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Liquid Jade: The Elixir of Life

Join us on August 15th at Hobble Creek Coffee for an elevated tea experience where we will explore the family of green tea. We will sample a handful of exquisite green teas from China and Japan and discuss proper methods of brewing & the elements that define each tea.

Green tea has been enjoyed for thousands of years and its many styles produce a dizzying array of unique flavor profiles that are sure to please every tea drinker. Green tea also boasts a wealth of health benefits and according to legend was used by Shen Nong as an antidote to ingesting poisonous plants. Others view green tea as the Elixir of Life due to it’s many health benefits, many of which are regularly being confirmed by science.

This sensory experience will transport attendees to the exotic far-east regions where these teas are produced and revered for their aromas and health benefits. The course will cover approximately 6 green teas (we learned a lot after our last class!), proper brewing methods for each tea, the production and processing methods that make each tea unique, and some health benefits and folklore! The class will last approximately 2.5 hours and be held at Hobble Creek Coffee in Springville, UT (address below) beginning at 6pm. Cost is $15 and space is limited to 12 participants.

 

Hobble Creek Coffee
388 N Main st
Springville, UT 84663
6-8:30pm
(702) 427-9794

Free Class

Garden_Festival_flyer_letterI will be teaching a free class at the Utah Seed Exchange’s Spring Planting Festival on the medicinal benefits of 12 commonly used culinary herbs and spices. There’ll be food vendors, craft booths, and plants and garden stands along with tons of other free classes. Check out the flyer or Here for more details!

New classes added to our winter schedule!

We added a few more classes to our winter schedule for 2014! Check out our Events page for more information. Upcoming classes include a remarkable class on aphrodisiacs and love elixirs just in time for Valentine’s Day. A beginners’ medicine making that covers infusions, decoctions, and tinctures in which students will learn the differences between these different preparations and how to best utilize them in their home and practice. Not to mention we are already working on some fantastic classes for the upcoming spring.
All of our classes are limited to 15 students, which creates an intimate environment that allow students to learn, and be able to ask questions and get personalized responses. Classes are held on Wednesday nights from 7-9pm and are generally $25 if you preregister before the day of class. You can register for classes by clicking on the Attend the button up top of the description for each class, or by calling 801.382.8303. We can accept payments by PayPal, and all major credit cards.

We hope to see you there!

Aromatherapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine

New Upcoming Class!

Class size is limited to 15 Students so hurry and sign up!

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practiced on the Asian continent for the better part of five millennia, and over the last several decades has been getting popularity in the West. This traditional system of healing brings a unique and extremely effective methodology to treating imbalances within the body. Understanding TCM theory can give practitioners a deeper and more profound insight into new ways to treat clients.
Likewise, aromatic medicine has been used since the dawn of time to treat various conditions, and connect us with our spiritual and energetic beings. The use of aromatic oils provides a direct link between our environment and our energetic bodies. Physiologically, aromatherapy offers a wide array of treatments that are often unmatched in modern medical world. By combining these two highly effective modalities the practitioner and layperson alike can hope to be able to utilize essential oils in new and exciting ways.

The purpose of this class is to teach students how to integrate TCM theory and the use of essential oils into an existing aromatherapy practice, or even just for family and home use. Students can expect to learn the basics of TCM theory, how essential oils fit within this ancient healing system, and the qualities and energetics of various essential oils according to Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Wednesday Feb. 12th 2014, 7-9 pm

Preregistration: $25
Day of Event: $35

Register Here! by clicking the Attend Button.

Herbs for the Digestive System Class

New Class

Class size is limited to 15 attendees so hurry & sign up!

Many people rarely contemplate the profound affect digestive health has on our overall well-being. Everybody at some point in their life has had some form of digestive ailment; whether it is mild indigestion, acid reflux, sluggish digestion, IBS, or even something more serious such as colon cancer, yet we as Americans tend to ignore or simply deal with mild digestive issues. Many people subscribe to the, “That’s just the way my body is,” kind of mentality – living their lives in pain and discomfort without knowing what it’s like to have a healthy and robust digestive system.

This class is meant to give students a deeper understanding of what it means to have a truly healthy digestive system. Digestion is not only the process of intaking, breaking down, and assimilating nutrition; but also bringing in new ideas and knowledge and transforming them within our psyche, and then assimilating them into our beings. Students will learn the state of digestive health in the US, basic digestive anatomy and physiology, common ailments associated with the digestive system, and herbal materia medica to not only treat but also support digestive health.

Wednesday Jan. 29th 2014, 7-9 pm

Preregistration: $25
Day of Event: $35

Register Here! by clicking the Attend Button.

Exploring Desert Medicines: Early Spring New Mexico April 7th-15th 2013

Harvesting Chaparral, Larrea tridentata, near Cibola NF, New Mexico
Harvesting Chaparral, Larrea tridentata, near Cibola NF, New Mexico

 Exploring Desert Medicines: Early Spring New Mexico  April 7th-15th 2013

By: Tyler V. Wauters

 Walking off path, I stroll through sacred plant communities.  Scents of Chaparral permeate my nostrils, Ocotillo stalks are starting to bud, Desert Valerian in full flower, and Peppermint is wandering through the scarce but lush soil alongside the Gila River.  I can sense the hardened New Mexico desert is delighted to receive a recent spring rain.  I watch the weathered surface of the earth re-constitute before my eyes, the soil becomes vital, and the cycle of rebirth is bounding through the wintered cell walls of stoic trees.

 

My intention for this early spring journey is to spend intimate time with plants of New Mexico.  Also, collect medicine from healthy plant populations, document seasonal tendencies, understand growing patterns by elevation, and shed light into all of the other ecological influences that have helped form this vast desert.

 

Location: Primarily Southwestern counties of New Mexico including Cibola, Socorro, Lincoln, Valencia, Torrance, Sierra, Grant, Chaves, Catron, and Otero County.

 

Elevation: High being close to 10,000ft in Lincoln County, low being around 5,000ft in Socorro county.  Due to the dramatic changes in elevation, new plant patterns are observed often.

5,000ft ~ You might see grassland, barren desert coated with Chaparral and Ephedra, large trees only shallowly rooted in subsurface water, along streams I found many medicinal plants including those within the Verbenaceae, Valerianaceae, Lamiaceae, Scrophulariaceae, and Brassicaceae families flowering to name a few.

6,000ft~ Grassland mixed with several Juniper species.

7,000ft~ Pinon pine mixed with Juniper.

8,000ft~ Ponderosa Pine, silverleaf vetch was flowering, Geranium and Mullein growing strong.

9,000ft~ More mixed Conifer along with the first patches of Osha

10,000ft~ Spruce and Fir

 

Weather: Strong winds reaching 30mph with an average of 10mph at night.  Cloudy skies gave way to fluctuating warm and cold evenings.  Snow coated the peaks above 9,500ft.  Due to little winter snowfall, mountains were dry and plant communities are experiencing drought.  High temperature of 65 degrees during the day, with night temperatures dropping close to 10 degrees.

 

Soil:  Surface layer is often a brown fine sandy loam, subsoil is a strong brown sandy clay loam and the substratum is a reddish yellow sandy loam.  The soil consists of primarily weathered sandstone and shale.  Due to the consequence of drought, harsh sun and blustery winds, the surface biomass is very fragile.  Often in areas I found the soils held similarities to that of the cryptobiotic soils I found in Utah in 2012.  Cryptobiotic soil is a combination of cyanobacteria, lichens, and mosses.  Together they help make a strong fiber like consistency on the soil surface. These fiber strands help the soil particles stick together, preserving vital nutrients for shallow root systems and can slow the process of erosion.

 

Plants Wildcrafted:

1.Valerian (Valeriana arizonica) “Root” 6,000ft Sierra County

2.Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) “Inner Bark” 5,000ft Sierra County

3.Mint (Mentha arvensis) “Fresh Leaf Tops” 5,500ft Sierra County

4.Louisiana sage (Artemisia ludoviciana) “Fresh leaf Tops” Near most forest areas

5.Dakota Vervain (Glandularia bipinnatifida) “Above ground” Otero County

6.Joint-Fir (Ephedra torreyana) “twig tops” 5,000ft Socorro County

7.Chaparral (Larrea tridentata) “Fresh leaf Tops” 5,000ft Socorro County

8.Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) “Leaves” Widespread throughout NM

 

Wildlife:

1.Bullsnake (Pituophis melanoleucus) “6ft long beauty” Otero County

2.Prairie Lizard (Sceloporus undulates) Widespread throughout NM

3.Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) Many in foothills of Sandia Mountains

4.Coyote (Canis latrans) Pack of 10 or so came to visit the campsite late evening

5.Bobcat (Lynx rufus) Locked eyes traveling through the Bosque Del Apache, this is a migratory wetland area of the Rio Grande in Socorro County

6.Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) Widespread

7.Javelina (Collared Peccary) These look very much like Wild Pigs, but they actually belong to their own family due to different anatomical traits.  Ran into these guys often strolling up the Gila River.

 

Medicine Thoughts:  The Land of Enchantment holds very strong medicine. The plants that have adapted to this harsh landscape have learned to thrive with little help.  Due to significant drought, nutrients are hard to come by and the ability to maintain appears to be the overriding factor in order for plants to survive.  With this in mind, wild plants of the southwest seem to hold potent medicines that should be used in low dose when introduced to clinical application.  The atmosphere is very dry, sun is all pervading, and water is sparse.  On a good note, the unending skies bring clarity to thought, plant communication feels alive, and the sunsets you will never forget.

 

 

 

 

 

Special Notes:

~Gila Wilderness holds the honor of being the first designated wilderness in the United States with the help of Aldo Leopold.

~Pinon Pine the state tree

~Roadrunner is the state bird

 

Resources:

 

Julyan, Robert Hixson., and Mary Stuever. Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico, 2005. Print.

 

Ivey, Robert DeWitt. Flowering Plants of New Mexico. Albuquerque, NM: R.D. Ivey, Fourth Edition. Print.

 

Moore, Michael. Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico, 2003. Print.

 

Carter, Jack L., Beth Dennis, Marjorie C. Leggitt, and W. J. Underwood. Trees and Shrubs of New Mexico. Boulder, CO: Mimbres Pub., 1997 Revised and Expanded. Print