LIVERPOOL – Benna Keoghoe wants to teach Queens County residents more about using medicinal plants to treat ailmants.
Keoghue is a registered medical herbal therapist with Ramblewood Herbals of Bridgewater. She’ll be holding a four-week workshop at the Queens County Museum in Liverpool with an aim of teaching area residents more about medicinal plants and how they can be used safely and effectively to keep healthy.
These workshops are intended to teach people some of the basic principles of how to identify, harvest and use medicinal plants, says Keoghoe. Participants will learn some basic conservation principles, what plant parts to use and which preparation is appropriate for different plants and uses. She says participants will specifically review how to make teas, tinctures, oils, salves, honeys and syrups.
All equipment is supplied and, after the first week, participants will go home with something they made during the class.
Keoghoe says it’s important for people to learn more about herbal medicine, to understand and be empowered in their own health choices. Herbal medicine is one of the oldest forms of healthcare, she adds.
“Medicinal plants have properties in them that are effective at reducing inflammation, killing pathogens, regulating the immune system, and reducing stress. It has strength as preventative medicine, helps with chronic health conditions, and is an aid in convalescence. It is also greatly beneficial as immune, nervous and endocrine system support,” says Keoghoe.
But don’t head out into the forest and pick up the first plants you see. Keoghoe warns that it is very important to be educated by a fully-trained herbal practitioner or other reliable source since herbal medicine can be dangerous or ineffective if not used appropriately. This is another reason these workshops are so valuable, she adds.
The Connect to your Medicine workshop series is being held Thursday evenings from Feb. 8 to March 1 at the Queens County Museum in Liverpool. It is designed to welcome beginners and those who have some previous knowledge in herbalism, says Keoghoe. The workshop is appropriate for ages 14 and older, since the course is somewhat technical.
Registration is $25 a class or $80 for all four and can be signed up for by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 902-789-9432.
Learn more about herbal medicine at https://www.ramblewoodherbals.com/