GIVEAWAY: Summer Maladies and First Aid Correspondence Course

Enter to Win Blazing Star Herbal School’s
Summer Maladies and First Aid Correspondence Course

Have a burning question about parenting, looking for a recommendation about life in Western MA, or need some advice on what to do about something? Share below to be consideration for our weekly Question & Answer column and be entered to win a Summer Maladies and First Aid Correspondence Course from Blazing Star Herbal School in Ashfield, MA. Deadline to enter to win: Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 by 7pm (EST).

Have you ever wanted to learn about herbalism but can’t find the time for classes?  Hilltown Families sponsor, Blazing Star Herbal School in Ashfield, MA, offers several correspondence programs for folks who are either to far away or prefer to learn after the kids have gone to bed.  This summer Hilltown Families is partnering with Blazing Star by offering our readers the opportunity to enter to win one of their correspondence courses from their Do-it-Yourself Herbalism Series (valued at $150)! Details on how you can enter to win are below and deadline to participate is Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 by 7pm (EST).


Blazing Star Herbal School (BSHS), based out of Ashfield, MA, offers unique and exciting programs in herbal studies to give both the student and professional an opportunity to delve deeper into the art and science of herbalism. BSHS courses have been highly acclaimed for inspiring students to find their unique healing path through personal relationship with the plant world. BSHS is dedicated to teaching traditional herbal medicine in a way that supports a more sustainable future for all members of the green world and shows respect for the integrity of nature.

BSHS offers a unique perspective on herbalism, weaving social and political aspects of health and healing through the study of medicinal herbs and food practices, inspiring students to find their own healing path by creating a personal relationship with the plant world. The school also serves as a local and national resource for education and networking.  Learn more about Blazing Star Herbal School at or email Tony(a) Lemos at


Summer Maladies and First Aid Correspondence Course

Written with the family or homesteader in mind who’s looking to integrate nourishing herbs and herbal medicines into their lifestyle, improve their health, and increase their self reliance, while connecting with the land in which they live and all it has to offer. In this hands-on medicine making course the focus will be on creating an at home first aid kit for summer maladies. Topics include: cuts and scrapes; burns (sun and fire); bug bites, (ticks, mosquitoes and bees); muscle aches (Sprains/strains); bleeding and bruises; poison ivy and poison oak rash; dehydration (sun poisoning); seasonal skin care; seasonal allergies (chronic and acute treatment plans); among other topics. Four weeks of reading, assignments, and medicine making participants can accomplish at their own pace. (Value: $150)


Your chance to win Blazing Star Herbal School’s Correspondence Course, Summer Maladies and First Aid, is as easy as 1-2-3(4)!  To enter to win simply:

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  • FULL NAME (first/last);
  • LIVE (TOWN/STATE) (must include your town to be eligible);
  • ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address);
  • From our favorite entries (so make them good!) we’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 by 7pm (EST).


  1. July 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Congratulations to Carol Crosier in Pittsfield, MA. Carol has won Blazing Star Herbal School’s Correspondence Course, Summer Maladies and First Aid, and should contact us at to sign up. – Thank you to everyone who participated!


  2. Judy Bennett said,

    July 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Q: In what ways to families advocate the ideas and principles of “free range parenting”?

    Greenfield, MA


  3. Leigh Figueroa said,

    July 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    So glad I saw this today, before the deadline to enter passed!

    My question: does anyone know of any positive parenting support groups in the area? I’d love to find a group especially for the pre-k age!

    Leigh-Ellen Figueroa
    West Springfield MA


  4. July 25, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Thank you Tony(a)!

    Okay, my question for the contest then is:

    What programs are available in Western MA to introduce pre-k children to herbs, wildcrafting, plant identification, etc.

    (I’ve seen them for older children, but not the little ones, and I like to start ’em when they’re young!)

    Kerrie McNay
    Heath, MA


  5. Paula Yolles said,

    July 23, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    How do you support your pre-teen and teen to make healthy food choices in and outside your home?

    Paula Yolles,
    Florence, MA


  6. Barbara said,

    July 17, 2012 at 8:15 am

    To Adelle, I’d say the best place to start is ask Tonya at Blazing Star.


  7. Carol Crosier (Pittsfield, MA) said,

    July 16, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I’m interested in finding some unique hiking trails in Western MA that are kid-friendly, but still challenging!


  8. Anneliese Mordhorst said,

    July 16, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Anneliese Mordhorst
    Chesterfield, MA


  9. Anneliese Mordhorst said,

    July 16, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    From experience, what is the most effective bug repellent (non-toxic)?


  10. Kristi said,

    July 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I have a 12 and 15 year old, and I would love to know about activities in the area for teens?

    Kristi Chadwick
    Easthampton, MA


  11. tonya said,

    July 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Hi Kerrie,

    Yes the products you learn to make in this course and the information provided will be useful for someone who frequents fairs and festivals or enjoys camping! it is also just useful info for every family during the summer months



  12. July 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I’ve heard of workshops for “herbalist street medics”- mostly in reference to protests. Is this something that could be recommended for one who frequents ag-fairs or renaissance/fairy/faerie festivals, or perhaps even LARPs (Live Action Role Playing)? It seems like a useful skill for any event that would be outdoors, especially in extreme- or even moderate- weather conditions. I went to a rally just after graduating college, Stand for Children, in DC- and I was horribly unprepared for the heat that day!

    Kerrie McNay
    Heath, MA


  13. Adelle Ferreira said,

    July 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I’d be interested in knowing everyone’s favorite place to seek advice on natural and/or homeopathic remedies – do you visit a naturopath, go to one of the herbal apothecaries in the area, etc.?


  14. July 11, 2012 at 9:57 am

    What are your favorite rainy day indoor activities or games for energetic, active toddlers?


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