The Art & Science of Herbal Medicine
Do you feel a special connection to plants? Are you curious to know how plants may be used for supporting health & wellbeing? Are you interested in growing and making your own natural medicine?
This five part series will lay the foundations of herbal medicine knowledge and skills. Each day includes an herb walk, discussion, and medicine making demonstrations. You will learn about medicinal plants commonly found in the wild, in the garden, and in the kitchen. Learn how to make infused oils, herbal vinegars, teas, syrups, stocks, steams, salves & liniments.
Overall the course will include:
Live introduction to 30 medicinal plants & 30 hours of class time
How to identify, plant, and process your harvest
Kitchen medicine – how to make food as medicine and medicine as food
First aid – how to prepare yourself for common household ailments
Topical preparations such as balms & oils
Date: New dates in 2020.
All days will be from 10:30 -17:30 with a 90-minute lunch break at 13:00.
Lunch can be purchased on the premises by appointement with our partner Association Ram Dass Guru at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feel free to bring snacks & water!
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Steams & Syrups & Stocks
Stocks, steams & Syrups. This day will focus on the power of water as a solvent. Make medicinal steams & syrups for respiratory health and soup stocks to deeply nourish the immune system.
Medicinal Teas & Harvesting tips
Teas & processing herbs for drying. This day will focus on how to make various types of medicinal teas. Learn the art of harvesting & processing roots, leaves & flowers.
Poultices & Kitchen First Aid
Got stung by a bee? Chew a weed! Learn some tricks for healing at home. How can you use the contents of your kitchen and the patch of weeds in your yard to work with burns, bug bites, headaches, stomach pains, and splinters?
Herbal Vinegars & Shrubs
Using vinegar to preserve and transform your harvest to medicinal and culinary solutions. Participants will also have the chance to enjoy herbal shrubs, a mixture of fruit, sweeteners, and herbs – a traditional remedy for staying cool in the summer’s heat.
Salve & Liniments
This day will focus on how to infuse oil, and make topical remedies such as balms & liniments. These remedies work great for protecting and healing the skin and much more.
About Fernanda Botelho:
Born in rural Portugal in 1959. Lived in London for 17 years, studied with Christopher Hedley.
Worked in Neal´s Yard remedies.
I consider myself a herbalist but not a practitioner. Back into village life Portugal since 1998 I
write and travel across the country sharing plant stories with children and old people. Help
creating herb gardens in schools. In old people´s homes I help bringing people back to old plant
memories. I`ve published several books “As plantas e a saúde” (Plants and health) and “Uma
mão cheia de plantas que curam” (a handful of healing plants) “ O meu herbário de plantas
medicinais “, a herb journal s for the last 10 years and 3 herb books for children. I had a radio
program about medicinal plants and often get invited to radio and TV programmes.
I Spend my days wondering around plants, contemplating, listening, tasting, smelling and
About Olivia Fite
Beauty & peace were the first two gifts that plants offered to me. While studying art in college plants became my muse and mediation. Many years later, while struggling with chronic health issues I rediscovered plants as medicine. Inspired to expand and share this knowledge, I obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical Western Herbalism (phytotherapy) from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (2009-2012). For the past 8 years, I have been working as a phytotherapist, medicine maker, and teacher, all with the goal of empowering people to take care of themselves and their families with remedies that are good for the whole person and the whole planet. Currently I live in Lisbon with my Portuguese husband and our two daughters. I am overjoyed at the opportunity to share my love of herbal medicine with you here in Portugal.