Herbal Medicine Workshop Series
Tewa Women United offers this workshop series as an invitation to come together to learn how to take care of ourselves with herbal medicine while understanding the need to give back to the herbs and their systems of living. As we face ongoing challenges to our health from COVID-19, smoke from wildfires, and changes to our environment seasonally, this traditional knowledge is more important than ever.
These workshops are open to everyone who wishes to learn how to take care of their health through the holistic approach of herbal medicine. Participants don’t need any prior knowledge of herbal medicine.
These workshops are being held online (via Zoom) and we also have reserved 10 in-person spaces for each class, to be held at our office in Española, NM (masks required). The in-person spaces will be assigned in the order that registration forms are submitted. In-person participants will receive all supplies needed to make medicines, as well as a gift. Online participants need to provide their own supplies. Sessions will be recorded if you’re not able to attend at the time they are being offered.
September 12, 4-6 pm (Mountain Time)
Herbal Remedies for Emotional Support with Pilar Trujillo
We will focus on herbal remedies for emotional support, including recipes that center lemon balm and rosehips. We’ll be learning about the preparation of herbal teas and glycerites, which are similar to tinctures but replace alcohol with glycerin.
This workshop is open to everyone interested in herbal medicine and remedies for emotional support. In-person attendees should bring water and a notebook. Those joining online will have access to the recipes for the remedies we will be preparing, so that they can purchase or acquire the ingredients and follow along. Snacks and drinks will be provided for in-person participants.
Pilar Trujillo is a land-based Chicana who was born and raised in Española and now lives on ancestral farmland in Chimayo. An acequia farmer at heart, Pilar is passionate about traditional and regenerative agriculture, natural healing modalities, and making herbal remedios for her family and community. She is a strong believer in the beautiful possibilities to heal generational trauma through caretaking of the land, water, and seeds. Pilar graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies through Prescott College in 2007, and worked for 10 years in the acequia community as an advocate and project coordinator. Pilar joined TWU as staff in 2019, and is very grateful to have the opportunity to deepen her life skills and knowledge of traditional birthing practices through coordination of the YVK doula training. She is the mother of a beautiful home-birthed daughter and a proud recipient of YVK Doula Services for her homebirth. Pilar happily volunteers her energy for two local organizations in Chimayo: Barrios Unidos for the development of a community remedios project for families suffering with grief, pain and substance use disorder; and the Chimayo Museum for implementation of cultural programming for youth and the community. Tewa Women United is now a partner in the remedios project as it expands.
The content of this series is for educational purposes only. Although we try our utmost to provide useful and accurate information, you are responsible to research and verify information before relying on it. We cannot diagnose health conditions, nor prescribe medicines legally; we are not medical doctors. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment. Please consult your health care provider before using herbal medicine, particularly if you have a known medical condition or if you are pregnant or nursing.
You are responsible for your own health and choices related to health. As with conventional medicine, herbal medicine is vast and complex, and must be used responsibly. People react differently to different remedies. Some herbs are contraindicated with certain pharmaceutical drugs. Tewa Women United provides the information in this series for educational purposes only and is not liable for choices you make related to your health. Again, we encourage you to consult with a health care provider for individualized support.
Visit our YouTube Channel to view videos of past workshops
Respiratory Health with Chasity Salvador
Chasity will teach us about cold infusions for respiratory health. We will be making a mixture of licorice root, marshmallow root, and globe mellow root which is an infusion great for fire season, and long term affects of COVID-19. We will also be talking about growing herbs for respiratory health and the constituency of drying versus moisturizing herbs for the lungs.
We will share and talk about the importance of our lungs and the importance of being in connection with how herbs that have virtues in helping us with our lungs are also impacted by climate crisis, and ways we can give back to their livelihoods.
Oxymel with Jessica Lujan
In this workshop we will build relationships with herbs for the nervous system as well as those that provide support for grief, loss and emotional wellness. Together we will make a remedio called an oxymel, an alcohol-free extraction that is particularly good for children, pregnant folks, and those living in sobriety.