Herbalist Opens Mother Nature’s Medicine Chest

By Noemi Herrera
St. Cloud Times

There’s still time for people to attend this weekend’s herbal medicine workshop today and learn about some naturally occurring remedies of nature.

The workshop, which resumes at 10 a.m. today, is being conducted by six-year herbalist Lise Wolff. She is teaching people to identify and collect plants that have medicinal value, and she is showing how to turn the plants into medicine.

Sharon Bergsgaard of Kirkston traveled to St. Cloud to take part in the workshop. This is the first time she has participated in an herbal medicine workshop, and she said it won’t be her last.

“I find it fascinating,” Bergsgaard said, sitting in the dirt along with three others collecting weeds to make into medicine.

Part of the workshop Saturday was spent exploring an uncultivated, open field for plants or weeds to make tinctures, alcoholic or water-alcoholic solutions of a medicinal substance.

Different tinctures can be made with different plants or weeds to treat or even cure ailments such as arthritis, diabetes, athlete’s foot, rashes, bug bites, multiple sclerosis, morning sickness and menstrual cramps.

Brenda Lodermeier also took part in the day’s workshop. She collected jewelweed, a common plant that can be made into a tincture to treat poison ivy, mosquito bites, corns and calluses.

She urges people to be open-minded and try herbal medicine.

“It’s not going to hurt you,” she said.

Bonnie LaBuda, a certified acupressurist in St. Cloud, said she has been using integrative medicine for eight years. She also recommends natural medicine to others.

“I believe God put it out here for a purpose,” she said. “Whether it’s a weed, plant or tree, all of it has a use.”

Workshop facilitator and herbalist Lise Wolff practice herbal medicine in Minneapolis.

Wolff also owns Herb ‘N Renewal, where people may purchase tinctures, salves, ointments, oils and other homemade medicines.

Anyone interested in herbal medicine or anyone who wants a consultation with Wolff should call (612) 823-8246.

Natural remedies may also be purchased at the Good Earth Food Co-op in St. Cloud, 2010 Eighth St. N.