Kitchen Medicine: An Eight Part Series


Kitchen Medicine is an eight-part series focused on individual medicinal plants you can find in your kitchen pantry, grocery store, or backyard garden.

Each class, you’ll learn more about the history, folklore, and cultural significance of a medicinal plant; dive into its medicinal benefits and applications; and walk through a step-by-step demonstration of a unique recipe that will help you integrate this medicinal plant into your daily routine.

This class is open to beginner and intermediate students of herbalism seeking to expand their herbal repertoire and build deeper relationships with the herbs and spices already in their homes.

You’ll walk away with a depth of knowledge about each plant, empowered with new recipes you can make in your own home, and as always, a sense of fun and admiration for the awe-inspiring power of these simple plants. Sessions are recorded and students will have access to the replays and handouts for a full year, to revisit often as you try your hand at recipes in your kitchen.

Scroll down to view the topics covered in each workshop of the eight-part series.

Tuition: $197 

Platform: Online via student portal

12 CEUs are available to Massage Therapists, Dietitians, Nurses & Midwives in the state of Florida through CE Broker for students who successfully complete the course through attendance and submission of assignments. To add CEU credits to your enrollment, click here. An additional $15 educational credit processing fee will apply.

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All registrants will receive the course recording and handouts, with access to materials for one year.

For each herb, we will provide in-depth materia medica with monograph, ethnobotany, history and photochemistry. Individual Topics include:

  • THYME AND SAGE with Maggie O’Halloran 
    Thyme and Sage aren’t just among the most popular culinary herbs today — they also have a long history of use as medicinal herbs and even as spiritual protectors. In this class, we will get to know these two well-known spices for their medicinal benefit and learn recipes to employ their healing powers in our daily lives.
  • CAYENNE AND CITRUS with Maggie O’Halloran 
    Cayenne is a popular spice with historical use for skin and cardiovascular support. Not only does it heat up your mouth, but herbalists and alchemists have written books on all of the other benefits of Cayenne. Lemons, limes, oranges all add a refreshing burst of sweet refreshment to our beverages and culinary delights. Let’s take a look at how these can combine to provide a healthful tasty beverage!
  • ONION with Emily Ruff 
    Onions are a common staple in our diets, but they add so much more than flavor to dishes. Whether it’s cardiac benefits, immune support, or for use in first aid, onions bring a myriad of medicinal qualities to our lives. In this class, we’ll explore those benefits and learn creative ways to prepare onion for use in your family’s health.
  • GINGER with Christina Lynch 
    Ginger, a tropical rhizome rich in similar virtues for keeping pathogens at bay, also brings some spice to our food and our medicine.
  • PARSLEY with Emily Ruff 
    Parsley is a popular herb often used in cooking. Parsley is not just a decoration on our plate, but it is an impressive herb that offers numerous health benefits, internally and externally. In this class, we will explore the disease-fighting qualities of parsley, and learn how to prepare culinary, medicinal, and topical applications to harness its power.
  • BASIL AND FRIENDS with Maggie O’Halloran 
    Join us as we explore the historical uses of Tulsi or Holy Basil and how you can utilize it in your kitchen. Long revered for its many health benefits, this adaptogen is a culinary star as well. Pesto is a fun way to incorporate the tasty benefits of culinary basil we associate with this versatile sauce as well as the nervous system support of Holy Basil.
  • GARLIC with Shay DeGrandis 
    With a storied history of repelling vampires and cooties, Garlic is a kitchen medicine you’ll want to have on hand for first aid situations.
  • ROSEMARY with Wilnise Francois 
    Rosemary, the herb of remembrance, has a documented history in scientific literature supporting our memory, focus, and cognitive function. Not only is this tasty herb an ally to our mental prowess, and tasty addition to many culinary recipes, but it also finds favor in topical formulas for skin and hair. In this class, we’ll delight in the sensory aromas that Rosemary gifts while learning recipes to keep our bellies and our bodies happy.

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Your Instructors:

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Emily Ruff, Founder, is a community herbalist who has practiced the art and science of plant healing for over a decade. Her studies have taken her around three continents where she has studied under healers of many traditions. Her background in gardening and botany came in childhood while wandering the wilderness and digging in the sandy soils of Florida with her grandfather, a tobacco farmer turned urban gardener, and her father, a botany and astronomy professor. Her journey into herbalism continued through apprenticeships in Guatemala under the tutelage of local healers on the southern coast of Lake Atitlan, in the mountains of Vermont at the feet of Rosemary Gladstar, and in the Central Florida apothecary Leaves & Roots with herbalists Carolyn Whitford and George D’Arcy. Emily’s academic studies include Ethnobotany, Philosophy, and Women’s Studies at the University of Central Florida and Curanderismo with the University of New Mexico. She is a Bach Flower Registered Practitioner.

Emily’s dedication to preserving bioregional medicinal plant traditions and ecosystems led her to become active in the organization United Plant Savers. Inspired by a need for greater connection among her regional community, she founded the Florida Herbal Conference event in 2012, an event that continues to sell out annually. In past years, she served multiple terms as president of the Herb Society of Central Florida and as co-founder of Homegrown Local Food Cooperative. Most recently, in response to the tragic shooting at Pulse Nightclub, Emily founded the Orlando Grief Care Project. From the community relationships cultivated through the national response to this tragedy, Emily formed the Herbal Action Network to continue weaving the web of compassionate herbalism into community engagement. Emily is an instructor in the Herbal Academy Advanced Herbal Training Course. Sharing her time between Florida and Vermont, she currently serves as director of the Sage Mountain Botanical Sanctuary.

Emily’s classes have been described as “heart-filled,” “enriching,” and “empowering,” creating a bridge between the teachings of our ancestors and the technologies of our modern world. Emily can be found in joy cooking, practicing yoga, writing, photographing flora, creating music with family and friends, and digging her fingers in the dirt. The plants continue to be her greatest teachers.

See Emily’s classes at this link.


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Maggie O’Halloran, Executive Director, is an herbalist and educator in Central Florida. She comes from a large family where chaos was the norm. She always found peace outside watching things grow or climbing magnolia trees. She learned in her mother’s kitchen that the things you put in your mouth impact your mind and your body.

In the early 90’s she first found her own inspiration to view health from a holistic perspective while working as a teacher assistant at a mental health hospital for children. From that experience, she decided that there had to be a better way to help kids beyond medicating them to a zombie state with pharmaceuticals. She started college studying education and psychology ultimately received a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Masters in Educational Leadership.

In 1999 she took her love of plants to Oakland, California where she worked with inner-city elementary students and teachers, learning and teaching about violence prevention and anger management through physical education and body awareness with Playworks. She explored working with food, exercise, breathing, and communication skills. She continued to study plants and their medicine by sharing with friends.

In 2006 she moved to Florida to find a slower pace in life. Though her love of teaching hasn’t waned, she took the opportunity to focus on deepening her plant knowledge in a more intentional way with Emily Ruff and The Florida School of Holistic Living. Since then she has found inspiration from teachers like Rosemary Gladstar and David Winston. She continues her passion for helping people find peace by sharing her knowledge with whomever will listen. She enjoys working with friends, family, and strangers seeking a more holistic way to be healthy.

These days she can be found hiking on trails, tending her garden, creating something good for you in her kitchen, teaching in her community about plant medicine, and learning from her six-year-old herbalist and his friends.




Shay DeGrandis is an artist, community herbalist, writer, death midwife, accidental comedian, and well-meaning but amateur therapist working in the Orlando area. She is a recent graduate of the Florida School of Holistic Living Community Herbalist Program and received her BFA from Florida International University (via New World School of the Arts), her MFA from the University of Maryland, College Park, and went on the study Art History at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She loves to spend her time in her garden, chatting with the plants.




Christina Lynch


Christina Lynch is a growing community herbalist who desires to share her knowledge and passions with those around her. She is a first-generation American, with her lineage deriving from Barbados. Taking great desire to reconnect to the earth, continuing the spiritual and physical connections with the earth as her ancestors once did, her intent is to assist others in starting or continuing their journeys in becoming one with themselves.
She is currently the Vice President of Accounting & Finance for The Gabor Agency in Tallahassee, Florida. She has her Master’s degree in Human Resources and Employment Relations from Penn State University, and her bachelor degrees in Accounting, Finance and Human Resource Management from Florida State University. She has 13 years of professional experience in corporate accounting, human resource management, risk management, business plan development and strategic planning. She has also assisted numerous small businesses improve administrative operations, develop and maintain bookkeeping practices, and provide training support through her consulting firm, Trydent Consulting, and the Small Business Development Center. Christina is an avid tea lover, recovering foodie and cultural explorer.


Wilnise Francois
Wilnise Francois


Wilnise Francois is a Haitian-American Licensed Nurse and Herbalist that has worked in the allopathic modality of healing for over a decade. Working alongside physicians and caretakers alike facilitating wellness to those across the life span. Her role as an herbalist expanded with the personal need and integration of herbal medicines from her coveted traditional Haitian practices and studies in Western herbalism. As an herbalist, she is working to revolutionize the cultural affinity of our plant friends through our relationships with the earth and stars. Her aim is to integrate the very love our herbs show us and implement that essence into our daily lives; creating a lifestyle of health and wellness.



You will receive the CEUs you applied and paid for upon the satisfactory completion of the class and all assignments. Once the requirements have been met, we will input your CEUs in CE Broker.

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