News flash 2014

Hello Radicles,

 You may have noticed a long period of silence between my last post and this one, but I assure you I haven’t been idle. As I write this, I am sitting under a pile of sleeping babies. Two babies, to be exact. Yes, I now have 6 week old twins!  We are all happy and healthy and I’m loving every minute with them. The babesHere’s an adorable picture of the babes to tide you over until I can post another intellectually stimulating article about plants (it might be a while). It turns out, two babies is a rather lot.

Pictured here: Javier Cypress (L) and Frances Hawthorne (R). Hale and hearty herbal babies!


Dear Radicles,
Well, your trusty herbalist is full of surprises. My husband and I just got word that his four year medical residency will carried out in Portland, OR. This means that Radicle will be changing locations as of June 1, 2013.  I am shocked, and a little heartbroken to be leaving, but I’m recovering.

You must have questions- here is a handy Q&A to set your mind at ease.

Q. What? You are MOVING!!?
A. I know. I just found out also. I thought we were staying.

Q. How will I get my Adrenal Tonic or my favorite tea!? I’m freaking out!
A. You will still be able to purchase your teas and tonics (even custom blends)- I will just pop them in the mail to you. Email me or call to place an order.

Q. I want to learn about herbs. Can I still take herbal classes?
A. I will still be teaching in Spokane occasionally, stay tuned on FB and the Radicle Review for details.

Q. I am interested in coming in for a consultation about my health, and this move of yours ruins my plans.
A. I will still be offering phone consultations and custom herbal formulas. Or you can make an appointment to come and see me in Spokane before May 8th.

Q.What will become of The Radicle Review, my favorite plog? (plant log)
A. The Radicle Review will remain an excellent source of cutting edge herbal information and innocent internet diversion. And thank you, faithful reader.

Here are my whereabouts for the next month- I encourage you sign up early for the Plant Walks, as I expect they will fill quickly. And please come visit me at the South Perry Market and stock up on herbs so I don’t have to move so many heavy bottles and bulky teas!
Spring 2013 Class Schedule
To accommodate our late spring, I’ve configured the two classes I will be teaching this spring on one weekend, though you don’t need to take both unless you want to. (It’s just because we are likely to see better looking plants later in May.)

Saturday May 18th, Plant Walk at the Finch Arboretum 12-2pm
Sunday May 19th, Plant Walk at Manito Park 12-2pm

The cost is $15 per class. Please email me at radicletea@gmail.com to RSVP.
Spokane Farmers Markets
The South Perry Market
May 2nd, 9th (indoors at the South Perry Yoga studio- 915 S Perry) from 3-6pm
May 16th, 23rd (outdoors at The Shop- 924 S Perry) from 3-7pm

On a personal note, though I am sad to leave this community, I am excited to see herbalism blossom in Spokane. I’ve dispensed a lot of herbs, brewed gallon after gallon of herbal iced tea, and taught a lot of eager plant lovers that can carry the torch. It has been truly wonderful.  Now in addition to missing all of the flora and fauna of my native place, I will miss all of you.

Here are some parting words from the brilliant poet, Gary Snyder:

For the Children

The rising hills, the slopes,
of statistics
lie before us. Learn the flowers
the steep climb
of everything, going up,
up, as we all
go down.

In the next century
or the one beyond that,
they say,
are valleys, pastures,
we can meet there in peace
if we make it.

To climb these coming crests
one word to you, to
you and your children:

stay together
learn the flowers
go light

Thanks for everything.  Yours truly, Sarah P.

Mighty Mushrooms

If I find it hard to speak of the medicinal properties of ‘herbs’ to a certain type of person, without getting a conspiratorial wink and them saying “Yeah, I know of one herb with medicinal properties, huh huh huh huh huh (laughter)”, imagine the delicacy with which I must proceed in announcing that I also sell mushrooms- MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS.  I’m not going to lie, mushrooms are special, weird, and some are psychedelic. But there are a few species in particular that must be taken seriously. Therefore, in the following article, if you detect an air of cool factuality when discussing said mushrooms, it is so that we may examine them in the rational light of day rather than under a trippy black light. You feel me?

So, lets explore some of the non-consciousness-shifting properties of the world of fungi. I’d like to begin with one of my personal favorites for enjoying ordinary reality, The Royal Reishi.

Reishi mushroom is a polypore. This type of mushroom is dense and hard, usually found growing on trees, and not at all lending itself to be sauteed in butter and eaten on a steak. According to Chinese medicine, where the virtues of Reishi have been extolled for over 4000 years, there are at least 6 varieties of Reishi mushroom, classified according to color, and possessed of different medicinal properties.  We will be focusing on the use of the Red Reishi, Ganoderma lucidum, which grows around the world, even in the US, but sadly, not my corner of it. It is frequently cultivated, however, and much easier to find in commerce than the other varieties. We do have two species to be found in the NW, Ganoderma tsugae and G. oregonense, both of which grow on conifers- and so rare I have yet to see one in the wild (but, to be fair, I am mostly looking at green things, which makes me a terrible mushroomer).reishi 1

Here is why you should be taking Reishi mushroom (the short list):

Reishi and other medicinal mushrooms have a remarkable trait in common. Due to the presence of certain chemical constituents, mainly polysaccharides and triterpenes, Reishi mushrooms are immunomodulators. This means that they exhibit the unique ability to stimulate a depressed or weakened immune system, or dampen and calm excessive immune function, as in the case of auto-immune conditions. This makes them appropriate for nearly any immune dysfunction, and one of the only herbal treatments for auto-immune conditions. In this same vein, Reishi can sedate the hyperactive immune cells that create allergies and arthritis, thereby acting as an anti-inflammatory when your immune system is causing a ruckus.

Medicinal mushrooms have gotten a lot of well deserved attention for their anti-oxidant and anti-cancer benefits. Reishi is a potent anti-oxidant that helps protect healthy cells from free radicals and inhibits the growth of certain cancer cells. Its chemical arsenal targets and kills cancer cells through activation of the immune system. I use Reishi and other medicinal mushrooms as long term immune tonics with cancer patients and survivors with good effects.

Reishi is also a tonic to the heart, helping lower both blood pressure and cholesterol, a rather useful trait. It’s also protective of the liver and lungs. It is especially useful for chronic bronchitis, allergic asthma and altitude sickness, as it improves oxygenation of the blood.

Here’s where we get a bit metaphysical- Reishi is known as Ling zhi or ‘Spirit plant’, in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has also been referred to as the “herb of spiritual potency”. It is used for disturbances in the spirit, heart and mind, known collectively as ‘shen’ in TCM. In clinical practice, this means Reishi is used for anxiety, insomnia, nightmares, and hyper-emotionalism. I think of Reishi for people that suffer from excessive mental activity, but who’s energies are so scattered that they rarely accomplish anything. This mushroom is clarifying and grounding for those prone to confusion and unsteadiness, with mental agitation and an underlying state of exhaustion and depletion. It is not difficult to find people in need of Reishi.

Wild Reishi has always been in rather short supply.  In ancient China, it was often reserved for the emperor or other important people in the high court. Ancient Chinese medical texts refer to Reishi as ‘the plant of immortality’ and it’s reported to make you live forever. Don’t let the obvious holes in this argument throw you off, like the fact that everyone who wrote this stuff has been dead for centuries. It’s reputation for extending and improving life may not be that far off the mark, considering how it protects the body from inflammation, oxidation, heart disease and cancer in one fell swoop.

To prepare Reishi extract, I make a double extraction out of the dried mushrooms- a two part process that involves extracting first the water soluble chemicals, then the alcohol soluble ones, and combining the two. The capsules are also valuable medicinally. Traditionally the tea was taken daily, but I find that the bitter, sour, flavor makes it impossible for me to do so. The dose varies based on the condition, but a good tonic dose, to be taken over a period of months or years is as follows:reishi 2

Tea (good luck with this one) <gag> 1-3 C per day
Tincture- 60-90 drops 2-4X per day
Capsules- Three 500-1000mg capsules 1-3X per day

Contraindications: Don’t use mushrooms if you have a mushroom allergy (obviously).
And be cautious using Reishi with blood thinning medication, as it may potentiate this effect.

You will find Radicle Reishi offered singularly or in the following formulas:

Mighty Mushrooms: A blend of Reishi, Maitake, Chaga, Turkey tail, and Shitake Mushrooms, for the long term tonic effects of medicinal mushrooms. This blend enhances Reishi’s broad spectrum immune-regulating, anti-cancer actions and further supports liver, lung, and heart health. I could write volumes about all the other fungal heroes in here, but that’s for another day.
Dose: 60-90 drops 2-3X per day

Pollen Proof: For allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma. Decongests respiratory passages and regulates excessive immune response to seasonal and environmental allergens. Contains: Reishi mushroom, Fresh Turmeric rhizome, Fresh Nettle leaf, Yerba Mansa root, Yerba Santa leaves in a base of grain alcohol, water and Glycerin. This can be taken daily before allergy season begins and acutely as needed. (It’s really best to preempt the pollen season.)

Dose: Maintenance 30-90 drops 2X per day
Acute: 30-90 drops 1-5X/day
That should keep you off the ‘hard stuff’.

Elder Sambucus spp.

When you come across an Elder in the wild, it is difficult to tell if it is a tree or a bush. Its leggy, hollow branches bend and sway, sporting delicate sprays of flowers in early spring and laden with heavy clusters of fruit by fall (A bush! you’d think). Yet in maturity it towers over you with a rather commanding presence (A tree, perhaps?). In the literature and folklore discussing Elders, both terms are used. Though I can’t imagine that Elder actually prefers one to the other, I find ‘tree’ to be a little more flattering, and I will explain shortly why I strive to be polite in my dealings with this particular plant.

Elders grow all over the world and have been used medicinally for thousands of years. In Medieval times, nearly every part of the Elder tree was used for different medicinal properties (bark, leaf, flower, berries)*.  Perhaps because of this prodigious usefulness, clever Elder devised an ingenious strategy for protecting itself.  There is a persistent superstition throughout Europe and the British Isles that something terrible will befall you if you disrespect an Elder tree. Where did this idea spring from? I am not pointing fingers, but only the Elder tree itself stands to gain. This dark glamour is still effectively protecting Elders from abuse in the Old Country, where reportedly even loggers refuse to cut them down. (Well played, Elder!)Blue elderberry (Sambucus cerulea)

Though I feel I’m on good terms with all the plants I pick, this is clearly not one to be trifled with.  I take great pains to gather the powder blue berries of our native Elderberry (Sambucus cerulea) in late summer, snipping each cluster very precisely, so as not to snap one of the hollow supporting stems (and possibly become cursed). Note: The Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa), native to Western Washington is not edible or medicinal (but still magical).

Elders command respect, and like another of my slightly standoffish plant friends, Stinging Nettle, they have earned it. We need their medicine.  Throughout our long history with Sambucus, it has evolved a unique set of chemicals that allow it to be as wicked as it wants and we’ll forgive. You see, Elder is a foe to the dreaded flu.

This is how it seems to go- chemicals in Elderberry disarm the spikes on viruses that allow the influenza virus to stab into your cell and inject it with viral babies. (If you aren’t scared of the flu yet, do a little research on viral infections and replication–it’s terrifying!) Anyway, Elder just snaps that little viral arm right off and it can’t do its evil viral business in your cells anymore! (It‘s a little more complicated than I am making it seem, it’s more of an enzymatically mediated arm breaking than a literal one).  Researchers have recently discovered that taking the syrup of Elderberry reduces the duration of the flu to just 3-4 days in most cases and promotes increased levels of antibody production. It has been shown in in-vitro studies to be effective at inhibiting ten different strains of the influenza virus!  I have made an Elder syrup that combines the immunostimulating, viral arm-disabling, antibody-boosting properties of Elderberry with the gentle but powerful diaphoretic** effects of the Elder flower.  Here at the Radicle lab, I make a Black Elderberry glycerite (Sambucus nigra) and a Blue Elderberry tincture (Sambucus cerulea) and they both taste lovely (Thanks, Elder!). With flu season in full swing, I recommend stocking your medicine cabinet full of fine preparations such as these. Most of us have lowered resistance this time of year after battling some of the more common viruses, and that’s when the dastardly flu attacks. This season- Fight Back with Elderberries!

Elder flower
*A word of caution: Though the medicinal properties of Elder leaf, root and bark are espoused in many ancient texts, I cannot recommend taking them internally for any reason. These plant structures contain tricky compounds that are violent purgatives, laxatives and emetics. There have even been cases of poisoning from the leaves and stems due to the presence of active cyanide-like compounds. Only the flowers and blue or black berries from a properly identified Elder plant are safe to ingest.
**A diaphoretic is a substance that reduces fever by causing you to sweat. While the standard practice is to suppress a fever,  herbalists tend to support the process, encouraging its quick resolution. Unless a fever becomes dangerously high, fevers are healthy response and play an important role in disrupting viral takeover.

IT’S FLU SEASON!!!!!! Oh My God!!!
Don’t just lay there and turn into a glassy-eyed zombie while mutant viruses hijack your cells and turn them into viral reproduction centers! DO SOMETHING! Fight back!  So you didn’t get the flu vaccine for whatever reason, you can still protect yourself, your friends, your kids, and grandma. You’ve got to STAY STRONG, okay?  Here are a few simple things you can do to avoid being a disposable pawn in viral warfare.

Support The Resistance

Let me begin by stating that I am profoundly grateful to have been born after The Germ Theory of Disease became widely accepted. And yet, being sort of a firebrand when it comes to modern medicine and how it is practiced, I take issue with our narrow fixation on a bacteriological or viral cause for disease.  Though I strive to practice very diligent hygiene, washing ones hands fifteen times a day does not strengthen the immune system, it just protects a fragile one (and may even weaken it by letting it off the hook).  My problem with germaphobia and compulsive hand-sanitizing is that it ignores the whole concept of host resistance.  It is curious to me that scientists can inject the cold virus directly into the noses of study participants, and some get a cold while others do not.  Sometimes you have to step back from the microscope and look at the big picture.  In doing this we see that viruses and bacteria are clearly not the only factor in illness.  And as all of you gardeners out there know, if the soil is rich and the plants are healthy and robust, it doesn’t matter if there is a pest or two hiding out, the plants are strong enough to handle it.  Rather than attempting to tightly control the environment and eliminate any factors that may be challenging for us, (it doesn’t work in agriculture either) we could concern ourselves with supporting our natural defenses. This is a heartening thought for those of us that don’t want to live in a bubble.

Folk medicine may have evolved before microscopes (and therefore any notion of germs) but it did understand the concept of strengthening innate resistance.  This was accomplished by bolstering defenses and avoiding pernicious influences that undermine health.  I treasure these little pearls of folk wisdom wherever I find them.  Here are a few pre-germ theory practices that we would do well to revisit.

Stay Warm

Exposure to cold is considered a weakening factor in most traditional systems of healing such as Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. While I don’t have the western science to support the claims of your Russian grandmother,  I do feel more robust and healthy when I keep my feet warm and wear long-johns under my pants. Try soaking in the bathtub and raising your body temperature when you are feeling stiff, cold or worn out. Remember “Put a scarf on or you’ll catch your death!” ?  Well, there may be a bit of truth in that. Though lack of scarf-wearing may not be an official cause of death, it might hurry you to your eventual arrival at death’s doorstep.

Cook food

Staying warm also pertains to the temperature of the food you eat. Though it seems rather obvious, December is not the time for frozen banana smoothies. Cooked foods are easier to digest in the cold months when you need all your strength to stay warm and ward off germs and other morbid creatures.  Raw foods and even salads (!) are not suitable choices in the winter for all of us living off the equator. Try switching to sturdier cooked greens like kale, collards, chard or mustard greens, sauteed with garlic, ginger and a squeeze of lemon juice.  Raw foods are  cooling and cleansing by nature and can be weakening to digestion during these challenging winter months. We need warm, nourishing and building foods when the weather has turned against us. This is especially prudent if you feel spacey, chilled and fatigued and are suffering from loose stools.

It turns out that a good homemade chicken soup, full of tissue-healing protein, alkalizing greens and veggies, immune-boosting marrow and nourishing electrolyte-rich broth, may actually be the most healing food you can eat when you are feeling under the weather.  See, you already knew that!  Just quietly tune in to what your body wants and give in.


Put yourself to bed.  Seriously.  Sometimes you just need to let go and sleep it off.  The dishes may be piled up in the sink, the floor may be unswept, but that’s why we sleep with our eyes closed.  Never underestimate the power of sleep.  Our culture’s disapproval of rest is a powerful hex on all of us, who feel guilty catching a little shut eye.  Often all it takes to avoid a cold or flu is leaving work a bit early and going to bed.  While you are alive and desiring to remain in that state, there is no higher authority than the bodies’ demands. Winter wellness depends upon your compliance. You could be sleeping right now! (if this wasn’t such a damn good read!)

Take your herbs!

Echinacea, E. purpurea, E. angustifolia

You have probably heard of Echinacea, as most people who are inclined to try herbs have taken it at one time or another, if a little half-heartedly.  That’s the thing with this one, you’ve gotta trust it.

There are a few herbs that have to be taken in small, measured doses to avoid unpleasant side effects or danger.  Echinacea is not one of them.  It’s a friendly little prairie plant that has powerful effects on the immune system.  The only contraindications are that it not be taken in autoimmune conditions, where the immune system is already too active, or by those with HIV or AIDS, or if you are allergic to the plants in the Asteraceae (Sunflower) family.   For all of the rest of us, there is nothing to fear.  In my professional opinion, Echinacea must be taken liberally to have a noticeable effect.  Some tinctures that you buy in the store might recommend meek little doses on their labels, but I am here to tell you, this is how people lose faith in Echinacea. Taking one capsule or a few drops of the tincture per day probably won’t speed your recovery.  The optimal dose is one dropperful every 30 minutes to an hour when you are coming down with something or in the acute suffering stage. I have averted many plagues with this “pulse” dosing routine.  For general prevention, I recommend taking  2-3 dropperfuls once or twice per day, for a couple of weeks, then take a couple weeks off.  Echinacea in therapeutic doses stimulates the immune system from many different angles, increasing white blood cell production, interferon (the body’s natural virus-killing substance), and gently buffering waste products and speeding their removal from the body.  Echinacea works best if you take it just as soon as you think you are falling prey to a bacterial or viral infection, but it can still help even if you are in the throes of illness.  Just have faith and take frequently.

Boneset, Eupatorium perfoliatum

This lovely plant is a less popular cold and flu remedy, but it’s been around for a long time.  It was a favorite of the old Eclectic physicians, back in the times when the drugs were plants (often tinctures).  Boneset seems to be very well suited for helping us humans out with that damn clever virus, the flu. Specifically when the flu causes horrible “bone breaking” aches and pains.  This is another prairie plant, though the batch of tincture I made is from plants grown in Twisp, Washington by some lovely herb growers.  It is a tall crinkly-leaved plant with flowers that look like butterfly bait.  Beautiful bone-white clusters rising above the prairie grass. (I am imagining here, having never seen it in its natural habitat).  Like Echinacea, Boneset can be used in the early or late stages of illness to swiftly resolve the matter.  The indications for Boneset are as follows: aching, stiff muscles, fever, fatigue, upper respiratory congestion, sluggish digestion, malaise and hopelessness about having the flu.  Basically it will relax the muscles, relieve aches and pains, break a fever,  brighten the eyes, stimulate digestion and expectoration and restore faith.  And all this from only 30 drops every hour or two until you are feeling better (shouldn’t be long, now!)
(Caution: Don’t go overboard on this one. Though not actually toxic, it will make you barf in high doses.)

Next time: The Excellent Elder Plant: Another foe of influenza!

Dear Readers,

Here’s one from the vault! This article appeared in my very first issue of the Radicle Review in 2008 (printed on paper back then, if you can believe it!). You will see that I have moved ever nearer to my beloved Hawthorne patch in NE Washington, where I am writing to you from now. I’ve finished up the Haw harvest once again this year, and have gallons of cordials and tinctures made from it. I am, as always, smitten with this plant, and I may just drink them all myself if you don’t claim some.

Crategus douglasii (among many other species)
The featured plant in this issue is the Hawthorne tree.  Hawthorne is a native to North America, though there are a few European escapees that have naturalized here, and the ever-popular varieties that are sold in nurseries as ornamentals. Many of these are also medicinal, and I have used the cultivated Hawthorne in the past with success as well as the wild, which I prefer.  I traveled last month to North Eastern Washington in a mad dash to gather ripe Hawthorne berries in order to make my famous Hawthorne Cordial.  Since Hawthorne grows abundantly throughout Washington, I did debate this long journey eastward as an impractical use of my time, seeing as how I could probably obtain them closer to home. However, I am nothing if not impractical, and I am partial to these particular trees that are growing on my friend Phyllis‘ land.  So, familiarity won out, and I made the trek across the North Cascades Highway, gathering wild ginger and pipsissewa from high in the mountains as I went.

Phyllis’ property is at elevation, a large meadow bordered by a beautiful stream to one side and a forested area to the other.  It rained the night before, but the grasshoppers had returned to the eternal chirping that signals the end of summer. One step through the tall grass sends hundreds (seemingly) leaping hither and thither, just to fall in the path of your next step, and so on and so forth.   The Hawthornes grow on the edges of the meadow, on the banks of the stream and edge of the forest. They look like tall shrubs when they are young, only after many years do their trunks require you to acknowledge them as a proper tree. They tend to grow closely together in a clump or thicket, with their thorny branches hanging low, protecting the heart of the tree.  The thorns appear more wicked and bloodthirsty than they actually are, and I am rarely stabbed when I gather the abundant, reddish black berries that hang in clusters off the branches.  Hawthorne doesn‘t wish to harm anyone, it just knows how to protect itself.  This, it turns out, is one of its virtues.
Herbalists know Hawthorne to be a superior heart tonic. Unlike many herbs, which exert equal influence on multiple organ systems, Hawthorne’s effect is direct and focused on the cardiac muscle. The activity of this plant is a mystery to science, as only the whole plant preparations show any physiologic effect (a confounding trait when you are focused on isolating the active constituent and removing it from its crude form- tree form, in this case).  Though it won’t reveal its secrets, the effects are predictable.  Therapeutically, Hawthorne dilates blood vessels and arteries, increasing blood supply to the heart muscle, and reducing spasms and the likeliness of a heart attack.  It is also effective in relieving shortness of breath, tachycardia (rapid pulse), brachycardia (slow pulse), and the general effects of aging on your most important pump. In combination with other herbs it is useful in treating both hypertension and arteriosclerosis, and many other heart related disorders. The berries contain flavonoids that are both anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.  Hawthorne nourishes and tones the heart muscle, I like to think of it as heart food. As you can see by the broad range of effects, Hawthorne is an all-purpose heart herb, capable of normalizing function depending on what is needed. It can dampen excessive function or nourish and support deficient function.  And you don‘t even have to tell it what to do, it just knows!  This is but one example of the intelligence of plant medicine. (After having evolved with plants over hundreds of thousands of years, you could say that the plant kingdom has got our number).

Through my many dealings with the plant, I have found Hawthorne to promote openheartedness and soften grief and anger.  I give Hawthorne not only to those who suffer from heart related pathology, but also those that are working on developing courage and maintaining healthy boundaries in relationships.  If I may borrow liberally from Chinese Medicine, Hawthorne seems to strengthen what is called the ‘Heart Protector’, and therefore ones ability to allow experiences and emotions to touch the heart without damaging the person.  Our defenses must be intact but permeable so that life can penetrate and change us. As Hawthorne demonstrates with it’s thorns just visible beneath a protrusion of berries, true generosity has limits.  An attempt to ravage the tree would leave you rightly shredded. Indeed, a healthy level of self-protection is what allows us to remain open and giving without fear.

As I gathered berries that day in the meadow, I ran across a disturbingly large pile of fresh bear droppings, studded with partially digested Hawthorne berries!  It seems that humans are not the only creature to make use of this tree’s generosity. I nervously finished picking and packed my things to go, hoping that this particular bear may have been a little less prone to an irrational burst of anger and dismembering after its meal of medicinal berries?  As I did not catch a glimpse of the bear, we can imagine Hawthorne engenders a sense of rational self-protection and equanimity in bears as well.
The effects of this gentle, safe plant are felt (in humans) after a month or so of continuous use, so do not expect a quick fix. However, the benefits are long lasting and it has no recorded side effects.  I suggest those with clinical heart conditions try my Hawthorne Heart Tonic, a blend of the fresh flowering tips and the dried berries.   Those who wish to work on the emotional heart primarily will enjoy a nip of my Hawthorne Cordial each evening.  You will be pleased to know that both are ranked among the most palatable of all of my creations.


Aromatherapy Immersion Weekend

Saturday, August 11th   Flora Herbal Clinic  10am-2pm

Sunday, August 12th    Camden Creek Lavender Farm   9am-2pm (including travel time)

$75 for both days

By popular request, I will be teaching a two-day introductory workshop on aromatherapy this summer. Day one will be a hands-on (and nose-on) class exploring the therapeutic uses of essential oils, as well as methods of production, quality issues, and their use in perfumery. Students will make their own aromatherapy spray or roll-on perfume to take home. Day two will be a field trip to Camden Creek Lavender Farm in Elk, WA to gather lavender from the fields and experience pure purple bliss! We will see how essential oils and hydrosols are distilled from field to finished product, as we sip lavender lemonade and tour their on-site distillery. If you love lavender or are interested in aromatherapy, this is not to be missed.  Class size is limited so don’t hesitate! Please RSVP by emailing radicletea@gmail.com.