Indigenous Australians have been using native plants and animals for tens of thousands of years as sources of food and medicine. With European settlement, much of this knowledge was lost or ignored, but there is now growing interest in relearning these traditional healing methods. More and more research is being carried out to see how we can grow, harvest and utilise our Indigenous plants for foods, medicines, cosmetics, and more. This class will introduce you to some of the well-known, as well as some more obscure Indigenous Australian plants, teach you how they were once used, and how you can use them now. You will be able to see, smell and taste a variety of these amazing plants and learn where you can find them and how to cook with them.
Presented by Gaby Harris
Gaby is a naturopath, herbalist and massage therapist who has been in practice since 2000. She has also been lecturing and training naturopathy students since 2005 and is passionate about all things herbal. In 2016 Gaby wrote the first national course unit on Indigenous Plants for Food and Medicine for Endeavour College of Natural Health. The subject has since become an obsession. She loves going out to find medicinal plants in the wild and sharing her knowledge with anyone willing to listen.In her spare time, Gaby enjoys pottering around her small garden with her dog, Playdough, and 3 chooks - Flip, Nog and Frappe. She also enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with native ingredients - especially baking sweet treats.