Herbiary to hold Asheville store’s first ‘learning series’ this month

Image courtesy of Herbiary
Image courtesy of Herbiary

The Herbiary held its first class in its recently opened Asheville store on Jan. 11. The herbal apothecary and natural remedy store opened on Saturday, November 1, 2014. More classes are planned for the rest of the year, and course descriptions for January are below. For more information visit their website at herbiary.com.

From The Herbiary

Sign up for one, or sign up for them all! Welcome to our Asheville store’s first learning series. Hope to see you there!

All classes will meet at 29 N. Market St.
Cost: $30 per class or $100 for a 4-class flight!

Sunday, January 11th, 10-11:30 am
Plant Medicine for the Skin ~ With Heather Buzzard
In this dry and blustery mid-winter time, we will dive more than skin deep into the layers of the dermis and explore our own skin stories. Leaves and bark are the skin of plants and trees; we will learn how to use their skin to heal that of our own bodies. As a class, we will meet, observe, and taste the herbs that have a strong affinity for the skin. Plants that we ingest as tea, infusion, and tincture to influence the skin as well as those that we use topically as salves and poultices will be considered. We will learn the ways in which herbs like burdock, red clover and yarrow affect skin conditions from breakouts to blisters, and how we can better learn to love and nurture the story within our skin

Sunday, January 18th, 10-11:30 am
D.I.Y. Delicious Herbal Syrups ~ with Abby Artemisia
Remember what Mary Poppins said about a spoonful of sugar helping the medicine go down? Well it’s true of herbs, too, for kids and adults. Our herbs don’t have to be bitter! Did you know that elderberry is a superfood and binds with the flu virus to keep it from infecting us? It’s also so much cheaper to make it yourself! You’ll get to see a demonstration of how elderberry syrup is made, take home your own recipe, make your own locally harvested cough syrup, and enjoy lots of samples.

Thursday, January 22nd, 7-8:30 pm
Lotion Making ~ with Kathie Early
Come downtown for a wintery, moisturizing night and learn the how’s & why’s of making your own healing, nourishing, herb-infused lotions and lotion bars. This class covers the basics of emulsifying and why it’s sometimes tricky, and how to preserve your oil products safely and naturally. Take home recipes and samples of each item we create.

Sunday, January 25th, 10-11:30 am
Local Mineral Medicine ~ with Sarah Thomas
Enhance your knowledge of herbal medicine by taking a deep dive into the world of local medicinal stones. WNC is home to an amazing diversity of powerful crystals and stones. You will learn the energetics of mica, garnet, quartz, sapphire and more. We will also discuss how to practically apply this energy into your herbal medicine.

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