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ENVS 095 Introduction to Herbalism

Barbara Raab
Class Schedule and Reading Assignments
Fall semester, 2009

Readings are from Rosemary Gladstars Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health, James Greens The
Herbal Medicine-Makers Handbook, and Human Body. In addition, read your coursepack in its
entirety and any handouts that you receive in class. You may consult various books that are at
the Reserve Desk at Bailey Library (under ENVS 95 Introduction to Herbalism) as well.
HR = Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health
HMMH = Herbal Medicine-Makers Handbook
HB = Human Body
C = Coursepack
Date Subject Pages:
Aug. 31 A historical perspective; herbalism and the holistic approach to HR 1 41,
healing/health; the science and art of herbalism; our concepts of 386-387
healing; the relative safety-toxicity of medicinal plants; making capsules. HMMH

Sept. 7 No Class Dont labor on this day. Walk in the woods. Get a massage..

Sept. 14 Sustainable harvesting/wildcrafting; how to determine good quality HMMH 41-64

dried herbs; how to harvest barks, leaves, flowers, seeds, roots; C
drying herbs; storage of herbs. HR appendix II

Sept. 21 Herb walk to view medicine plants in various habitats. HMMH 201-208
Demo making salves and balms. C, HR 384

Sept. 28 Finish any topics covered in previous classes (e.g., drying, harvesting). HR 380
smoking mixtures. Teas/tisanes (infusions and decoctions). HMMH 103-115
Addictions and habituations. C

Oct. 5 Botanical nomenclature; plant chemical constituents in the context HMMH 92-98
of the safety-toxicity spectrum. C

Oct. 12 The actions of herbs; compresses and poultices. HMMH 21-39

Video: Juliette of the Herbs HMMH 275-289
Familiarize yourself with The Herbal in Rosemary Gladstars
book (pps. 308-373) and James Greens book (pps. 21-39)
Oct. 19 Herbal preparations. HMMH 99-102
MIDTERM (given during first half of class)

Oct. 26 Diet and life choices that support the use of herbs and optimum C
health and well-being. Tinctures and tincture-making. HMMH 73-98, 145-192

Nov. 2 Finish tinctures and dosages. The onset and progression of disease; C
The concept of balance and the health-supportive lifestyle; looking at
the root cause of manifested signs and symptoms.

Nov. 9 The Nervous System: anatomy and physiology, Materia Medica, 96-155 HB, C
and lifestyle support. HR 43-69

Nov. 16 The Female and Male Reproductive Systems*: Materia Medica, HR 197-231
and lifestyle support. HR 232-263
WORKSHEET IS DUE *Reserve Desk has great books on this topic
under ENVS 095, Intro. to Herbalism

Nov. 23 Finish Reproductive Systems see Nov. 16

Nov. 30 The Digestive System: anatomy and physiology, Materia Medica, C, HR 94

and lifestyle support. 206-235 HB

Dec. 7 DVD: The Sorcoress, a French (sub-titled) film about an herbalist

in the Middle ages and the struggle between church and suspected
paganism (heresy) in those times
FINAL EXAM (exam comes before video)
Please note: Because students must have a certain number of contact hours in order to
complete the course satisfactorily, all students must stay for the movie that follows the exam.

There are many references on reserve that provide additional information on these subjects. Of
particular use are:

Gladstar. Herbal Healing for Women

McIntyre. The Complete Womens Herbal
Brinker. Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions
McGuffin, et al. Botanical Safety Handbook
Larson, et al. Mayo Clinic Family Health Book
Murray & Pizzorno The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine
Berkow, Ed. The Merck Manual of Medical Information
Chevallier. The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants