for best success... plus tastings and a 2oz. bottle of syrup to take home from the demo!
>>> PLEASE NOTE optional Elderberry Syrup Kit option at checkout which gives you crucial ingredients to go home and get started on your own batch! Kit contains: Amber Apothecary Bottle, Label, Natural Cheesecloth, Local Wildflower Honey, Elderberries, Ginger Root, Cinnamon, Rosehips, and DetailedRecipe.
Saturday November 2 @ 5PM
Cold + Flu Workshop / Wednesday October 23 @ 7PM
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Join herbalist Josh Williams for an exploration of the herbs and hacks that can help you suck under what goes around and make your time feeling under the weather much more bearable! We'll cover herbs, recipes, adjunct therapies, and more to get you prepped for sickies season.
We'll sample several herbs and formulas and attendees will get to take some special remedies home with them.
Wednesday October 23 @ 7pm
Mushrooms with Gina Rivers Contla / Wed. November 6 @ 7pm
Join very special guestHostDefense National Science Educator Gina Rivers Contla for an exploration of the endless benefits medicinal mushrooms bring to our immune systems. This is a fantastic class for cold and flu season and is sure to answer your questions about mushrooms and immune wellness!
Seating is limited and we know spots will go quickly. All HostDefense products will be discounted the night of this event so you can stock up on your new mushroom allies!