Materia Medica 5-week Online Course
Build your knowledge of specific herb personalities in this new 5-week course! We will dive deep into the identification, growing habits, medicinal use, specific indications, and flavor profile of a select group of commonly-used and bioregionally-relevant herbs. You will come to know these plants personally and in-depth, as a start to building your own personal Materia Medica.
Materia Medica is Latin for 'healing materials.' In Western Herbalism, the term refers to the cataloging of the body of knowledge collected about the healing properties and history of use of a specific plant. In our modern age, with commercial access to hundreds of medicinal species, the number of available remedies can become overwhelming! This course is designed to focus your learning away from long lists and memorization, and steer you towards a deeper sense of connection with select plant allies.
Plants will be arranged by botanical plant family, exposing the student to the basic principles and history of botanical classification and identification. Each week we will meet a new plant family, learn its shared characteristics, and discuss the patterns we see within the the selection of herbs. Plant families covered will include Mints (Lamiaceae), Asters (Asteraceae), Rose (Rosaceae), Mallow (Malvaceae) and more!
These classes are open to all levels, however, a foundational understanding of herbalism is a plus. This course is intended as a supplement to our Heart of Herbal Medicine series, and past and current students are encouraged to enroll to deepen their knowledge of plants introduced in that course.
This is an online course, taught in a live, remote format via Zoom. Students are highly encouraged to attend the workshop live; however if you are unable to attend at the scheduled time, a recording will be available.
Taught by Lou Carrig
Fee: Sliding scale $30-45 per class, or sign up entire series (5 classes) for $130-$180.
For more information on our Sliding Scale, please visit our About Our Classes page.