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Into the Mystic: An Exploration of Herbs and Meditation

Into the Mystic:  An Exploration of Herbs and Meditation

Did you know that your body is an instrument that is always offering you the opportunity to reside more closely to your own soul? Your physical body is an access point, an instrument, a compass that can be tuned to send and receive messages from the great beyond. By learning how to drop in to the realm of pure present embodiment you can access Divine consciousness, Divine power and Divine creativity. By combining guided meditations with the vitality and medicine of some very common herbs, you can learn to bring your ‘human experience’...

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The Secrets of Sleep

The Secrets of Sleep

Vitalist Sleep Support Class at CSCH with Courtney Huges, CH. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 6-8 pm Sleep is an important part of a person’s overall health. Yet it is often something we put aside in an effort to be more productive. Sleep debt (cumulative lack of sleep) contributes to many different common diseases. Lack of sleep can result in an increased risk and severity of long-term diseases or conditions, such as high blood pressure and heart disease.  The effects of poor sleep are...

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Winter Herbal Wellness

Winter Herbal Wellness

Winter Wellness Class at CSCH with Amber Wood Jan. 15 As the weather becomes cooler and the days become shorter, the world turns inward—and so should we. Taking time to slow down and pay attention to our bodies is essential for wellness throughout the winter months. Winter is also a season when we tend to overextend ourselves during the holidays and with family. It is important for us to take care of ourselves and try to maintain a balance of health during this time. A healthy immune system is...

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Raising an Herbalist

Raising an Herbalist

By Hannah Michaels, CH From picking Dandelions to spending time in the garden with our grandmother, many of us share similar experiences that led us to the plant path. It is now our time to pass this along to the next generation. Raising an herbalist is about engaging your children in herbalism and weaving plant medicine into their lives. There are numerous ways to initiate, support, and help guide their own journeys to becoming an herbalist. Because of modern day distractions, we sometimes lose the connection we had with nature as children....

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Western Herbal Energetics and the Four Humors System

Western Herbal Energetics and the Four Humors System

By Lisa Ganora, CSCH Director Just as traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda have systems of energetics, Western herbalism was originally based on a recognition of the energies and balance of elements, humors, and constitution (temperament) in both herbs and people. Today we use an evolution of this system as the basis for Vitalist herbalism and nutrition. As far as we know, the ancient Egyptians were among the first to record the idea of what we might today call the Four Elements: Fire, Air, Water, Earth. Egyptian knowledge passed on to...

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Clinical Notes on Anger and a Cool Herbal Chart

Clinical Notes on Anger and a Cool Herbal Chart

Anger is believed to be both a positive and a negative emotion, having the ability to right wrongs, motivate people and bring more justice into the world. However, anger also has a downside. This downside brings with it some pretty significant health risks - physical, mental and psychological.

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Illuminating Nightshades

Illuminating Nightshades

In the early 16th century, it is believed that Spanish and Portuguese explorers brought tomato, cayenne and the potato back from the Americas or the ‘Indies’, as they were called, to Europe. The aristocracy immediately turned their noses up at the new foods. It would be another 200 years before nightshades would be adopted into the mainstream diet. The Cayenne pepper was even called the ‘poor man’s pepper’ in Italy. In France, the tomato was grown for ornamental purposes and was called the ‘love apple’. The potato was considered...

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THE SACRED GARDEN: Herbs for the Modern Mystic

THE SACRED GARDEN: Herbs for the Modern Mystic

How does one properly articulate the role of “The Mystic”? Rudolph Steiner came close to capturing the essence of this timeless, mysterious archetype when he wrote: “The mystic, then, is one who seeks for truth and the Divine directly within himself, by a gradual detachment and a veritable birth of his higher soul. If he attains it after prolonged effort, he plunges into his own glowing centre. Then he immerses himself, and identifies himself with that ocean of life which is the primordial force.”[1] Plants have long been inseparable...

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Water Bath Canning as a Method of Food and Herb Preservation

Water Bath Canning as a Method of Food and Herb Preservation

by Melody Baum Preserving food by heating and sealing in jars had been a practice since 1790. Canning was the main method of preservation by families until after World War II when other methods became more widespread. However, since 1973, the rate of canning by individuals has increased every year. Learning to preserve food this way can be a challenge – most people either learn from older family members or the internet. Canning is an amazing hobby – it allows you to take advantage of good deals on seasonal produce as well as know exactly...

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Dandelion Fritters and The Importance of Ingesting Your Landscape

Dandelion Fritters and The Importance of Ingesting Your Landscape

by Kat Mackinnon, CSCH Faculty This time of year, my whole being begins to whisper, and eventually scream “wild greens!” Like many, I’m blessed with yearlong access to produce at the grocery store.  But by early spring, I crave the freshness of my garden and the pungent tang of wild-gathered foods. Strolling in the veggie section the other day, I overheard two women speaking: “Oh I just can’t wait for fresh tomatoes!” This urge, this desire for vital foods is a near universal human trait, and one worth cultivating. There is real...

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