Backyard medicinal remedies and traditions of herbal healing were the limelight of this week’s Wellness Wednesday Workshop. Herbalist Lupo Passero covered a variety of popular herbal remedies, and advised the audience on ways to incorporate them into daily routine.

herbalism11According to the presentation, herbalists are people who dedicate their lives to working with medicinal plants including native healers, scientists, holistic medical doctors, researchers, writers, herbal pharmacists, medicine makers, wild crafters, harvesters, and herbal farmers. While herbalists are quite varied, the common love for respect, especially the relationship between plants and humans, unites them.

“Herbalism is the medicine of the people. We have been coevolving with plants for over 10,000 years and it is in each of our DNA and bloodlines to be an herbalist,” said Passero.

“Herbalism can be as simple as using garlic to help ward off a cold or flu or the use of aloe to help ease a burn. It can also become a lifelong study where you get to know hundreds of plants as medicine,” she added.

Some of the plants mentioned in the presentation include plantain leaf for relief from bee stings, dandelion root for detoxification, and basil leaf for overall health and wellbeing.

“Garlic is by far one of the most popular herbs. It is a perfect example of using food as your medicine. It can be helpful for viral and bacterial infection as well as funguses and parasites. A little bit of garlic every day can help keep the immune system healthy,” said Passero.

herbalism14Wellness Wednesday is a series of experiential lunchtime workshops hosted by The Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS). The institute provides the university and greater Danbury area with an opportunity to explore the different aspects of holistic health.

Christel Autuori is a certified integrative health coach & stress management instructor. She teaches at Western and oversees the Wellness Wednesday Workshops.

“I have been passionate about the holistic and integrative approach to health and healing for several years. With the new Wellness Center and Meditation Garden, we have a physical space in which to provide educational opportunities not only for the campus community, but the community at large,” said Autuori.

“The healing power of nature is powerful medicine in itself. Take a moment to enjoy the natural beauty, and experience the healing that Mother Nature can provide,” she added.

For more information on the Holistic Health Studies program at Western, please visit wcsu.edu/hpx.