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September 2019 HerbWalks &
OjaiHerbal Newsletter

Announcing the return of the Ojai Herbal Symposium on Saturday and Sunday, November 16-17. Get all the details at Be sure to sign up by September 30 if you want to save $50 with the early-bird discount. 
Visiting the fragrant Incense-Cedar in the heart of an ancient White Fir forest. Where else in Southern California can you walk one hundred yards into this? Nowhere else I know of except Pine Mountain. Join us for the Fall Equinox Nature Hike on Sunday, September 22.
Enrique Villasenor (left) and Professor Jim Adams will co-lead a Fall Medicinal Plant Workshop in Ojai on Saturday, September 28. Read more in the article below.
Herb Walks
September Events

The "Padre Pear," seen here July 20, was planted in 1820 and still bearing fruit!  Photo: Robin Kent
Arroyo Hondo Preserve Herb Walk & Native Plant 
Sale on Saturday, September 7

This place is amazing! The lushness of the landscape and the sheer diversity of plants and plant communities at the Preserve are exceptional. So we’re going back one more time this year, hoping to find a few pears still hanging on the 200-year-old(!) “Padre Pear” tree.


In the creekside riparian habitat we’ll see a wide array of Southern California native trees. In the sunnier sage scrub and chaparral areas, native Toyon, Black Sage, Coastal Sagebrush and Greenbark Ceanothus are thriving. The Preserve is also home to California Newts, California Tree Frogs, Gray Foxes, numerous birds and other wildlife.


After some easy walking, identifying plants, and stopping for a lunch break, we’ll head for the pond to see if any newts spent the summer there. Then we’ll regroup at 3:30 at the parking lot for a direct-from-the-grower, native plant sale hosted by Santa Barbara Natives (SBN), a nearby native plant nursery founded by Arroyo Hondo Preserve manager John Warner.

No pre-payment required. Read more and register at this link.

Jim Adams is a frequent guest and collaborator in Ojai...with good reason!

Dr. James Adams' herbal expertise on display in goop article
Here is a link to an excellent article at the goop website entitled "A Guide to 12 Popular Herbal Supplements." Professor Jim Adams of USC School of Pharmacy adds valuable commentary on the research into each plant.

As you will see elsewhere in this newsletter, he's offering a Fall Medicinal Plant Workshop in Ojai on September 28 and will also be one of the presenters at the Ojai Herbal Symposium on November 16-17.

Thanks to Kate Curtin for sharing the article.
Click on the image above to learn more about this opportunity.

Free 1-Hour Virtual 
Event with David Crow

Renowned herbalist, author and acupuncturist David Crow will deliver the Saturday keynote on "Prana and Qi: Homeostasis and the Wisdom of the Body in Classical Asian Medicine" at the Ojai Herbal Symposium on November 16. Later that day and the next he will present  "Combining Herbs & Essential Oils, Parts 1 & 2." Click on the link above to learn more about that. 

None other than Deepak Chopra says David "shows us how the wisdom of the ancient Himalayan cultures can benefit humanity today." Now you can jump-start your learning with him on these topics by enrolling in a free 1-hour virtual event entitled 
"Ayurvedic Use of Essential Oils for Healing with David Crow." It's not a substitute for hearing his three talks at the Symposium but it's an excellent preview. Just click on that link above to get started.
Sugar Pine cones are the longest cones of all Pine trees. Photo: Lanny Kaufer, September, 2014.
Enjoy the first day of Fall on Pine Mountain on Saturday, September 22

I will lead my 7th annual Fall Equinox Nature Hike in the peaceful Mixed Conifer Forest on on the nmorth side of Reyes Peak (elevation: 7000 feet) at the time of year when the pine nuts are dropping. 


Biogeographers include Pine Mountain in a select group of “sky islands,” defined as isolated mountains surrounded by radically different lowland environments.

We can expect to see several high altitude plants and trees like White Fir and Sugar Pine more commonly found in the Southern Sierra Nevada mountains. Weather and marine layer permitting, we will have panoramic views of the Cuyama Valley to the north and the Channel Islands to the south.

No pre-payment required. Read more and register at this link.

Other Local Events

Click on the flyer above to enlarge it for easier reading. 

Please visit my mobile bookstore at Green Thumb's Ladies Night on Friday, September 13
Mixed Conifer Forest in the Los Padres National Forest. Photo: Bryant Baker
Los Padres ForestWatch follow-up
Last month I asked you to join me and Los Padres ForestWatch in submitting comments in opposition to proposed changes to environmental laws affecting our local forest. Here is the follow-up article from on the success of that effort that generated over 43,000 comments.
Early-bird tickets on sale through September 30 for the Ojai Herbal Symposium: Nov. 16-17!
The website is up, registration is open, and tickets are now on sale for the 2nd annual Ojai Herbal Symposium on Saturday and Sunday, November 16-17. You can save $50 with the early-bird price through September 30!

This year's theme is “The Wisdom of the Body,” borrowed from the title of Walter Cannon’s classic 1932 physiology textbook on homeostasis. Our stellar lineup of presenters represent the fields of medicine, pharmacology, naturopathy, acupuncture and, of course, herbology. They will bring verifiable science and years of clinical experience to the discussion of medicinal herbs for use in helping our bodies maintain a healthy balance.


In addition to two full days of talks at beautiful Krotona Hall, the weekend will feature three satellite events: the Herbal Marketplace at Chaparral Auditorium in downtown Ojai, the PhytoPhunk Dance and Elixir Bar at Greater Goods, and “The Forest Table: A Wild Food Dining Experience" with Jess Starwood
at Fisher Hall in Ojai.

Volunteer positions are available in exchange for full or partial admission. Vendor applications are welcome for the Herbal Marketplace. And we're happy to announce we're approved by the CA Acupuncture Board to offer 12.5 Category 1 and 2 Category 2 CEUs for Licensed Acupuncturists.

Find out all the details and get your early-bird tickets at this link.

Enrique Villaseñor points out his favorite medicinal food plant, Prickly Pear, of the genus Opuntia. Photo: Lisa Fimiani
Fall Medicinal Plant Workshop on Saturday, September 28

Please join me and special guests Professor James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy and plant educator Enrique Villaseñor for our annual Fall Medicinal Plant Workshop on Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This workshop is based on Dr. Adams' ground-breaking pharmacological studies on local native plants. 


Products to be prepared onsite include:

  • Datura hand soak
  • Black Sage foot soak
  • California Buckwheat Apple Cake
  • Yerba Santa steam inhalation
  • Chamise balm

and a special presentation on Prickly Pear fruits (“Tunas” en español) by Enrique.

Read more and register at this link.

Click the link in the article below for the latest updates on the Ojai Ranger District.

Los Padres National Forest Updates
Here is a link to the USFS Ojai Ranger District webpage with the latest info on trail and road closures, fire restrictions, etc. Hikers: bookmark it for easy reference before heading for the hills.
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