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The Herbal Medicine Cabinet
It’s no surprise with all the ridiculous side effects of mainstream medications these days that people are taking charge of their own health and wellbeing and are moving in the home remedy / herbal direction. Medicinal herbal choices come by way of tablets, capsules, powders, teas, tinctures, and fresh or dried plants. Don’t think though that just because they are plants and are natural that they are all safe; for instance, licorice root is a fabulous option for hardcore heartburn, but it’s not necessarily a friend to those who also have high blood pressure. You really have to do your research and at least know some basics before you start to build the regimen that works for you. And what better way to build that intimate knowledge with your personal perfect regimen than by taking a class with an expert in the field (academically and the dirt) and growing your own!
Maggie Ouellette started gowning herbs as a hobby in her back yard in the St Augustine Florida many years ago. Her homegrown business quickly outgrew the back yard. She has been in the present location since 1983 with Maggie’s Herb Farm.The farm was purchased by Dora Baker, the present owner, several years ago and today cultivates more than 200 species of herbs, succulents, and flowering perennials.
Herbs are like ornamental plants. There are annuals such as basil, coriander, and marjoram; perennials such as mint, fennel and thyme; woody perennials such as rosemary, lavender, and sage; and even bulbs such as chives. Some of the most popular culinary herbs that are also super healthy are bay laurel (the oil of which is said to alleviate arthritis, and in aromatherapy is used to treat earaches and high blood pressure); basil (test tube experiments show basil to exhibit potent antioxidant, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties); parsley (can improve your heart and ease urinary tract infections); sage (used as an anti-inflammatory and to help with memory); thyme (a tea with thyme infusion can be used for coughs and bronchitis), rosemary, sorrel, and mint (helpful with digestion).
On Saturday, February 22, Instructor Cindy Whitley (Master Herbalist and licensed massage therapist) will host The Herbal Medicine Cabinet. Learn what natural health solutions can replace the items commonly found in your medicine cabinet. Learn to make your own herbal pain killers, antibiotics, antifungals, stomach aids, and more.
The workshop will be held from 10 am to 2 pm at Maggie’s Herb Farm at 11400 County Road 13 North. The class is $40 per person and includes all materials. Feel free to take a sack lunch. Reservations are required and can be acquired by calling 904.829.0722.
OTHER WORKSHOPS at Maggie's Herb Farm
Feb 8 – Beginning Soap Making
Are you curious about how to make your own soap? In this workshop, you will make two different soaps. You will learn how to safely use lye and the different techniques that will generate beautiful effects. The emphasis is on natural ingredients and herbs. This is a hands-on workshop, and you should bring plastic gloves and protective eye covering or safety glasses as well as four containers (plastic, disposable, about 5 ounces). 10 am to 2 pm, $40 per person. Instructor: Herbalist Marge Powell.
Feb 23 - Planting Your Own Herbal Dish Garden
Learn growing care tips and medicinal uses of common cooking herbs; then choose your own culinary plants to create a portable lightweight garden that can easily be moved from patio to inside for an evening table centerpiece or fragrant kitchen accent . Bring garden gloves and a smile. 2 pm – 4 pm, $30 pp (includes materials and herbal care book). Instructor: Herbalist Dora Baker.