Supplies List and Housing Information
Housing is not provided. Students must make their own housing and travel arrangements. Students will need to acquire the tools, equipment, jars, and menstrua needed for harvesting and making medicine.
The following is a list of supplies to acquire in order to successfully harvest plants and make effective herbal remedies. Students will be given a “what is needed” list for each lesson, whether for in-person harvesting and medicine making or homework to be done outside of the lessons. Bear in mind that not all supplies may be needed each lesson/homework.
Tools and Equipment for Outings
- Sharp chopping knife, paring knife, scissors and cutting board
- Fabric grocery bags or basket
- Camp chair
- Lunch, water/nonalcoholic beverage, snacks
- Notebook and pencil/pen
- Masking tape or stick on labels and sharpie pen
- You will need a Discover Pass and a Northwest Forest Pass if your program is in Washington State.
- Hand sanitizer.
Menstrua and Other Remedy Making Ingredients
Students will be advised what will be needed for each lesson. Note that not all supplies will be needed for each lesson, but it will be good to have everything on hand.
- 151 proof alcohol (unflavored) vodka or rum
- 100 proof alcohol vodka
- 80 proof brandy of choice
- Olive oil and any other fixed oils of choice. Note that fixed oils and their attributes will be discussed during programs.
- Witch hazel (unscented) – with alcohol. Alcohol free is not appropriate.
- Apple cider vinegar (unpasteurized)
- Raw, local honey (liquid, not spun)
- Spring or filtered water
- Food grade vegetable glycerin (optional)
- Beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil
- 70% isopropyl alcohol
You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to get started, however, having a stocked working environment makes remedy making fun. Feel free to improvise as you learn!
- Wide mouth jars with screw top lids – plastic or other non-metal lid preferred. You will need both pint and half-pint size jars. Expect to use a couple of dozen each during your program. Only rarely will quart jars be used.
- Metal sieves (for straining)
- Wide mouth funnel
- Small funnel for pouring remedies from big jars into little bottles.
- Functional (sharp) chopping and paring knives.
- Spoons, chopsticks
- Bowls (with spouts are handy)
- Filters such as nut bags for straining herbs from menstrua
- Blender or food processor
- Dedicated coffee grinder or mortar and pestle
- Measuring cups, spoons for both dry and liquid ingredients
- A kitchen scale that measures ounces, grams and liquid milliliters
- Crockpot or yogurt maker (for macerating oils)
- Dehydrator with fan and adjustable temperature control.
- 1/2 or 1 oz dosing bottles with droppers (amber or colored glass)
- 2 oz spray bottles (clear for hydrosols)
- 1, 2, or 4 ounce salve jars (amber or colored glass)
Small bottles and jars can be found in-person at local natural food stores, and online at Amazon and Aroma Ready Products.