Wild Earth Botanicals and Carolina Grassfed Beef are excited to announce that Phyllis D. Light will be here for a weekend in May to present Southern & Appalachian Folk Medicine: History, Principles & Practices of an American System of Herbal Medicine.
Phyllis D. Light is a practicing herbalist and health educator with over 30 years of herbal experience. She is traditionally trained in Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine and began her studies with her Creek/Cherokee grandmother in the deep woods of North Alabama. Phyllis continued her studies with her father and other Appalachian elders, such as Tommie Bass, as well as studies in conventional Western bio-medicine. She holds a Master's of Health Studies degree from the University of Alabama.
Phyllis is Director of the Appalachian Center for Natural Health, offering herbal and natural health classes in north Alabama as well as an online program. She is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and a licensed massage therapist. Phyllis travels and teaches classes in integrative medicine and herbalism at universities, hospitals, and symposia across the country. She is currently secretary of the American Herbalist Guild, president of the American Naturopathic Certification Board, and board member of Old Spirits, New Lives, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Indigenous knowledge.
Above all, Phyllis devotes herself to building a bridge between traditional knowledge and modern-day science; to help hold sacred the traditional herbal and healing knowledge that has been handed down from generation to generation while embracing the relevant scientific knowledge of today.
Traditional Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine is the most widely acknowledged regional folk medicine in the United States and the only system, other than Native American medicine, to develop on this continent. In this wonderful intensive, Phyllis D. Light will share the rich and fascinating history of our folk medicine, its origins and development from diverse European folk traditions, Greek medicine, and Native American plant use, a unique system of folk medicine developed and used by poor whites and blacks.
Our ancestors looked to the natural world, to observation of the land and seasons when developing this system. For example, the blood moves around the body like the sap in a tree. In the winter, the blood pulls inward to protect the core of the body and warm the vital organs, leaving the hands and feet cooler. In the spring, the blood moves outward toward the surface, reinvigorating the body and diffusing heat during the summer. Although this may appear as a simple allegorical concept, the physiology of blood movement is accurate. Phyllis will explain Southern Blood Types (bitter/salty and sweet/sour), the four constitutions (fire/water and air/earth), how to use the constitutional system as an assessment technique, and she will touch on blood qualities such as high/low, thick/thin, fast/slow, and good/bad.
Weaving stories from her traditional herbal training into the weekend, Phyllis will share what it was like growing up in the woods and cotton fields of Alabama, what it was like to depend upon the wild plants for good health and as a livelihood, her most influential teachers, her grandmother Rosie Light, a Creek Native American midwife, and herbalist, Tommie Bass, one of the most widely known folk herbalists in this country to date, and their more unusual but effective approaches to assessment and herbal remedies.
We will also experience a traditional Southern herbal tea tasting! This is a unique Southern herbal proving based on Native American techniques to learn how to taste the herb and interpret what you taste, what you sense, and how it feels in your body.
What a blessing to have this southern sister come to the Upstate to share the stories, the history, the practice and principles of our herbal heritage. Want to know your element constitution in Southern Folk Medicine? See you there!
Class is limited to 12-30 students, so register early to secure your spot! Registration closes March 17. A $100 deposit is due before March 17 with the balance due before April 17.
1-Send an email to email@example.com to let me know you plan to attend
2-Send $100 deposit before March 17 to:
3456 Hwy 187 South
Anderson, SC 29626
****Balance must be received before April 17****
Detailed information and directions will be sent when registration closes.