Monthly Archives: August 2014

Prepping Your Herbal Medicine Chest

Cold & Flu Season and other infections

When: Saturday, November 8, 2014;  9:30a-4p

Where: Desert Tortoise Botanicals 4802 E Montecito St.  Tucson, AZ 85711

Who:  Anyone interested in enabling themselves to prepare for and address common infections with accessible home remedies

How Much: Class fee: $75 per person

*Fee includes materials for take-home herbal remedies


Be prepared to ward off illness and promote your vitality! Join Sonoran herbalist, John Slattery, in a day of medicine making in preparation for the winter cold & flu season.  You will learn to make and use a variety of preparations (teas, syrups, oxymels) ideally suited for the most common viral infections. In our discussions we will explore the nature of host resistance and how to enhance it from a Vitalist perspective, and take a closer look at our local herbal pharmacopeia. Each participant will gain hands-on experience with herbal medicine making. Additionally, each participant will take home three herbal preparations we create in class and the knowledge to make it for themselves in the future. All materials are included in the class fee. Please register in advance to reserve your space. Limit 12 participants. Email with any questions regarding the class. 

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Foraging in the Sonoran Desert

When: Saturday, October 25, 2014; 8a – 3p

Where: near Tucson, AZ

Who: Anyone interested in learning to forage wild plants and eat from their surroundings

Cost: $50 per person


Learn to eat from what you find in the desert!  Join local herbalist & forager, John Slattery, on a wild foraging journey in our local mountains. We will be exploring the great diversity of native wild foods which exist in our local habitat. Numerous wild foods will be identified, and we will gather and prepare select, available wild foods. Additionally, important out of season wild plant foods will be demonstrated with samples and field identification. Basic topics covered will include:

Proper Identification of Edible Species

Time of Year for Proper Harvest

Methods of Preparation

Location, Environment, and Habitat for each Plant

Please bring proper walking shoes, needed protection from the sun, adequate water for a full day of sun exposure, and a packed lunch. Our meeting place will be announced upon registration. Limited to 12 participants. Contact John at with any questions regarding the class.

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