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harvesting wild Valeriana officinalis

Harvesting Valeriana officinalis, originally collected in the wild for a Midwest Herb Fest 6 class with Mimi Hernandez, at Our Haven. After that event they were transplanted to the garden.



Cleaning the harvested wild Valeriana officinalis

Cleaning and preparing the harvested Valerian.



distillation system

Extracting the essential oils from fresh Valerian using grain alcohol.



calcination

After distillation the remaining mark is burned to an ash.



calcination

You can see the herb begin to turn white.



calcination

Here the incineration is completed and the ash is ready to be dissolved in filtered water.



Tim Wilkerson, Herbal Alchemist

Tim Wilkerson, Herbal Alchemist.

PHOTOS PAST

From May 30 - June 1, 2014, at the second Midwest Herb School.



Group photo Midwest Herb School, 2014

Group photo, 2014, during the Plant Identification class in front of the herb garden.



cricket teaching plant constituents

From Crickets plant constituent segment.



Preparing the plant for processing.

Everyone taking turns preparing the plant for processing.



filtering the salts

Weighing the amount of plant material used,
and recording it on paper for future reference.



cohobation

The filtered ash/salts and water solution (left) are then married to the combined
essential oils and alcohol distillate (right) to complete the spagyric process.




Watching the recombination swirl together with an energy of its own.




HOME ..... Midwest Herb School

INSTRUCTORS ..... Tim Wilkerson, Cricket Owens

COURSES ..... six courses, four meditations

PHOTOS PAST ..... 1st annual 2013, 2nd annual 2014

REGISTRATION ..... via paypal

CHECK LIST ..... things to bring - some required

DIRECTIONS ..... to the event

CONTACT ..... via email

Midwest Herb Fest ..... annual event in August

Alchemy Astrology ..... for practical laboratory use




Wild Valerian, Valeriana officinalis

Wild Valerian
Valeriana officinalis
A transplant from the garden
originally harvested for a keynote
Midwest Herb Fest 6 class
with Mimi Hernandez, at Our Haven.

Photo © 2014



Wild Valerian, Valeriana officinalis

Gently refluxing the plant before distillation in lieu of maceration over time.



Wild Valerian, Valeriana officinalis

This closed reflux system prevents loss of essential oils while separating them from the plant. The distillation tube is vertical to allow condensation to drip back into the flask.



Wild Valerian, Valeriana officinalis

Removing the mark to be calcined after filtering the tinctured liquid.



plant meditation

Herbs for Crickets' guided meditation.




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harvesting wild Bloodroot

Harvesting 3 Bloodroot plants, found during the plant identification walk, to make a spagyric tincture. These were located near an undeveloped access trail that is surely to get foot traffic this summer, so we harvested plants from the center of this small patch and left the larger patches undisturbed (photos right column).



harvesting wild Bloodroot

Red sap leaking from a severed root. Pieces of root left behind will regenerate.



distillation system

Extracting the essential oils from fresh Bloodroot using grain alcohol.



calcination

After distillation the remaining mark is burned to an ash.



calcination

You can see the herb begin to turn white.



calcination

Here the incineration is completed and the ash is ready to be dissolved in filtered water.



our youngest student

Our youngest student, participating in the herbal meditation segment.

PHOTOS PAST

From May 10-12, 2013, at the first Midwest Herb School.



class photo midwest herb school, 2013

Class photo, 2013



cricket teaching plant constituents

From Crickets plant constituent segment.



cricket teaching plant constituents

Cricket cooking dandelion flowers for a class snack.



filtering the salts

The ash/salts having been dissolved in filtered water is then
poured through an unbleached coffee filter.



cohobation

The filtered ash/salts and water solution are then married to the combined
essential oils and alcohol distillate to complete the spagyric process.



cohobation, recombining

Watching the recombination swirl together with an energy of its own.





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Wild Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis

Wild Bloodroot
Sanguinaria canadensis
Found and left undisturbed,
at Our Haven, May 11, 2013.

Photo © 2013, Tim Wilkerson.



Wild Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis

Wild Bloodroot
Sanguinaria canadensis

"These are the biggest Bloodroot I've ever seen." ~ Tim Wilkerson

Photo © 2013, Tim Wilkerson.



Wild Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis

Wild Bloodroot
Sanguinaria canadensis

Photo © 2013, Tim Wilkerson.



ginger, wild, Asarum canadense

Wild Ginger
Asarum canadense

Photo © 2013, Tim Wilkerson.



plant meditation

Feeling deep into the energy of the herbs in Crickets guided meditation.