Appalachian Herbalism

Date: 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 7:00pm EDT
Instructors: 
Phyllis D. Light, RH(AHG)

7:00 Eastern Time, 6:00 Central Time, 5:00 Mountain Time and 4:00 Pacific

Free to the Public

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Folk medicine in the Southern Appalachians and the Deep South is an unbroken tradition dating back to the settlement of the region about 500 years ago. The beliefs and practices of Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine were traditionally conveyed by oral tradition through families and communities and from herbalists and healers to apprentices and students.

Several different cultures and healing philosophies contributed to the evolving young folk medicine: Greek or humoral medicine, Native American medicine, and the folk healing traditions of Africa and Ireland. 

Today, Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine is a constitutional system which treats physical, psychological and spiritual disorders. It primarily uses local plants indigenous to the Southeast which have been especially prepared for their specific healing properties.

Join Phyllis as she presents a brief history of the origins of Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine, an overview of the Southern Blood Types, which includes blood patterns, movement, textures, temperatures and tastes, the four elements and the four tastes. We’ll also discuss the general tenets of folk healing and a few traditional herbal formulas.

About the Instructor: Phyllis D. Light, MA, is a herbalist, health consultant, and health educator with over 25 years of clinical experience. She is traditionally trained in Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine and began her studies with her Creek/Cherokee grandmother in the deep woods of North Alabama. Phyllis continued her studies with her father and other Appalachian elders, such as Tommie Bass, as well as studies in conventional Western bio-medicine.

Phyllis is Director of the Appalachian Center for Natural Health, offering online and residential herbal and natural health classes in north Alabama. She is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and is also a licensed massage therapist.

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