As you probably already know, I recently changed the name of my business and website from Jadeswan Herbals to Prairie Balm Herbals. Over the past year I have focused more on regional herbs and on developing a greater sense of place and I wanted a name which reflects this. Oklahoma is rich in healing plants, including bee balm (Monarda fistulosa) which is one of my favorite herbs and part of the inspiration for the new name.
I intend to offer local classes this spring. I will have a page up soon with dates and topics. Potential topics include Five Backyard Herbs of Spring, Building a Herbal First Aid Kit and Herbal Food and Beverages.
It also appears I will soon finally cut through the red tape necessary to offer "Prairie Balm" (plantain/bee balm salve) for sale locally. I've had a lot of requests for this and I'm delighted to have it available, probably by May. Follow me on Facebook for announcements about availability.
I'm once again offering herbal consultations, whether to answer questions about specific herbs, questions about how to create a personal herbal regimen or to demonstrate how to make herbal products. Consultations are on a donation basis. I suggest $5-25 based on how in depth the consultation is and how much you feel you have profited from it. I am also available to speak to groups.
My herbal course is not available at this time and I'm not sure whether I will be offering it in the future but I will be available for support for all current students for as long as it is needed. There is a book in the works and I'll post updates about that in the future.
I plan to blog regularly once again, although it may be a bit more eclectic than previously, as I will probably write more about food and nutrition as well as individual herbs.
I'm excited about what the coming year may bring and looking forward to making new connections with both plants and people.