May 20th: Materia Medica - our herbal tools - In this class we will take a look at some of the most interesting and important herbs and discover what makes them valuable as medicine. You will learn to identify the herbs by recognizing their distinguishing characteristics and learn how to use them for healing.
May 27th: Herbal Medicine Making I – Infusions, Decoctions, Syrups, Herbal Honeys, and Capsules - In this interactive herbal preparations class, you will expand your medicine making skills by learning the correct way to prepare medicinal infusions, decoctions, double and triple decoctions, medicinal syrups and capsules. In addition to these preparations, there will be a fun, bonus preparation, plus lots of recipes.
June 3rd: Fermentation & Digestion - Fermented foods have been used by traditional peoples all over the world for thousands of years. If used on a regular basis, fermented foods can provide amazing health benefits to help reverse many wide-ranging conditions. In this exciting new hands-on class, you will learn the traditional methods of preparing cultured foods of all kinds in your own kitchen. Together, we will prepare a delicious fermented dish for you to take home for your own use.
June 10th: Herbal First Aid - This class is always a student favorite. You will be surprised at your ability to address many first aid emergencies using natural ingredients and preparations. Many of the first aid supplies can be found in your own kitchen! Included will be treatments for spider and animal bites, allergic reactions, poisonings, and heart attacks, as well as more common issues including cuts and scrapes. You will also learn the Heimlich maneuver.
June 17th: No Class – Father’s Day
June 24th: Your Powerful Pancreas - In this class you will learn the causes and treatments of diabetes and hypoglycemia and how to avoid weight issues. Proper nutrition and supplementation with herbs and other nutrients can reverse these disorders if caught in time. We will review what optimal blood sugar levels are, and you will get to take a glucose test before class to determine whether your blood sugar is in balance.
July 1st: Herbal Medicine Making II - Tinctures and Percolations - This class will be held in a garden where you will be identifying and harvesting your own herbs to make and take home several herbal tinctures. You will learn to calculate and prepare your own tinctures using both maceration and percolation methods in this exciting preparations class. You will learn the medicinal properties of some important herbs, and you will leave with lots of useful recipes.
July 8th: Aromatherapy - In this fun, interactive class, we will cover the principles and applications of aromatherapy. You will be learn how oils are produced, how to tell a poor quality oil from a high quality one, and how to use oils therapeutically. You will be introduced to the scents, applications, and dilutions for 10 or more important essential oils and learn practical applications and dilutions for each.
July 15th: Herbal Medicine Making III – Oils, Salves & Poultices - Immerse yourself in this hands-on class, where you will learn to make your own herbal medicines for yourself and your family! You will be making herbal oils, salves and poultices. In addition to learning how to make these herbal medicines, there will be a fun, bonus preparation, plus lots of great recipes for you to try at home!
Choose this option if you have paid the $200 deposit for the Herbal Basics 2018 program. The final payment is due on May 15th.