at Old North End, Burlington, 05401 United States
Giving Tree Botanicals is a medicinal herb business in VT. Heather makes herbal products from fresh plants she grows or gathers & offers herbal classes.
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I helped some students in my biochem row with their latest pharmacology challenge assignment today (about a potential herb-drug interaction). I'm glad that a few friendly hard working students will have answers that stand out above the conventional wisdom found on Wikipedia. Herbalist quote of the day: "If you say you want to learn how to use herbs, maybe you should start by learning how to use an herbalist!" -Bevin Clare
David Winston on reductionist science applied to herbal medicines (paraphrased): They did a study where they thought they had isolated the active constituent in Hawthorn, Ovitexin Rhamnicide. It had no effect. So they gave the subjects every other compound in Hawthorn and that did nothing. But the Hawthorn was effective. You know what the active constituent in Hawthorn is? Hawthorn.
On questions herbalists hear... Because today several people asked me incredulously - and naively- "how does a plant have an antibiotic?". You should ask yourself not how does a plant have an antibiotic, an analgesic or another medicinal compound but how and why did that plant's compound get made into a common drug.
If you're in the Montpelier area don't forget to stop by the farmers market tomorrow. It will be the second outdoor market of the season. I will have a couple of new things as well as the usual.
Herbal product making.. The honest to goodness herbalists have lots of knowledge but few secrets because we are willing to share a lot and aren't threatened by someone else doing it themselves trying a new spin on a traditional or personalized method. The breadth of knowledge is our treasure, not anything that's a secret. But there are a few things you work harder for and own and so when someone asks you "How do you know..." with respect to recipes, it's "organoleptically", "proprietary" or "I just know"... which is to say I poured some blood sweat and worry into it.. now you try ;)
Hi folks. I've decided to do an occasional herb of the day posting. Rather than start with the most popular herbs I'm going to hit useful botanicals that come up in my encounters on the given day, when I realize there is a useful herb in my repertoire that the public could stand to know more about. It's going to be quite eclectic.
Classes open to the public next week including one this Sunday: Sunday 12:30-2:30: Gardening with Medicinal Herbs at City Market Tuesday 5:30-7:30: Making great lotions, salves & lip balms (emphasizing medicinal plants you can grow/ gather to use in the recipes) at Gardener's Supply, Burlington Saturday (the 28th) 11:30-1:00: Garden Plants with Medicinal Interest, Gardener's Supply, Burlington
Localvore today blogged about the last class I offered at GSC. http://www.localvoretoday.com/the-run-down-new-workshops-at-gardeners-supply/