Suzanne Tabert- Guest Writer

Suzanne Tabert is a bioregional herbalist, director of herbal education at the Cedar Mountain Herb School and adjunct professor at Bastyr University. Her passion is taking students to wild places and giving them tools to engage and connect with flora, fauna, and the exquisite beauty of nature. Suzanne has been inspiring students with joy and excitement for all-natural living for over 30 years. A labor of love from 27 years of offering herbals to 1,000s of customers at street fairs, workshops, and farmers markets, Suzanne has written Wild & Beautiful, a botanical skin care book for those who wish to glow with good health from the inside out and the outside in, published by Ogden Publishing and available at Mountain Rose Herbs and motherearthnews.com. She’s currently writing her next herbal book, The Quest for Calm ~ Herbal Empowerment for Resilient Emotional Health (available fall 2022), while offering an amazing platform for folks all over the world to connect with each other and with nature. “The plants are always teaching us; all we need to learn is to open our senses to them.” ~Suzanne
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Phytochemistry For Beginners: Constituent Groups and the Menstrua That Love Them


Phytochemistry is the study of the constituents in plants that cause physiological changes (aka health benefits) in the human body. These changes are what herbalists are attempting to achieve when creating herbal remedies. We call that herbal medicine. Knowing the actions and needs of constituents and which menstrua will extract and preserve them gives the medicine maker a clear view on pairing constituents with the correct menstrua to create effective remedies. 
Menstruum, or plural menstrua, is the extractor and preserver of plant medicine. The most common menstrua are water, alcohol, honey, glycerine, and apple cider vinegar.

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Suzanne Tabert- Guest Writer

Suzanne Tabert is a bioregional herbalist, director of herbal education at the Cedar Mountain Herb School and adjunct professor at Bastyr University. Her passion is taking students to wild places and giving them tools to engage and connect with flora, fauna, and the exquisite beauty of nature. Suzanne has been inspiring students with joy and excitement for all-natural living for over 30 years. A labor of love from 27 years of offering herbals to 1,000s of customers at street fairs, workshops, and farmers markets, Suzanne has written Wild & Beautiful, a botanical skin care book for those who wish to glow with good health from the inside out and the outside in, published by Ogden Publishing and available at Mountain Rose Herbs and motherearthnews.com. She’s currently writing her next herbal book, The Quest for Calm ~ Herbal Empowerment for Resilient Emotional Health (available fall 2022), while offering an amazing platform for folks all over the world to connect with each other and with nature. “The plants are always teaching us; all we need to learn is to open our senses to them.” ~Suzanne
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Phytochemistry For Beginners: Constituent Groups and the Menstrua That Love Them

Knowing the actions and needs of constituents and which menstrua will extract and preserve them gives herbalists a clear view on pairing constituents with the correct medium to create effective remedies
WRITTEN BY Suzanne Tabert- Guest Writer

May 4, 2022