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about CSHS

Located two miles west of Forestville, in beautiful Sonoma County, the California School of Herbal Studies is one of North America’s oldest centers for herbal education. Founded in 1978 by Rosemary Gladstar, and led today by School Directors Rebecca Maxfield and Jason Miller, along with Program Coordinator Autumn Summers, CSHS continues in the spirit in which it was created.

Featured Herb: Chickweed (continued from left)
patch of chickweed
indications: Chickweed is a moist, soothing & cooling medicinal as wellas a nutritious, deliciousedible green. Used as a poultice or in a salve, it is excellent in healing surface wounds, sores, ulcers, cuts or boils. Chickweed softens the skin and cools and calms itching, dryness, psoriasis, and irritation. A poultice can also bring relief to eye inflammations.

Taken internally, chickweed's cool, demulcent quality may help ease coughs & sore throats, expectorate mucous from the lungs, act as a mild laxative, and ease ulcers and irritations of the stomach. Taken internally, it also has a reputation to provide relief in rheumatis.

contraindications: None

note: This information is not a replacement for a trained herbalist. Please consult your medical professional before treating yourself or others with this or any other herbal remedy.

Our mission is to help create sustainable communities by providing Earth centered, community based herbal education. CSHS works to empower individuals with the skills, experience and confidence needed by the community herbalist. Our school teaches from the tradition of western herbalism, with a materia medica primarily made up of North American and European herbs. Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine perspectives and herbs are used to complement the Western tradition.

Our full-time, 8-month intensive offers students a broad-based foundation in herbal medicine. For those who can't make a fulltime commitment we also offer a broad range of weekend series courses and one-day workshops. Successful graduates of our intensive program leave here with the knowledge they need to enter and contribute to the field of herbalism. Upon graduation students receive certificates of completion that are highly regarded by the herbal community.

CSHS is located on a lovely, rustic 80 acre sanctuary known as Emerald Valley. Our campus includes a classroom with an adjacent kitchen, a one-half acre garden with over 400 herb species, a medicine making building and forested hiking trails. Forestville is an hour and a half drive north of San Francisco. Visitors to the school are welcome, but please call first so we can be sure someone will be available to greet you! We look forward to meeting you and sharing friendship and herbal experiences.

Featured Herb: Angelica (continued from left)

indications: Angelica is a warming, decongesting and aromatic bitter. Its essential oils, bitters and coumarins make it a broadly useful medicinal plant ally. Angelica appears in traditional digestive apertífs and has been used for centuries as a digestive aid. Its bitter aromatic warming qualities can help with indigestion, bloating, sluggish liver or gas. It can also help stimulate appetite and can be an ally in working with anorexia. flowering angelica

Angelica also helps stimulate blood and circulation, and is especially regarded as a women's herb in this way. Angelica relieves menstrual cramps by warming, relaxing, decongesting, and stimulating flow. It can also be useful in regulating cycle or bringing on delayed menses. It has been used during birth as a tonic, and after childbirth, to help expel the placenta.

Angelica has a warming expectorating effect on the lungs and can help soothe and heal coughs, bronchitis and pleurisy, especially when they come along with a cold or flu. The leaf can be used as a compress for inflammations of the chest. Angelica has been used across time and cultures to purify and protect against disease, and can be used as a remedy for viral infections such as influenza and the common cold. It is also used to treat bladder infections and rheumatic conditions.

angelica root Angelica also went by the name of Holy Ghost, and according to legend, was revealed to a 14th century monk by the Archangel as a medicine plant that could help with the plague. Angelica has been celebrated for centuries for its magical properties. In Northern Europe, where Angelica archangelica grows wild, the plant has been used as food and medicine since at least the 10th century.

Its wild North American relatives have been used widely for medicine by people native to this land since before Europeans arrived. A relative of Osha, it is considered by some native peoples to be strengthening, rejuvenating 'Bear medicine,' the "Osha del Campo".

contraindications: Not for use during pregnancy. Topical exposure may cause photosensitivity and blistering. Avoid sun exposure followed by skin exposure to plants juices or essential oil.

primary references:
• Buhner, Stephen Harrod. Sacred Plant Medicine
• Culpepper. The Complete Herbal
• Glastar, Rosemary. Herbal Healing for Women
• Grieves, Maude. A Modern Herbal
• Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism
• Moore, Michael. Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West
• Wood, Matthew. The Book of Herbal Wisdom
• Ward, Harold. Herbal Manual (via Michael Moore's website)

note: This information is not a replacement for a trained herbalist. Please consult your medical professional before treating yourself or others with this or any other herbal remedy.