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Beginning Herbalism: Introduction to Infusions & Decoctions

Beginning Herbalism: Introduction to Infusions & Decoctions

  • WHEN:  May 11, 2024
  • TIME:  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • FEE:  $85.00 USD
  • INSTRUCTOR:  Heather Bruno
  • SETTING:  In-Person
  • LOCATION:  Seattle, WA

(details & directions provided after enrollment)

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Herbalism has its own language, as do the plants we work with so learning about plants and herbalism, and this new language, can feel a bit intimidating at first! But you are a welcome person with the plants and with us at Cedar Mountain Herb School! If you have been wanting to learn about herbal medicine and different herbal preparations, this is the class for you! By the way, this class would make the MOST delightful Mother’s Day gift for yourself or someone special!

Herbal infusions and decoctions are created by combining water and herbs! How simple is that?! Well, not too complicated, there is a bit more to the different techniques and knowing when to use them. The key is learning which plant is best suited to steeping in hot or cold water for a few hours or overnight, or simmering for a period of time at a higher heat.

In this stress-free class you will learn so much about how to work with different plants when it comes to water preparation, and which types and parts of plants are suitable for water preparations, but without being overwhelmed! Class includes demos, sampling the different preparations, and recipes! Read on!

What is an herbal “infusion” and is that different than a “decoction”? How are they different? Does it even matter? Oh, yes, it really does!

Infusions and decoctions are both ways of infusing herbs into water. Similar to making tea, when dried plants are steeped briefly in water, infusions and decoctions take more time and are more medicinally potent. And decoctions are sometimes made with fresh plant material.

Even folks who have been working with herbs for awhile may have questions about this! Do I simmer or steep a particular plant? Which part? For how long? Hot or cold water? Do I need to cover the pot? These are important questions for anyone to ask if they want to get the most benefit and greatest effect from medicinal herbs. Preparation can make all the difference in how someone experiences herbal medicine and you know you are on the right path when you hear: “Wow! herbs really work!”

Whether you are new to learning about herbal remedies, need a refresher or want to take your knowledge and skills to the next level, in this class you will learn about water based preparations and which process is best suited for what herbs and what plant parts- knowledge that will empower you to begin creating the most effective remedies right away!

In this class, you will see several step-by-step demonstrations of both the infusions and decoction making processes, get great tips and learn about different tools, experience the effects of both hot and cold water on different plants, and sample all of the preparations! Bliss!

Take the plunge! The water -and time- is just right for you to take this herb class!

This class is held at Heather’s home. The address will be provided after enrollment.

What to bring? How to prepare?

  • Please bring a mug or teacup to sample the decoctions and infusions
  • A notebook and pen
  • A wrap or shawl to keep you comfortable
  • Snacks and water, as needed
WORKSHOP REFUND POLICY: Refunds will gladly be given minus a 20% processing fee up to 7 days before a community workshop. We have a no refunds policy for cancelling 7 days or less before a workshop and for no-shows. No exceptions can be made. Thank you for understanding. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have before registering.