Who’s it for?
The use of plants as medicine predates written history and their use to treat disease is almost universal among non-industrialised societies. This course is designed for anyone who would like to gain an understanding of the wild plants found in woodlands, meadows and hedgerows. Because of the way the course is structured, we are confident that it is suitable for a complete novice up to the more experienced.
We will look in detail at identifying commonly found native herbs, when and how to harvest them, how to dry and store them and how to make simple remedies from them. So if you have an interest in plants in general, or herbal remedies in particular, this is the course for you.
What will I do?
Led by Nicola, a qualified herbalist, our Herbal Remedies day takes on 2 main components:
- Firstly the identification and collection of native plants that have herbal uses and then
- The preparation of some herbal remedies.
From the meeting point we will take you for a gentle walk around our woodland and surrounding hedgerows and show you the many trees and plants that have herbal uses. We’ll concentrate on positive identification and uses as well discussing classification, composition and indications.
We will collect some of these plants and, after a wild foods lunch, discuss how to store them and how to make various types of remedy such as:
- Infused oils,
- Ointments etc.
We will prepare and try out a selection of herbal infusions and then make some herbal remedies; this is likely to include a number of crèmes and ointments.
If you wish to take any of the remedies home with you, there will be a small fee to cover our costs.
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Location: Westwell, Kent
Duration: 1 day
Course size: Maximum of 8
Catering: Lunch provided
Note: There is a short walk from the meeting point to the camp.
You might also find these Frequently Asked Questions useful.
Herbal Medicine & the Law
New European Union rules came into force in 2011 aiming to protect people from possible damaging side-effects of over-the-counter herbal medicines. Safety concerns have focused on the powerful effects of some herbal remedies, as well as the way they interact with conventional drugs. For example, St John’s Wort can interfere with the contraceptive pill.
These regulations allow only long-established and quality-controlled medicines to be sold. The regulations cover widely used products such as echinacea, St John’s Wort and valerian, as well as traditional Chinese and Indian medicines. Only products that have been assessed by the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) are allowed to go on sale.
What our customers say
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An absolutely great day. The foraging route was easy going with plenty of shade. Gary, Nicola and Jules were great mentors and guides as we identified our first medicinal herbs. The whole team are very knowledgeable and their enthusiasm for the natural world is infectious. The meal was truly delicious. We now have a manageable number of herbs which we can identify and use to start our own personal herbals. Highly recommended.
I booked myself and my partner on this course, having seen it featured in "Burnie's Vlog" on Rooster Teeth, and we just had to follow in Ellie's footsteps.The experience did not disappoint. For the length of time you'll spend on this course, it is excellent value for money. We got to forage for our remedies and lunch at the same time, while learning all about the plants and their uses - before heading into the woods for food made from what we had all picked. Then we rounded off the day learning how to make ointments, infusions, decoctions, and various other concoctions.We were paired with an excellent group of friendly people, who made the experience even more enjoyable, and Willow the dog was the icing on the cake for a perfect day out. It made the three hour drive there and back entirely worth it 🙂
What a fantastic day! I learnt so much with Nicola and Gary, who are so knowledgeable. Had an amazing lunch and great fun in the afternoon tasting different teas with the herbs we had collected and making some remedies. What a lovely, friendly group too! Wonderful! Can't wait to book another course.
I did this yesterday, together with Dan Fox, we both absolutely loved it. It was an enjoyable day from beginning to end. Learning along the way. Nicola and Gary run this in such easy, friendly manner, sharing their knowledge and skills.We just haven't stopped talking about it. And I am bursting with excitement having gained confidence to actually not just read about this but to put it into practice at home. Dare to make teas not just out of mint or lemon verbena from the garden but to go out there and know what to pick and use. I fancy making ointment and definitely feel a nettle soup coming on!We are already looking what course we can go on next! I would encourage people toying with the idea....go for it!!
Had an amazing day with a great bunch of people searching for and learning about flowers and foliage, their healing properties and their use in cooking. What a wealth of knowledge shared by Gary and Nicola. Fantastic food for lunch using what we had found along the way. Brilliant. Thank you