Herbal Apothecary – Self Reliant Herbalism
Saturday, March 14
Time: 10 am – 3:30 pm
Why buy herbal products when it’s so fun and empowering to make them on your own? Making herbal medicine is a fun exploration into learning about herbal preparations while saving money! Gain the skills needed to feel confident knowing when to pick plants at their strongest and how to process them to ensure that the remedies will be high quality herbal medicine that really works!
Cultivating a relationship with medicinal plants | Medicinal oils and salves | Tinctures and elixirs | Plant infused honeys and syrups | Infused medicinal vinegars | Infusions and decoctions | Fresh herb salts | Antiseptic sprays | Guidelines for foraging and harvesting
Given the times, we will focus on antiviral herbs, herbs to boost the immune system, and keep us safe and healthy! Fresh/frozen elderberries, fresh rosemary, nettles, and ginger, and other herbs will be available for the students to make their remedies.
1. What is herbal medicine? How do we use it safely and effectively?
Students will gain an understanding of herbal medicine – what it is, when to use it, and best techniques for processing plants. I’ll take the confusion out of which preparations and menstrua are most potent for extracting and preserving the variety of medicines in the plants. I’ll even throw in geeky science stuff like the specific chemicals found in the plants we use in the workshop that will give the “why and how” of what the plants do in the body. This gives the student valuable information to enable them to speak with confidence with those who may be reluctant to take herbal medicine.
2. We need options! It’s important to gain solid foundation in making the basics and having many options to accommodate preferences. How can we support a person with herbs if they won’t or can’t use alcohol tinctures, don’t like the taste of teas, or think that all herbal medicine is hippy voodoo? The goal is to get the medicine to the people in a way that they’ll be happy to take so that healing can occur! Students will learn many ways to add herbal medicine to their, and their loved ones, daily lives!
Make and take! Students will make a nettle vinegar, sanitizing spray, and immune and respiratory boosting tincture and honey!
What to bring:
1. cutting board
2. chopping knife – a good one, not a steak knife. One you’d chop an onion with, because you will on Saturday!
3. small kitchen towel
4. small bowl – like a cereal bowl
5. kitchen gloves
6. notebook and lunch
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center. Registration MUST be made in advance. Walk ins not allowed as we bring supplies for only those who are registered. Thank you for understanding.