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Introduction to Herbal Medicine - Root Medicine

  • Sat 4th November 2017.
    Course starts at 10am - 4:30pm.
    Course fee (not including food or accommodation) £50.

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Course details

Introduction to Herbal Medicine – a season of 5 courses over 1 year.

Your tutor for this course is Amanda Dean.

Each day will stand alone, but all 5 will add up to give a practical, hands on introduction for the lay herbalist with an opportunity to work with an experienced medical herbalist to build on your skills and knowledge.

Who this course is for: It’s for you if you are interested in herbs and want to build your confidence using them effectively to promote and maintain your own and your family’s health. This course will be suitable for you whether you are already using herbs or not.

What you will learn over the 5 days:

• Getting started with herbal medicine – safety, sustainability, plant identification and a tried and tested range of herbs for common ailments.
• How to gather, store and prepare your own herbal remedies to make sure they are of high quality and efficacy.
• How to make infusions, decoctions, tinctures, ointments and poultices.
• Practical sessions making herbal remedies
• Herb walks around the site, getting to know some of the plants both cultivated and wild at CAT, a site of exceptional biodiversity.
• How to use herbs in practice – choosing which herbs to use and dosage considerations.
• A different therapeutic focus for each day in the course: an introduction to herbal medicine; herbs and strategies for immunity and winter wellness; stress and resilience; digestion and finally, first aid.

Why you need to do this course: Gain confidence, learn tried and tested remedies, working alongside an experienced medical herbalist, get hands-on practical experience, identify herbs in their habitat at CAT which is an exceptional site for biodiversity.

Session 3: 4th November 2017
Root Medicine

Later in the autumn and winter is the time of year for gathering roots in herbal medicine. The site at CAT has an abundance of root remedies from valerian to elecampane.
We will have a chance to see the plants uprooted and learn how to prepare them for storage and use.
We will focus on tincture making in this session.
Participants are invited to bring a clean jar and a solvent - either an alcohol like vodka or a quality cider or wine vinegar – to make a tincture to take home at the end of the session.
We’ll look at fresh plant and dried plant tinctures and how to make and use them.
In order to nourish our own “roots” we will look at herbal adaptogens, a class of herbs that can help us build resilience to all kinds of stress and improve energy, stamina, immunity and general wellbeing.

Things you need to know

Due to the nature of this course some practical work will be done outside. We strongly advise you to bring waterproof clothing and outdoor shoes.

You must be over the age of 18 years when this course starts.

Booking, Fees and Cancellation policy

To book a place on a course, please choose one of the following options:

• Book Online- the “Book online” button is either below, or in the top right corner of the screen and follow the instructions.

• Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 966 with your bank card details.


Our course fees include tuition and materials, unless otherwise stated.

Please also note our Cancellation & Refund Policy
a) 1 day course fees are non-refundable.
b) CAT reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.

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