Sunday morning, I walk a few blocks from my home to our meeting spot for the day. Once again I run into Deborah on the way there :) We take off our shoes and enter a living room where we sit in cozy circle ready to learn. Once again we introduce and get to know our new friends.
We learn definitions: cold infusion, compress, decoction, essential oil, fixed oil, flower essence, infused oil, infusion, liniment, poultice, salve, succus, syrup, tea and tincture. We look up definitions in many books and share the differences, including: analgesic, antispasmodic, antitussive, calmative, carminative, demulcent, disphoretic, diuretic, emetic, expectorant, nutritive, restorative, etc. Stick these plus much more into brain, Go! :)
We Portlanders go into the rain and spend sometime with the garden herbs. First, a whole pot of beautiful Nettle. Up next, Rosemary and Sage. Then Violets. We taste the Rosemary flowers, and the Violet leaves.
Inside we taste tea including a cold infusion of Nettle, a warm infusion of Nettle tea and of Ginger. Tea lasts up to 48 hours and then it’s better to discard rather than ingest. Prior to letting tea go bad, make ice cubes instead.
After eating lunch, we get to taste many beautiful tinctures and learn about digestive herbs. We tasted, Lavender, Yarrow, Hops, Chamomile, Comfrey, Nettle, Marshmallow, Calendula, and Angelica.
For my homework, I will pick a herb as my tea friend. Which herb shall I pick? I will keep a journal of making/taking with much detail. I will sit with a plant for an hour and get to know it as my friend. Personally, I will work with learning plants and plant medicine as daily as possible. YAY! Go plants!