Howie Brounstein is the owner of Columbines and Wizardry Herbs, Inc. and primary instructor of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. He has taught botany, herbalism, and wildcrafting extensively for decades, including such herbal establishments as the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. Howie has a clinical practice in Eugene, Oregon.
"I did a lot of hitchhiking as a teenager,"
says Howie, who lived in the Hollywood Hills at the time. "Oregon was the
friendliest place I found." After high school, he hitchhiked back
to study botany and agronomy at Oregon State University. Though he didn't finish a degree, he got a
job doing research in the botany department and continued to take classes:
"People thought I was a grad student," he says. He still works on
occasion as a professional botanist, particularly in surveys of theatened
plants, but Howie's major interests are herbalism and wildcrafting. As the
founder and primary instructor of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies,
he has offered classes in wild plant identification, location, harvesting and
processing for 23 years. "We're known for our wildcrafting ethics,"
he stresses. "We won't let people harvest any plants in class unless they
get the OK. If everyone took something, there wouldn't be anything left."
In this DVD, Howie first talks about all the different uses for calming herbs. He explains that calming herbs work on two different levels - calming your mind or calming your body. They are useful for over-excitement, frustration, circular thoughts, grief, sadness, anger, minor depression, melancholy, obsession, fear, emotional stress, headaches, hysteria, insomnia, cramps and spasms, spasmotic coughing, and muscle pain. He also talks about contraindications and dosing.
In the second part he talks about the calming herbs including, "milky" oats, skullcap, St. John's wort, valerian, vervain, lobelia, chamomile, kava, lemon balm, pedicularis, passionflower, ladyslipper, and coral root.
Listen to this clip as he talks about the nervine tonics oats, skullcap and St. John's wort:
Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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