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FSU Presents Mountain Herbalist Series at Mountain City Traditional Arts
02/04/2010

FSU Presents Mountain Herbalist Series at Mountain City Traditional Arts
The Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies, in partnership with Mountain City Traditional Arts, will present “The Mountain Herbalist Series,” beginning Monday, Feb. 22. All events will be Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mountain City Traditional Arts, 25 E. Main St. in Frostburg. The programs are free and open to the public.

Mimi Hernandez, the coordinator for this series, is an herbal educator whose courses balance traditional reverence with scientific understanding. She’s a clinical herbalist and professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, with a Master of Science degree in Herbal Medicine.

“Mountain Roots” will kick off the beginning of the series on Feb. 22. Discover the lore, tradition and science behind the uses of Appalachia’s most popular native medicinal roots.

The second event of the series, on March 8, showcases “Kitchen Spices for Health.” Spices such as cayenne, garlic, cinnamon and turmeric are great to have on hand for household ailments. Incorporating spices into a daily lifestyle can promote wellness in the face of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and aging.

The third of the series will take place on March 22. “Medicinal Flora of Appalachia” explores one of the most diverse and abundant ecosystems for medicinal plants. Fascinating stories of their traditional use and how science supports those uses will be discussed.

On April 12, come take a look at the “Weeds, Healing From Your Backyard.” Weeds such as dandelion, violets, plantain, chickweed and knotweed can all be put to good use.

Hernandez will explore the practical uses of kudzu on April 26. This plant is used as a source for culinary cuisine, animal feed, basket and paper making, medicine and much more.

The last event will be held on May 10, showcasing “Medicinal Mints.” Rosemary, lavender, lemon balm, peppermint, thyme and sage are all medical mints. These lovely and fragrant members of the Lamiaceae (mint) family are just as versatile for health promotion as they are in the kitchen.

For more information or to register, call 301-687-8040 or e-mail mhernandez@frostburg.edu.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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