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    Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden with Carol Wade and Lanny Kaufer

    Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden with Carol Wade and Lanny Kaufer
    The experience of the Thomas Fire and the mudslides that followed continue to impact the hearts and minds of all who lived through it. On the physical level, particulate matter in the air coupled with an especially virulent flu has many still coughing. Other respiratory conditions such as colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma and allergies also are on the uptick. Interestingly, the lungs are connected to sadness and grief in more than one ancient healing tradition. One of the overarching emotions that many of us are dealing with is the sense of sadness and loss surrounding the aftermath of these events.
    Lanny Kaufer of HerbWalks.com invites you to join him and herbalist Carol Wade on Saturday, March 24, at Ojai’s Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden — miraculously spared by the fire — to appreciate the nature still standing, the resiliency of the natural world and of our human bodies, and the many ways plant medicine lends itself to respiratory and whole body/mind health. The paradox is the strength that can come from destruction, the literal growth from ashes and the new healthy life that emerges.
    Participants will spend a lovely morning visiting this East End jewel with Kaufer and Wade, the garden’s founder, as their guides. They will enjoy the beautiful vistas as they learn about how to grow and care for the many herbal allies that live among us.  Many of these gems are native and can lead to and support respiratory health. The group will gather a few for some of the herbal preparations they’ll be making in the afternoon under Wade’s direction:
    • “Clear the Air” room spray (antimicrobial and uplifting)
    • Herbal vapor rub
    • “Respiratory Relief” tea
    • Sinus/headache steam
    After an in-depth tour of the garden, they’ll break for lunch and reconvene at a downtown kitchen for some from-the-earth herbal medicine making. Details will be described in a confirmation email sent to registrants.
    Carol Wade has been practicing as a professional herbalist and nutritional counselor for over 25 years, and is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild. Her garden, the Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden in Ojai, California, serves as a hub for several medicinal herb-oriented ventures that bring the idea of using medicinal herbs in daily living as a viable and logical choice to the community at large.
    After practicing privately for much of her career, six years ago Carol joined her work as a practitioner and educator with her background in the herbal and organic gardening fields to bring herbal medicine to a wider audience with the Earth Island Herbs Medicinal Herb Garden and the Earth Island Herbal Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project in Ojai, CA. She currently offers Eco-tours of the garden that combine medicine making with garden tours, workshops for the general public,  and presentations for school classrooms.
    In 2016 Carol founded the Ojai School of Herbal Studies, an 18-month herbal studies program that utilizes the garden, hands on medicine making, and an in-depth education in how to use herbs safely and effectively, including terminology, plant chemistry, anatomy and physiology, an extensive materia medica, and actual herb cultivation.
    Calendar Info:
    • Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden with Carol Wade and Lanny Kaufer 
    • East end, Ojai Valley
    Saturday, March 24, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
    • Tour the one-of-a-kind herb garden, harvest medicinal herbs, and prepare home remedies
    • $60, including all materials
    • Register at HerbWalks.com or call 805-646-6281

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