Students explore the historical perspectives of Herbalism, as well as its present-day context within both the realms of complementary/integrative and Western allopathic medicines. The sustainable harvesting, preparation, and storage of herbs are covered. A “weed walk” to view medicinal plants growing on the UVM campus is included. Additional trips may include RAILYARD Community Apothecary and Clinic and Rock Point's medicine plant-rich land. Guest speakers include area herbalists, gardeners and integrative health practitioners. This course engages students as contributors to local community herbalism efforts to provide affordable, local, plant-based medicine for all members of our community. $15 lab materials fee to be collected in class on the first day.
Dates: May 18 - June 26, 2020; Prereqs: ENVS 001 or 002, or NR 001 or NR 002, or ENSC 001; Students will be responsible for paying a $15.00 material fee due on the first day of class; Title: Plant-Based Healing Medicine
“I loved the hands on aspect of this course and our ability to interact with our community. I also enjoyed having guest speakers present on their passions and work, as well as Katherine's lectures throughout the course. A perfect blend of science and humanities with a little spice of something different and engaging.” - Student Testimonial Join local Community Herbalist and Co-founder of Spoonful Herbals and RAILYARD Apothecary & Clinic, Katherine Elmer, to explore the historical and perspectives of Herbalism, as well as its present-day context through the lens of many cultures, herbal justice and activism, and the realms of complementary/integrative health and Western allopathic biomedical models. The sustainable harvesting, preparation, and storage of herbs are covered in addition to the use of herbs as support for general health and well-being. Video "Weed walks” to meet and harvest medicinal plants growing on the UVM campus as well as guidance exploring your own backyards and green spaces will be included in this online course offering. A "kitchen medicine-making kit" may be shipped to students so that they may practice the skills of herbal teas, poultices, salves, etc. at home. Guest speakers include area herbalists, gardeners and integrative health practitioners.
Students will be evaluated based on their participation in online discussions, 2 home medicine-making assignments, and their reading and lecture comprehension as shown through 4 small writing and research paper assignments.
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