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about CSHS

Located two miles west of Forestville, in beautiful Sonoma County, the California School of Herbal Studies is one of North America’s oldest centers for herbal education. Founded in 1978 by Rosemary Gladstar, and led today by School Director Rebecca Maxfield along with a fabulous staff of teachers, CSHS continues in the spirit in which it was created.

Our mission is to help create sustainable communities by providing Earth centered, community based herbal education. CSHS works to empower individuals with the skills, experience and confidence needed by the community herbalist. Our school teaches from the tradition of western herbalism, with a materia medica primarily made up of North American and European herbs. Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine perspectives and herbs are used to complement the Western tradition.

Our full-time, Roots of Herbalism intensive offers students a broad-based foundation in herbal medicine. For those who can't make a fulltime commitment we also offer a broad range of weekend series courses and one-day workshops. Successful graduates of our intensive program go on to the second year Community Herbalist Program and leave here with the knowledge they need to enter and contribute to the field of herbalism. Upon graduation students receive certificates of completion that are highly regarded by the herbal community.

CSHS is located on a lovely, rustic 80 acre sanctuary known as Emerald Valley. Our campus includes a classroom with an adjacent kitchen, a one-half acre garden with over 400 herb species, a medicine making building and forested hiking trails. Forestville is an hour and a half drive north of San Francisco. Visitors to the school are welcome, but please call first so we can be sure someone will be available to greet you! We look forward to meeting you and sharing friendship and herbal experiences.

Featured Herb: Hawthorne (continued)
Hawthorne Tree
Indications: Hawthorn is a powerful heart remedy in every sense of the word 'heart'. It has been used traditionally and studied by modern science and both find it to be a beneficial remedy for most cardiovascular disease. Hawthorn improves cardiovascular circulation, relieves high blood pressure and promotes overall heart health. It helps strengthen the heart's contracting muscles to 'facilitate a gentle but sustained reversal of degenerative, age-related changes,' writes David Hoffmann, or as ancient Ayurvedic language puts it, 'promotes longevity'. Hawthorn can be understood as a stimulating tonic herb for both the circulatory and digestive system.
Hawthorn is sour, sweet and slightly warming according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), who recognizes hawthorn berry primarily as a stimulating digestive remedy to relieve food stagnation, ai assimilation &increase the appetite. TCM also uses Hawthorn as a mild nervous sedative that can relax the heart and calm the spirit. On an emotional/energetic level Hawthorn opens and softens 'walls' and blockages of the heart, helping to relax into love and vulnerability.

contraindications:Hawthorn may enhance the activity of cardioactive digitalis-based medications and of beta-blockers, but not in a toxic way - use with special attention.

note: This information is not a replacement for a trained herbalist. Please consult your medical professional before treating yourself or others with this or any other herbal remedy.