Wildcrafting Harvest Intensive – St John’s Wort
Saturday, July 11
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Instructor: Heather Bruno
St John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum, is an important plant to know and utilize. It aids in resolving pain on both physical level and emotional. This sunny plant with perforated leaves and bright yellow flowers blooms around the time of Summer Solstice and can literally let in the light when we are experiencing sadness or depression as it elevates our spirits, helps us regain energy and motivation, and reclaim joy and a positive outlook on life.
St. John’s Wort is a powerful ally that can help us to access the good memories that we have suppressed with the bad and take back our childhood. St John’s Wort has a strong affinity for the nervous system, acting as a trophorestorative – revitalizing and building up the strength and restoring function to the nervous system over time.
St John’s Wort can help relieve pain on a physical level as well with both internally and externally uses. It is especially effective for diminishing nerve pain, relieving sore muscles and joints, and for healing wounds and burns. It protects and supports liver health through detoxification. St John’s Wort increases liver metabolism so well that care needs to be taken to ensure that it doesn’t interfere with the actions of pharmaceutical drugs. It can moderate inflammation and is antimicrobial, a specific remedy for viral infections that involve the nerves, both preventing and shortening the duration of cold sores and herpes infections.
In an amazing setting in the Cascade Mountains of Central Washington just over Snoqualmie pass near Easton Lake about an hour or so from Seattle, students will learn how to correctly identify and ethically harvest St. John’s Wort and learn the correct time, parts used and the proper way to harvest it as well as how to make effective natural remedies.
Make and Take! An infused oil and either a tincture, infused honey, or elixir (your choice) and instructions for crafting a healing salve. Heather will give detailed information about each menstruum and what they each extract and preserve from yarrow so that the students will be able to make informed decisions about which remedies will be right for them.
Additionally, students will learn how to make a yarrow flower essence. Flower essences are incredible medicine that work on an emotional level. We are freed from that which holds up back and are able to move forward. What a delight! Now that’s a powerful relationship, yes?
Location: Students will meet Heather at the parking lot of the PCC in Issaquah and carpool from there. The amount of cars traveling on gravel roads to the harvest spots must stay small to keep the footprint low. Single drivers to the harvest spots will not be allowed. Thank you for understanding. Those who will come from the east side can contact Heather for a meeting spot. Address and details will be given in the registration confirmation email.
What to Bring:
- 2 clean wide mouth half pint jars
- Clean scissors, cutting board and chopping knife
- 1 ounce bottle with dropper – must be clean and unused
- Half pint organic olive oil (or other oil of your choice)
- Half pint 151 or 100 proof vodka
- Half pint raw local honey
- Camp chair
- Lunch, water
Heather Bruno is the owner of Field and Forest Botanicals, a passionate wildcrafter and medicine maker who focuses on ecologically harvested local plants to create products that nurture, heal and sustain us physically, spiritually, and emotionally. She is a member of the American Herbalist Guild and Associate Faculty at Edmonds Community College where she teaches classes in Early Childhood Education. Heather apprenticed with Suzanne Tabert of the Cedar Mountain Herb School and has been a student of herbalism since 1992. Heather supports students to feel empowered to discover and embrace their own wisdom of plants as they open themselves to all the plants wish to teach.
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