Mo Katz-Christy, Clinical Herbalist

Work with herbs, dietary supports, and gentle lifestyle shifts to help you meet your health goals.

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Herb of the Month Series: Calendula

July 21, 4-5:30pm
Somerville Community Growing Center
Free or optional donation
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One of the easiest herbs to grow in your garden, calendula is gentle enough to use on babies and powerful enough to heal just about anything. Come play in the garden with us!

Marshmallow

August 18th, 4-5:30pm
Somerville Community Growing Center
Free or optional donation
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Yes, marshmallows did originally come from this plant (Althea officinalis)! Come learn how it can soothe every mucus membrane from a hoarse cough to dryness in the GI tract.


July Medicinal Plant Walk - FULL

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Join me for a stroll about town to meet the plants in our neighborhood! We will explore botany and medicinal uses and have lots of space for questions and conversation.

This plant walk is part of a monthly series, held at locations around town including the Somerville Community Growing Center and local libraries. Register for August here.


Fresh Herb Tea Blending

August 4th, 2-3:30pm
Somerville Community Growing Center
Free or optional donation
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Discover the fragrance of fresh herbal tea blends! Bring a mug and join us in the garden to learn about the uses, flavors, and energies of different tea herbs. This class will be primarily play and exploration, with science and botany blended in.


Gilman Square Plant Walk

August 8th, 6pm
Gilman Pop-Up Park
350 Medford Street, Somerville, MA
Free!
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The library plant walks have been filling up quickly, so this month we added another plant walk! CultureHouse and the City of Somerville have collaborated to create an outdoor park in Gilman Square this summer with lots of free programming. If you were not able to register for the July plant walk and are itching to get out and meet the plants of our city streets, this is for you!


Past classes:

Taste the Molecular Rainbow: What Color and Flavor Tell Us About Chemistry

June 2nd, 11am-12:30pm
Herbstalk @ the Armory\

Why do all alliums have that strong garlicky smell? How do I know if the dried herbs I’ve had in my cabinet for five years are still good? In this class you will begin to practice using your senses to teach you about the chemical constituents in your foods and medicine. We will discuss the primary atoms that make up plant molecules, and some common forms that they take. You will get to see, smell, and taste different preparations of the same herbs to learn the flavors and mouthfeel of specific molecules, and to learn which preparations extract which constituents. Bring your favorite mug and a pen and come join me where experiential and scientific knowledge meet!


Herbal Syrup Workshop

June 6th, 6-8pm
Culture House Union Square\

The sweetness of honey combined with the flavorful tartness of medicinal berries…come learn how to make an herbal syrup! In this class, we will discuss what herbal syrups are, what they are used for, and how to make one.

We will make an elderberry syrup together — bring $5 and a jar if you’d like to take some home with you!


Bridgerton Afternoon Tea

June 9th, 2pm
Somerville Library: Main Branch\

Please join us on Sunday, June 9th in the Central Library Auditorium for Bridgerton Afternoon Tea! Come celebrate the release of Season 3 of Bridgerton (attention all Penelope and Colin –Polin – fans!) with a tasting of teas donated by Mem Tea, light refreshments, a presentation on tea blending by local herbalist Mo Katz-Christy, and Bridgerton trivia. 

Fancy dress is highly encouraged, and RSVP-ing in the form of registration is the height of good manners…


Demystifying Tea Blending

May 19th, 6:30-8pm
Cambridge Naturals\

Move beyond tea bags and learn how to make a delicious, medicinal, loose-leaf herbal tea blend! In this class, we will discuss a handful of common herbs for tea: their uses, flavors, energies, and what they add to a blend. We will smell and taste each of the herbs, learning how the flavors blend and complement each other.

We will discuss different considerations for the process of making tea including infusing versus boiling, temperature of the water, and length of time infused.

Part information and science, part sensory exploration, this class will be as playful as it is educational!

All attendees will receive a 15% off coupon to Cambridge Naturals


Medicine on the Seder Plate: Parlsey, Lettuce, Horseradish, and More!

April 7th 1-2:30pm, Abundance Farm
April 14th 1-2:30pm, Kavod Boston

Bitter herbs, spring greens – these plants contain nutrients and flavors that are essential to our springtime bodies. In this class, we will explore the physiological wisdom in the plants we hold sacred. We will delve into the bitter flavor, as we discuss why neither horseradish nor lettuce – the foods often included as “bitter herbs” on the seder plate – are particularly bitter. We will learn about the vital importance of the bitter flavor for the functioning of our body systems, as well as the uses of the other flavors in these plants.

We will discuss how our body’s needs correspond with the seasons of the year, and how these differ by climate. What does your body crave in springtime, and how is (or isn’t) that reflected in our Jewish traditions? We will taste the plants on the seder plate and learn how these tastes interact with our bodies.

Join us for an herbal exploration into the plants of the seder plate!

Supported in part by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.


Herbal Tincture-Making Workshop

March 28th, 6-8pm, Union Square Culture House

Learn how to make an alcoholic herbal extract! Infusing herbs in alcohol is a great way to preserve them so that you have them readily on hand. And they last for years!

This workshop will teach the aspiring herbalist everything you need to know to make a high-quality tincture. We will go over each step of the process including sourcing herbs and alcohol, measuring the appropriate ratios, macerating the tincture, straining, and finally using your tincture.

Each participant will leave with a jar of herbal tincture and a cheesecloth to strain their tincture at home.