Page 4 - Chehalis Tribal Newsletter - November, 2017
P. 4


Autumn’s great Medicine
herbal remedies garden starts
to take shape
Protect yourself and the family during
cold, flu season with wonderful plants High school students
work on project
The fall herbal medicine Participants prepare immune boosters to battle the cold season
class was held Oct. 2 in ahead during the October herbal medicine class. It was a cool, brisk fall
the Elders Building. More morning Oct. 9 at the
than 20 people came out COPIES AVAILABLE that help alleviate some of the Community Center when
to listen, learn and share symptoms if you self-care and construction began on the
together. It was another great If you would like to pick up use their healing properties. Chehalis community’s herbal
opportunity spent gathering an herbal remedies sheet, She shared information about medicine garden. A GRuB
plants, learning about their please contact Caytee plants such as echinacea, team brought the muscles.
healing qualities and making Cline, Behavioral Health elderberry, devils club, garlic,
herbal medicine remedies. Youth Services Manager, ginger, horsetail, Indian tea, When the vans pulled in,
Instructor Elise Krohn and at 360-709-1818. licorice, licorice fern, mullein, youth volunteers scampered
assistant Erika Warren, osha root, sage, western red out and excitedly said they
herbalist from Quinault, led foods high in vitamins, cedar buds and leaves and were prepared for a full day of
the class. Elise invited Erika minerals and antioxidants wild cherry. work.
to help young children make including fruits, vegetables,
projects out of devils club fish and shellfish. Elise said the goal of the The students from Olympia
stalks. natural remedies classes is High School earned credits
n Drink enough water: to teach about harvesting in the GRuB School program
The class focused on Water helps flush waste time, techniques and healing where they learn about
creating herbal remedies to products from your body properties. growing food and creating
prepare for the cold and flu and keeps tissues and organs sustainable food systems.
season. One of the best ways hydrated so they can function Erika brought devil’s club
to support immune health is well. Keeping the lining to the class. She said it is After a blessing, everyone
self-care. When we are tired in your lungs and sinuses known as a warrior plant. Its took turns introducing
and worn down, our defenses hydrated boots immunity. healing properties are similar themselves. It was a unique
are hindered and we become to ginseng. It is a tall, spiny approach as they shared how
more susceptible to germs. Elise discussed plants shrub that thrives in the they were feeling and what
that are easily available wet undergrowth of cedar, animal they wished to draw
Keeping the following throughout the Northwest Douglas fir and hemlock. strength from that day.
guidelines in mind can make
a world of difference: The plant has a very slow They split into teams to
See REMEDIES, page 6 work with the dirt. Some
n Get enough rest: Sleep of the young adults helped
helps your body cleanse and put together the cedar for
rejuvenate on a daily basis. the raised garden beds
Without it, your immune while others headed to the
system is less able to fight off community center. They
microbes. pulled weeds and other
shrubs to make room for
n Minimize stress: One berry plants.
of the best ways to avoid
getting sick is to keep stress As the beds were
in check. Research shows the finished, workers loaded up
nervous and immune systems wheelbarrows with soil to
are intimately connected prepare for the plants.
and communicate with each
other. They took a much-needed
break for lunch and then went
n Eat well: Sugar directly back to finish the project.
depresses immunity. Junk
food and fast food is full of The sun came out and
preservatives, additives and in the early afternoon, an
poor-quality fats that put an eagle passed overhead. This
extra load on your eliminative was a huge blessing as they
organs and create fertile continued to work on assigned
ground for microbes. Choose tasks.

After coming together for
a group photo, workers joined

See GARDEN, page 6
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