Herbal Medicine Workshop Series
Tewa Women United offers this four-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.
While we learn about herbal medicine, we will have in-depth conversation about:
- the ethics of herbal medicine
- the need for community knowledge and participation
- the health of herbal ecosystems
- the ways we are in relation to our local herbs and medicinal plants
- how we can be stewards to these beings who nourish us tremendously
These workshops are open to everyone who wishes to learn how to take care of their health through the holistic approach of herbal medicine. Each workshop will focus on different parts of the body while using different remedies. 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. You are welcome to sign up for one, two, three, or all four workshops.
June 20, 5 pm (Mountain Time)
Respiratory Health with Chasity Salvador
Chasity will teach us how to make a medicinal tea for healthy respiratory health. We will learn about the different herbs that help build lung capacity, which herbs dry the lungs, and which herbs moisten the lungs. We will learn the intricacies of our unique body’s constituency, the energetics of lung health and illness, and how to take care of our lungs during wildfires. We will also learn how to make a gumweed (Grindelia) syrup/honey that has aided Chasity in her Long Covid recovery. 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.
Chasity Salvador is a seedkeeper, young farmer, full-spectrum community doula, and poet from Acoma Pueblo. Her latest work has been growing medicinal herbs for her physical healing and dispersing vulnerable Pueblo seeds to communities in need. She is in the final stages of publishing her book on collective healing, a collection of poetry, essays, and guidance on healing from trauma, grief, and chronic illness.
July 17, 5 pm (Mountain Time)
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.
Jessica Lujan is a reproductive justice advocate, a community-based herbalist and queer farmer from the Pojoaque Valley in northern New Mexico. She received a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Health Studies from Northern New Mexico College. Jessica worked with Tewa Women United starting in 2010 as a full spectrum doula, childbirth educator, certified lactation educator, and served as the manager of the Indigenous Women’s Health & Reproductive Justice Program at Tewa Women United from 2015 through 2022. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Doula Association as Birth Equity Co-Chair. In 2022, Jessica transitioned from her work with Tewa Women United to build her business, Colibri Corazon, which is dedicated to creating products, opportunities, and experiences that uplift individual and community wellbeing through sustainable herbalism, food as medicine and wellness workshops. Jessica currently resides along the Rio in El Guique, NM with her girlfriend, son, and many fur babies.
Two more workshops are scheduled for August 21 and September 11 — stay tuned for more info!
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 medical 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 medical care provider for individualized support.