Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Healing mind and body through plants

David Crow shares a world vision for health

Express Staff Writer

David Crow, a presenter at the Sun Valley Wellness Festival, will focus on the importance of plant-based medicine.

Grassroots health care is a growing movement, literally, and one that David Crow has dedicated his life's work to supporting. Crow is the author of "In Search of the Medicine Buddha," a book about his experience and studies in Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine in the Himalayas. In addition, he is the founder of Flora Copiea, an essential oil and aromatheraphy company involved in a global network of sustainable farms and agro-forestry projects. Crow is also founder of The Learning Garden, one of the country's largest public school garden projects, in Los Angeles. The Learning Garden has educated public school students on the cultivation of organic food and medicinal plants.

Crow said his mission and that of Flora Copiea is to promote the benefits of medicinal plants as a source of nutrition and detoxification. Medicinal plants are the oldest form of health care, can help restore the environment and preserve cultural traditions.

"People need to understand the value of plants in general," Crow said. "People also need to understand the value of water and soil and to take care of water and soil or we will lose them."

Crow's work also involves educating people on the process of growing medicinal plants and harvesting them. He is working on "farm-to-pharmacy" training programs and said he hopes to resurrect the tradition of a village herbalist.

"Changing social priorities and awakening a sense of reverence for life happens spiritually and is a movement toward community," he said.

Crow will be have a class, "Aromatic Treasures for Health, Beauty and Abundance," at the Hailey Yoga Center on Wednesday, May 26, from 6-8:30 p.m. for $25. The class will explore the use of essential oils and the health benefits of meditation and plants.

Crow will also be a presenter at the Sun Valley Wellness Festival on Saturday, May 29, in the Limelight Room from 4-5:15 p.m. In addition, he will teach a workshop on at the Sawtooth Room on Monday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For details on Crows work and plant research, visit

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