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White Spruce - harvesting and preparing winter medicine
Sun 6 November 2016, 09:30 – 16:30 MST
In Northern climates our best medicine allies are conifer trees. Despite seasonal changes conifer trees maintain their leaves and medicinal potency throughout the year. Spruce contains compounds that are strongly antimicrobial and has traditionally been used as a cough and cold medicine.
We will meet at a Public Land Use Area south of Bragg Creek. These are areas where wild harvesting is allowed. We will discuss the different medicinal uses of spruce and sustainably harvest from wild spruce trees. We will also look at some medicinal lichens that associate with spruce.
After lunch we will head back to Calgary where we will process the plant material we have gathered for medicine. We will make several topical preparations, as well as, process the leaves for internal use. All materials will be provided and are included in the cost of the workshop. Information handouts with additional references and recipes will be provided.
Space is limited to 12 people. Exact details regarding locations will be provided by email following ticket purchase.
Carpooling: I will be able to take 4 people in my car. Please contact me if you are interested or if you would like to offer space in your own vehicle.
I studied botany at the University of Calgary and recently completed a Master's of Science in Herbal Medicine in London, UK. I am a practicing herbalist and believe strongly that everyone has the right to access the medicines that grow around us.