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February 3, 2010

Herbal educator will speak to Native Plant Society members

FROSTBURG — The new coordinator of the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies at Frostburg State University will speak to members of the Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society at their regular meeting at the Appalachian Laboratory on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.

Mimi Hernandez will give a PowerPoint presentation called “Bridging the Gap: Scientific and Traditional Uses of Plants” following a brief business meeting. The program is open to the public.

Hernandez will discuss ways to bridge a traditional awareness with a scientific understanding of plant medicine. She will describe the difference between scientific and traditional evidence and will highlight examples of traditional applications versus novel scientific uses of plant medicine.

As an herbal educator, her courses balance traditional reverence with scientific understanding. A professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, she received a master of science degree in herbal medicine from the Tai Sophia Institute.

With roots in Asheville, N.C., Hernandez is the founder of the One World Healing Arts Institute and former president of the North Carolina Herb Association. She also draws upon her Latino background and the granny healers in her life.   

The Appalachian Lab is located at 301 Braddock Road in Frostburg. From Interstate 68, take Exit 33.

The Maryland Native Plant Society uses education, research and community service to increase awareness and appreciation of native plants and their habitats leading to their conservation and restoration. The society sponsors monthly meetings, workshops, field trips and an annual fall conference. For more information, visit www.mdflora.org

For information about the Western Mountains Chapter, call Liz McDowell at (301) 895-3686 or log on to www.mdflora.org/chapters

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