Herb of the Month

Are you interested in utilizing herbs for optimizing your health? Do botanicals and their healing properties intrigue you? Join us in learning about herbal principles and highlighting specific herbs, within a small group setting.

Our nurse-midwives, Dr. Penny Lane and Miss Kristina Michael, enjoy utilizing herbs in the care management of their clientele. The ability of herbal medicines to nudge the body into doing what it was designed, holistically, has been witnessed time and time again in our practice with great success. Our midwives would like to share some of their knowledge and experience using herbs for optimizing health in our Herb of the Month classes.

What We Will Offer

Our midwives will share a keynote presentation on an herbal principle every month, and highlight a specific herb that works well within that application. The history of the herb, identifying it and understanding how to utilize it will be reviewed, as well as a number of ways the herb can be used by your family, in your own home. Open discussion within the group will be encouraged.

When are these classes held, and where?

The herb of the month discussion is held in both boutiques, each month. The second Thursday of each month will be held in Lafayette at 5pm, and the third Monday of each month will be in Carmel, at 3pm.

How do we join?

Simply drop in. Bring a friend! Nursing babies in arms are welcome. Each class has a small fee of $15 which can be paid in class by cash, check, or credit card.

What do we need to get started?

Absolutely nothing is needed for the Herb of the Month class. We are often asked what supplies one should start investing in if they wanted to create their own herbal kitchen. Our suggestions are:

  • Glass jars of varying sizes with lids
  • Glass or stainless steel pots
  • A sharp knife
  • Small funnels
  • Mesh strainers and cheesecloth or muslin for straining herbs
  • A vegetable grater
  • Measuring spoons
  • Wooden and stainless steel spoons, and optionally, glass stirrers
  • Graduated measuring cylinders
  • A cutting board
  • Filtered water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vodka
  • Glycerine
  • Beeswax
  • Coffee grinder, or larger
  • Tincture press

Herb of the Month for 2015

The month of June is devoted to Red Rasberry Leaf. Dr. Lane will discuss its history, relationship to pregnancy, effectiveness, precautions, and various ways to utilize it. Attendants will also have the opportunity to taste Red Raspberry teas in a number of blends, and learn how to capsulate the herb for medicinal consumption.

Turmeric was the most commonly purchased herb in 2014 and the focus of our July herbal discussion. It has been utilized to decrease pain, to reduce osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, to lower cholesterol, and to slow the effects of aging. It has been the go-to botanical for inflammation, gut health and joint pain. What does the literature support? Can it be used medicinally when purchased at the grocery store? Attend this discussion to learn how best to utilize turmeric, what forms are effective, and which brands offer the best quality.

August will focus on chaste berry, one of Dr. Lane’s favorite botanicals. It offers so many incredible benefits to women, of all ages! Join us and learn what you’ve been missing, when and why it may improve you own cycles, and what benefits it offers women rarely discuss!

Valerian root is our September botanical. Dr. Lane will share how to make your own tinctures! If you struggle with sleep or have interest in creating your own medicinal medicines, join us this month and see first hand how simple and rewarding this craft can be!

Prepare for the cold season this October as we learn about elderberries! A variety of recipes will be shared, including gummies, Popsicles and syrups. These are easy to create and we’ll show you how. Save yourself a trip to the pediatrician and join us in this fun and interactive class.

As fall settles in and we sink into the warmth of our homes, join us as we discuss the calming attributes of chamomile. This month we’ll study chamomile, its purposes, precautions, use with children, in teas and in baths. Join us in creating a relaxing herbal bath soak.

During the month of December, Dr. Penny Lane and Miss Kristina Michael will discuss herbal infusions, focusing on nourishing herbs for women. Bring your own canning jar with lid and create your own nourishing herbal blend to take home and enjoy.

2016 Discussions

The month of February will focus on The Wonders of Kombucha. We’ll talk about the ancient origins of this fermented tea, its health benefits, how to make it, commercial preparations, health benefits and risks, and offer a taste test.

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