Medicinal Plant Preparations 101: Infusions & Salves
Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PST)
Begin your journey into unlocking the powerful medicines the plant kingdom has to offer as you learn how to decode the amazing properties in common "weeds" that surround us; many of which are the original bases for items found in your local pharmacy! You'll process many different parts of several different plants as you prepare your own infusions and salves to take home with you. Begin your own herbal first aid kit. We'll cover all the basics, including where to find your materials and ingredients (both in nature and online) and the indispensable resources that will assist you as you continue on this new and exciting path. Open yourself up to a whole new world in the incredible wonders of nature's own pharmacy! In this very HANDS-ON class, you will discover and experience the different ingredients that can be used to create a variety of helpful Balms and Salves.
Students will work in a small group to learn the entire process of how to make a the products from A to Z (including measuring, making, preparing containers, pouring & labeling). Body Balms are incredibly nourishing and regenerating to the skin, while Healing Salves are used for specific ailments such as colds (to help open the respiratory track), muscle pain, insect bites (to help relieve itching), psoriasis, eczema, or other skin conditions. Balms & Salves have the added benefit of not requiring any chemical preservatives (so they can be made 100% naturally). Students will learn the best oils, waxes and other ingredients to use in balms for their beneficial properties. Balms can be very concentrated and are valued for their healing benefits. Students will also learn the secrets of properly incorporating (into their balms/salves) handmade or purchased herbal tinctures, oil infusions and essential oils (take The Tattooed Beekeeper's Wife's Three Types of Herbal Extract Class if you'd like to learn how to make your own herbal extracts, decoctions, Tinctures & infused oils).
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