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Three Sacred Trees: the Ecology, Medicine, Myth and Fare of the Bay Laurel, Oak and Tanoak
December 13, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join nationally known herbalist Matthew Wood and ethnobotanist Jolie Egert Elan on a deep ecological and shamanic journey into the world of three iconic California trees. This class will explore the medicine, food, ecology, ethnobotany, shamanism, mythology and botany of three trees primal to the landscapes of the California Bay Area. California Oak, Tanoak and Bay Laurels are steeped in history, rich in medicine, essential ecological players and abundant food sources. But all is not well in this beautiful kingdom. Bay trees spread Sudden Oak Death, a disease killing Oak and Tanoak trees en masse. No cure is known. In this class we will attempt to learn about and from these great trees, both to help ourselves and to try to help them.
Recently, we have begun working with the powerful medicine of Bay Laurel. The acrid semi-roasted nuts possess tension-relaxing, antispasmodic properties and betray the presence of alkaloids that are known to operate on sleep and dream. Deep shamanic properties are to be found in this common tree. The fully roasted nuts taste like a cross between coffee and chocolate. The leaves have yet other properties, causing and curing headache, and operating like strong bay leaves in seasoning. Matthew will present, for the first time, a series of fascinating case histories hinting at the potentials of this emerging medicine. Oak, almost the perfect astringent for increasing tension in the tissues, has the opposite/complimentary property of the tension-reducing Bay. This warrior-remedy increases integrity of the tissues and the psyche. Oak is one of Dr. Bach’s great flower essences. We will illustrate the properties of this valuable medicine with more case histories. Jolie will describe the botanical, ecological, and historical context of these trees and lead us in the preparation of acorn food, bay nut truffles, and bay medicine. These are not some kind of tough, mouth-puckering wild foods, but delicious mouth-watering treats.
You can pair this class with a half day of Plant Spirit Journeys to shamanically explore these three sacred trees on December 14 from 11 AM to 2 PM