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; Moon Medicine; Herbs for Muscle & Nerve Pain; Medicine Making: Tinctures, Oils, & Salves.
For students with a strong background in herbalism, there is a Clinical Roundtable offered weekly. 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. There are three spots available per year.
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.
Autumn & Winter Class Descriptions:
November, December, January, & February
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. Thursday, November 7th. 10am-noon. $25. Location: Milagro School of Herbal Medicine (5th Street).
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. Thursday, November 14th. 10am-noon. $25. Location: Milagro School of Herbal Medicine (5th Street).
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. Monday, November 18th. 10am-noon. $25. Location: Roots & Roses Herbal Kitchen (Casa Solana).
Topical & Internal Remedies for Muscles, Nerves, Joints, & Bones
In this class 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, tendonitis, and osteoporosis. We will discuss both internal and topical remedies. Thursday, November 21st. 10am-noon. $25. Location: Milagro School of Herbal Medicine (5th Street)
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. Thursday, December 5th. 10am-noon. $25 plus materials. Location: Roots & Roses Herbal Kitchen (Casa Solana).
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. Friday, December 6th & 13th. 10am-noon. $25 per class. Location: Milagro School of Herbal Medicine (5th Street).
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. Thursday, December 19th. 10am-noon. $25 plus materials. Location: Roots & Roses Herbal Kitchen (Casa Solana).
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. Tuesday, January 7th. 10am-noon. $25. Location: Milagro School of Herbal Medicine (5th Street).
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. Thursday, January 9th. 10am-noon. $25 plus materials. Location: Roots & Roses Herbal Kitchen (Casa Solana).
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. Tuesday, January 14th. 10am-noon. $25. Location: Milagro School of Herbal Medicine (5th Street).
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. Thursday, February 6th. 10am-noon. $25 plus materials. Location: Roots & Roses Herbal Kitchen (Casa Solana).
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! Thursday, February 13th. 10am-noon. $25. Location: Roots & Roses Herbal Kitchen (Casa Solana).
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. Thursday, February 20th. 10am-noon. $25 plus materials. Location: Roots & Roses Herbal Kitchen (Casa Solana).
March & April 2020
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. Tuesday, March 3rd. 10am-noon. $25. Location: Milagro School of Herbal Medicine (5th Street).
What are adaptogens and when are they helpful? What are some precautions to have when working with this category of herbs? In this class we will take a closer look at five common adaptogens. We will discuss their use in cancer prevention, 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. Tuesday, March 10th. 10am-noon. $25. Location: Milagro School of Herbal Medicine (5th Street).
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. Tuesday, March 24th. 10am-noon. $25. Location: Milagro School of Herbal Medicine (5th Street).
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. Friday, April 17th. 10am-noon. $25. Location: Milagro School of Herbal Medicine (5th Street).
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. Friday, April 24th. 10am-noon. $25. Location: Milagro School of Herbal Medicine (5th Street).
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.
Check out the full calendar of ongoing and upcoming classes:
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:
Thank you everyone who participated in the 2019
Botanical Garden Series. See you in 2020!
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.
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.
Herbal Vinegars: Creative Dressings to Potent Medicine
In this hands-on medicine making 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.
How to Make Herbal Oils with Easy to Grow Plants
Come to the Botanical Garden to learn about the different ways to make 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.
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!