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Herbal Remedy Rave: Calm Kid by Five Flavors Herbs

This formula features the gentle giants of the herbal medicine that provide ideal support for the many stages of childhood and parenthood.  The mood support in both children and adults is palpable while delivering a delightfully palatable taste.

The range of Calm Kid’s use is not limited to mood support.  The combination of Lemon Balm, Catnip and German Chamomile can treat and support: childhood fevers, uterine cramps, digestive aid, viral infections, gentle sleep aid, infant colic (3 weeks +), and gas relief.

It’s available from Five Flavors Herbs.

Note: If you are a nursing mother with a mint sensitivity reflected in decreasing milk supply, this remedy may not for you.  Lemon Balm & Catnip are both in the mint family.

Calm Kid – Children’s Mood Support*
Contains: Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), Catnip (Nepeta cataria), German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita), Glycerin.
*Actions and Indications: Helps children calm and focus, improving mood and ability to rest.

*Taken from Five Flavors Herbs website at

Classes Herbal Medicine

Class: Herbal Remedies for the Postpartum Mom & Family

Herbal Remedies for the Postpartum Mom & Family

Wednesday,  May 19 * 11:30-12:30pm*  at Natural Resources (1367 Valencia St btw 24th & 25 th Ave).  All are welcome to join this FREE class.

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Welcoming a new baby brings joy, amazement, and new challenges. Herbal remedies can support the physical and emotional transitions that the new mom and family encounters. The class will cover herbs and medicinal food for the new mom and family; remedies to support lactation and breast health; herbs to avoid during breastfeeding; and mind-body comfort measures for the new mom and partner.

About the Instructor

Beth Rees, B.A. is a birth & postpartum doula serving the San Francisco and greater Bay Area. She has been working with women and families for 15 years as a women’s and children’s health advocate, educator and event coordinator. Beth studied and worked with the American School of Herbalism in Western and Traditional Chinese herbal medicine. To this day, Beth works with, helping craft herbal remedies and teaches perinatal herbal medicine classes with the Beyond being a birth enthusiast, Beth enjoys cooking, crafting fiber arts, coordinating life celebrations and parties, auto restoration, and spending time with loved ones, in and out of the City. For more information about Beth, please visit or email

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Moxa for a breech baby: a demo

Beginning at 35 weeks,  stimulation of acupressure point Zhiyin Bladder 67 with moxa is shown to help turn a baby presenting breech into a vertex position .   Moxa is the dried plant material of mugwart (Artemisia vulgarus) that is pearled into a stick or used loose, and then lit to bring warmth, invigorate the qi and stimulate blood flow to the treated area.    Moxibustion  is most effective when done daily for  5-7 days , twice a day for 15-20 minute intervals.

Check out this video for all the details on how to moxa at home.

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Spring 2010 herbal medicine classes with Sylvan School of Botanical Medicine

Classes offered by SSBM give a foundational and exploratory context to engage plants and their therapeutic properties.   Field trips are very family and child friendly.  More information can be found at .

Herbal Materia Medica (12 weeks – 36 hours)*

Wednesdays February 24 – May 12                  6:30 – 9:30 pm

This course will feature a discussion of individual medicinal plants from a wide variety of healing traditions and perspectives. This is a great class for someone wanting an introduction to herbal medicine or for a seasoned practitioner looking to expand their repertoire of plants.

Herbs for the Mind, Mood, and Emotions (4 weeks – 12 hours) *

Tuesdays April 6 – 27                                    6 – 9 pm

This course will offer a survey of herbal practices for influencing mental states. We will look at perspectives from Western and Chinese herbal traditions and explore the existing evidence base for the application of herbs for treating psychiatric conditions. This is an excellent course for therapists and psychiatrists who want to gain a better understanding of how to use botanical medicine to support their clients.

Weekend Intensives (Held in Oakland, CA)

Medicine Making (12 hours)*

Saturday and Sunday March 13 & 14               9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Learn the basics of making effective herbal remedies from harvesting to finished
product. In this hands-on weekend we will make teas, tinctures, syrups, oils, salves,and other topical preparations. Participants will go home with a variety of medicines they’ve made in class.

Herbal First Aid (12 hours)*

Saturday and Sunday April 24 & 25                 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

This fun and practical class will teach how to respond to commonly encountered first aid and emergency situations with Western and Chinese herbal medicine and other therapeutic strategies. Participants will develop an herbal first aid kit for treatment of wounds, trauma, infections, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and emotional emergencies. Basic assessment skills will be developed or refreshed and attention will be paid to when a higher level of medical intervention may be necessary.

Cooking with Herbs (12 hours)

Saturday and Sunday Dates TBA                  9:30 am – 4:30pm

Learn to incorporate healthful herbs and medicinal foods into your diet during this delicious weekend. We will discuss, prepare, and taste examples of traditional Chinese dietary therapies, dishes that highlight wild and garden-grown herbs and seasonal vegetables, and the medicinal uses of common culinary herbs.

Field Trips

Herbs of the Southern California Desert – Location TBA (10 hours)*

Saturday and Sunday March 27 & 28              9:30 am – 4:30 pm

This trip presents an opportunity to explore Southern California’s stunning desert flora and landscape. Participants will develop the skills of field identification, wild-crafting, and herbal preparation. The folkloric and clinical uses of plants will be discussed as well as the application of these native plants in the context of Chinese medicine.

Botanical Field Study – Los Padres National Forest (10 hours)*

Saturday and Sunday April 10 & 11                 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Learn about the medicinal uses of California native plants during wildflower season in the beautiful Central Coast hills.

Bay Area Herb Walks (Locations TBA)

Sunday March 7                                          1 – 5 pm

Friday April 2                                              3 – 6 pm

Friday April 23                                             3 – 6 pm

Sunday May 16   (with special guests)            all day

Herbal Medicine

Elderberry flavonoids bind to and prevent H1N1 infection in vitro.

This article details the biochemical evidence that speaks to elderberry’s effectiveness in preventing the H1N1 flu strain from cultivating in Elderberryvitro.

In addition, elderberry makes an ideal & safe herb for the entire family this cold and flu season. And it has a taste that will pass the most discriminating palate.  It makes the most delectable syrups and jams, while maintaining its antiviral properties – just mind the sugar 🙂