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Workshop: Plant your own healing herb garden

Sage - a traditional healing herb within First Nations cultures, and a delicious addition to turkey
Sage - a traditional healing herb within First Nations cultures, and a delicious addition to turkey

With spring just around the corner, get your green thumbs primed and learn how to plant a healing herb garden.

Healing Herb Workshop
On March 20th, Wendy Rigeaux of Fort Macleod, will be offering a three-hour course on the healing benefits of common herbs and how to grow them in your own Southern Alberta garden. Her workshop will be very hands on, as she is supplying everyone with pots, soil and the seeds of several healing herb varieties.  As well, she will be serving homemade herbal tea and lavender cookies.

Wendy will teach about the healing properties of several herbs, the basics of growing them and what to do once they've been harvested.

Many Ways to Heal with Herbs
Healing with herbs is an ancient tradition that appeals to many. In most cultures across the globe, ways of using these tiny crops for healing include:

  • Compresses
  • Decoctions
  • Extracts
  • Herbal vinegars
  • Infusions
  • Oils
  • Ointments
  • Poultices
  • Powders
  • Syrups
  • Teas
  • Tinctures

Of course in three hours, Wendy won't be able to cover all of these uses, but be prepared to learn some techniques for creating some truly magical and medicinal herbal potions.

Herbal Magick
Tina Glaessner of Medicinal Herb Plants & Crimson Sage Nursery in Orleans, California says,

There is magic in the Healing Herbs in your garden. This magic consists not only of the properties of these Herbs, but in the strong sense of connection and interdependence that comes from growing, collecting and using the Medicinal Herbs that you have grown.

Please join Wendy's limited-space workshop and experience this true herbal magick.

Wendy's workshop will be at the Fort Macleod Library on Saturday, March 20th from 9 - 12 pm. The fee is $35, which includes all materials. To register, phone 403-553-4689 and leave a message.


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