Roots & Roses offers classes and workshops on many aspects of herbalism, acupressure, and self-care. Each class balances the intellectual information 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 experience as much as possible. Some past topics include: Introduction to Herbalism; 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 below!
For students with a strong background in herbalism, there is a Clinical Roundtable offered every other Wednesday. This class gives students and practitioners an opportunity to see many 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.
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.
Please note the location of each class listed below. Milagro School of Herbal Medicine is in central Santa Fe at 1500 5th Street, Unit #6. Roots & Roses Herbal Kitchen is in Casa Solana.
New Scholarship Program! Roots & Roses is starting a scholarship program to make herbal education more accessible to marginalized communities. Please contact Emily through the contact page if you are interested in becoming involved.
This year there will be a break from elective classes until the fall in order to dedicate more time to this year's apprentices, clients, and spending time outside with plants. Please check back in October for future elective classes. I will also be offering another Group Elimination & Rechallenge Series this winter.
March Herbal Elective
We will welcome the changing season with our first spring elective, Beyond the Basics: An Herbal Approach to Seasonal Allergies. This is a drop-in class, open to all levels of herbal experience. We will focus on herbs for allergy prevention, as well as remedies for acute allergy-related complaints. We will also talk about important diet and lifestyle choices relevant to allergy prevention. In this class you will learn when certain herbs will be helpful for allergies, and when they could make the situation worse. You will also learn about the nuances of formulating an effective allergy blend, tailored to the individual. Monday, March 8th. 10am-noon. Zoom. $25. Email me at to sign up.
January & February 2021
Group Elimination & Rechallenge Series
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 on Zoom. 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 a check-in, and 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. Due to the pandemic, consultations are on the phone, or preferably on Facetime. Please note that the one-on-one consultations are optional and not included in the series price.
The group portion of the series is $200 (8 classes at $25 each). With tax it comes to $216.88.
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.
Dates/Times: Thursdays in January & February on Zoom. Jan 7, 14, 21, 28; Feb 4, 11, 18, 25. 10-11:30am.
Please note the location of each class.
Milagro School of Herbal Medicine is in central Santa Fe
at 1500 5th Street, Unit #6.
Roots & Roses Herbal Kitchen is in Casa Solana.
Botanical Garden Series
Join me one morning a month at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden on Museum Hill. Check out all of their classes and events here:
2020 Class Descriptions & Dates -
(Looks like they are taking a break from classes in 2021. Hope to see you at the Botanical Garden in 2022!)
Medicine in Your Garden
In this class we will talk about the medicinal properties and traditional uses of some easy to grow herbs. We will also talk about appropriate dosages and fun and easy ways to prepare these herbal medicines. Thursday, May 21st, 10-11:30am on Zoom.
Uplifting Herbs for Challenging Times
In this class we will discuss some of my favorite calming and uplifting plants. These herbs are wonderful allies for soothing anxiety and brightening the spirit. Whether in a cup of tea or added to a meal, these relaxing herbs feel especially welcome during these uncertain times. A healthier stress response also means a stronger immune system. Thursday, June 18th, 10-11:30am on Zoom.
Herbal Vinegars: Creative Dressings to Potent Medicine
In this class you will learn how to make your own herbal vinegars. We will talk about the benefits of using vinegar to extract medicinal qualities of common garden herbs and locally growing wild herbs. Thursday, July 16th, 10-11:30am on Zoom.
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.
How to Store Medicinal and Culinary Herbs
As the growing season winds down, we will talk about various methods of storage of medicinal and culinary herbs. We will talk about drying and freezing herbs, teas, capsules, dream pillows, and some delicious ways to incorporate dried herbs into your next dinner party. Enjoy your garden's bounty all year long! Date TBA.
From Garden to Medicine Cabinet: How to Make your own Tinctures
Come to the Botanical Garden for this fun hands-on medicine making class to 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. Date TBA.
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. Many recipes will be shared. 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.
Medicinal Herb Garden
Already itching to plan your garden? Don’t forget your herbs! We will discuss some easy to grow medicinals for this climate, including plants that are traditionally used to heal the skin, ease anxiety, promote a restful night sleep, and fight infections.
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 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
It has been quite the year so far, and 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 problems. Healthy digestion benefits every other system of the body, including our mental and emotional well being. We will discuss diet, lifestyle choices, food allergies, 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.