Join herbalist jim mcdonald in a discussion of the herbs and behaviors that will support us through times of stress and strain, whether it be due to acute trauma or just trying to keep up with the unsustainable pace of life that surrounds us. Special attention will be given to differentiating between the herbs that are best used for an immediate short term effect and those that help to nourish and strengthen the body's core vitality over the long haul. The role of the adrenals, the "fight or flight response", and the importance of breathwork and other supportive therapies are also discussed.
Come and join Erika Galentin, clinical herbalist, on a tour of Companion Plants property and medicinal plant greenhouse to learn all about common culinary herbs and how they can be used beyond flavoring food for support of wellness. Learn how to plant, grow, propagate, harvest, and dry these delicious herbs. We will also learn about standard herbal preparations and have tea tastings so you can experience the wonders of the culinary garden first hand! Participants will receive 25% off Companion Plants greenhouse purchases and $10 off herbal consultations with Erika Galentin.
Space is limited to 30 participants. Tickets are available at here: EVENTBRITE
Allergies and Herbalism. Join us for a two hour class on all things allergy! We will learn about how allergies manifest in the body and herbs that can be used to support our wellness through allergy season and beyond. Class includes an herb walk (learning to identify and harvest some of our allergy allies) as well as a demonstration on how to make your own herbal vinegar extract!
Come and spend some time with the Columbus Natural History Society as we explore some medicinal plants of Ohio. The presentation will begin with a short history of how botanic physicians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries put Ohio on the map as they paved the way for the American Botanical Movement, changing the practice of medicine as we know it today and forging the foundations for the practice of herbalism in modern day America. We will then be highlighting a variety of native plants of Ohio that have both traditional and modern use in healing and medicine. This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 and the presentation begins at 7:00.
Come and join the herbal community celebration in Gahanna, Ohio! This full day event features speakers, vendors, and herbal activities for all ages. Erika will be leading a medicinal plant walk and will also be selling native and medicinal plants from Companion Plants, Athens, OH.
A class designed to encourage the nature mystic in you. Join us on All Hallows Eve to learn about the magical virtues of our green allies. Learn more about herbs as they relate to the elements of earth, air, water and fire and how they can be incorporated into body, mind and spirit medicine.
Explore the woodland and prairie portions of AOA’s beautiful Demonstration Site in Rockbridge as we walk the property to survey and identify native medicinal plants growing on the site. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about threatened species such as American Ginseng, Goldenseal, and Black Cohosh, their preferred habitats, and techniques for growing them on your own property. We will also examine and enjoy the more common ‘prairie’ and ‘edge habitat’ species. Historical and contemporary medicinal uses of the plants will be discussed as well as their greater ecological significance (pollinators, seed dispersers, wildlife value).
AOA’s demonstration site is a remarkable environment to learn about native medicinal plant species as it encompasses a variety of fascinating habitats including a perfect blend of Hemlock and deciduous hardwood environments as well as a carefully planted prairie. AOA has partnered with United Plant Savers (Ups), a native medicinal plant conservation non-profit, to help identify and reintroduce threatened medicinal species onsite and AOA’s Demonstration Site is a part of the UpS Botanical Sanctuary Network. Visit unitedplantsavers.org for additional information about the UpS mission and how you can conserve and protect native medicinal plant species.
Meet at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. The walk will last approximately two hours but potentially longer depending on interest (there is so much to see and discuss!). Feel free to pack a sack lunch and stay afterwards to enjoy the peace and serenity of the forest environs.
The Demonstration Site is located along U.S. Highway 33 just north of Rockbridge. Park in the gravel parking area located at 25797 Bailey Road near to the entrance to Mathias Grove.
This event is free and open to the public. We will plan to meet rain or shine - so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather and hiking on slopes.
Did you know that Ohio is rich with the cultural history of using medicinal plants for medicine? Or that many of the native plants we love and grow have both historical and contemporary medicinal value? Join Erika on a journey to discover the medicinal flora of Ohio. She will begin the talk with a brief historical overview of use of medicinal plants in orthodox medicine and the Eclectic medical tradition based out of Cincinnati, Ohio (Lloyd Library and Museum) which preceded pharmaceutical medicine at the beginning of the 19th century. Erika will touch on both sun and shade-loving species native to this region and their identification, growing conditions, and historical and contemporary medicinal uses. Samples of preparations made from our native species will be available to smell and taste. Any information obtained from this lecture is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness.
For more information about the Midwest Native Plant Conference 2015 visit them online. They have an incredible plant sale on Saturday that is open to the public. Plant enthusiasts beware...you will have a lot of plants to bring home and you will need somewhere to put them.
Come and join me for a lovely stroll through the center of Gahanna, Ohio and its beautiful wooded walkways full of medicinal plants. Learn about the history and medicinal use of the species we will encounter as well as how to grow them on your own property! For more information about this event and others being offered by the Ohio Herb Education Center, check them out online or on Facebook.
Come and take part in this wonderful full day event held in the heart of the 'Herb Capital of Ohio' by the Ohio Herb Education Center. This will be a full day event with classes and workshops from gardening to tea blending, herb walks, and plant and specialty item sales in a farmer's market type atmosphere.
I will be leading a workshop on "Gardening with Medicinal Plants", covering how to incorporate medicinal plants into your garden or landscape. She will be discussing proper habitat, soil and light conditions, growing from seed vs bare root or seedlings and the increased wildlife value the plants will bring to your property. Erika will be focusing predominantly on native medicinal species (such as Echinacea, Butterfly weed, Black Cohosh, and Goldenseal), but will be available for questions regarding non-native species (such as Rosemary, Calendula, Hyssop, and Motherwort).
The Herb Center is located in the City of Gahanna — the Herb Capital of Ohio — just east of downtown Columbus and adjacent to Port Columbus International Airport in the heart of Gahanna. The Nafzger-Miller house, in which the Herb Center is located, is listed in the National Register of Historical Places with the original structure being built in 1855 and additions made to the home in 1910. The center includes a gift shop, parlor and kitchen and is used for classes, parties, meetings and rentals.
I am very honored to have been invited to take part in the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists 2015 State Conference which is taking place this year at Camp Oty'okwa, Hocking Hills. I will be speaking on native medicinal plants of Ohio, their stewardship within our ecological communities and how to incorporate medicinal plant education into naturalist programming. For more information about the OCVN 2015 State Conference visit them online.
Poisons or Medicines?: A lesson in the historical and contemporary use of poisonous medicinal plants
"All drugs are poisons the benefit depends on the dosage." Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus (1493-1541)
This class will focus on the historical and contemporary use of medicinal plants that are considered poisonous to human beings. Come and explore the literary and folkloric legends of plant species such as Atropa belladonna (Belladonna), Aconitum napallus (Aconite), Hyoscyamus niger (Henbane), and Conium maculatum (Poison Hemlock). The Eclectic and Physiomedicalist traditions within the history of American Medicine will also be drawn upon in order to clarify and understand the contemporary use of these poisonous medicinal plants within the clinical practice of medical herbalism in the United Kingdom. The concept of ‘Heroic Medicine’ will also be discussed alongside the reaffirmation of the famous words of Hippocrates, “Of several remedies, the physician should choose the least sensational.” This class is not meant to teach you how to use these poisonous herbs, as accurate preparations and dosages along with in-depth clinical knowledge and experience are required in order to not cause severe harm or death. This class is meant to reinvigorate the budding herbalist into thinking more critically about the use of herbal medicines as agents of wellness rather than pseudo-pharmaceuticals, and embracing their efficacy in regards to clinical outcomes within the larger context of diet and lifestyle regimens.
I am really excited to be taking part in this year's annual Trillium Festival, sponsored by Appalachia Ohio Alliance at Mathias Grove in Rockbridge, OH. Come and join us for a day of naturalist hiking in this beautiful and rare ecosystem. Bring you camera as it is a sight to behold! Time TBA.
AOA's Goals: Support education and research activities that foster an appreciation and pride for natural and cultural features unique to southeast Ohio. Provide appropriate conservation options to interested landholders. Facilitate protection of historical and cultural landmarks. For more information about the Trillium Festival and Appalachia Ohio Alliance and their conservation mission, please visit them online at as well as on Facebook.