BETTER WITH BITTERS

Kat Maier

Kat Maier

Workshop Description:

Bitters are extraordinary plants that have many facets to their healing abilities. These most common of weeds are often overlooked for more exotic treatments. Bitter herbs have a long tradition of being used in preventative medicine. The taste triggers a sensory response in the central nervous system releasing digestive hormones that in turn lead to a range of effects, including stimulation of appetite, general simulation of the flow of digestive juices, increased bile, and aid in the liver’s detoxification. Aside from digestive affects these are not only wonderfully relaxing but are now the latest loves with DIY cordial/elixir cocktail movement. There will be samples to taste – come with your palette.

Bio:

Kat Maier RH, (AHG) is the founder and director of Sacred Plant Traditions, a center for herbal studies in Charlottesville, Virginia. One of her greatest accomplishments has been to train many clinical herbalists who have gone onto to begin other schools or open practices. In clinical practice for over 30 years, Kat teaches internationally at universities, conferences, and herbal schools. She is a founding member of Botanica Mobile Clinic, a nonprofit dedicated to providing accessible herbal medicine to local communities. This grew out of her school’s free clinic which was one of the first on the east coast and went on to be a template for other schools. She began her study of plants as a Peace Corps volunteer, and her training as a Physician’s Assistant allows her to weave the language of biomedicine into her practice of traditional energetic herbalism. Her latest book Energetic Herbalism: A Guide to Sacred Plant Traditions through Integration of Elements of Vitalism, Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine will be released Fall of 2021. She is coauthor of Bush Medicine of San Salvador Island, Bahamas. Kat also served as president of United Plant Savers and was the recipient of the organization’s first Medicinal Plant Conservation Award. 

 

New Book Energetic Herbalism Available now

In this indispensable new resource both for the home apothecary and clinical practitioners, a veteran herbalist brings alive the elemental relationships among traditional healing practices, ecological stewardship, and essential plant medicines.

By honoring ancient wisdom and presenting it in an innovative way, Energetic Herbalism is a profound and practical guide to family and community care for those seeking to move beyond symptom relief and into a truly holistic framework of health. Throughout, author Kat Maier invites readers to explore their personal relationships with plants and their environs as they discover diverse models of healing.

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