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Workshop Spotlight: Forgotten Remedies From Medieval Herbals

Herbalists talk a lot about medicinal "weeds" but you might be surprised how many popular ornamentals were once considered “physick herbs” by professional physicians. Towards the end of the 19th century, there was a collective push for a standardized Materia Medica and many of the first Pharmacopoeia were published. Even the Thomsonian physicians made attempts to “reduce our Materia Medica to a small compass, but sufficiently extensive to answer all practical purposes.” As time passed, some botanical medicines became more popular while others that were once well-loved faded from the collective memory. This class will focus on reviving a few of my favorite forgotten remedies and perhaps reintroduce some forgotten uses of modern favorites.

Stephany Hoffelt, BA, HAS

Stephany is an herbal educator and consultant in Iowa City, IA with a Bachelor's Degree in Health Arts and Sciences from Goddard College with a clinical focus on herbal therapeutics. She teaches herbal self-care in her community and is an associate academy educator with The Herbal Academy of New England. She has presented at the The Good Medicine Confluence, The Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, The Midwest Herbfest, The AHG Symposium, and the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference. She has written for several herbal publications including The Essential Herbal, Plant Healer Magazine, Natural Herbal Living Magazine and The Herbal Academy's Herbarium. Stephany maintains her own educational website at

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Join us for the 13th annual

Midwest Herb Fest: Growing Strong!

August 2-4, 2019

Glastonbury Institute of Sustainable Living, near Culver, Indiana

Learn: History of folk medicine and modern use of medicinal plants,

alchemical spagyrics, tinctures, restorative yoga, and more

Explore: Herb walks, tree walks, herb, mushroom, and vegetable gardens

Entertainment: Live music, fire spinning

Open Events: Drumming, bonfires, auction fundraiser

Get Back to Nature: Primitive woods camping with hot showers and flushing toilets

Workshops and activities for adults, teens, and children

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