Materia Medica Week One: Basic Botany and the Carrot Family
This is a live, in-person class, hosted in on a farm in the 9th Ward of New Orleans. Location and directions will be provided upon registration.
Build your knowledge of specific herb personalities in this 5-week hands-on 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.
Week One we will focus on learning the basic history and principles of botany for the herbalist, and explore common and local herbs in the Carrot family (Apiaceae).
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.
Saturday, March 12th, 10:00am-12:30pm
Taught by Lou Carrig
Fee: Sliding scale $30-50 per class, or sign up for the entire series (5 classes) for $140-$200.
For more information on our Sliding Scale, please visit our About Our Classes page.