Workshop on food as medicine to be held in Newport

Frances O'Halloran, an herbalist and teacher, will present a workshop called “Food as Medicine: Crafting Fire Cider,” which is a tasty and time-honored, plant-based medicine to prevent and treat colds and flus.

Her talk will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Newport 60+ Activity Center, located at 20 SE Second St. The cost of the class is $10.

O'Halloran says many medicinal herbs are tasty and can be prepared as food, rather than what people typically picture as medicine. “The herbs we will work with are GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and have been utilized traditionally as food plants or culinary herbs for centuries,” she said.

This is a hands-on educational experience. Participants will craft a nutritious and immune-enhancing herbal vinegar called fire cider, with wild, organically-grown herbs and foods. Everyone will go home with a jar of fire cider. A handout with recipes is included.

O'Halloran has been working, playing, meditating and crafting with plants for more than two decades. Her lifelong passion for optimal health, gardening, cooking, crafting and exploring varied bio-regions, along with a dream of living a more herbally abundant and creative life, led her to create LoveJoy Botanicals, her herbal medicine-making company. She teaches herbal medicine-making classes at Oregon Coast Community College and is a year-round vendor at the Newport Farmers Market.

For more information, call the Newport 60+ Activity Center at 541-265-9617.

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