Materia Medica at the Bodhi Garden, presented by Florida School of Holistic Living.
Building an intimate relationship with the plants is foundational to learning herbalism. Join us for an afternoon in the Bodhi Garden getting to know Holy Basil.
Tulsi, March – Within the basil (Ocimum) genus there are about 60 different species, all of which are relatives of the common culinary sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum). There are two species of holy basil, O. sanctum, and O. gratissimum. Here in the Bodhi Garden in Central Florida, we see Ocimum gratissimum, or Vana Tulsi, thriving year-round. Join us as we explore all things holy basil including gardening tips, history, medicinal uses, and preparations. Harvest some flowering tops to take home and bring an envelope for seeds!
Join us at the Bodhi Garden – Sunday, March 22, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tuition: Free community event. Although we will accept love donations of $5.
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for our school’s tuition and cancellation policies. Samantha Johnson
is an Orlando, FL based herbalist, medicine-maker, gardener, healthy food enthusiast, dirt-worshiper, and environmentalist. Raised to respect and admire nature, the plants have bewitched her from an early age. Over eleven years of study and intimate relationship with our herbal allies has lead her on the path to share the healing gifts of the plants with her friends, family, and community. She believes in accessible, affordable and inclusive healthcare for all. As an herbalist, she knows and believes that plants work for and with each and every one of us. Samantha believes we are able to empower ourselves to take back control of our bodies and our health from the oppressive systems currently in place through the use of herbal medicine. Her herbal training began at the Florida School of Holistic Living and has brought her to many different ecosystems across the US where she has been honored to study with a multitude of gifted teachers. Samantha’s academic studies include a BA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Education and a minor in Biology from Warren Wilson College, where she was an integral part of the school’s Herb Crew. Samantha is a member of United Plant Savers and is currently working to reestablish endangered native medicinal plant species on family land in Western North Carolina. She can generally be found tending any one of various gardens or working in her apothecary crafting medicine for Moon Cove Botanicals. When not immersed in the plants, Samantha can be found exploring nature, cooking, eating, reading and spending time with her partner, family, friends, and two cats. With a focus on accessibility, sustainability, and bioregional herbalism, Samantha seeks to help facilitate a reciprocal relationship between you and the plants.