What’s it about?
This herbal remedies 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.
The use of plants as medicine predates written history and their use to treat disease is almost universal among non-industrialised societies. Many of the pharmaceuticals currently available to physicians have a long history of use as herbal remedies, including aspirin, digitalis, quinine, and opium.
We’ll look in detail at identifying commonly found native plants and trees, when and how to harvest them, how to dry and store them and how to make simple herbal 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 on a herbal remedies course?
Led by Nicola, 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, surrounding hedgerows and meadows 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 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 creams 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: We’ll provide tea & coffee, you’ll need to bring a packed lunch
Note: There’s a short walk from the meeting point to the camp.
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We walked for a few hours and identified about 20 plants. Gary and Nicola are so knowledgeable. We then tested our knowledge once in camp and we did pretty well - so I learnt something! The tea ceremony was interesting - not every tea to my tase - and the infusions and ointments were also a good reminder for me. Thanks again!
What a great day course, learnt a lot so thanks again Gary and Nicola
A brilliant day led by two very knowledgeable people, I wanted to learn about wild herbs to increase my knowledge… but I learned so much more today.. Thankyou to Gary and Nicola
A really fun, informative and engaging day. I cannot recommend enough! We walked through the woodlands and roads, identifying more than 20 plants/herbs and their various uses. Nicola, Gary, Bob and Peter were fantastic and created a great atmosphere where no question felt silly. We had a tea tasting ceremony as well as making some ointments in the camp. Walking will be that much more enjoyable now I know some things to look out for. Hopefully I will see you all again on another course!
Fantastic day on the Herbal Remedies course. Nicola and Gary's knowledge is incredible and their enthusiasm and kindness is infectious. Happy to take home lots of knowledge and Nicola's herbal creations. I can't wait to do more courses.