Materia Medica II


Students build relationships with the plant medicines that they will be using to create medicines for their patients. During the classes, students use organoleptic skills to experience the herbs that they are studying, including tasting, smelling and observing. Each herb is tried in various forms including teas and tinctures. Monographs of the herbs are provided and there is discussion and debate amongst students about each herb.

This course examines in depth the following herbs: Achillea millefolium, Alchemilla vulgaris, Asparagus racemosa, Baptisia tinctorii, Ceanothus americanus, Centaurium erythrae, Eschscholtzia californica, Euphrasia officinalis, Dioscorea villosa, Equisetum arvense, Galium aperine, Gentiana lutea, Geum urbana, , Glechoma hederacea, Hypericum perforatum, Hyssopus officinalis, Ligusticum porteri, Melissa officinalis, Montia perfoliata, Nepeta cataria, Pimpinella anisum, Plantago spp, Rhamnus purshiana, Rosmarinus officinalis, Salvia officinalis, Sambucus nigra, Solidago virgaurea, Stellaria media, Thymus vulgaris, Tilia europea, Urtica dioica, Usnea wirthii, Verbascum thapsus, Zanthoxylum americanum and Zea mays. Other herbs are introduced, time permitting.

Prerequisites: WHS102    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

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