Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Most herbalists would agree the best way to get know herbal medicine is to start with what grows around you. You can go to a store and buy an herbal tincture or capsule but to truly create a relationship with plant medicine is to spend time with them in their native environments. This includes going for hikes, growing a garden and simply taking note of the virulent weeds growing around you. Plants like Nettle (Urtica), Black mustard (Brassica) and Chickweed (Stellaria), are all very common and very useful!
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
It's Here! The 2016 Nettles Festival is January 22!
Trees for Health volunteers, members of the San Diego Herb Guild, professional herbalists and student herbalists are all invited to come harvest nettles in the Trees for Health Garden on Friday, January 22. The Trees for Health Garden is located on Balboa Drive just south of the Camp Fire Boys and Girls Camp and just north of Quince Drive. Follow this link for a map.
Once you have harvested what you need, please be prepared to stay and help clear the garden of nettles for at least one hour. The park allows us to grow the nettles as long as we remove them in a timely fashion. You may start later than 8 AM, but may miss the best nettles.
Please check in with Joanne Odenthal when you arrive. Joanne will be wearing a green shirt and yellow volunteer vest - and a name tag. Everyone there to harvest MUST have a name tag prior to starting. (We need a record of who has joined the fun!)
Bring water, a hat, your own gloves and a bag for your harvest.
Questions? Send us an email.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Trees for Health Tree Planting in Balboa Park
We're very excited that the plans Herb Guild member Charlotte Tenney drew up are becoming real! Six new oak trees and four Torrey pine trees will be planted in the area bordering the northeast of the current garden. Four of the oaks will form the oak circle Charlotte envisioned three years ago. The remaining oaks and the pines will be placed on the hillside to enhance the native habitat. The trees being planted in Trees for Health are part of a larger effort by the Balboa Park Conservancy to plant 40 new trees in the park. This is a significant event with the mayor and other officials in attendance.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
We are saddened to report the passing of longtime San Diego Herb Guild member Charlotte Tenney. Charlotte was a member of the San Diego Herb Club (now Guild) for more than 20 years. During that time she was instrumental in founding the Trees for Health Arboretum, along with Herb Club members Barbara Carey and Fern Wilson. Trees for Health began in 1995 and has evolved into an arboretum with more than 70 trees, shrubs, and ground covers, all with medicinal uses. Charlotte's vision for the garden has kept growing over the years, and includes educational outreach with videos posted on You Tube, a new Five Flavors of Health Tour, and a class for students of naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University. In March 2015, Charlotte was our featured speaker and spoke on "Herbs for Supporting Cancer Recovery" at the San Diego Herb Guild's first Herbal Marketplace and Program. The talk drew one of the largest crowds the Guild has hosted. Charlotte's depth of knowledge and great delivery captivated the 70+ people in attendance.
Charlotte not only believed in the power of integrative and alternative health care, but embraced it on her own journey of healing. She sought out and found a treatment with someone - Dr. Ben Johnson - who believed in her ability to heal. Charlotte knew that integrative medical treatment, nutrition, supplements and exercise work with the body to enable it to heal itself.
|The Scripps Natural Supplements Conference|
Charlotte leaves beyond a wonderful legacy for us to enjoy now as well as for future generations to enjoy and find healing from. Rest in peace Charlotte, you were loved by so very many. We will miss you.
|Strewing herbs for a presentation at San Diego Herb Guild|
|Dedicating the Ylang Ylang tree to Fern Wilson|
|Charlotte at a San Diego Herb Guild meeting|
|Charlotte and visitors to the Trees for Health Garden|
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Come join San Diego Herb Guild at our Annual Potluck in the Trees for Health Garden in Balboa Park on Wednesday, July 1 at 5:30 PM. Please bring your own utensils and drink, chair and a dish to share. All are welcome! Click here for an online map.
Monday, May 11, 2015
If you want to use a dehydrator it is best to have one designed for herbs as they are usually bigger. Others rely on nothing fancier than some twine and a well-placed nail from which to hang the bundled herb – a technique closest to the historical method of hanging bundles from the rafters. This may be the historical way to do it but keep in mind they didn’t have paper bags in those days. I think you will have spiders and dust for your efforts. My favorite method is if the herb has a high moisture content such as basil, mints, calendula, and lemon balm then the method of laying them on screens is very good but if they are heartier plants, such as rosemary, thyme and sage, they will dry just fine by putting them in paper bags. With the paper bag method you need to shake up the bags once in a while so that everything dries evenly. The drying time depends on the moisture content of the plant and can take anywhere from a couple of days to two weeks. Also remember to write on the bag what’s in it. You may think you will recognize the contents by smell but sometimes drying changes the smell.
If you have no garden to call your own, try approaching a neighbor about arranging a barter. Gardeners often have more plants than they know what to do with. In exchange for providing you with their surplus herbs, you might offer to give them half of whatever you make. If they don’t have a particular herb you want to concoct something out of, you could propose a similar deal for the next season: they provide the garden space and the watering, you buy and plant the seeds, and you both divvy up the results. Now let's make something!
Spring Tonic (Stinging Nettle Infusion)
1 ounce dried stinging nettle leaves
1 quart water (boiled)
1 quart size glass jar
Place dried nettle into a glass container that will withstand boiling water. Pour boiling water over the nettle leaves and infuse, covered for 4-10 hours or overnight. Strain into a quart sized jar and store in the refrigerator. The infusion will only keep for a couple of days. An infusion of nettle is more concentrated than a tea. You can drink 2 – 3 cups of the infusion each day for a week. After that, drink as you please. The infusion is dark green with an earthy, grassy taste. Drink it over ice for optimum flavor. If you prefer, use local honey to sweeten it. Some folks add salt or a bit of lemon to their drink which gives it a different flavor. You can also re-heat your infusion and drink it warm.