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Study Group 2012: Herbal Spotlight

Each month, we will focus on one herb. The study group will include reading the lesson, doing ‘experiments, discussing further study and advanced work options (that each person will do on their own at home over the course of the month), and ending with group discussion on general topics while enjoying refreshments. Each month we will discuss what was taught/studied the previous month before starting a new lesson.

2nd Wednesday of each month from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

This year’s line up:

January – Kelp
February – Birch
March – Cleavers
April – Herb Walk or Catnip (weather depending)
May – Herb Walk
June – Thyme
July – Herb Walk
August – Basil
September – no class
October – Sumac
November – Cranberry
December – Nutmeg

Sign up to receive monthly reminders about the study group: To register, go to our Meet Up page.

Herbal Remedy Workshops at Collinsville Public Library
4th Wednesday of each month from 6:30 – 7:30 pm

January – Herbs for Aches and Pains
February – Herbal First Aid
March – Herbs for Allergies and Asthma
April – Herbs for Children
May – Backyard herbs: Using the Weeds that Grow in Your Yard
June – Herbs for Women
July – Herbs for Men
August – Herbs for Stress
September – Herbs for Digestion
October – Preparing for Flu and Cold Season With Herbs
November – Medicinal Uses of Culinary Herbs
December – Herbs for Pets


January 25, 2012 – Herbs for Aches and Pains

Tired of popping OTC pills every time you have an ache or pain? Come learn about some herbal alternatives to treating headaches, inflammation, muscle aches and more as we dive into the world of aches and pains.

February 22, 2012 –  Herbal First Aid



This month we’ll explore our medicine cabinet and discuss common herbs that can be substituted for various OTC medications such as Neosporin, Pepto Bismol and more. Come and learn how you can assemble a Basic Herbal First Aid kit for the home and a mini kit for the car.


For more information, see my blog posts on the subject:
Herbal First Aid for the Car


March 28, 2012 – Herbs for Allergies and Asthma

Seasonal allergies get you down every year? Now’s the time to start treating yourself to beat your allergies! Learn what herbs to incorporate into your daily diet to lessen or eliminate seasonal allergies this year!

April 25, 2012 – Herbs For Children


This month we will discuss appropriate herbs for common childhood illnesses. We’ll talk about immune boosting herbs, calming and soothing herbs, herbs for upset stomaches and digestive problems, herbs for sore throats, coughs, fevers and herbs for treating cuts, bumps, bruises, splinters and bee stings. We’ll discuss how to get herbs into kids by making herbal syrups, elixirs and candy balls.


Learn how to get your kids involved with herbs so they can learn to take charge of their own health!


May 25, 2011 – Using the Weeds that Grow in Your Backyard



Come and explore! What can you find in your own backyard that has medicinal value? You might be surprised to learn you have an entire medicine cabinet growing right at your fingertips! Dandelions, chicory, chickweed, plantain, violets, burdock, clover, oak, cleavers, rose and wild cherry are just a few of many that grow wild.

June 22, 2011 – Herbs for Women

Curious about using herbs to treat common female ailments but don’t know where to start? Want to use something more gentle for treating pre-menstrual cramps, moodiness, hot flashes and more? Herbs can be the answer for helping get to the root of the problems with all these common problems and more!

Join us as we explore commonly used herbs for treating all these ailments and more! Although this workshop focuses on women, men are welcome to join in and learn how to help the women in their lives as well.

July 27, 2011 – Herbs for Men

Herbs are used in every aspect of our lives but start talking about common problems men have and everyone heads for the hills! There are very few herbals available that focus on men, in fact, you can find more herb books written for pets, women, children and Lyme Disease than you can for men. Come break the common taboo and find out what herbs are beneficial for men. We’ll discuss herbs for general health care as well as issues such as heart problems, stress, prostate problems and more.

Join us as we explore commonly used herbs for treating all these ailments and more! Although this workshop focuses on men, women are welcome to join in and learn how to help the men in their lives as well.


August 24, 2011 – Herbs for Stress

Stress is a part of everyone’s life. How you deal with it can affect your health. Come learn how to incorporate herbs with other healthy lifestyle choices to combat stress, lessen it and work on eliminating it from your life.

October 26, 2011 – Herbs for Flu and Cold Season

As the days shorten and cool off, our needs turn from poison ivy rash, sunburns and mosquito bites to keeping ourselves healthy for the upcoming cold and flu season. Pharmacies, drug stores and even grocery stores offer the flu vaccine on every corner, making it seem as common as picking up a gallon of milk or a box of band-aids. What are your options as far as protecting yourself against this year’s strain of the flu? How can you prepare for the flu? How can you prevent you and your family from getting it or at least lessen the severity and duration of it? What about avoiding secondary bacterial infections that can occur from complications from the flu, even for those who are vaccinated against the flu? Are there really herbs available for preventing and treating the flu, its symptoms and complications that can arise from it?
We’ll discuss all of these important questions and more during this work shop, talk about herbs that can effectively be used for preventing and treating colds and the flu and discuss preparations. Don’t be caught unprepared, come find out which herbs you can stock up on now to make your winter a happy and healthy one!

Prepare now for the cold and flu season. Learn what you can do to proactively prevent the flu from affecting you during the peak season and how to treat it effectively with herbs if you do come down with it.

For more information, read my blog posts:
Using regional herbs for Flu prevention and treatment
Preparing for the Flu

November 28, 2012 – Medicinal Uses of Culinary Herbs

New to herbalism and don’t know where to start? Overwhelmed by all the choices and herbs out there? Take a deep breath, open up your kitchen cupboard and get started with what you already have available. You might be surprised just how much healing you have ready in your kitchen. With a few common herbs and spices, plus a few other ingredients (honey, lemons, sea salt, vinegar)you’ll be healing yourself and your family in no time!

This month we will discuss several common herbs found in your kitchen that you can effectively use for many common ailments. Herbs such as Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Basil and Mint as well as lemons, honey, garlic, sea salt and many more items that are more than just food, they are healing!

December 26, 2012 – Herbs for Pets

You’ve switched to using natural products in your home and for your family, now it’s time to give your pet the same consideration! Tonight we’ll talk about general remedies and specific issues pets may have. We’ll cover dogs, cats and any other animals that participants have at home.
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