What’s it about?
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’d like to gain an understanding of the wild plants found in woodlands, meadows and hedgerows. Because of the way the course is structured, we’re confident that it’s suitable for a complete novice up to the more experienced.
We’ll 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’ll 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’ll 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’ll 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’ll be a small fee to cover our costs.
To view our full course schedule, click here.
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.
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Thoroughly enjoyed my day in the woods. Very informative and interesting- I learned to identify many hedgerow plants and how to use them in infusions, tinctures and ointments. Nicola prepared a lovely meal and the nettle soup was delicious! Both Gary and Nicola are very knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. I would highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys walking and spending time in nature.
What a wonderful day with a group of relaxed, friendly people all interested in learning about the medicinal plants in our hedgerows, meadows and woods. Gary & Nichola shared their knowledge generously as we strolled along their local country lanes and woods, stopping to ID a plant, inviting us to sniff, feel or nibble. Throughout the day they explained each plant’s herbal properties as well as providing snippets of folklore, natural history or their personal experience of how to prepare and use it.
Some of the plants and flowers we foraged in the morning were turned into a delicious lunch, including nettle soup which was a revelation!
After lunch, Nichola showed us how to create the herbal remedies, including teas, ointments and oils which was a treat for all our senses!
I can’t recommend this day highly enough - it was a joy to spend so much time outdoors with such welcoming and knowledgeable people.
This is the second time my wife and I have done this course. This time around we decided to do the course at a different time in the year. We are both so glad we did. Lots of new medicinal herbs to identify and some old friends but seen at a different time in their lifecycle. As always and outstanding meal from Nicola for Lunch.
We would wholeheartedly recommend this course. A great day out (it was cool but no rain) with knowledgable guides and presented at the right pace.
Did the hedgerow herbalism course a couple of weeks back. What a fantastic day! Great knowledge, friendly and relaxed. I’m now deciding what to do next!
5 Stars! (Rating wouldn't let me select 5!)
What a super day. My friend and I had such fun, learning all about the miriad plants you can find along the hedgrows on a walk in the country and what medicinal properties they have. Little did we know we were collecting out lunch too! It was so tasty - thank you Nicola. After lunch we learned how to make; infusions, infused oils, decoctions and ointments. So cool. Highight of the day had to be watching Willow the dog picking her own blackberries, but none of them went into the basket...hmmm...Well worth the money if you are interested in this subject. Very knowledgable.