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95 Introduction to Herbalism
Barbara Raab
Summer Session 2, 2008

Readings are from Rosemary Gladstar’s book Family Herbal. 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. All pages indicated below as
reading assignments are from Rosemary Gladstar’s book Family Herbal unless otherwise listed as “C” or
“HB” or “MMH.”
“C” means coursepack
“HB” means The Human Body
“MMH” means The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook

Date Subject Pages:

June 26 A historical perspective; herbalism and the holistic approach to healing/health;
The science and art of herbalism; our concepts of healing; the relative safety- C
toxicity of medicinal plants; making capsules; sustainable harvesting/ MMH 41 - 64
wildcrafting; how to determine good quality herbs MMH 292-296

June 28 How to harvest barks, leaves, flowers, seeds, roots; drying herbs; MMH 41 - 64
Storage of herbs; infusions and decoctions; smoking mixtures C, MMH 103 - 115

July 3 Botanical nomenclature; plant chemical constituents in the context of the safety- MMH 92 - 98
toxicity spectrum; actions of herbs C
Field trip to Shelburne Museum’s Apothecary Shop MMH 27 - 29
“Quality of Herbs” worksheet is due

July 5 Herbal preparations; diet and life choices that support the use of herbs and C
optimum health and well-being MMH 99 - 102
Video: “Juliette of the Herbs”

July 10 Midterm
Tinctures and tincture-making C, MMH 145 - 192

July 12 The onset and progression of disease; the concept of balance and the health- C
supportive lifestyle; looking at the root cause of manifested signs and symptoms; HB 96 - 155
The Nervous System: anatomy and physiology, material medica, and lifestyle