We wrapped up our 4 month long Practical Herbalist series here yesterday, with a busy class of making winter remedies like tinctures, fire cider, and cough syrup. This wonderful group of 14 students has been meeting here once a month (June through Sept) as part of this 4 part series. Over the months we covered all the basic approaches to making "practical herbal" remedies using simple home medicine-making methods in order to feel confident to handle the basic aches, pains, coughs and colds, cuts and scrapes of regular life. Students also had the chance to watch the gardens grow throughout the season, harvest and dry herbs, and make further projects at home. We plan to offer this series again in the new year, and details will be posted over the coming months on our workshop page.
The grand finale of this class was an amazing herbal potluck to end the morning. Each student brought something to share made with herbs we had talked about during the class (or other favourite herbs). We love to take our "medicine as food", and so we savoured herbal pestos, herbal oils, salads infused with spruce tips dressing, baked treats with lavender, herbed potato fritatta, fennel-rosehip kombucha, and much more!