Sunday, October 14, 2018
11 AM - 5 PM
The Free Herbalism Project is an interactive community event with botanically inspired lectures from experts in the field, live music, vendors and plenty of free organic herbal tea! Our goal is to create a remarkable experience for those who wish to delve further into the world of herbalism, wild foods, and natural living. It is one of the ways in which Mountain Rose Herbs hopes to give back to herbalists and our local community.
Want to show your support? Each lecture is a fundraiser for the featured herbalist's free clinic or a nonprofit organization through the sale of whimsical merchandise, herbal books, and other goodies. Bring your friends, sip organic tea, and learn about herbs! This time around proceeds will support the United Plant Savers, which has the mission to "protect native medicinal plants of the U.S. and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come."
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Botanicals and GI Health: A Holistic Approach
A healthy digestive system is absolutely crucial for overall health. From the growing rate of C-sections, to the widespread use of proton pump inhibitors, NSAIDs and antibiotics, to the persistent state of stress many people are living with, there can be little wonder that the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, our foundation, is under siege. This session will explore the powerful role botanicals play in promoting GI health through the appropriate use of bitters, demulcents, nervines, and much more.Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.’s exploration of the natural world began more than 35 years ago as she studied midwifery, herbalism, massage therapy, and martial arts before earning her medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. An internationally recognized expert in the fields of integrative medicine, dietary supplements, and women’s health, Dr. Low Dog was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, served as the elected Chair of the US Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplements and Botanicals Expert Information Panel, and was appointed to the Scientific Advisory Council for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
The power of topical herbs
Calendula, Plantain, Marshmallow, Comfrey, Aloe, and several other common herbs for the skin are more than simple herbs you can use topically. Their possible uses are myriad, not only for the skin, but wherever the plant material or its extracts can come into contact with tissues. This might include compresses, poultices, infused oils, salves, diluted tinctures and clay applied to the ear, the mouth, the stomach and upper intestines, the sinuses, the rectum, or the vagina. Several also possess powerful internal properties. We will describe their traditional uses, including combinations and formulas; anecdotes from the NAIMH teaching clinic; and a review of some scientific research on the power of these herbs.
Paul Bergner has studied and practiced herbalism since 1973, with formal training in naturopathy, clinical nutrition, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, flower essences, yoga therapy, and bodywork, undergraduate studies in pre-medicine and psychology, and 50 semester hours of doctoral-level medical studies at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. He has published the journal Medical Herbalism since 1989, and he has written seven books on medical herbalism, nutrition, Chinese medicine, ethnobotany, and naturopathic medicine. He has also edited periodicals on clinical nutrition and naturopathic medicine.
Paul has taught herbalism and clinical nutrition since 1989. He mentored more than 230 students through clinical residencies at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies and the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Boulder between 1996 and 2012. He is currently on the clinical faculty of the School of Traditional Western Herbalism in Portland, OR and the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism in Boulder. He has also taught nutrition academically at both the undergraduate and master’s levels. He lectures on the topics of herbalism and clinical nutrition nationally and internationally.
One of the shining jewels of Lane County, Mount Pisgah Arboretum is a 209-acre living tree museum. Its riverside trails, quiet paths through evergreen forests, water garden teeming with life, bright wildflower meadows, and open views across oak savannas delight all ages. Located within the Howard Buford Recreation Area, the Arboretum lies between the Coast Fork of the Willamette River and the slopes of Mount Pisgah.
The lecture will be held in the White Oak Pavilion. The pavilion will be lit, and the lecture will be amplified.
Schedule for Sunday, October 14
WHAT TO BRING
- Mug for free herbal tea.
- Folding chair or blanket if you'd like. There are 200 seats available, so please arrive early or bring your own.
- Money (cash, check, or credit card) to purchase Mountain Rose Herbs merchandise, books, teas, etc. All profits will be donated to United Plant Savers!
- Families are welcome, but please do not leave children unattended. And we love your animal friends but request that you leave them at home.
- Snacks or money to purchase food from local food carts that will offer delicious options for omnivores, vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free, and paleo diets.
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