Douglas Fir Harvest Intensive
Saturday, September 21
Time: 9 am – 2 pm
Instructors: Heather Bruno and Suzanne Tabert
The days are getting shorter and the temperatures becoming colder! Brrr! As the season of abundance turns to the season of preparation, autumn is the perfect time to make medicine for cold and flu season! What natural herbal remedies will you have on hand for yourself, family, and friends?
Douglas-fir trees are the most easily recognized trees in the PNW. Redolent with a citrusy-pine smell and taste, the needles and pitch of the Doug fir are astringent and anti-microbial. They contain complex volatile oils, vitamins and aromatic resins that support and strengthen the immune system and help your body to fight infection! Conifers have a special affinity for the respiratory system, opening up the lungs and sinuses, easing the breath and allowing for more efficiently oxygenated cells, as well as boosting energy!
In this class you will experience the healing magic of spending time with the trees as you learn a bucket ton about this wonderful, life-giving tree!
Included in the workshop is how to correctly identify, responsibly harvest, and make natural remedies with the gifts of Douglas fir. And of course, you’ll sample several creations including Douglas fir probiotic soda, and learn how to make them on your own!
Douglas-fir can be used in so many ways: as a delicious cough and cold elixir or oxymel, transformed into syrups, refreshing drinks, incorporated into both sweet and savory recipes, blended into a nutritious herb and spice mixture, added to soaking salts for bathing, soothing steams, heavenly infused oil for salves, chest rubs and lotions, and the list goes on and on! So. Much. Medicine!
What you’ll take home: 2 half pints of your own infused honey, elixir, tincture, vinegar or oxymel (your choice), along with recipes and detailed instructions for what you can make at home using this generous tree!
Location: My herb sanctuary near the Snoqualmie Falls area – address will be given in confirmation email upon registering.
PLEASE NOTE: This is an outdoor workshop and we will be carpooling to a higher elevation, so please be prepared for all weather.
What to bring:
- Small basket or fabric grocery bag
- Camp chair
- 2 clean half pint jars with lids
- Cutting board, chopping knife
- Half pint each: apple cider vinegar, 151 proof vodka or rum, and raw local honey
- Mug or cup to sample Doug fir treats
- Dress for the weather!