Herbal First Aid with Well Deep Remedies
Join guest teacher Brunum from Well Deep Remedies for this live, online herbal first aid course.
This in-depth class will prepare you to remedy everything from cuts and scrapes, burns of all kinds, bumps and bruises, sprains and strains, poison oak/ivy exposure, tick bites, and weather-related injuries. You’ll learn the vocabulary for various kinds of herbal preparations and medical supplies, as well as when you’ll want each one. For every situation, we’ll discuss how to decide whether a more holistic or conventional first aid response is appropriate. We’ll also cover emotional first aid, materia medica for herbal first aid (discussion of many key first aid plants), menstrual cramps, headaches, colds/flus, and nausea/diarrhea. This class will include interactive small group work so you can collaborate with your classmates to create action plans for various first aid scenarios.
Taught by Brunem, Co-facilitated by Erico.
Dates: Saturday July 25
Time: 10am - 5pm (includes a break for lunch)
Location: ONLINE via ZOOM. The meeting code will be emailed to you before the class
Study materials will be provided prior to the class.
In order to participate in the course at this time you will need to be able to access a computer with internet.
Refund policy: Full refund for tuition (minus $20 admin fee) up to 1 week before start of class. Less than 7 days before the start of class 50% of tuition can be refunded. No refunds are possible less than 24 hours before the start of class or after the class has begun.
I've been teaching about Herbal First Aid in multiple contexts for the past decade. I am a 20-hour street medic trained by the Rosehip Medic Collective. In addition to being trained by this group of anarchist queer first responders, I also organized and taught classes with them for 3 years, including several rounds of the 20-hour street medic training. I coordinated and attended a weekend intensive on Disaster Herbalism with Leah Wolfe, MPH. I worked for 6 years as a personal support worker for multiply marginalized people in assisted living facilities and through doing in-home care. This necessitated keeping my first aid skills up to date, as protocols are always changing, and reducing hospital visits is especially meaningful for those with compromised immunity. I've helped organize pop-up clinics and provide herbal first aid to people in both urban and rural settings. I've been teaching Herbal First Aid for the Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine for several years and most recently presented this class at a conference called the Portland Plant Medicine Gathering last fall.
I am also a sliding scale clinical herbalist (which means I work one-on-one with people to support their long-term wellness goals) and a disabled femme. Now in the time of COVID-19, I'm thinking about herbal first aid skills as mutual aid for our communities AND a form of preventative care for our medical system itself. If sharing these classes can prevent even one unnecessary hospital visit or help someone recognize that they do need to seek urgent care, all of my work has been worth it!