Date: Wednesday, March 29

Time: 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Room: TBD

"The Medicine Wheel:" An Interactive Game for Teaching Herbal Medicine in the Garden

  • Beth Domenici, Nutrition Educator, School Garden Network

  • Moderator: Elizabeth Esparaza, FoodCorps Service Member, CAFF North Coast

We all know it. We try to teach it. Fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables can help keep our students healthy. But how can we extend this central tenet even more? How can we teach our students that plants are the foundation of ALL medicine? This one hour presentation uses "The Medicine Wheel," a home-spun game, to illustrate how native and naturalized medicinal plants can be used to heal our bodies. We will discuss the cultural history of herbal medicine from California Native American uses to the influences of European settlers to modern Western Herbalism. We will examine a collection of 20 native and naturalized plants, sample some formulations of these plants, and finally play the game. This presentation will provide FREE resources for teachers who would like to reproduce the game including instructions for creating the game and a field guide to "Common Medicinal Plants of Northern California," written and illustrated by the presenter.