Monday, December 16, 2013

David Winston Herbal Salons

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David Winston Herbal "Salon" Free Link to Recordings for Store & Practitioner Customers 

Thanks to our Customers for your enthusiastic support of David Winston's Educational Herb Webcast Discussion Series! In each, David gives an overview on the topic while explaining in detail why he uses certain herbs in his formulas. Participants post questions for David as he is speaking. We are pleased to offer free links to previously recorded "Herbal Salons".  
A sampling of recent comments:  
  • I've been meaning to do these classes forever. What a wonderful way to learn.
  • David is a great teacher. I learn a lot from him and will continue to do so.  
  • Thank you to everyone involved in these presentations.
  • It was great!    
  • Thank you!!!!!!! 
Look for your invite to the next David Winston Herbal Salon* 
2014 Herbal Schedule  
January 8th   
February 5th
March (TBD)
April 9th
May 7th
June 4th
July (TBD)
August (TBD)
September 3rd
October (TBD)
November 5th
December 3rd  
*Topics and Dates subject to change
Salons are scheduled one Wednesday per month at 11AM ET  
Links to All the Recent Herbal Salon Recordings   

The holiday season can be both a happy and stressful time.  David discusses the importance of distinguishing between what is considered normal stress and anxiety and when stress and anxiety start to impact emotional health.  Sleep can be affected when suffering from depression or anxiety.  In winter, our bodies want to follow the natural cycle of shorter days and longer nights but modern society does not allow it.  Sleep is foundational and it is recommended that most people need at least 8 hours of sleep.  Formulas discussed include Emotional Relief™ Tension Relief™, Grief Relief™, Gentle-Man™, Serenity Compound™, Phytocalm™ and Kids Calmpound Glycerite™.  Single Herbs discussed include Wood Betony, Wild Lettuce, and Kava.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine the lungs are call the "tender organ".  It is the organ most affected by heat, cold, dampness, dryness & wind.  As we enter into cold and influenza season, there is an increase of respiratory problems.  David discusses the importance of choosing the right energetic lung formula - vital in keeping the condition from worsening.  David discusses how each of his lung formulas are used for different lung patterns.   Formulas discussed include Lung Relief™ Antispasmodic, Cold/Dry, Cold/Damp, Hot/Dry, and Hot/Damp.  Respiratory Calmpound™ and J.Kloss Anti-Spasmodic Compound are also discussed as well as the single herbs Houttuynia, Propolis and Usnea.

(please note the recording login page is slightly different this month--if you have any problems watching this recording please contact Telspan Web Services ph# 800-898-2315)

David focuses on common childhood complaints and ailments, many of which relate to their immature and developing immune systems.  The foundations of children's health are diet, sleep, exercise, and environmental factors.  David's focal point of any remedy for a child is to keep it very mild, safe, have no significant toxicity, and taste good.  Most children cannot easily swallow pills, so the use of liquid herbal remedies, herbal teas, and the addition of solid herbal extracts can play a great roll in maintaining health.  David discusses the herbs contained in his Children's formulas: Healthy Kid's CompoundTM, Kid's Tummy ReliefTM, Kid's Calmpound GlyceriteTM, Compound Mullein OilTM, Focus FormulaTM, and Hawthorn Solid ExtractTM.  Additional single herbs discussed include Peppermint, Goldenseal Glycerite, Valerian Glycerite, Linden, Fennel and Elderflower.    

Maintaining an active lifestyle is key to healthy aging.  Emotional and mental stimulation, a good diet and adequate exercise are all necessary for enabling good health as we age.  David Winston discusses age related topics including Arthritis, Hypertension, Osteoporosis, and Impaired Digestion.  Included in the discussion are his formulas Muscle/Joint TonicTM, Aspirea CompoundTM, Burdock/Red Root CompoundTM, Cardio CalmpoundTM, Hawthorn Solid ExtractTM, OsteoHerbTM, Herb-CalTM, Bitter's CompoundTM, Carminative CompoundTM and Gingko/Horse Chestnut CompoundTM.  Single herbs discussed include Devil's Club, Ashwaghanda, Black Cohosh, Black Haw, Dandelion leaf, Chrysanthemum, Sichuan Teasel, and processed Rehmannia.   

There is a long history of using specific herbs for treating eye conditions and diseases.  Our population suffers from various age related and inflammatory related eye conditions.  Herbs and nutritional supplements can be very important for maintaining eye health.  David goes into detail the use of each herb in the formula Insight CompoundTM as well as the benefits of Blueberry Solid ExtactTM, Elderberry Solid ExtractTM, Cranberry Blueberry Solid ExtractTM and Lycium fruit.  Single herbs discussed include Amla, Eclipta, Tienchi Ginseng, Yellow Sweetclover, Self Heal, and Ligustrum Berry.  Circulation is also a vital part of eye health.  Ginkgo Horse ChestnutTM as well as the single herbs Cayenne, Lesser Periwinkle and Prickly Ash are discussed.                    

Age brings musculoskeletal issues such as reduced circulation, arthritis, chronic knee pain or bulging discs. David discusses how hormesis (combination of herbs targeting many different receptors, tissues and enzymes) may benefit these conditions. Formulas discussed include Fitness FormulaTM, Muscle/Joint TonicTM, J. Kloss Anti-Spasmodic Compound, and Aspirea CompoundTM. Herbs can have an effect on both internal bone structure and external skin health, for example enhancing bone health by using the mineral rich OsteoHerbTM and Herb-CalTM may also have an adjunct benefit for healthy skin. David also has a wide ranging discussion on Healthy Skin TonicTM as well as the single herbs Amla, Kudzu, Cramp Bark, Yellow Sweetclover, Black Haw, Mullein root, Roman Chamomile, and Feverfew.                   

June is Men's Health Month. David discusses how diet and herbs can alter testosterone levels, sperm count and the epigenomics as men age. Herbs contained in the formulas Men's FormulaTM, Men's Prostate TonicTM, and Gentle-ManTM are reviewed. Also discussed are the specific properties of Cleavers, Pipsissewa, Mullein Root, American Ginseng, Cordyceps, He Shou Wu, Rhodiola, and Sichuan Teasel.                  

May is Women's Health Month. David discusses the herbal formulas used as a women moves through the premenstrual to post menopausal phases in her life. Learn how the complex personalities of herbs are combined into different formulas for each phase. Compound formulas reviewed include Women's CalmpoundTM, Women's FormulaTM, Women's Transition CompoundTM, Full Moon - Women's Anti-Spasmodic CompoundTM, Uterine TonicTM, Replenish CompoundTM and Reckless Blood TonicTM. In addition to the herbs contained in the formulas, he discusses the specific properties of False Unicorn, Lady's Mantle, Partridge berry, White Ash bark, and Damiana.                

Seasonal Allergies can be managed by keeping the inflammatory index low enough not to have symptoms. Immune Amphoterics, Immunoregulators, and Antiinflammatory/ Antioxidant herbal supplements should be started before the allergy season even begins. David discusses how prevention is better than treatment, and what to do if treatment is needed. Compounds discussed include Sinus SupportTM, Respiratory CompoundTM, Seven Precious MushroomsTM, Immune AdaptTM and Immune BalanceTM. Useful for Eye and Nasal Allergy symptoms are Blueberry Solid Extract, Elderberry Solid Extract and Pomegrante-Goji Solid Extract. Single herbs and their specific qualities discussed include Chinese Salvia (Dan Shen), Gotu Kola, Sarsaparilla, and Amla.                

March is National National Kidney Month and David Winston discusses the use of herbs to nourish the Kidney, enhance diuresis, and prevent Urinary Tract Infections. David goes into detail discussing Kidney ReliefTM, Kidney SupportTM, and UT CompoundTM as well as the excellent antiinflammatory qualities of Cranberry Blueberry Solid Extract. Single herbs and their specific qualities discussed include Dandelion leaf, Juniper Berry, Marshmallow, Kava, Lobelia, Horsetail, Stinging Nettle leaf, Khella, Yellow Root, and Bergamot.               

February is Heart Health Month. David Winston discusses the use of herbs to strengthen and nourish the heart and cardiovascular system. The Heart is more than just a pump but also stores Shen and consciousness. The heart has significant Endocrine function and has receptors for every hormone and neuropeptide in the body. Some of formulas David goes into detail in discussing are Healthy Heart CompoundTM, Cardio CalmpoundTM, and Ginkgo/Horse ChestnutTM as well as the wonderful strengthening and nourishing qualities of Hawthorn Solid Extract. Single herbs discussed include Dong Quai and Corydalis yanhusuo.              

Herbs can improve, tonify and nourish the major eliminatory organs--the Liver, the Kidney, the Lungs, the Lymph, the Skin, or the Bowel--resulting in their performing their roles more effectively. David discusses his Cleansing Protocol that gently enhances the function of all eliminatory organs without weakening or damaging the body. The Cleansing Protocol includes his formulas: GentlelaxTM, Burdock/Red Root CompoundTM, ThistlesTM, and Healthy Skin TonicTM. David also discusses how to maintain a well functioning digestive system as the path to maintaining healthy weight balance.  He explains in detail his choice of herbs in Bitters CompoundTM, Carminative CompoundTM, Kid's Tummy ReliefTM and Intestinal CalmpoundTM, as well as the single herbs Artichoke and Marshmallow.             
If you have enjoyed these lectures, you will love David Winston's next 2 Year Herbal Studies Program. Next class begins in 2014!
Center For Herbal Studies
Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to learn about hundreds of herbs and how to use them for specific conditions from a world renowned herbalist.  For more information, visit his Center for Herbal Studies Website.
Beth Lambert
Herbalist & Alchemist

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

HANS Herb Fair - Sunday July 21

Herbalist Association of Nova Scotia Presents our:

11th Annual Herb Fair


Preserving our Native Plant Treasures

Sunday, July 21, 2013 

8:30 am - 5 pm

Location:  Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens , Acadia University ,

32 University Ave., Wolfville , N.S.


9-9:45 Registration - lobby of auditorium

9:45-10 -Welcome & Housekeeping,    with Michele Haddal   -   Auditorium  

10:00 - 11:30 Panel Discussion  - Auditorium

"Preserving our Native Medicinals Through Creating Botanical Sanctuaries" with -

John Cummings, HANS

Cheendana, Avalon Gardens

Alex deNicola, Highland Farm

Melanie Priesnitz, Acadia Univ.


 11:30 - 1:00 - Lunch & AGM

All members welcome to AGM

Bring your own lunch (water and herbal teas provided).


1:00 - 2:30 Workshop Series A   (choose one)

* "Permaculture basics" - Alex deNicola

     Overview of Permaculture perspective and how to's for a sustainable garden

* NS Indigenous Plant walk - Laurie Lacey

2:45 - 4:15 Workshop Series B    (choose one)

* " Creating your own herbarium for fun and enlightenment" - Jeanette Poirier

Tour Acadia 's herbarium and then learn how to gather, press and preserve plants in your own herbarium.

* "Propagating and growing plants" - Linda Swinamer & Michele Haddal

Learn when & how to make cuttings and how to root them, and other propagation techniques


4:30 - 5:15 Closing Circle & Giveaway   with Rita Baruss

At the Closing Circle we say thank you.  We have adopted the custom of asking everyone to bring a small gift to place on a blanket which will be at the centre of the circle.  Then each of us, in turn, takes something from the blanket - a remembrance of this lovely day.

Please bring something to share at the giveaway.


All Day Activities:


Penny Auction HANS Fundraiser

Socializing with fellow herbies

NOTEMost activities will be held outdoors.  Please dress accordingly.  Should the weather be bad, workshops will be held indoors.

Remember to Bring:

Lunch   Mug   Giveaway Item   Money for Market

Registration Fees

HANS Members                   $40

Non-HANS Members             $65

HANS membership is only $25.00 per year

For more information check the HANS website:

Or call:

Jeanette Poirier 902-531-3828

The solutions to our dis-ease lie in a harmonous relationship with Nature.  She will speak to us when we are willing to listen.

HerbalWizdom Nature Therapy
Jeanette Poirier, CHT
Medical Herbalist
Blockhouse, NS
(902) 531-3828

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Plant circle of at risk plants - June 16th

June 16th 2-4pm at Avalon Gardens (directions on our website
a plant walk with Cheendana to see some At Risk Medicinal Plants as listed by United Plant Savers (
Come meet Bloodroot, Black Cohosh, Blue Cohosh, Echinacea, Ladys Slipper, Slippery Elm, Peyote, Trilliun and Wild Yam on the AT Risk List
Arnica, Mayapple, Oregon Grape, Partridgeberry, White Sage on the "To Watch" list
aswell as some other herbals....Barberry, sweet grass, elecampane, angelica, mulleins, gayfeather, betony, leopards bane, mugwort .....and more
All are welcome....
Avalon Gardens
Yoga, Herbal and Learning Center
1199 Russia Road
Black Rock, Nova Scotia
B0P 1V0
Current study: Human Design

11th ANNUAL HERB FAIR, July 21

Herbalist Association of Nova Scotia (HANS) 11th Annual Herb Fair
Theme: "Planting Our Future - Preserving Our Native Plant Treasures"
When: Sunday, July 21, 2013, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Harriett Irving Botanical Gardens, 32 University Ave.,
Acadia University, Wolfville
Registration in lobby of lecture hall starts at 9 am.

Opening with a panel discussion on topic:
"Preserving Our Native Medicinals Through Creating Botanical Sanctuaries"
Workshops will include such topics as - permaculture practices, creating an herbarium, native plant propagation, and of course, a plant walk focussing on indigenous plants.
Presenters include Graham Calder, Cheendana, Jeanette Poirier, and others not yet confirmed.
Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at noon.  All members welcome.
There will be an opening and closing ceremony and a giveaway.
There will also be a marketplace, and a penny auction.

Registration fee $40.00 for members and $65.00 for non-members of HANS.

Bring your own lunch, please.  Herb tea will be available. 
Please bring something for the giveaway.

Advance registrations may be mailed to: Herbalist Association of Nova Scotia (HANS), C/O Jeanette Poirier, P.O. Box 92, Blockhouse, NS, B0J1E0.

For more information, check website at a later date, or contact Jeanette Poirier, or tel. (902)531-3828.

The solutions to our dis-ease lie in a harmonous relationship with Nature.  She will speak to us when we are willing to listen.

HerbalWizdom Nature Therapy
Jeanette Poirier, CHT
Medical Herbalist
Blockhouse, NS
(902) 531-3828

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin

It's a rainy Saturday here and it seemed like a great day for a warm, hearty meal so I broke out the slow cooker this morning to put on supper for this evening. It's almost ready now and it smells awesome all through the house! This recipe is my own but it pulls the method from the wonderful Chicken Korma we made last week.

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin
2 lbs pork tenderloin
  (I used 2 med sized tenderloins)

4 med carrots (or other veg if desired)
4 lg potatoes
1 lg onion
2 lg apples (peeled and cored)
4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup orange juice
  2 cups chicken stock
  1 tsp  dry mustard
1/2 tsp  cinnamon
1/8 tsp  allspice
1/8 tsp  nutmeg
  1 Tbsp brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste

  1. Brown 1 inch thick medallions of tenderloin and put in crock pot on high to keep warm.
  2. Chop veggies into bite sized chunks and layer over tenderloin.
  3. Puree onions, apple, garlic and orange juice in a blender or food processor.
  4. Saute the puree in butter for 3 minutes.
  5. Add spices to puree and saute another minute.
  6. Add chicken stock and sugar and bring to a boil.
  7. Pour puree over pork and veggies.
  8. Cook 3 hours on High or 5-6 hours on Low.
    I did 2.5 High and 2.5 Low... perfect.

Enjoy! :)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Knitty Gritty

I have been working with yarn a lot lately so I have created a Ravelry account and am going to try tracking the details of my projects on there!  I'm pretty excited about the simplicity and versatility of the Shirl's Mittlet's pattern I picked up at LK Yarns back in January.  This was my first attempt at thumb gussets and cable patterns and the pattern walked me through it like butter!  Thank you to the gals at LK who helped with everything from selecting the pattern, yarn and needles to casting on extra stitches across the thumb opening - y'all rock!!

Here's a link to the "knitty" gritty details:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A New Local Hobby Night!!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Aviva Romm: Is Your Libido Low?

Is Your Libido Low?
Do you wonder whether your libido is low? Do you take care of women or have friends or relatives who are wondering?
Important questions to ask include:
  • Has there been a recent change in your libido? When was it higher? What changed?
  • Are you having any medical symptoms, for example, fatigue, dry skin, or weight gain that might indicate an underlying problem?
  • What's going on in your personal life: A new baby? Caring for an elderly relative? Trouble with children? Work stress? Other stressors?
  • What do you believe might be contributing to this decrease in your sex drive?
  • And perhaps most importantly, how is your relationship with your partner?
Libido is profoundly influenced by our sense of personal well-being, our physical health, our hormones, stress levels, and our relationship happiness.

To learn more, read on!

And check the website later for a second special post today - a Maca Dark Chocolate and Cherry Truffle recipe! Maca is a restorative tonic for general health, energy, and sexual vitality. And chocolate, well, it may just be one of nature's perfect foods!