Southern Folk Medicine

Southern Folk Medicine

Instructor: Phyllis D. Light, MA, RH

Saturday, July 27 | 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Members: $50 | Non-Members: $60 

Traditional Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine is the most widely acknowledged regional folk medicine in the United States and the only system of healing to develop here other than Native American medicine. Its early development can be traced to influences from Greek or Galenic medicine, which prevailed in Europe at the time of settlement of this country; Native American plant use and knowledge; and the folk medicines from areas of Africa and the British Isles. From these diverse cultures, a unique constitutional system emerged, unique for the land and its settlers. Join Phyllis, who was trained by her grandmother Rosie and Appalachian elders such as Tommie Bass, for this wonderful introduction into the world of Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine, a system of healing that developed on the land and in place. We’ll learn about the Southern Blood Types (bitter/salty and sweet/sour), the four constitutions (fire, water, air, earth) and the use of local plants for health and healing. 

Disclaimer: We appreciate your interest in Birmingham Botanical Gardens' classes for adults and children. Some of our classes may cover the edible, medicinal, cosmetic, and aromatic uses of plants. The information presented in our classes, whether delivered by Gardens staff, volunteers, or instructors, is derived from numerous sources that include folklore as well as more authoritative sources. This information is intended solely for educational purposes. We believe this information to be accurate, interesting, and useful within an educational context, but any information we may provide about the various uses of plants is not intended to advocate any specific use. Due to the very personal nature of individual chemical tolerances, allergies, and other possible negative reactions, you accept full responsibility for any use you may choose to undertake of the plants covered in our classes.



Refunds (minus a $15 processing fee) will be given for Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens programs priced at $25 or more if notification is made at least 10 business days prior to class start date. (You are always welcome to send another person under your registration if you cannot attend.) Transfers may be made to programs of equal value within the same series (e.g., Children's Summer Camps, Saturdays in the Gardens, etc.) at no additional fee. We reserve the right to cancel classes due to lack of participation or other unforeseen circumstances. Please note that programs are held rain or shine; in extreme weather conditions, programs may be canceled for your safety and the safety of staff and volunteers. If we cancel a program for any of these reasons, we will issue a full refund.