Welcome to the Herbal Community of Central Massachusetts!

November Herbal Events every weekend!

Herb Panel, Guido Masé, Linda Patterson and Herb Stalk! See below for registrations!!!  

Members of Tower Hill and HCOCM get discounts!


Learning to Make a Final Harvest Tea

At a recent HCOCM meeting, members learned how to make a final Harvest Tea. Member and herbalist, Linda Russell guided us through this wonderful end of growing season activity. At this time, late Summer, with the air heavy and humid, many plants and herbs are now at the end of their cycle. Picking a blend of herbs from our now over-grown gardens has multiple benefits. In addition to making an aromatic tea that allows us a few quiet moments to reflect on this almost passed season, this cutting back of mature herbs is not only beneficial to the plants but also helps us begin to clear the garden.Lemon Balm, Dandelion, Lemon Verbena, Sage,Tulsi,Tarragon and Rosemary were all discussed as we enjoyed the hands-on preparation of garden bounty.

Member Abbie White discussed Passionflower as well as the care and tending of the beautiful Artichoke with its stunning lavender flower! Addressing that late summer is a transitional period, member Mary Sullivan provided education and a tea seed blend of coriander, cumin and fennel for an Ayurveda herbal assist to aid digestion.

After cutting leaves of selected herbs, they are now placed in a wooded bowl and left to dry. A few hand tosses throughout the next weeks enhance the drying process and addition of a few edible flowers adds color to this herbal mixture. When dry, brew a wonderful tea which reminds us of this past seasons' garden gifts we have received!

 Also check out the latest herbal discussions and events coming up! See you there!


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Herbal Community of Central Mass and Tower Hill Botanic Garden have more events !!Gazebo

*****Herb Panel is back again on November 12 1 PM at Tower Hill! ******

                                   The Role of Herbal Medicine in Cancer Treatments
Join us for an active discussion as each panelist brings a unique perspective on the integration of plants in complimenting cancer treatments.

When: Saturday, November 12, 1 - 2:30 pm

Where: Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 44 French Dr. Boylston, MA 01505

guidoFromVTherbCenterModerator: Guido Masé, RH (AHG), is founding co-director of the Vermont Center of Integrative Herbalism and Railroad Apothecary. Guido is a highly regarded herbal lecturer for national and international conferences including colleges throughout. Recently, he is the author of The Wild Medicine Solution and DIY Bitters.


5 Panelists:

“DrDr. Ian D. Bier, N.D., Ph.D L.Ac, FABNO is a Naturopathic doctor, Licensed Acupuncturist, PhD in Human Services with a focus in Therapeutic Nutrition, and a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology, Dr. Bier has worked in the scientific and health care fields for 25 years http://www.humannaturenaturalhealth.com


Dr. Uma V.A. Dhanabalan, MD, MPH, FAAFP, MRO is a physician trained in Family Medicine and Occupational & Environmental Medicine who concentrates on Endocannabinoid therapies.  She is a certified Cannabis Therapeutics  specialist. http://www.totalhealthcarethc.com



Chris Marano, RH (AHG), of Clearpath Herbals is a highly regarded clinical herbalist working with cancer patients in Western Mass. for the last decades. Chris lectures at UMass Amherst, conferences and teaches herbal apprenticeships at Clearpath Herbals. www.clearpathherbals.com


Michael Busky is a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Mevion Medical Systems which produces complete proton therapy treatment systems, an alternative to traditional photon radiation treatment. He is also a farming herbalist.img_20160312_145150315


Melanie Johnson is a recent cancer survivor who has used herbs through chemotherapy as well as after treatments.facebook_1474467031910

Co-sponsored with the Tower Hill Botanic Garden!

Herb Panel Nov 12 at Tower Hill

Guido's debut as an author this year.

Come and join Guido Mase at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in the Fall November 13th at 2 PM!

DIY Bitters Book

DIY Bitters: Talk, Demo and Book-Signing

Sunday, November 13, 2 pm - 4pm

Member $25, Non-member $35

Presenter: Guido Masé

Did you know that herbal digestive bitters are amazing allies during the holidays, with its rich foods and often hectic travel schedule? Use them to add flavor to cocktails, and to support great digestion. Join herbalist Guido Masé, co-author of DIY Bitters: Reviving the Forgotten Flavor - A Guide to Making Your Own Bitters for Bartenders, Cocktail Enthusiasts, Herbalists, and More as he explores the history and health benefits of bitters, and shows you how to make your own bitters at home. Tastings included.

Guido Mase DIY Bitters Nov 13


Linda Patterson at Tower Hill Botanic Garden! A fun and interactive Class for everyone!

An Introduction to Essential Oilslindawdiffuser

Saturday, November 19, 1-2:30pm

Member $15, Non-member $25

Linda P Essential Oils Intro

This lecture will cover the health benefits of essential oils; how to work with them safely and the importance of quality. We will discuss the safety hazards surrounding oils as well as their applications. Essential oils will be passed out during the lecture to allow participants to experience practitioner quality.

Linda Patterson, founder and director of The Eclectic Institute of Aromatherapy and Herbal Studies has some thirty years experience working with herbs and essential oils. Her love for plants inspired her to become a Master Gardener as well as a Flower Essence Practitioner. Her passion for the healing arts has led her to study Reiki and to become a Reflexologist. Being a food activist has guided Linda onto a path of health through nutrition, the primary source of energy,longevity and vitality. Her dynamic teaching style encompasses a holistic approach to health and well-being.


Wintergreen Herbal Market


Saturday, November 26th from 11am-5pm at

The Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Sommerville, MA

The Wintergreen Market features handcrafted herbal products and gifts, music and educational demonstrations of herbal projects. Shop for botanical crafts, winter teas, and herbal products. Learn how to make useful and fun herbal products. This event is free and all are welcome! See www.herbstalk.org for details.


August 6, Guido Masé gave a great talk about the cardiovascular system! ♥ Read Mary's blog if you missed it.



January 30th, 2016 Jade Alicandro Mace  held wonderful class at Tower Hill Botanic Garden about Tree Medicine.   Thank you Jade for easy integration of old New England traditions into our daily health routines.  More details from this event is at    



 "Essence of all beings is Earth. The essence of the Earth is water. The essence of water is plants. The essence of plants is the human being. "    -Upanishads


  HCOCM Mission:  A Central Mass Herbal Infusion of knowledge and events to increase awareness of herbal benefits.

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