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FSU Presents New Season of Mountain Herbalist Series at Mountain City Traditional Arts

FSU Presents New Season of Mountain Herbalist Series at Mountain City Traditional Arts
The Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies at Frostburg State University announces a new season of the Mountain Herbalist Series beginning Monday, Sept. 13. The series is designed to increase awareness of useful plants and reconnect people with natural resources and mountain traditions. All events will be Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mountain City Traditional Arts at 25 E. Main St. in Frostburg. The programs are free and open to the public.

“Mountain Roots” returns to kick off the beginning of the series on Sept. 13. Discover the lore, tradition and science behind the uses of Appalachia’s most popular native medicinal roots: ginseng, goldenseal, Solomon’s seal, sassafras, yellowroot and more.

The second event, “Bridging the Gap: Scientific and Traditional Herbal Uses” on Sept. 27, examines traditional applications verses novel scientific uses of plant medicine.

The third of the series will take place on Oct. 11. In “Making Topical Salves,” learn to make salves for everyday skin issues while becoming familiar with local and easily available plants that are healing and soothing for the skin.

On Oct. 25, come learn about the “Alien Invasion” and how alien fungi, plants and animals have invaded our forests, parks, backyards and even our homes.

Mimi Hernandez will teach you how to nourish your immune system on Nov. 8 with “Natural Immunity Support” to combat chronic fatigue, colds, yeast and viruses. Learn how to incorporate family-friendly foods and herbs into meals and home remedies for a healthy winter experience.

The last event will be held on Nov. 29, showcasing “Flu and Cold Care Naturally.” Hernandez will discuss nature’s support for the various maladies associated with colds: earaches, sinuses, fevers and coughs.

Hernandez, ACES outreach coordinator and lecturer for the ethnobotany program at FSU, is the primary educator for the series. She is a national speaker on herbal and holistic health topics and a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, with a master’s in herbal medicine.

Guest speakers include Amanda Collins and Liz McDowell. Collins, a local herbwife and folk herbalist, grows much of her herbs on a small farm in Hagerstown. She recently received her certificate in community herbalism and will teach simple folk salve making. McDowell has over 30 years of experience in education and the environment. She coordinates the Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society, serves on the boards of the Allegheny Highlands Conservancy and Savage River Watershed Association and assists with the Frostburg University Arboretum Task Force. McDowell will teach about invasive species in the area.

For more information or to register, contact Hernandez at 301-687-3136 or

ACES is a collaborative, inter-institutional effort devoted to the multidisciplinary study and conservation of native plants. A primary focus of ACES is to preserve Appalachian culture as it relates to wild plant harvesting and herbal medicine through community outreach and education programs. ACES also has an interest in fostering community economic development by encouraging local resources and supportive networks.

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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