Upcoming Classes - 2017!

Tuesday Market Summer Chef Series 

Sept, 19, 2017 – 5:00 – 6:00 pm 
Northampton Tuesday Farmers Market

Watch Brittany demo a seasonal recipe from Recipes from The Herbalist’s Kitchen, using local produce from the market. There will be samples and a book signing! Brittany will be demoing Red Pepper and Feta Amuse-Bouche for the Tuesday market chef series

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Herbs for Women’s Health

Nov, 4, 2017 – 1o:30 – 12:00 pm 

Nutritionally dense foods and herbs can offer tremendous support for all stages of female reproductive health- supporting the transition of puberty, easing symptoms of menstruation, pre-menstruation, and menopause, and cultivating fertility and healthy pregnancy.  Learn about herbal and dietary approaches that will build deep health, sustainable energy and joy.

Herbs for Lifelong Health & Vitality

Nov 4, 2017 – 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Tangled Roots Herbal, Nashua, NH.

The healthiest food for our body is often the most flavorful, alive with nutrients and compounds that naturally stimulate our biological processes.  Learn how cooking with herbs can maximize flavor and health benefits of everyday foods, nourishing and enlivening the body, mind, and spirit.  Brittany will share inspirations from Recipes from the Herbalist’s Kitchen and explore how your snacks, entrées, drinks, and desserts can meet the body’s needs for comfort, nourishment, energy, and support through seasonal changes.

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Cooking with Herbs for Everyday Health

South Hadley Public Library

Learn how to incorporate common culinary herbs into your everyday diet to support vitality and longevity.  Get a sneak peek at recipes and other inspiration from Recipes from the Herbalist’s Kitchen, Brittany’s upcoming book, which will be available just a few weeks later in mid-June!

Stories and Reflections on the Evolution of Thyme Herbal 

Full Kettle Farm, Sunderland, MA
Sunderland, MA

Stories are a powerful part of how we learn and grow as well as how we seek inspiration from the world around us.  In this talk, Brittany will share her stories and experiences as an herbalist; how her work and Thyme Herbal have been shaped by her life’s path and the influences of her community.  Brittany will also share her own most cherished forms of self-care and the herbal therapeutics that she relies on to keep balanced in all areas of her life.

Personalizing Herbal Medicine Series

3 class Series at Sawmill Herb Farm
Florence, MA

With so much access to information resources about health and herbal medicine, how do we know what is right for us? This series will introduce diverse and meaningful herbal skills designed to help; deepen one’s relationship with herbs, refine and individualize applications of herbal medicine, and connect more deeply with one’s self and intuition – ultimately creating the confidence to sustainably integrate herbs into our everyday lives in a way that is meaningful, effective and sustainable. Classes will include handouts, tastings, and demonstration.

The Magic of Aromatics

Aromatic herbs have been used since antiquity to calm the nervous system, ease tension and promote shifts in consciousness. In this class, we will re-discover the ancient practice of aromatherapy and its role in cooking, medicine making, bathing, healing and spiritual connection. Internal and external applications will be discussed and their importance in our day-to-day modern lives.

Introduction to Herbal Energetics

A basic understanding of herbal energetics can help you refine your knowledge of herbs and how to apply them to individual people and situations. Individualizing herbal choices is at the heart of what makes holistic healing and herbal medicine effective and unique. In this class, we will learn how to identify basic energetic qualities of herbs (hot, cold, dry, damp) through taste and herbal action and how to use them to bring balance to the body.

Incorporating Herbs in your Daily Routine

A sustainable, holistic, daily routine can address all aspects of our physical, spiritual and emotional well being. Routine can support the health of different body systems and cater to our individual needs for balance, nutrition and more. This class will dive into what the body expects from routine, what aspects are most important and how to individualize your daily routine so that it works for you!

Spring Tincture Swap!

Amherst MA

Let us welcome Spring by honoring abundance! In the spirit of a gift economy we would like to invite you to join us for a Spring Tincture Swap. A time to share and trade with others medicine that you have in abundance. This will be a fun and economical way to expand the inventory of your home herbal pharmacy and learn about new ways to use herbal preparations. You may bring single plant extracts/tinctures as well as blends and formulas that you have extra of or no longer need. If you don’t have tinctures to share or trade you may bring other herbal offerings to exchange. All are welcome!

Make sure to BRING LOTS OF EMPTY JARS or tincture bottles for bringing home your new medicine!

Annual Spring Plant Swap

Looking to expand your garden? Or maybe you already have too much of a good thing and need to weed out? New to gardening and wondering what to plant and where to get it? Come to the swap! Bring your divisions, starts or seeds to trade or and any other garden extras you’d like to pass on to a new home (like plastic pots, etc.).

We focus on medicinal herbs, but all plants are welcome!

Notes: If you do not have plants to share you are welcome to bring other offerings including dried herbs, medicine, or anything else you think others might be interested in trading for!

Everyday Herbs for Stress and Anxiety

Indigo Healing Center, Florence MA

Stress and anxiety have a way of creeping into our lives and can have immediate as well as long term effects on the body, mind and spirit. We will discuss holistic tools for managing stress and anxiety on a daily basis using herbs, foods and breathing exercises and explore how we can build resistance to the controllable and uncontrollable sources of stress in our lives!

Suggested $10 donation. All donations will go toward the Northampton/Amherst Herbal Meetup Group!

Fermented Foods for Health, Balance and Sustainability

Just Roots Farm, Greenfield

The health of probiotic flora in the digestive system is important for the absorption of nutrients, immune system function, controlling inflammation, mental/emotional well being and for preventing food allergies and skin conditions. Eating fermented foods is an excellent way to maintain and restore healthy probiotic gut flora. In anticipation of the upcoming growing season, we will learn how to make a variety of different fermented foods from vegetables and some fruits! Since fermentation is a natural means of food storage, these traditional preparation techniques can also help support efforts to eat and enjoy local and regional foods throughout the year.

Learn to Make Your Own
Winter Health Remedies

All Things Local Coop
104 N Pleasant ST in Amherst, MA

Winter wellness is about more than just not getting sick, it is about maintaining good energy and vitality throughout the darkest and coldest time of the year. Traditional remedies for the winter season can support immunity, reduce susceptibility to cold and flu and improve energy and vitality. We will spend the afternoon learning about delicious home remedies, simple, effective herbs and accessible preparation techniques – sending you home with tools to practice preventative winter wellness in your everyday life.

Everyone will go home with herbs to use at home – $6 materials fee per family. Kids welcome. This event is in Collaboration with Grow Food Amherst.

DIY Herbal Housecleaning!

Acadia Herbals, Northampton MA

Lets get together and talk about expanding our home herbal pharmacy into the world of cleaning. In this class we will talk about how to turn simple, common household ingredients and anti-bacterial/anti-microbial herbs into effective cleaning products. We will cover important cleaning ingredients and specific recipes for bathroom cleaners, mirrors and windows, rugs, laundry, furniture and more. Cleaning products contain many toxic chemicals that we absorb into our body through skin contact and also contact through the mucus membranes of our nose, eyes and lungs. Not to mention after use cleaning supplies then get washed down the drain and enter the water supply. Making your own cleaning products is good for you and the earth and affordable. If you are a pro at making your own cleaners already bring your stories and wisdom to share with us all.

Native Woodland Plants

10 Mt. Skinner State Park Road
Amherst, MA

The plans are appearing despite the cool weather. Join me for an herb walk on Mt. Skinner – there are many beautiful, at-risk medicinal plants here on this mountain side – it is a great place to look at spring ephemerals, medicinal trees and other woodland habitat plants. We will begin the walk up Skinner together, talking about herbs for an hour or so. Those of you who want to can continue up to the top.

We will meet at the main entrance to Mt. Skinner Park and hike up the road. From Rt. 47 South take a left onto Old Mountain Road. Follow Old Mountain Road until it Ts – and you see parked cars.

Medicinal Herbs – Harvesting, Storing and Using

Hadley Garden Center
285 Russell Street (Route 9) in Hadley, MA

This will be a general introduction to the practice of using medicinal herbs. Designed for gardeners and plant enthusiasts we will start by discussing plants themselves – in the garden and in the wild – how to harvest, process and store them and then how to use them as the base of simple home remedies.

Integrating herbs into your lifestyle can be easy, practical and fun and can provide simple and natural solutions for many common ailments. We will discuss a variety of locally abundant and easy to grown herbs and their medicinal uses in the home pharmacy. We will cover methods for harvesting, drying and storing these herbs and how to use them in simple home remedies.

This is a free class. No registration is required, last year it was packed – so come early if you want a seat.

Summer Medicinals

Sawmill Farm Collective, Florence MA

Join us for an herb walk at Sawmill Farm in Florence, to talk about the medicinal and edible plants growing wild and in the fields.  Sawmill Farm Collective has a medicinal herb CSA and lots of exciting plants growing for share holders, don’t miss this chance to see the plants growing and thriving!

Herbal Aide Movie Screening & Potluck!

Indigo Massage, Florence MA

Bring a dish to share and join us at 6 for a potluck dinner! Following dinner together we will watch Herbal Aide, a documentary about herbal grass roots healthcare efforts, community applications of herbal medicine and related politics of access and education. Watch the trailer.

About Herbal Aide – Building Community Through Herbalism

Herbal Aide is a non-profit based organization founded to document, inspire and fund grassroots herbal projects/businesses that are working towards creating positive, sustainable social change. The Herbal Aide video documentary features herbalists who are using their passion for plants as a tool to support their community in health and healing and is currently being shown around the country.

To find out more about Herbal Aide, visit their website.

Honoring Fire Cider – A Celebration of Traditional Herbal Remedies

Northampton Winter Farmer’s Market
Smith Vocational High School, Northampton, MA

An event to RAISE AWARENESS about the recent trademarking of the traditional remedy Fire Cider and raise money for the Free Fire Cider effort.

Herbalism is a thriving modern system of wholistic healthcare, with deep roots in American folk medicine. Join us for an event celebrating our herbal roots and traditional herbal remedies.

10 – 11:30: Fire Cider Intensive Workshop

With Jade Alicandro-Mace and Brittany Nickerson

In this workshop you will learn:
– To make fire cider,
– To apply the many therapeutic uses of this healthful tonic,
– To use food as medicine in your everyday life.

11:30 – 1: Traditional Remedy Tasting and Recipe Swap!

– Bring your own home-made traditional remedies to share,
– Taste other’s versions,
– Share recipes and get inspired!

Suggested Donation, $0 – 20. No Registration Necessary.

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Brittany will be teaching and touring for her new cookbook,
Recipes from the Herbalist's Kitchen,
at conferences and events all over the country in 2017!


 June 3 & 4, 2017
Somerville, MA

Thyme Herbal will have a booth in the emporium at Herbstalk.  Brittany will not be teaching this year.

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Mother Earth News Fair

June 9, 10 & 11, 2017
Burlington VT

Brittany will be teaching:
Cooking with Herbs for Lifelong Health and Vitality
Comfort Foods and Cravings: What Does Your Body Really Need?

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Recipes from the Herbalist's Kitchen EVENTS AND SIGNINGS IN JULY:

Signing: Thursday, July 13th – 7 pm
Odyssey Books
South Hadley, MA
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Signing and talk: Friday, July 21st – 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Outside Hungry Ghost Bread
Northampton, MA
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Signing and demo: Saturday, July 22nd
Cooking Demos as 11 am and 1 pm, signing all day
King Arthur Flour
Norwich, VT
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Recipes from the Herbalist's Kitchen WEST COAST BOOK TOUR!

Signing and Cooking Demo: Thursday, July 27th
Happy Girl Kitchen
Pacific Grove, CA
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Signing: Saturday, July 29th – 3 – 4 pm
Omnivore Books on Food
San Francisco, CA
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Signing, class and tasting: Sunday, July 30th – 1 – 3 pm
Homestead Apothecary
Oakland, CA
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Signing and talk: Wednesday August 2nd
Clary Sage Herbarium
Portland, OR
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Signing and reading: Thursday August 3rd
Grass Roots Books and Music
Corvalis, OR
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Classes, cooking demos and book signing: Mother Earth News Fair
August 5 & 6
Albany, OR
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Women's Herbal Conference

August, 25, 26 & 27, 2017
Newfound Lake, NH

Introduction to Herbal Energetics with Brittany Wood Nickerson. A basic understanding of herbal energetics can help you refine your knowledge of herbs and how to apply them to individual people and situations.  Individualizing herbal choices is at the heart of what makes holistic healing and herbal medicine effective and unique.  In this class, we will learn how to identify basic energetic qualities of herbs (hot, cold, dry, damp) through taste and herbal action and how to use them to bring balance to the body.

Holistic Protocols for Hormonal Balance with Brittany Wood Nickerson. Hormonal imbalances can lead to a range of symptoms from anxiety and depression to inflammation and reproductive complaints.  This class will introduce the holistic and interconnected nature of hormones as they relate to the health of different systems of the body. Drawing on Brittany’s experience as a practicing herbalist, we will outline a basic protocol to support hormonal balance and correct imbalance that includes herbal, lifestyle and dietary support.  This class will offer guidance for those seeking personal support as well as those looking to support others privately and professionally.

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Mother Earth News Fair

September 15, 16 & 17, 2017
Seven Springs, PA

Class descriptions coming soon!

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Metro Bistrot Restaurant

Thursday October 5
Southbridge, MA

Enjoy a 3 course meal from recipes from Recipes from the Herbalist’s Kitchen!  Includes a signed copy of the book to take home!

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South East Wise Woman Herbal Conference

October 13-15, 2017
Black Mountain, North Carolina

Holistic Protocols for Hormonal Balance with Brittany Wood Nickerson – Drawing on experience from clinical practice, we will outline a basic protocol to support hormonal balance that includes herbal, lifestyle and dietary support. This class will offer guidance for those seeking personal support as well as those looking to support others privately and professionally.

Herbal and Nutritional Approaches to Healthy Gut Flora with Brittany Wood Nickerson- The health of our gut flora may be the single most important aspect of our holistic wellness, affecting immunity, inflammation, emotions and hormonal health. Learn how herbs, foods and lifestyle approaches can help support a healthy gut and a balanced life.

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Past Conferences and Events

HERBSTALK  –  2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Wintergreen Herbal Market (Herbstalk) – 2016
NOFA Summer Conference  –  2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
NOFA Vermont Winter Conference  –  2013
New England Women’s Herbal Conference  –  2012, 2014
New England Women’s Herbal Conference  –  2015, 2016
Green Nations Gathering  –  2012, 2014
Northeast Herbal Association Retreat  –  2013
Belly & Womb Conference  –  2013
Herbal Community of Central Mass
Nature is my Medicine Series at Tower Hill Botanical Garden  –  2013
Natural Living Expo – Cooking Demonstrations  –  2013, 2016
Kripalu  – Introduction to Botanical Cooking – 2016
History and Use of Herbs in the Kitchen
At the University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Sustainable Food and Farming Program

Next Offering: FALL 2017

Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, for the last 7 weeks of the semester. There will be an introductory class meeting during the first week of class (September 7).  Class Dates: October 19, 26.  November 2, 9, 16, 30.  December 7.

UMASS course number: STOCK 197 H, 1 Credit
Open to Sustainable Food and Farming majors or with permission of instructor.

Students will learn about the history and use of culinary herbs in cooking and other kitchen preparations from around the world.  Includes botanical, historical and culinary information about the most common culinary herbs including leaves, seeds and roots. Learn to grow, harvest and prepare culinary herbs for use in cooking.

The Northampton / Amherst Herbal Meet-up group is a wonderful resource for herbal education and events. Check out our webpage for more information and to join.