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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: Lavender (continued)
Hawthorne Tree
Indications: Lavender is a powerful relaxing herb with much of its medicine carried in its aromatic oils. Lavender is useful for anxiety and fatigue. It can help bring on sleep, relax digestive tension in the belly (carminative), relax the mind and body from stress-induced tension (antispasmodic), and ease menstrual cramps. Lavender is known as a mood-lifting herb that an help with depression. Simpy inhaling the scent can be calming & soothing on the nerves & psyche. It has been used for centuries in baths, food and in dried aromatic bundles.

Lavender has an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic quality when applied topically, as a tincture, tea or essential oil, and is especially useful as an essential oil topically on burns or infection, being gentle enough to use a drop or two for children or during pregnancy.

contraindications: None.

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.