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Herbal Education

Roots & Roses offers classes and workshops on many aspects of herbalism, nutrition, and self-care. Each class balances evidence-based research with the real heart-felt wisdom of the plants. Emily believes in building intimate relationships with each plant, as opposed to memorizing lists of indications out of a book. She encourages her students to focus on a few plant allies and learn from their own experiences as much as possible. Some past topics include: Herbal Actions and Energetics; Herbs & Acupressure for Emotional Balancing; Herbs for Thyroid Health; Herbs for Muscle & Nerve Pain; Medicine Making: Tinctures, Oils, & Salves; How to Make Your Own Mushroom Double-Extractions. See more offerings below.

Clinical Roundtables are back! For students with a background in herbalism, there is a Clinical Roundtable offered once a month. This class gives students and practitioners an opportunity to see case studies together as a group. The participants get exposure to different therapeutic approaches, as they organically gain confidence in their own relationship with the plants. Contact Emily if you would like to participate this year. 

Emily offers personally tailored herbal apprenticeships. Each program varies depending on the experience and desired focus of the participant. Apprenticeships typically begin in the spring and continue through the fall.  

Classes are held in the Casa Solana neighborhood in Santa Fe. There are also opportunities to learn online.

April-June 2024

Uplifting Herbal Allies

In this class you will get to know some herbs to ease depression, anxiety, and brain fog. Learn the nuances of different medicinal herbs so that you can best support yourself and your loved ones. Nutrition tips for brain health will also be shared. Details: Saturday, April 27th, 11:30am-1pm. $45 + tax. Location: Casa Solana.

 

Dandelion Herbalist Series: Starting from the Roots

This 5-class workshop is geared toward anyone wanting to weave medicinal herbs into their daily life. My hope is that by the end of this series you will feel empowered to support yourself and your loved ones with herbalism and nutrition. Throughout the course you will build relationships with various herbs and decide which ones you want to have in your home apothecary. We will sample herbs and learn how to decode their herbal actions and energetics (hot, cold, dry, damp) via their taste. Some of the themes discussed include: seasonal allergies, colds and flus, insomnia, chronic stress, indigestion, and back pain. You will also learn how to formulate tasty tea blends. Limited to 8 students. Enrollment closes April 20th! Details: Wednesdays, May 1st - May 29th, 11am-12:30pm. $275 + tax for the series. Location: Casa Solana. 

The Misunderstood World of Detoxification

The term detoxification may bring to mind images of aggressive spring cleanses or fasting. Proper detoxification actually relies on ample nutrients and can be compromised by inadequate micronutrients, macronutrients, and fiber. In this 2-part class we will discuss the ways nutrition and herbs can support the various phases of detoxification. We can't always control our environment, but we can support the body's natural detoxification systems. We will discuss the importance of healthy bile, proper vitamin and mineral status, an antioxidant-rich diet, and more! Details: Saturdays, May 11 & 18th, 11:30am-1pm. $100 + tax for the 2-part series ($50/class). Location: Casa Solana.

 

Hormone Spotlight: Herbs & Nutrition for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is the most common female hormone disorder. It is associated with menstrual irregularity, infertility, ovarian cysts, and excessive facial hair. Blood sugar issues such as insulin resistance and reactive hypoglycemia are also common in this population. Understanding the root causes of PCOS can help us to pick the best herbal remedies for women suffering from this hormonal imbalance. In addition to herbs, I will also share evidence-based PCOS nutrition tips. This class is open to individuals with PCOS or any students or practitioners wanting to learn more about this important condition. If you have a loved one with PCOS, please pass this on! Details: Saturdays, June 1st & 8th. 11:30am-1pm. $100 + tax for the 2-part series ($50/class). Location: Casa Solana.

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Group Elimination & Rechallenge Series - September 2024

The Elimination and Rechallenge is the "golden standard" for figuring out food sensitivities and allergies. Often this can be the key to resolving long standing chronic complaints that go beyond the gut, such as joint pain, thyroid imbalances, skin rashes, headaches, and brain fog. 

 

The group will last 8 weeks, and we will meet once a week for an 1.5 hours. The elimination diet itself will last 6 weeks, and we will have a week before and a week after for instructions, details, & follow-up. 

In each meeting everyone will have time for a check-in. We will also discuss related topics and tips each week. Some topics discussed: food intolerance and systemic inflammation; vitamins, nutrients, and herbs for gut healing; the emotional aspects of a food elimination diet; easy recipes; how to chart your progress and do it right the first time; mood/mind symptoms to look out for; chronic pain due to food intolerance; what's a healing crisis and what's not a healing crisis; the issues with lab testing for food sensitivities/allergies; and clinical examples of successful elimination diets. 

 

As this will be a small group, there will be plenty of time for questions, both personal and general. Everyone will agree to full confidentiality before beginning the course. 

 

In addition to the group meetings, each participant is encouraged to have a one-on-one consultation before the elimination diet begins and a follow-up during or after the re-challenge stage. In this way, each person's process can be tailored specifically to their own needs and desires. Please note that the one-on-one consultations are optional and not included in the series price. 

 

The group portion of the series is $480 + tax.

 

No background in herbal medicine is necessary. All that is needed is a desire to feel well and a strong commitment to your own personal healing. I understand that Elimination Diets can be intimidating. This series will provide personalized guidance and support, and hopefully make the experience as easy and fun as possible. Let me know if you are interested in participating or have any questions.

 

September 2024. Dates/Times: TBA. Contact Emily if you are interested. Series limited to 7 participants.

Past Classes in Santa Fe

Introduction to Herbal Actions and Energetics 

We will begin this class by exploring some basic herbal energetics, classifying herbs (with our senses) in terms of their qualities of hot, cold, dry, or damp. We will also talk about our own energetics as individuals (“I always run hot”… "My skin is super dry all year”…), and think about appropriate herbal compliments for individual constitutions and imbalances. In the second part of this class we will introduce some principle herbal actions, give herbal examples, and discuss how these actions are relevant to common ailments. This class goes beyond a “this herb for that illness” approach and presents a much more dynamic, personalized, and effective way to match herbs to individuals. A great place to begin your herbal journey or to dive deeper. 

Easing Tense Bellies with Bitters, Aromatics, and Nervines

It is no secret that our nervous and digestive systems are directly connected. When you have had a stressful day, even the most simple meal can cause indigestion. In this class we will discuss herbs that act on both of these systems. We will talk about the use of bitters, aromatics, and nervines to support healthy digestion and a calm state of emotional and mental well-being. 

 

Five Favorite "Almost Winter" Remedies to Make at Home

As our gardens sleep, the colder months are wonderful for indoor projects, experiments in the kitchen, and baking sprees. In this class I will share some of my favorites herbal remedies to prepare for winter. Recipes will be provided so that you can make them at home for yourself and loved ones. I will also share variations for different constitutions. Here is a list of the remedies that will be discussed: spiced elderberry syrup, uplifting elixir, adaptogen chai tea, immune strengthening soup, and finally....an herb infused chocolate dessert. 

 

Medicine Making: Syrups

In this hands-on class you will learn how to make medicinal syrups. Syrups are wonderful to have around the house during cold and flu season, both for prevention and for relieving symptoms such as coughs and sore throats. Various recipes will be shared and each participant will leave with a bottle of their own homemade cough syrup. Our syrup will be a base of herbs and local raw honey. 

 

Thyroid Health and Imbalances (part 1 & 2)

Thyroid issues are very common, and can affect all aspects of one’s health and well-being. We will talk about common ailments of this important organ, such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, along with herbs and lifestyle choices that can support thyroid health. We will also talk about some other hot topics, including thyroid medication options and associated labwork.

 

Medicine Making: Tinctures

In this hands-on medicine making class you will learn how to make your own tinctures. You will learn methods for making tinctures with both fresh and dried plants. We will talk about when it is most appropriate to use alcohol extracts, and go over a list of helpful supplies to have on hand. Everyone will go home with their own macerating tincture. 

Staying Bright during the Darker Months: Uplifting Herbs for Winter

It's always helpful to have some calming and uplifting herbs around, whether they're in the form of your favorite aromatic tea, a tincture in your backpack, or a nourishing winter soup. We will focus primarily on two categories of herbs: nervines and adaptogens.

 

Medicine Making: Mushroom Double-Extractions

Come learn how to make your own mushroom extracts. In this hands-on class we will go through the steps of making a double-extraction, and also discuss the benefits of making your mushroom medicine in this special two-stage process. 

Herbal Allies for Bladder Infections

In this class we will look at herbs that are commonly used to ease bladder infections. We will talk about when it is appropriate to use home remedies, and when it is important to seek proper medical attention. We will talk about herbal actions and energetics (hot, cold, dry, damp) and how these concepts fit into creating an effective formula for bladder infection relief. 

Medicine Making: Herb Infused Oils & Salves

In this hands-on class you will learn how to make herbal oils and salves. Each participant will go home with their own homemade salve.

 

Keeping it Simple: Incorporating Herbal Medicine into Daily Meals

Herbs have an amazing ability to help us come back into balance, and they each have different personalities to explore. It is fun to jump in and experiment, although sometimes we are doing it not so much for the fun, but because we are desperately looking for a solution to acute symptoms or relief from a chronic illness. At a certain point though, we can be attracted to so many remedies, that we find ourselves absolutely surrounded by tincture bottles and supplement jars. Our search for balance and healing can ironically become imbalanced. This is when I like to bring it back to the basics- food as our first medicine. Herbal medicine can easily be a part of daily life by eating wholesome foods and incorporating herbs into our dishes and beverages. If you are feeling overwhelmed by how many herbs and supplements you take everyday, this class is for you! 

 

Medicine Making: Oxymels & Glycerites

In this hands-on class you will learn how to make oxymels and glycerites. Oxymels are herbal extracts using a base of vinegar and honey. Glycerites are herbal extracts using a base of glycerin. Both preparations are often used as alternatives to alcohol-based tinctures, yet their strengths go beyond the fact that they are simply alcohol-free. We will talk about how and when to use these delicious preparations. Each participant will go home with the medicine they created in class.

Uplifting Nervine Herbs

Sometimes the end of winter seems to drag on a bit for those of us eager to plant, camp, and sleep under the stars. Even if you prefer the cool weather and the extra time sipping hot tea and reflecting, the shorter days do mean less light and generally less movement. Herbs can be a welcome addition to our routine this time of year, to prevent any winter blues or feelings of stagnation. In this class we will discuss some uplifting herbs and lifestyle choices that can help us enjoy every last bit of winter. These herbs can also be used anytime of year to calm anxiety and brighten the spirit.

Moon Medicine: Herbal Allies for Menstrual Complaints

If you have a challenging time before or during your period, you are not alone. Many women suffer each month with a wide range of symptoms that affect their lives in profound ways. This class will present some herbal allies to help ease such symptoms as pms, depression, anxiety, irritability, food cravings, cramps, bloating, irregular cycles, and more. We will also talk about herbs and lifestyle changes that can help get to the root of the imbalance, not just temporarily alleviate symptoms. Some herbs to be discussed: Yarrow, Motherwort, Vervain, Burdock, Vitex, Angelica, Red Clover, Shatavari, White Peony, Ashwagandha, and Rose. 

Springtime Nutritive Herbs

In this class we will look at a few of our most powerful nutritive herbs. Many of these herbs are some of the first to greet us in the spring. We will talk about the importance of incorporating nutrient-rich plants into our daily life for various body systems. We will also discuss some tasty remedies you can make at home with these local plants. Some herbs to be discussed: Violet, Dandelion Leaf, Nettle, Cleavers, Horsetail. 

Five Favorite Adaptogens

Adaptogens allow our bodies to better cope with stress. In this class we will take a closer look at five common adaptogens. We will discuss their use in cancer prevention, hormonal regulation, integrative therapies for chronic illnesses such as auto-immune diseases, and their strength in supporting one’s overall energy, brain function, and longevity. We will look at adaptogens that range from relaxing to stimulating. Herbs to be discussed: Ashwagandha, Tulsi, Reishi, Schisandra, American Ginseng. 

Cacao, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Chile

In this class we will explore the energetics and properties of some of our most revered spices. We will look at these spices through the lens of herbal medicine, honoring their rich historical usage. There will be some delicious herbal recipes shared! 

Herbal Approach to Lung Health

In this class we will explore herbs that support the respiratory system. We will focus on relaxing expectorants and stimulating expectorants for the lungs. You will learn how to choose appropriate herbs based on a person's constitution and the type of cough they are experiencing. We will also talk about lung tonics, diet, and lifestyle choices that are helpful for prevention of respiratory system imbalances and diseases. 

Balancing the Doshas of Ayurveda with Western Herbs

In the Ayurvedic medicine system of India, constitutions are described using the three doshas: Kapha, Pitta, and Vata. Though we each have elements of all three, understanding our primary doshas can help us understand how to stay in balance with proper lifestyle, diet, and herbs. Through the lens of Ayurveda, we can understand the constitution we were born with and the constitution we are expressing in this present moment. Once we know our own energetics (warm, cold, dry, damp, tense, lax), we can start to see these patterns in others as well. Only once we understand the energetics of an individual, can we begin to choose the appropriate herbs. In this class we will discuss the common attributes of each dosha and how they are expressions of the elements of nature. We will look at easily accessible western herbs that can be used to balance each of the doshas. 

Herbal Medicine Elective: Mind & Memory

Chronic stress can definitely take a toll on our mental health. In this class we will look at some favorite remedies to support mental clarity and memory. We will discuss herbs & mushrooms that you can easily incorporate into your daily routines in the form of teas, tinctures, smoothies, broths, and savory sauces.  

How to Make Herbal Oils with Easy to Grow Plants

In this class you will learn how to make your own herbal oils. We will explore the benefits of using Calendula, Plantain, Comfrey, and Yarrow topically – all herbs you might already have growing in your garden. Thursday, September 10th, 10-11:30am on Zoom. This class is through the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. 

An Exploration of Medicinal Mushrooms

We will talk about the benefits and clinical applications of shiitake, maitake, oyster, turkey tail, lion's mane, & reishi. 

Herbs for the Changing Season

As the weather begins to cool down, there are many things we can do to prepare for the autumn and winter ahead. You may notice your body already asking for a different diet, or a slower daily rhythm. In this class we will talk about herbs to guide us during this change of season, so that our immunity stays strong and our spirits stay high, as we turn to a more reflective time of year. We will weave together ideas from Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, and Western Herbalism.

Easing Digestive Complaints with Herbs, part 1 & 2

In this two-part class we will look at common digestive complaints through the lens of herbal medicine. Herbs can help relieve unpleasant symptoms, as well as help us get to the root of our digestive imbalances. Healthy digestion benefits every other system of the body, including our mental and emotional well being. We will discuss diet, lifestyle choices, food sensetivities, beneficial bacteria, and a wide variety of herbs. You will also learn relevant herbal actions & energetics for the digestive system. 

Herbal Remedies for the Musculoskeletal System, part 1 & 2

In this series we will focus on herbs and lifestyle choices that support a healthy musculoskeletal system. We will talk about common complaints such as back and neck pain, sciatica, arthritis, and osteoporosis. We will discuss both internal and topical remedies. There will be plenty of time for related questions.

Medicinal Herb Garden

Already itching to plan your garden? Don’t forget your herbs! In this class we will explore the medicinal properties of herbs that can easily be grown in your garden or in plant pots. Simply go to your backyard or windowsill for culinary herbs, first aid helpers, or a calming cup of tea. We will discuss herbs that are traditionally used to heal the skin, ease anxiety, promote a restful night sleep, and fight infections. Details: Saturday, April 20th, 11:30am-1pm. $45 + tax. Location: Casa Solana.

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