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OHIO HERB EDUCATION CENTER

110 Mill Street, Gahanna, OH 43230

Office: 614-342-4380

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Building on our mission to educate the public about the benefits and various uses of herbs in everyday life, the Ohio Herb Education Center offers a variety of learning opportunities. Whether you are looking for new culinary twists, in-depth gardening advice, wellness information or ideas on how to use your herbs, we offer programs that inspire you to try something new.

Explore our current list of programs (preregistration is required):

Workshops One-time sessions on a single topic that rotate seasonally. Check back quarterly or join our Facebook page or email mailing list.

The Art of Formulation

Crafting an herbal formula can be a complicated part of learning herbal medicine. In this class we will dissect the components of classic formulas, define conditions of when to use simple versus compound formulas and discuss the various techniques involved in making formulas. We will practice crafting our own tea combinations and try them out in class. This is an intermediate class and students should have a materia medica of at least 8-10 herbs.

Activity: 52283.301

Age: 18+

Day: Sat

Date: Nov 11

Time: 1-3 pm

Instructor: Brooke Sackenheim

RDR/NR: $40/$45

Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Call 614-342-4380 for easy registration!

Already set up in our online registration system? Click here to register through Webtrac.

Herbal Tea Circle

Join us for an informal evening of tea and herbal discussion. We will sample a featured tea or blend, and enjoy light refreshment with an herbal twist, spending the hour discussing whatever herbal topics the group is interested in.

Day: Wed

Date: Nov 1, Dec 6, Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 7

Time: 7-8pm

Instructor: Jennifer Schneller

RDR/NR: $5/$7 per session

Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Call 614-342-4380 for easy registration!

Herb Center Open House

If you are interested in joining the Gahanna Herb Group, Earthy Herbal Garden Series or The Beekeeper’s Year, but are unsure which one is the best fit for you, consider attending this free information session. We will discuss the details of each program, as well as talk about our upcoming workshops. No registration required. Begins promptly at 6:30pm.

Day: Thu

Date: Jan 11

Time: 6:30pm

RDR/NR: Free

Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Herbal Tea Blending 101

What better way to fight off cold weather and boost wellness than to brew up a nice hot cuppa! In this class, we will explore the definitions of tea, a variety of infusion techniques, the characteristics of some common tea herbs, and how to bring it all together to make magical pot a tea.

Activity: 52255.101

Age: 16+

Day: Sat

Date: Jan 20

Time: 1-2 pm

Instructor: Jennifer Schneller

RDR/NR: $20/$25

Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Call 614-342-4380 for easy registration!

Already set up in our online registration system? Click here to register through Webtrac.

Intro to Medicinal Herbs

Many people turn to medicinal herbs as a way to bring more nourishment into their lives. In this intro we discuss the advantages of medicinal herbs as well as their limitations. Learn about the actions of herbs and the three major lineages of herbal medicine. While sampling infusions, learn how to decipher formula labels and what questions to ask at a supplement store.
Activity: 52285.101
Age: 18+
Day: Sat
Date: Jan 27
Time: 1-3 pm
Instructor: Brooke Sackenheim
RDR/NR: $40/$45
Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Call 614-342-4380 for easy registration!

Already set up in our online registration system? Click here to register through Webtrac.

Advanced Herbal Tea Blending

So you think you brew a pretty good pot of tea? Join us for an in-depth exploration of building the perfect tea blend: a balance of flavor components and wellness benefits. We will look at more refined brewing techniques, try our hand at in-class blending, and taste some of our results. Take home a sample of a blend you build yourself!
Activity: 52256.101
Age: 168+
Day: Sat
Date: Feb 24
Time: 1-2 pm
Instructor: Jennifer Schneller
RDR/NR: $25/$30
Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Call 614-342-4380 for easy registration!

Intensives A series of classes that allow participants to delve into specific areas of herb education.

Herbal education is a lifelong study. Intensives are a series of classes providing a more immersive experience. Students study with the herb center staff as well as herb experts from around Ohio to learn botany, in depth herb profiles, herbal folklore and history, and culinary or wellness approaches. Moving beyond lecture, students also examine and experiment with herbs using multi-sensory techniques and learning practical, hands-on applications. Intensives courses require curiosity and commitment, but students find they gain a new and deeper understanding of herbs.

HERB CAPITAL OF OHIO

The Herb Center is located in the City of Gahanna — the Herb Capital of Ohio — just east of downtown Columbus and adjacent to Port Columbus International Airport in the heart of Gahanna. The Nafzger-Miller house, in which the Herb Center is located, is listed in the National Register of Historical Places with the original structure being built in 1855 and additions made to the home in 1910. The center includes a gift shop, parlor and kitchen and is used for classes, parties, meetings and rentals.

UNIQUE HERBAL EXPERIENCES

The Ohio Herb Education Center is located in the City of Gahanna, the Herb Capital of Ohio, just east of downtown Columbus and adjacent to Port Columbus. As head of the Herbal Trail, we can create an herbal experience that your group will not forget. For more information on what Gahanna has to offer, visit the Gahanna Visitors Bureau. Plan your visit today!

HERB TALKS

Teas, Tonics & Elixirs
Sometimes the right combination of herbs and liquids can create a not only a healthy drink but a tasty beverage too. This class will simplify the complex art of brewing herbal teas. Learn new techniques like infusions and decoctions; understand what makes a tonic different than a tea and when to brew one or the other. Discover the allure surrounding elixirs.

Thyme for Fun in the Kitchen
Herbs can be the signature part of a culinary experience with their sweet, tart, and pungent flavors. Discover the fun facts about popular kitchen blends such as Herbs de Provence. Learn new ways to enhance every day recipes with herbals salts, sugars, butters and simple syrups. Participants come away inspired to create their own culinary creations using herbs.

Cleaning – The Herbal Way
Receive herbal “eco friendly” ideas for cleaning your home. Natural cleaning products made right in your own home provide better indoor air quality, greatly reduce the use of toxic products, and help save money. Learn how to make your own home-made soft scrub, herbal laundry aids, window cleaner, and herbal air fresheners.

The Symbolic Language of Herbs
Before texting, emails and even phones, people used to communicate with plant bouquets. Floriography, the language of flowers, was a practice that focused specific meanings and messages in the arrangement and with particular flowers and herbs. We will discuss the history of this practice and how it has been transformed through the ages, particularly by the Victorian era. Learn the secret messages of some of our favorite garden herbs.

Sacred Herbs of the Bible 
Herbs have been a part of human life since the dawn of civilization. They had a seamless integration in all aspects of family life, as food, medicine and in ritual. One can find them in several passages in the Bible, illustrating the themes and stories. In this lecture we will learn about the spiritual link that Rosemary, Hyssop, Spikenard, Dill and Lavender all contributed to our past and how they can be significant additions to our modern lifestyle.

Cost: $12.50 per person per 45 minute-1 hour; 6 person minimum
1 1/2 hour and 2 hour demonstrations available, please call for details.

HANDS-ON HERB CRAFT
This hands-on craft allows participants to experience how easy it is to incorporate herbs into a simple take home product. Each craft is themed to match the related experiential workshop.

Cost: $4 per person; 6 person minimum

Contact the Herb Center at 614.342.4380.

AN HERB SHOP DEDICATED TO ALL THINGS HERBAL

The Ohio Herb Education Center gift shop has that unique gift for the herb lover in your life. Inside you will find local honeys, custom selected teas, custom scented candles, tea presses and tea accessories. Our books are a selection of great resources on herb gardening, cooking, and herb craft.

VENDORS
Aimees Blue Ribbon Spices, Mockingbird Meadows Herbal Health Farm, Black Radish Creamery, Sweet Thing Gourmet, For Life Design, Herbal Sage Tea Company, Jane Inc., North Market Spices, Urban Moonshine, Woman’s Work, Honey Grove Botanicals, Gourmet Farm Girl, Jorgensen’s Farm, Mountain Rose Herbs, Root and Willow, Brother Veterans, Root 23, Champaign Paper, Earth Philosophy, Lather Rinse Repeat, Little City Love, Nature’s Magic, The Onyx Exchange, Sen Cha Naturals, Storehouse Tea Company, Under Aurora

RENTING THE NAFZGER-MILLER 1910 PARLOR

Looking for a unique space to hold your next event? Consider the Ohio Herb Education Center’s parlor. Suitable for parties of 20-25 people, this historic space offers the options of three refinished round tables, two porches and a kitchen. Our Herb Center Rental Brochure contains photos and detailed information.
For $15.00 the Ohio Herb Education Center can supply insulated cups and hot/iced tea of your choice for your event.

Call 614.342.4380 for reservations.
Herb Center Parlor Rental Forms are available for information on rental policies and rates.

Ohio Herb Education Center Rental Fee Schedule:

Suggested parlor capacity 20
maximum is 25 people
3-Hour Rental
Monday-Thursday
Additional Rental
Time by the Hour
3-Hour Rental
Friday-Sunday
Additional Rental
Time by the Hour
 Gahanna Resident Rate (RDR)  $105 $35 $150 $50
 Standard Rate $150 $50  $225 $75
 Additional Services
 Herbal Tea $15 $15

RENTING THE NAFZGER

MILLER 1910 PARLOR

Looking for a unique space to hold

your next event? Consider the Ohio

Herb Education Center’s parlor.

Suitable for parties of 20-25 people,

this historic space offers the options

of three refinished round tables,

two porches and a kitchen.

Our Herb Center Rental Brochure 

contains photos and detailed information.

For $15.00 the Ohio Herb Education

Center can supply insulated cups and

hot/iced tea of your choice for your event.

Call 614.342.4250 for reservations.
Herb Center Parlor Rental Forms 

are available for information on rental

policies and rates.

Ohio Herb Education Center

Rental Fee Schedule:

Suggested parlor capacity 20
maximum is 25 people
3-Hour Rental
Monday-Thursday
Additional Rental
Time by the Hour
3-Hour Rental
Friday-Sunday
Additional Rental
Time by the Hour
 Gahanna Resident Rate (RDR)  $105 $35 $150 $50
 Standard Rate $150 $50  $225 $75
 Additional Services
 Herbal Tea $15 $15

The Herb Center is located in the City of Gahanna — the Herb Capital of Ohio — just east of downtown Columbus and adjacent to the John Glenn Columbus International Airport in the heart of Gahanna. The Nafzger-Miller house, in which the Herb Center is located, is listed in the National Register of Historical Places with the original structure being built in 1855 and additions made to the home in 1910. The center includes a gift shop, parlor and kitchen and is used for classes, parties, meetings and rentals.

VOLUNTEER
Sign up to volunteer by contacting our volunteer coordinator at herb.center@gahanna.gov.

NEW FALL INTENSIVE PROGRAMS

Intensive Information Sessions:
If you are considering one of our intensive series classes but are unsure which one is the best fit for you, consider attending one of our free information sessions. We will discuss the details of each program, answer questions, and meet instructors and past participants. Free to attend. No Registration Required. Begins promptly at 6:30 pm.

Dates: Tuesdays, July 11 or August 15, 6:30 pm

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

“I was enthralled by the class and the amazing presentation and vast knowledge of the instructor.”

Herbal Wellness Kit participant

“A hidden ‘gem’. I was so excited that something like this exists.”

Herbal Spa Day participant

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Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) is an annual in the Parsley Family, native to the Middle East and across central Asia. It grows to a foot or two in height with feathery gray-green leaves in well-drained average soils, and prefers near tropical heat. The seeds, which mature late in the season, are used either whole or ground, in both cooking and traditional medicine. As with many members of the Apiaceae, cumin is believed to aid digestion, and increase warmth in the body. Cuisines from all over the world make it a key ingredient in spice blends as diverse as chili powders, adobos, garam masala and curries. Cumin seeds are rich in healthy fats, B vitamins, iron and magnesium. The foliage is also edible, and may be used in a similar manner to its cousin dill. ... See MoreSee Less

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Caraway (Carum carvi) is an herbaceous biennial in the Carrot Family. The lifecycle of the plant is two years long, with the flowers and seeds produced in the second year. The feathery foliage grows to 24 inches in full sun and well-drained rich soils. The seeds, which have a delicate anise-like flavor, have been used since Roman times, and are known as far away as India where they are considered a good digestive aid. In European tradition, caraway is used to flavor breads and other baked goods, as well as sausages, casseroles and sauerkraut. In the Middle East, caraway is found in harissa as well as a pudding called meghli. Chewing caraway seeds will also help freshen your breath! ... See MoreSee Less

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Black peppercorns are the fruit/seed of a tropical flowering vine in the Pepper Family. Native to the Indian subcontinent, black pepper is the world’s most traded spice. First carried by the Romans, who used it as a currency as well as a spice, pepper spread across the globe along the spice routes. Pepper is a common ingredient in most of the cuisines around the world, where it can be used whole or ground into a coarse or fine powder. The active ingredient in peppercorns is piperine, an alkaloid responsible for pepper’s pungency and heat. This is not to be confused with the heat from sweet or hot peppers (in a different plant family), which comes from capsaicin. Piperine is also responsible for black pepper’s use in traditional folk medicine, where it is believed to help the body absorb other nutrients more readily, as well as relieve conditions from indigestion to insomnia to toothache. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to our Gahanna Herb Group class! This month we studied garlic, and made our own homemade version of fire cider! This is a traditional herbal preparation that essentially infuses various fruits, vegetables and herbs into apple cider vinegar to make a beverage that helps relieve cold symptoms and provides nutrients as we head into cold weather. Did anyone else's garlic turn BLUE? This is actually a natural color change due to the sulfur compounds in the garlic, and will not affect the flavor or nutrient content. But it is fun! Remember, allow to infuse for at least a week, or up to six weeks, shaking daily, then strain and blend with honey.Enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less

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Ajwain is the seed-like fruit of Trachyspermum ammi, an annual in the Apiaceae (Parsley or Carrot Family). It is a close cousin of caraway and cumin. The plant originates in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent, and is well known in Indian, Pakistani and Afghan cuisines. The flavor of ajwain has been described as a mix of thyme, anise and oregano, and the seed shares some key essential oils with these herbs. It is also a well-loved traditional Ayurvedic herb. Like caraway and fennel, ajwain is used to relieve indigestion, but it is also thought to relieve upper respiratory symptoms too. Try adding it to your favorite tea! ... See MoreSee Less

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This is the season for harvesting seeds from those herbs that grow in our climate. Many useful herbs are actually seeds, including fennel, coriander, mustard, cardamom and cumin. Seeds are ready to harvest if the flowers have faded and are just starting to dry on their own. Collect flower heads from healthy plants on a dry day using sharp scissors. Place in a brown paper bag with lots of air room, and shake gently to loosen any seeds which are ready. Further drying can be accomplished by spreading the flower heads and any loose seeds in a single layer in a well ventilated area for about a week. Seeds may be stored whole in paper envelopes clearly labeled with date and plant type. Storing in the refrigerator works well, but no plastic! It will encourage rotting. ... See MoreSee Less

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So you think you brew a pretty good pot of tea? Join us for an in-depth exploration of building the perfect tea blend: a balance of flavor components and wellness benefits. We will look at more refined brewing techniques, try our hand at in-class blending, and taste some of our results. Take home a sample of a blend you build yourself! ... See MoreSee Less

Advanced Herbal Tea Blending

February 24, 2018, 1:00pm - February 24, 2018, 1:00pm

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