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Special Herbal Gift Demonstration on Saturday

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Learn to make unique holiday gifts at the Botanic Garden.

Special Herbal Gift Demonstration on Saturday

Rosemary is a common herb used in both cooking and traditional medicine. Photo courtesy of ABQ BioPark.

November 16, 2012

Want to give a heartfelt gift this holiday season? Join Assistant Curator Maria Thomas on November 17 at the Botanic Garden's Heritage Farmhouse from 2-3:30 p.m. as she demonstrates how to create herbal-themed gifts. Infuse oils with herbs to make healing salves and other simple remedies to cure the coughs and colds of winter. Each simple recipe can be easily prepared at home, so you can take what you learn at this demonstration and make gifts your friends and family will love.

Maria Thomas oversees the Curandera Garden, where she cares for dozens of medicinal herbs from New Mexico and around the world. Maria is an expert horticulturalist and knows many of the best herbs for producing healing poultices and salves. During the demonstration, Maria will give information about sources for herbs and tips for preparing them in your own home.

"Common plants like lavender and rosemary are beautiful to look at, wonderful to smell and also carry medicinal properties that can be used around the home," said Maria Thomas, BioPark Botanic Garden Assistant Curator. "When infused in oil or prepared in a salve, herbs have wonderful potential to heal an array of aches and ailments, including cuts and burns."

Herbal remedies are the oldest form of healthcare known to mankind, with recordings of herbs and preparation techniques as far back as ancient Egypt. Almost every culture has used herbs for healing, and modern medicine often extracts or synthesizes compounds from plants to create more effective medication. To learn more about medicinal plants and their uses, visit the Curandera Garden and see what local plant species are used for traditional medicine.

The Herbal Gift Making Demonstration is included with regular admission. For more information, email [email protected] or call 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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