Self Reliant Herbalism ~ Building YOUR Apothecary: Teas, Tinctures, Herbal Infused Vinegars & Honeys
- WHEN: July 15, 2023
- TIME: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
- FEE: $115.00 USD
- INSTRUCTOR: Suzanne Tabert
- SETTING: In-Person
- LOCATION: Sandpoint, ID
(details & directions provided after enrollment)
Whether you’re new to herbalism or are more experienced and want to add to your self-reliant herbal tool belt, you’ll gain the skills needed to feel confident knowing when to pick plants at their strongest medicinal and nutritional value and how to process them into highly effective herbal remedies.
Tinctures: To make effective herbal tinctures, we need an understanding of constituent groups and their solubility. 80 proof. 100 proof. 151 proof. 190 proof. Does it matter which we use? Yes! Suzanne unpacks what the proofs mean and how to choose the correct one to match the herb for powerful herbal medicine. Is a blanket dose of 2 dropperfuls of ANY tincture safe or necessary? Hint: no. Included in the lesson will be a discussion on dosing. Students will make and take 2 herbal tinctures using lung opening mullein and/or motherwort.
Teas and decoctions: Using dried plants, we will make a decoction and compare it to a tea (also called standard brew). What does water bring to the herbal medicine equation? We’ll discuss the constituents in plants that are water soluble and how to create blends that are both tasty and packed full of medicine and nutrition.
Herbal Infused vinegars and honeys: Getting the medicine to the people in ways they’ll enjoy taking so that healing can occur is a motto here at the Cedar Mountain Herb School. Herbal vinegars and honeys are so versatile and can be incorporated in your family’s meals. What are the constituents in plants that are soluble in vinegar and honey? We will discuss a bit of phytochemistry for beginners – no prior chemistry needed – that will help clear the confusion of how to most effectively prepare herbs for their medicinal and nutritional content. Students will have the opportunity to choose which herbs they wish to use from the Cedar Mountain Herb School’s garden.
What you’ll need:
Please make sure to read the jar measurements and don’t substitute, please. Feel free to ask if you have questions.
- 4 half pint jars with lids
- 1/2 pint 100 proof unflavored vodka
- 1/2 pint 151 proof vodka or rum
- 1/2 pint honey – liquid, not spun or creamed
- 1/2 pint organic unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
- Cutting board, scissors, chopping knife
- Camp chair (low-sitting, small/tripod, normal)