July Workshops: Natural Sunscreen and Herbalist’s Garden Walk

Summer is flying by. I have been busy making lots of tinctures. It happens so often that I find myself out of a useful remedy in late Winter. I’m trying to take every opportunity to get out there among the plants this summer and stay on top of my medicine making. Some plants offer themselves up for harvest for weeks and weeks and other plants.. .you blink your eyes and you miss your chance. Right now I have my eye on the little green elderberries, patiently waiting for them to swell and ripen and the Black Walnuts are getting close. Yarrow is in peak bloom. This is the perfect time to harvest blossoms for drying, tinctures, oils and sunscreen.

Yes, sunscreen. Yarrow is great natural ally in our journey to protect ourselves from the more harmful aspects of being outside in the sun.

I’m offering a short workshop on natural sunscreen making. In this class we will go over some of the latest information on conventional commercial sunscreen, what works, how much does it protect you and what are the risks of using commercial sunscreen? Then we will turn our attention to some of the alternatives from nature including butters and oils with spf, traditional and safe barriers like zinc and titanium oxide (not the micro-ionized stuff!) and botanicals like Yarrow, Green Tea and others.

As a group we will make a rich, delightful natural sunscreen and participants will take home a generous jar for personal use. You’ll learn the recipe and the technique so you can continue making your own sunscreen in the future.

Wednesday, July 18th
6-8:30 pm
$25

To register email me at epiorier@mninter.net. Include your name, phone number and email address.

Payment: you can pay online using paypal.

Paypal id: epiorier@mninter.net

Or send a check to Erin Piorier, 851 Dayton Avenue, St. Paul MN 55104.

Confirmation of registration will be emailed to you along with directions.

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This year I’m offering an herb walk in my own garden. We will identify many, many l plants including European garden herbs, native wildflowers and of course, the weeds that are used for medicine. We will discuss folklore, common uses in herbal medicine, edibility, toxicity and folklore.

Some of the plants you’ll encounter:
Wood Betony
Agrimony
Black Cohosh
Elderberry
Cramp Bark
Hops
Solomon’s Seal
Valerian
Calendula
Lemon Balm
Wild Ginger
Sage
Borage
Lady’s Mantle

And of course, all of our local useful weedy friends: Mullein, Motherwort, Plantain, Chickweed, Burdock, Prickly Lettuce and more.

To register email me at epiorier@mninter.net. Include your name, phone number and email address.

Payment: you can pay online using paypal.

Paypal id: epiorier@mninter.net

or send a check to Erin Piorier, 851 Dayton Avenue, St. Paul MN 55104.

Confirmation of registration will be emailed to you along with directions.
Monday, July 23rd
6-8 pm.
$10

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