Natural Remedies for immune system, allergies: herb walks and classes June 23-24 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Sedona herbalist Feather Jones hosts creative workshops in making salves, teas and wild herb infusions from native plants.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum is pleased to offer a special weekend June 23-24 with back-to-back guided morning walks which will explore the Curandero Trail and the BTA herb garden during the earliest and coolest hours while the gardens are most pleasant, followed by workshops in the air-conditioned lecture room, where the herbalist will coach enrollees Saturday (Desert Herbs to Support the Immune System) and Sunday (Allergies and Desert Plant Allies).

Feather’s guided walks will begin each morning at 6:30 a.m. and last about 90 minutes; they’re included with $12.50 admission; free to BTA annual members and Arizona State Parks pass-holders.

Classes each day are $30, with pre-registration required.

“I’m excited to spend the weekend at the Arboretum and show visitors the diverse plants along the Curandero Trail and in the herb garden,” she said. “There are so many medicals around the Arboretum, we might also wander over to the scent garden (within the Children’s Garden); the demonstration garden, the Australian collection, with those marvelous and healing eucalyptus trees.”

Call 520-689-2723 to enroll.

• Desert Herbs to Support the Immune System, Saturday, June 23, from 12-3 p.m. The class costs $30.

Learn easy home remedies for strengthening the immune system; reduce the incidence of colds and flu, fewer infections and aliments. Treating the body with supportive foods and plant therapies will be the class focus.

• Allergies and Desert Plant Allies, Sunday June 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The class cost is $30.

Sneezing du to springtime allergies? There are desert plants to help reduce symptoms of watery eyes and runny noses. Strengthening respiratory systems and fighting back on molds (Valley Fever) and airborne pollutants as well as pollen spores will be the focus.

Since 1982, Feather Jones has integrated herbal remedies, holistic nutrition, flower essences and stress reduction guidance. Coupled with a background in Native American (Mandan) tribal teachings, Jones provides clients and students with a natural approach to health and healing. She is a botanical field guide for the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and owns Sedona Tea Blends, an organic herbal tea company in Sedona, Arizona.

Explore her website for descriptions of classes, workshops and field trips, ranging from “Wild Herbal Infusions of the Deserts and Canyons” to “Making Tisanes (herbal teas)” and more.

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