Course Title: Reading the Looking Glass – Self Assessment in Herbal Traditions
Format: Open Access – All Lessons Available Immediately (Optional Zoom Meetings)
Guides/Instructors: Leah Wolfe
Registration: register online
Length: Self Study with Instructor Access and Moderation
Many traditional healing practices look to the elements to understand the body, spirit, and mind. Too little and too much of an element creates imbalance. Fire is hot, Earth is cool, Water represents damp, Air represents dry, and Vitality is a continuum that spins throughout the other four elements. I’ve looked to Wonderland as a way to understand traditional herbalism and to breathe new life into an old story.
This 7-week exploration of traditional methods for self assessment and herbal healing will give you an elemental perspective of yourself and your environment. Learn to identify elemental signs in the face and body, the elemental actions of the herbs, environmental factors, and how to match the herbs to your patterns. Learn about what you see in the looking glass from a new perspective.
Knowing when to use a particular herb and who to use it for is vital. You need a solid understanding of the human body and how to use plants. Without this knowledge, use of herbs can be ineffective, inappropriate, or even worsen a condition or pattern. Most people start out by looking up “herbs for (type disease, condition, or symptom here)”. Using herbs to treat symptoms can lead to disappointing results. A cold and dry herb, like willow bark, in a cold and dehydrated person will likely worsen not soothe a headache. There are many herbs for headaches, but more importantly which herb is right for you?
Learning to use herbs within a tradition is more effective and safer than trying to use herbs simply to treat conditions or symptoms. This class is about learning to match herbs to your needs using traditional western herbalism. Traditional western herbalism means that the lessons are in plain English, influenced by European and North American herbalism, and focused on using herbs that are commonly available in the northern hemisphere. And of course, following Alice through the looking glass adds a new dimension to herbalism.
The program starts with an introduction and steps for preparation. Then each week you will access six online lessons to help you take what you learn and put it into practice, there will be three online Zoom meetings for an interactive experience with your guide, an herbal safety guide, 24+ herb profiles including the what, when, how, where, and why for using herbs safely and effectively. Lessons will be released weekly on Tuesdays and can be completed throughout the week.
You will learn:
- the tradition of vitalism
- herbal and human energetics
- assessment techniques for looking at the face, tongue, skin, and nails
- assessment by body system
- 24 +herbs for balancing and nourishing
- how to track changes and identify food and chemical sensitivities
- protocol for herbal safety
***Optional Zoom Meetings
There are two optional online meetings that will require use of the Zoom app which can be downloaded to computers or phones. Not everyone enjoys online zoom meetings, so you have the choice to do them or not to do them. You must register for these separately by contacting your guide. Cost = $40
Lesson 1 – How to Prepare for This Course
- setting intention
- deficiencies checklist
- elemental checklist
- symptom tracker
- herbal safety
Lesson 2 – Red Queen, White Queen
- Excess and Deficiency
Lesson 3 – The Duchess and the White Knight
- indicators of heat vs. cold patterns
- cooling and warming herbs
Lesson 4 – Wool and Water, or the Mock Turtle, or perhaps the Pool of Tears?
- indicators of damp vs. dry patterns
- drying and moistening herbs
Lesson 5 – The Caterpillar’s Mushroom
- building vs. draining
- assessing for building or draining as a strategy
- building and draining herbs
Lesson 6 – Dreaming into Reality
- what it means to have personal herbal traditions
- methods of delivery (when and how to use herbs)
- steps to put it all into practice
Lesson 7 – Time in Wonderland
- when and how to reassess
- tracking old patterns and identifying new patterns
Tech requirements: internet access, Zoom for those participating in the online live meetings.