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Environmental Studies: Plant-Based Healing Med

ENVS 195 Z5 (CRN: 61285)

3 Credit Hours

About ENVS 195 Z5

Students explore the historical perspectives of Herbalism, as well as its present-day context within both the realms of complementary/integrative and Western allopathic medicines. The sustainable harvesting, preparation, and storage of herbs are covered. A “weed walk” to view medicinal plants growing on the UVM campus is included. Additional trips may include RAILYARD Community Apothecary and Clinic and Rock Point's medicine plant-rich land. Guest speakers include area herbalists, gardeners and integrative health practitioners. This service-learning course engages students as contributors to local community herbalism efforts to provide affordable, local, plant-based medicine for all members of our community. $15 lab materials fee to be collected in class on the first day.

Notes

Dates: May 20 - June 28, 2019; Prereqs: ENVS 001 or 002, or NR 001 or NR 002, or ENSC 001; Students will be responsible for paying the $15.00 lab fee to the field trip vendors directly. Title: Plant-Based Healing Medicine

Section Description

Students explore the historical perspectives of Herbalism, as well as its present-day context within both the realms of complementary/integrative and Western allopathic biomedical medicines. The sustainable harvesting, preparation, and storage of herbs are covered, in addition to specific herbs as support for specific organs or systems of the body. A "weed walk" to view medicinal plants growing on the UVM campus is included. Additional trips may include RAILYARD Community Apothecary and Clinic and Rock Point's medicine plant-rich land. Guest speakers include area herbalists, gardeners and integrative health practitioners. This service-learning course engages students as contributors to local community herbalism efforts to provide affordable, local, plant-based medicine for all members of our community.

Section Expectation

Course Objectives: " To familiarize students with both the science and the art of herbalism/herbology/phytotherapy and its approach as a holistic healing modality. " To explore plant-based medicine from a botanical, ecological, and phytochemistry perspective, laying the groundwork/bridge to herbal therapeutics (the interaction of ecology/phytochemistry and human physiology). " To experience growing and harvesting of medicinal plants on UVM campus and in the nearby community, and contribute to local herbalism efforts through service-learning. " To introduce plant-based medicine from a multi-cultural and diverse epistemological perspective- herbalism as science, magic and folk tradition (including european, american first nations and post-colonial, ayurvedic and chinese perspectives). " To introduce the holistic (natural medicine) approach to health and healing; the relative safety-toxicity spectrum of botanicals; and the role of nutrition, botanicals, and lifestyle support in preventative health.

Evaluation

" Class Participation. Note that at least 2 hours labor working in UVM herb gardens counts towards class participation. - 20% " "Quality of Dried Herbs" assignment - 10% " 2 Reflections on "Numen" film and Community Herbalism service project - 30% " "Plant of the Week" journal - 10% " Plant monograph research and observation assignment - 10% " Final Reflection Assignment - 20%

Meetings

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Location

Living/Learn A A162 (View Campus Map)

Times

to on Tuesday and Thursday