The Art of Medicine Making: Tinctures

The Art of Medicine Making: TincturesSJW tincture

Learn when tinctures are useful, how to make easy-to-use alcohol extracts, and what alcohol percentage works. We’ll talk about why tinctures are useful, when you might choose to make them vs. other remedies, what ingredients you need, and we’ll make some tinctures together that you will get to take home at the next Art of Medicine Making workshop!

Send an email to to sign up! We have just a few spaces left in the workshop.

Class is from 6-8 PM on Friday, June 26
715 Furnace Rd, Conneaut, OH 44030

If you aren’t on our email list, you might have missed the initial announcement for this hands-on tincture making class. You can join our list by clicking on the icon in the left-hand column or click here:!

Mobile Wellness and Herbal Education


Last week, herbalist Leah Wolfe and herbal work/study Kristen Weeks from the Trillium Center went to the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference. This conference was held in Wisconsin at Camp Helen Brachman. Along with Lynn Green, Leah and Kristen offered medical and wellness support to the 350 attendees. They had first aid supplies, herbal remedies, and other wellness items such as toothbrushes and cough drops.

Right now at the Trillium Center, we are working on a mobile education and herbal program. We are going to take our wellness center and education clinic on the road throughout northeast Ohio  and western Pennsylvania. If you would like to support this project, please contact us or make a donation using the icon in the left hand column. We will offer herbal education consults to individuals, classes to groups, and plant walks.

Two Plant Events Saturday!

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Join Leah Wolfe, herbalist and forager, at Raccoon Park on Saturday from 12-2 PM to learn about the medicinal plants growing along Lake Erie. Class fee is $10. Send an email to to sign up and get directions.

Join the Serpentine Plant Study Group from 4-6 PM at the Trillium Center, 715 Furnace Rd, Conneaut, OH 44030. Learn about medicinal plants through direct experience. We will drink tea and taste a tincture of a medicinal plant that is common to our region. Then after we develop a list of potential medicinal properties, I will tell you what the plant is and we will discuss the differences and similarities between what we taste in the medicine and what the books say. Class donation is $10/person. You will get a sample of the medicine to take home. Send an email to to sign up!

Read what we learned about Chickweed and other plants at

Herbs for the Mouth

Echinacea purpurea: root powder can be used in mouth remedies!
Echinacea purpurea: root powder can be used in mouth remedies!

Tired of buying expensive chemical toothpastes? Come to this class and learn how to keep your teeth and mouth healthy with herbs!

Herbs for the Mouth

June 27 ~ 2:00-5:00 PM

Leslie Alexander, PhD, RH (AHG), author of Dental Herbalism will explore common kitchen herbs and spices for everyday oral care. Learn about six preparations, addressing teething as well as simple pastes and breath fresheners, and herbs to relieve pain or discomfort associated with any number of causes. This general workshop welcomes anyone curious about natural, affordable oral care alternatives.

Learn more about Leslie at

TO REGISTER you must fill out this form and pay your class fee:–ECJm1nzawhoy1gT1_CXoGAWuSRs/viewform?c=0&w=1

Class fee of $20 is due June 19. Instructions for making your payment will pop up when you finish the registration form. Please make your payment by June 19!

Stand still. The forest knows Where you are. You must let it find you.

Leah Wolfe:

Wonderful! A metaphor for life. The forest is all around us.

Originally posted on Beyond Meds:

An incredible poem by David Wagoner shared below. Please read it. Then, following the poem, there is a relatively short video with David Whyte discussing this poem in conversation with Jeffrey Mishlove. Wonderful. Enjoy.


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Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.

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Foraging Plant Walk – May 31

From our Spring Foraging Walk in April at Erie Bluffs State Park.
From our Spring Foraging Walk in April at Erie Bluffs State Park.

Join Ian Hamilton and Leah Wolfe of the Trillium Center for a spring foraging adventure at the Bluffs State Park, along the shores of beautiful Elk Creek and Lake Erie.

May 31, 1-3ish PM
Raccoon Park, East Springfield, PA (map is below)

We’ll be looking at amazing wild foods and medicines, and will talk processing, cooking, and storage, so you can begin to feed and heal yourself from nature’s grocery store. This class is the first of a seasonal series through the Trillium Center, and will empower you as a forager to consciously garden and protect our wild places.

Children are welcome! $15 per person, or $30 per family. Proceeds go toward the Lake Erie Mobile Herbal Education Clinic, and will help make natural medicine accessible to the community.

Send an email to or check out

Ian and Leah sitting and talking about plants.
Ian and Leah sitting and talking about plants.


Use this map to get there:,-80.48054,603m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x88321299b7ea66bf:0x9b10b33263a4eb81!6m1!1e1

Drinking Tea to Study Herbs

The hairy twig of Staghorn Sumac.
The hairy twig of Staghorn Sumac.

The next Serpentine Study Group meeting is on May 23 at 4 PM at the Trillium Center. You are invited to come; we only have 10 seats, so please reserve your spot in advance. We will drink tea and taste tincture made from a regional medicinal plant so that we can learn first-hand how to use these amazing plants. The cost for the class is $10 and includes a sample to take home. Here is the webpage from our first class of the year:

From the webpage: 

The Serpentine Project study group resumed in April of 2015 to enjoy a freshly-harvested tree medicine: sumac. In our area, Staghorn Sumac is the predominant species. It’s Latin name is Rhus typhina.  It is in the same genus as poison ivy and the same family as cashews and mangos. The drupes or “berries” have been used to color and flavor food, make a lemony drink, and as a medicine, particularly in India. The stems are hollow and can be used to make pipes and spiels to tap trees for syrup. For our early spring study group, we drank tea and tasted tincture made from the bark. To read the rest, click here:

Wilderness First Aid: 3 more days to register!

NCM_0281We are so excited to have Dave Pike back to teach a Wilderness First Aid class at the Trillium Center. This year, Charles Schiavone will be a co-trainer. You will also be excited to learn that the Trillium Center will offer an Herbal First Aid course to participants later in the year!

Here are the details for the May training:
(Registration information is at the bottom, you must register to participate).

Wilderness First Aid
Join us on May 16-17 for a hands-on course that prepares you to avoid, prevent or cope with medical issues in wilderness environments. This is a 16-hour class over two days including the following topics:

Day One
1: Introduction, Preparation and Assessment of the Problem
2: Preventing and Caring for Injuries (All Types)

Day Two
1: Problems with Weather and Environment
2: Bites, Bugs and Plant Poisons
3: Medical Problems
4: Conclusion, Exam & Performance Evaluations

Total cost: $80 for the two-day workshop including lunch both days + $20 for the book

Lunch will be provided! Your book will be sent to you when you pre-register. We encourage you to read the book before the class. You and everyone else will have a better learning experience if we can focus on developing body memory and not focus on the book. The course ends with a 2-part exam (scenarios and written test) to ensure that you have integrated the information. You will receive a WFA card when you pass the exam. You will be better prepared in the event of an emergency!

The Instructors

Dave Pike works on a Rescue Squad in Western North Carolina as EMS crew and Wilderness Rescue Technician. A Wilderness EMT since 2002 and credentialed for instruction with American Safety & Health Institute as well as North Carolina’s Office of EMS, Dave Pike has worked as an EMT in urban, wilderness and disaster situations.

Charles Schiavone is a volunteer firefighter and paramedic at the Conneaut Fire Department, Station #3 and a builder at the Trillium Center and BLD farm. He has been a street medic trainer for more than 5 years and went to Haiti after the earthquake to provide disaster relief.

You must pre-register by May 1. Pre-registration fee is $20, which covers the cost of your book. Registration form and final payment of $80 are due May 10. Get the registration form and other details by sending an email to

Herbalists Without Borders in Ohio/PA

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Herbalists Without Borders (HWB) is an international network of herbalists, traditional healers, complementary alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners, botanical medicine product makers, botanical trades people, herb growers, farmers, ecologists, students, humanitarian aid workers and others interested in the vital roles of plants in primary health and wellness, sustainable agriculture, tradeecological preservation.

You can support their work locally and globally by becoming a member or volunteering. If you are interested in getting involved with the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania Regional Chapter of Herbalists Without Borders, please contact me at the Trillium Center at

Learn more about HWB at their website:

Become a member here:

They provide low-cost guides to help you cultivate social justice wherever you live. Check out their guides at this page:–guides.html

In our region, I am working on a mobile People’s Clinic project to bring herbal education and community health to Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Read more about HWB’s People’s Clinics:

You can donate to the mobile People’s Clinic project in Ohio and western PA here:

Donate now!


Leah Wolfe


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