Tree Medicine Class!

We hsoted a lovely class called Barks, Twigs, Buds, and Sap by Leah Wolfe, an herbalist living in northeastern Ohio (at the Trillium Center!).
A group of 15 gathered at the All Life Center to study and learn.

We broke into small groups, trying to identify twigs and branches with no leaves (this time of year is when we get tree medicine gathered, and books that focus on leaves as primary identification are not helpful).
We broke into small groups, trying to identify twigs and branches with no leaves (this time of year is when we get tree medicine gathered, and books that focus on leaves as primary identification are not helpful).

This team won the challenge!

There are only a couple trees that retain their leaves until new ones arrive. Do you know what they are?

Can you see how Shagbark Hickory gets its name?


Leah starts us out on the outdoor portion of the class

Part of our group on the bridge, looking at all kinds of trees and learning to identify them by barks, branch patterns, and buds.

Once back inside, people try a tea Leah brought made from two trees (and a root).

Then we try tinctures of the 4 trees that we identified earlier by their branches.

4 different tinctures of trees. The cottonwood was delightfully perfume-y!

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