I learned a lot about what it takes to put on an herbal conference in this episode of The Herb Walk Podcast. I interview herbalist Amanda Klenner, owner and author of Natural Herbal Living Magazine about how her passion for herbalism began, what it was like to put on the Mountain West Herb Gathering, and much more.
Amanda Klenner is a Bio-Regional Clinical Community herbalist from Westminster, CO, where she loves to wildcraft, see clients, and teach both adults and children about the magic of herbs. She specializes in reproductive and auto-immune issues by combining customized nutrition coaching and herbal protocols, while taking lifestyle and personal energetics and goals into account. You can find her at www.naturalherballiving.com
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I cannot say enough positive things about the Mountain West Herb Gathering. As with any conference there are bound to be unexpected hiccups but my experience as a teacher and attendant was that it was not only a well organized event but extremely heartfelt as well. I’m already getting excited about next year’s gathering. Thank you Amanda Klenner for putting on such a welcoming event! Check out her monthly herbal publication Natural Herbal Living
As someone new to Colorado, I am also happy to have met more local herbalists! Every class I attended was wonderful, but my favorite had to be Healing the Spirit: Using Plants, Song and Prayer in Modern Herbal Practice, with Shelley Torgove and Monticue Connally. I am glad they are both in Denver so I can learn more from them. Deep healing occurred in the space created in their class. There is nothing like singing with the plants!
My favorite part was to see (hear, taste and feel) new and old plant allies. The mountain yarrow and horsetail looks so delicate and tender compared to our North Coast varieties. I have found the mountain plants to be smaller, but packed full of vital energy due to their ability to thrive in such harsh conditions. And the conifers! I got to taste and smell the differences in some of the pine, spruce and fir. The medicine in these mountain plants are strong and give us the gift of resiliency. So needed at this time.
I leave you with a simple tasty tea that can be easily harvested from many places around the world. Just make sure the trees and flowers haven’t been sprayed or are close to a heavily trafficked area.
Conifer Rose Tea
1/2 cup needles of your favorite evergreen (pine, spruce, cedar, cypress, fir, redwood)
1/4 cup wild roses
1/4 cup wild blackberry or raspberry flowers
Make a sun infusion with needles and flowers for 2-3 hours. Strain out herbs and drink deeply.