Crystal Hamby’s herbal knowledge stems from her devotion to all things green. It is her desire to bring the simple art of herbal medicine back into the lives of those in her community-to inspire and educate those around her to live a more healthful life and to become more in tune with the natural world surrounding us. Crystal's goal is to assist people in discovering how herbal medicine can be incorporated into their life, as well as to bring an affordable and effective form of health care to her community through her personal herbal consulting practice, Green Blessings Herbal Counseling and Classes. She holds a bachelor's of science in Herbal Medicine from Bastyr University, where she is an adjunct faculty, member teaching a number of classes within the botanical medicine department. She can also be found teaching community classes around Seattle, as well as speaking at a variety of herbal conferences. For more information, please visit her website at: green-blessings.com. You may contact Crystal via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Presentations by Crystal Hamby
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 ~ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm in Classroom Building B "Foundations of Herbal Medicine Making" During this class we will discuss the basics of herbal medicine making: defining common terms used, constituent solubility and why it's important, folk method vs weight to volume method, proper plant identification, knowing what part of the plant to harvest and when to harvest it, sustainable wild crafting, dried versus fresh herb, how to properly label your products and why you should, parts conversion for formulas given in parts, and so much more. These concepts are the core foundation for making your own herbal medicines and will aid you in making the strongest medicine you can make. Goals and Objectives: To introduce participants in how to make the strongest herbal remedies they can make. Participants will learn the skills they need to make potent home remedies.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 ~ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm in Auditorium A "Herbal First Aid: The Practical Application of Herbs for Acute First Aid Conditions" Herbal therapies have been used for centuries in the care and management of common first aid ailments. I find herbs to have a profound healing effect when used in the right amount, at the right time, in the right preparation. In this class, we will cover how to assess a first aid situation, how to determine whether the condition we are presented with is acute or chronic, how to categorize herbs based on actions needed for quick reference, how to dispense herbal treatments, the types of therapies used in treating most common ailments, as well as group discussion on how one would treat a variety of acute first aid situations.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25 ~ 8:30 am – 10:00 am in Classroom Building B "10 Plants Everyone Should Know" An exploration into the herbs surrounding us, this class is designed to introduce people to 10 herbs that are integral to herbal medicine. The class will cover the materia medica of our 10 herbs via delving into the specific characteristics that define the herb; including: the family it belongs to, botanical characteristics, native region, preferred habitat, constituent content, actions on the body, traditional and current uses, plus any folk lore surrounding the herb, and which medicinal preparations can be made utilizing the herb’s vital force. We will cover herbs that are either native to the Pacific NW, or that are easy to grow in the garden in order to bring us all closer to the plant spirits that surround us and are just waiting for us to use them in building an herbal medicine chest. Goals and Objectives: To introduce participants to 10 plants that are essential for a medicine cabinet to use in home health care.
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