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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

April Online #Herbal Lore Class with Beth Trissel

If you missed my other classes, or want to catch the updated version, I'm giving my Herbal Lore and the Historic Medicinal Uses of Herbs class in April for Charter Oak Romance Writers. Non-members are welcome to join in. Register at this link. Scroll down:
(Dill and heirloom poppies from Monticello growing in our garden)
This workshop spans centuries of herbs and their lore from the ancients, through the British Isles, Colonial America, Native Americans, the Granny Women and the Mountain People of the Blue Ridge and Alleghenies (general Appalachia).

Mountains surround us here in the Shenandoah Valley. This area is rich in history, plants, and people who went to great lengths to thwart witches. Seriously. And, of course, this fear of witches was widespread in Europe and the UK.

Folk were fearful of evil in general, and getting elf-shot... We've got herbs for everything.

There's so much fascinating stuff to cover in this class. Too much, so I encourage participants to download and save the files for later. I also welcome discussion and questions. It's more enjoyable with participation. Otherwise, I feel like I'm talking amongst my selves.

My aim is for this sharing time together to be fun and informative. I often incorporate herbs into my writing and into my life. Some of the more archaic herbal uses are frowned upon today, and/or illegal. I recommend avoiding those.
This is my class outline, but I guarantee I will post even more than this. I have a wealth of information to share, and am accumulating more all the time.
Week One:

Introduction to the workshop and meet and greet.

The wisdom of Native Americans. A focus on Native American herbs.
The Granny Women. A focus on the mountain people and old time cures, both herbal and some white magic.

Week Two:
Colonial American herbs (Part One)

Colonial American herbs (Part Two)

Week Three:
Plants for a Medieval Herb Garden in the British Isles.

***Class members will receive the eBook of my herbal, Plants for a Medieval Herb Garden in the British Isles. Also available in print at Amazon: 

Other related posts on herbs in the British Isles, including the Druids.

Week Four:

‘What can kill can cure’ but definitely kill and watch out for werewolves (Poisonous herbs and those believed to have power against werewolves and vampires)

For protection from spells and enchantment, the sacred, healing herbs
Knock yourself out and Ward off the Plague: Dwale, an Old-English Antiseptic

The Vinegar of the Four Thieves
An opportunity for final sharing from participants, wiping away fond tears, and virtual hugs. 

“As Rosemary is to the Spirit, so Lavender is to the Soul."
– Anonymous
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  1. Beth, you've added to the class since I took it so I MUST take it again. I am eager to know about the Grannies of Appalachia and Native Americans in particular. You are so knowledgeable and your classes are wonderful!

    1. Thanks so much, Caroline. Yes, I guess I have added since you took it last.

  2. How great that you share your wealth of knowledge.


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