Can you hear it? The call of the wild weeds… “What grows around you is often what you need the most.” When plants show up for you, will you know how to recognize them?
In part one of our series, we explored the general botanicals in our area likely to have been used by past peoples (that lived here) for food and medicine. In this session, we go deeper and it gets more personal! Plants choose to sprout where they do, symbiotically answering the call of your body’s chemistry by appearing in your yard and garden. The more time you commune with your property and touch its soil, the clearer the signal for its plantlife to adapt/customize to your needs. Learn how many of the plants that are underfoot and seem unremarkable are filled with properties that are healing and help bring balance to the body. Oftentimes, when a garden or yard gets a little overgrown, ambitious gardeners will pull up every stray botanical that "looks like a weed." Whole mats of chickweed, clusters of purslane, groundcovers, sorrel, burdock, dandelions, or clumps of plantain are discarded and their healing medicine is wasted! Come with us as we cover an assortment of the more usual plant visitors found here in northern NJ. Through our intensive visual presentation of these botanicals’ physical features, characteristics and properties, you will learn to recognize their arrival, their purpose and how to best benefit from them. “When we see plants as teachers, we understand the abundant gifts they offer us as they share their many practical, nourishing and medicinal gifts.” *If time and weather allow us the opportunity for a short exploratory walk in the yard, we highly recommend bringing weather appropriate clothing, garden boots, and insect repellent. *Those who sign up to these introductory classes and want to learn more will be better prepared and considered for our Herbal Apprentice Program.