Engaging the Life Force: Wild Carrot and Contraception

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 5-7pm
Bark, Root & Stem Apothecary
374 North Beach Road, Eastsound, WA


June 7-9, 2019
Vancouver Island Herb Gathering
Courteney, BC
Visit to register.

Wild Carrot Seed (Daucas carota) has been used for centuries by women to prevent pregnancy. Working with this traditional method of contraception offers modern women not only an alternative birth control option, but also an opportunity to connect more deeply with the cycles of their bodies. This class covers: 

  • signs of fertility and charting your cycle for working with wild carrot

  • ways that wild carrot has been used successfully for contraception, as well cases where it has not been effective

  • how wild carrot works in preventing pregnancy

  • considerations for appropriate use, side effects and contraindications

  • sourcing, harvesting and additional medicinal uses of this plant 

Kristy shares from several years experience successfully working with wild carrot for contraception and from the work of her teacher Robin Rose Bennett, who has compiled a wealth of empirical wisdom over the past 30 years from women and herbalists working with this plant and has written in depth on this subject.


Art and Science of Medicine Making

Saturday, March 30, 2019 1-4pm
Bark, Root & Stem Apothecary
374 North Beach Road, Eastsound, WA


In this class we explore the art of medicine making—why work with herbs in different ways. Topics covered include:

  • common plant constituents and their medicinal effects

  • the dynamic chemistry of living plants (considerations in harvesting and potency of herbal medicines)

  • how to experience plant constituents and learn about plant medicines with our senses

  • whole plant versus active constituent medicine; high proof versus low proof tincturing

  • extraction techniques and considerations—how to choose the best solvent/menstruum

  • how herbal medicines move through and are accessed by the body


Healing Power of Bitters

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 5-7pm
Bark, Root & Stem
Orcas Island, WA


June 7-9 2019
Vancouver Island Herb Gathering
Courteney, BC
Visit herb to register.

Regarded as a folk cure-all in legend and lore, bitters have a long tradition of being used to aid digestive processes and promote optimal health.

In this class we will:

• demystify and taste various bitters formulas

• learn properties of bitter herbs

• learn the effects of bitters on different systems of the body

• craft an herbal bitters formula together

Join Kristy at the Vancouver Island Herb Gathering and the Green Gathering this year!

Vancouver Island Herb Gathering
June 7-9, 2019
Courteney, BC

Green Gathering
Camano Island, WA
June 21-23, 2019