Anna-Marija Helt, PH.D.

Osadha Natural Health

Classes

Managing Chronic Inflammation

Saturday April 23, 2022, 10 AM – 1 PM at The Source, 1111 Carlisle Blvd. SE, Albuquerque. $42. Register here.

We hear a lot about chronic inflammation nowadays. Inflammation is an immune system response that evolved to be protective, but when inflammation sets in long term it becomes a driving factor in the major chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, autoimmunity, and such. Persistent, low level inflammation can even impact mood, brain function, fertility, and many other aspects of ourselves. In this class, you’ll learn why it happens along with some practical tips for working with it involving functional foods, gut health, and herbs/supplements for broad support and for specific situations.

We’ll make an herbal powder for supporting the body. If COVID results in the class being live-streamed, you’ll be able to pick up your powder if you live in the Albuquerque or Durango area.

1-on-1 Mentoring

Get personalized botanical education in this flexible program of learning w/ herbalist & scientist Anna Marija Helt, PhD

In person or long distance (Skype)

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Some Topics

Medicine making – Tinctures, percolations, infusions, decoctions, compound extractions, infused oils, creams, cordials, pastilles, hydrosols, crafts

Essential Oils

Local medicinal plants & mushrooms – identification, wildcrafting

Materia Medica – Plants, mushrooms &/or essential oils

Constitutional approach to body systems

Herbal energetics

Folklore

Case studies for advanced students

Review of botanical research science

Tongue & pulse diagnosis

Something else that interests you? Let me know!

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Students have gone on to practicing and offering a free herbal clinic for the underserved; creating and marketing hand-crafted herbal products; incorporating botanicals into their current professional practice; and, simply and effectively using botanicals for themselves, friends and family.

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$50-70/hour depending on ability to pay. Sessions are 1-2 hours long, from once a week to once a month.  There will be homework.   For more information or to get started, please click “contact” or call 970.779.3111.

Wild Simple Syrups – Infusing local plants and mushrooms for out of this world cocktails/mocktails

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DATE BEFORE PAYING : )  WORKSHOP WILL NOW BE ON SATURDAY 19TH FEBRUARY DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID SURGE.  10am-12pm at Basecamp (in the Lodge at Tamarron). Come join us as we use wild harvested plants and mushrooms to make simple syrups that will wow your family and friends.  You’ll learn how to handle roots and mushrooms versus flowers and leaves, and you’ll take home 2 syrups.  $43.45, materials included. 

Constipation: Get a move on, naturally!

Wed Feb 16th, 6-730 PM Mountain Time. Live, interactive Zoom class. Class will be recorded for those who can’t make the date/time. $15.50.  

 Lots of folks have heard of Senna, a laxative plant. Senna, like drugstore laxatives, may help in a pinch but is dependency-inducing and not a long term fix. Learn how to do more than just put a bandaid on the situation. We’ll explore simple tips and gentle, supportive herbs to get things going again. 

 

Information in this class is not meant to supplant the advice of a licensed heatlhcare practitioner. 

 

 

Insomnia: An herbalist’s approach

Wed, March 2nd, 6-7:30PM, Mountain Time. Live, interactive Zoom class. Class will be recorded for folks who can’t make the date/time.  $17.50

Insomnia is an epidemic that significantly impacts the health and quality of life of many millions of people.   Sleep meds often lose effect over time or can become addictive.  They can help get one through a period of sleeplessness but, for many folks, aren’t a long term fix.  Part of the problem is cultural. Here in the west, many of us go through the day at 110 mph then try to come to a screeching stop at night, hoping to be able to simply turn our switch to “off” and fall asleep.  And it can be hard to change that pattern what with jobs, family responsabilities, and such.   Join us to learn some simple approaches to improve your odds of a restful night of sleep. 

 

 

Information in this class is not meant to supplant the advice of a licensed heatlhcare practitioner.  

Hair Loss: An herbalist’s approach

Wed, 13th April, 6-7:30PM, Mountain Time. Live, interactive Zoom class. Class will be recorded for those who can’t make the date/time. $17.50

Hair may start thinning due to nutritional issues, endocrine imbalances, autoimmune attack of the hair follicles, or even from stress.  Join us to learn ways to support a healthy scalp from the inside out and the outside in! 

Gout: An herbalist’s approach

Wed, 23rd March, 6-7:30PM, Mountain Time. Class will be recorded for folks who can’t make the date/time.  $17.50 

Gout is an extremely painful condition where excess uric acid in the body coalesces into sharp crystals in various joints, particularly the big toe.  There are certain areas where an herbalist’s approach can kick butt for support, and this is one of them. Yes, it requires keeping an eye out for certain exacerbating foods.  We’ll get into that as well as some great herbal ways to get some relief. 

Information in this class is not meant to supplant the advice of a licensed heatlhcare practitioner. 

LabCannamist Course

To register or for more info, visit here.
LabCannamist course description: 
LabCannamist is an 8 week, interactive slide and video-based cannabis training program that teaches informative and practical science and formulations to aromatherapists and plant enthusiasts who want to assertively understand the science and therapeutics of cannabis.
 
In LabCannamist you will go from feeling confused about cannabis to feeling powerful in your knowledge and experience confidence in your ability to use cannabis within your aromatherapy blends leading to a greater opportunity within your business.

Fungal Skin Infections: An herbalist’s approach

Class recording available for a limited time. 

Fungal skin infections can be a persistent nuisance, whether it’s athlete’s foot, jock itch, dandruff, ringworm, or what have you.  The spray on drug store meds often lack efficacy, while other meds such as ketoconazole can be downright toxic. (Fungal cells have a lot in common with our cells, leading to unwanted effects from some meds targeted at fungi.) 

Dealing with simple fungal skin infections is one area where an herbal approach can kick butt.                                                                                                                                                                                             

Learn foods that make your body an uninviting habitat and my favorite botanical allies for focused support. 

Acid Reflux: How to put out the fire

Class recording. $15.50.     

 

Did you know that too little stomach acid rather than too much is a common reason for acid reflux? Especially when you’re older? 

Reflux can literally and figuratively be a pain. Chronic reflux (GERD) also damages the esophagus and increases the risk of esophageal cancer. Some folks have reflux without even realizing it. A sign of this can be a frequent urge to clear one’s throat.  Join us to learn why reflux happens and some simple tips on how to deal with it.  You will receive a Zoom link the day before class. 

Class mailing list

If you’d like to be notified about upcoming live online classes or in person classes/workshops contact me and I’ll put you on the notification list. Make sure to mark my email address, marija@osadha.com, as one of your contacts so that the notice don’t go to your junk mail :)

Turmeric: It ain’t just curcumin

Secure payment via credit card
1 hour recorded class. $10. I will send the class link to the email address entered upon payment.

Learn the difference between curcumin nutraceuticals and Turmeric itself, while reintroducing yourself to this ancient spice and medicine.

Did you know that curcumin-free Turmeric is still anti-inflammatory in studies? Indeed, Turmeric contains multiple medicinal chemicals that you’re missing out on when using curcumin capsules.Take a dive into the difference between curcumins and Turmeric. You might save a little on your supplement spending and while taking full advantage of the spice and medicine that is Turmeric.

Medicinal Mushroom Foraging at the Grocery Store

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1 hour recorded class.  $10. 

Not everyone is keen on bushwhacking for wild mushrooms or lives in a place where foraging’s even possible. If this describes you, you can, instead, forage for medicinal mushrooms in your local grocery store’s produce aisle!   An example is those ubiquitous white button mushrooms found at most grocery stores…A large population study concluded that eating just a small amount of them regularly is linked  a reduced incidence of breast cancer. 

Learn the medicinal qualities of Buttons, Cremini, Portabellas, Shiitake, Maitake, and Oyster Mushrooms with some recipes for incorporating them into your life. (Note:  3 of these are actually the same species!) 

Seriously Poisonous Mushrooms of North America

No Paypal account necessary!

Recording/90+ minutes of mushroom geekery – $15. You’ll receive a link to the recording, along with the class handout.

Mushroom season will be here before you know it. Especially for you folks in warmer climes.  It’s as important to be aware of your local toxic mushrooms as it is your local favorites.  In this  class, you’ll learn about some of the most notorious fungi in        North America.  Some are strikingly beautiful, some are nondescript looking, but you don’t want any of them in your stroganoff.  We’ll get into who they are, look into their poisonous chemistry, historical tidbits, folklore and more.  You’ll be sent a private link and class handout the day before class.

To pay via snail mail, or if you have questions Contact Me.

Improving Fertility Naturally – 4 part series

Now available here. Offered through Berkeley Herbal Center. Get practical support to improve your fertility and prepare for a healthy pregnancy.  Practical steps to take that come from a combination of herbal tradition and the latest information from fertility research science.   Learn about supportive nutrition, herbs, supplements and other approaches. 

 

 

 

There are more ways than 1 to make a baby, and this series is relevant to all of them:

  • Conception with one’s own egg, or donor egg, or adopting an embryo
  • Sex, ICI, IUI, IVF…..
  • A partner’s sperm or donor sperm
  • Surrogacy, whatever side of that equation you’re on

 

 

This class series provides ways forward in addressing:

  • Overall health – foods, movement, stress 
  • Ovarian/egg health
  • Testicular/sperm health
  • Uterine & fallopian tube health
  • Immune system & gut health – highly relevant for fertility…
  • Focused support for imbalances 

 

 

 

Medicinal Mushroomery in the Rocky Mountains

Coming, Fall 2022 through Albuquerque Herbalism. Stay tuned! You don’t want to miss this online class diving into some of the most common medicinal mushrooms you’ll encounter here in the Rocky Mountains, while picking up a bit of mushroom medicine making know-how along the way!