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Learn to Make Herbal Remedies at Trailside, Nov. 9

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Learn how to assemble a natural first aid kit that can help strengthen your immune system during Trailside’s program for adults, “Making Herbal Medicines: Salves, Tinctures, Infusions, Syrups and Lozenges,” on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 7:15 – 9:15 p.m. The fee for this program is $15 for Union County residents and $20 for out-of-county participants. Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins will be accommodated if space permits.

“The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to offer this intriguing program and hopes that people will take advantage of this unique opportunity to discover the powerful remedies that the plant kingdom offers,” said Freeholder Chairman Deborah Scanlon.

Participants, ages 18 and older, will discover the incredible properties in common “weeds” that surround us and will learn how to make various remedies, utilizing natural options, to help combat the symptoms and underlying causes of some common ailments. You will learn how to prepare your own tinctures, salves, infusions, syrups and lozenges, using common plants such as plantain, St. Johnswort, yarrow, mullein, mint, willow, acorn and elderberry. This program will open up the incredible wonders of nature’s own pharmacy. Participants will get to take home some selected samples.

The presenters of this informative program are Eddie Starnater and Julie Martin, the co-founders of “Practical Primitive,” a school in North Jersey that helps students learn the skills of primitive arts, including tracking and nature awareness. An avid practitioner of all aspects of primitive living, Eddie Starnater has spent many years making salves, soaps and tinctures. He has also published numerous articles in several magazines, including Primitive Archer and Wilderness Way. Julie Martin has been very active with Practical Primitive and has been instrumental in expanding the school’s Self-Reliance workshops to include traditional skills and encourage people to rebuild their relationship with the Earth.

For additional information about the adult program “Making Herbal Medicines,” or for information about other programs and special events at Trailside, call 908-789-3670 or visit  Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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