Plant Profile: Goldenseal with Emily

Join Emily Ruff for her YouTube Premier featuring plant ally, Goldenseal! This forest floor dwelling plant friend has many uses and is on the ‘to watch’ list with United Plant Savers. Join Emily to find out how valuable this plant really is.

Day/Date: Sunday, June 5, 2022

Time: 4:00pm

Platform: Florida School of Holistic Living YouTube Channel 

Cost: FREE! Though we will happily accept a donation.

Grab a cup of tea and learn about this remarkable plant!

Join us on our YouTube Channel – Sunday, June 5, 4:00 pm

If you cannot join us during the scheduled YouTube Premiere, please view it later on our YouTube Playlist.

Suggested price: $5.00

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Join us on our YouTube Channel – Sunday, June 5, 2022 –  4:00 pm

If you cannot join us during the scheduled YouTube Premiere, please view it later on our YouTube Playlist.


Instructor: Emily Ruff

Photo by Herb Swanson

Emily RuffExecutive Director, 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.