Medicine Wheel – An Instructional Course in Herbal Medicine


– Medicine Wheel –
A Course in Herbal Medicine
Online or Hybrid


This five-module series is an introduction to therapeutic herbalism, guided by the qualities of flavours, energetic aspects and herbal actions. One of the aims of this training is for participants to start including herbal medicine in their daily lives.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22margin-top%22%3A%2220px%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]There are 2 formats:

  • Online Course, you will have access to:
    • 5 Live online classes with Olivia Fite,
    • 5 Videos of botanical walks to recognise medicinal plants with Fernanda Botelho
    • Several videos on preparing home remedies + recipes
    • Teaching material (PowerPoint of the lesson)
    • Space for questions and answers (access to the Sutra platform)


  • Hybrid course (online + face-to-face), you will have access to:
    • 5 Live online classes with Olivia Fite
    • Teaching material (PowerPoint lessons)
    • Espaço para perguntas e respostas (acesso à plataforma Sutra)
    • +2 full days in person with Fernanda Botelho in Santa Susana – Sintra for a walk + lessons in recognising and identifying plants and practical preparations of ‘remedies’


The course is taught in English and Portuguese with translation if necessary.

For more information, please contact[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][us_image image=”40940″ size=”full” link=”%7B%22url%22%3A%22%22%7D”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][us_separator size=”custom” height=”32px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_custom_heading text=”Programme Content”][vc_column_text]

1. Sweet Medicine: Moisturising Tonics

Discover medicinal plants with a sweet, neutral flavour, such as liquorice, mallow and linden. Often sweet, moisturising herbs act on immunity, calming our nervous system and improving skin problems. This module will introduce specific Sweet remedies and demonstrate how to incorporate them into your diet and life.

2. Salty Medicine: Detoxifying with Remedies Rich in Mineral Salts

Detoxification is a favourite topic in holistic health circles, often leading to excessively expensive and extreme protocols.
This module explores safe, easy, natural and affordable ways to gently detoxify the body. Participants will learn about specific remedies such as nettles, parietaria, sea fennel and medicinal seaweed.

3. Bitter Medicine and Acre: Stimulating the Stomach / Calming the Nervous System

Bitter herbs such as artichoke and chamomile have a long history as digestive remedies. Acres of plants, such as verbena and milkweed or dandelion, are powerful (even in small doses), helping us to calm our racing minds and get into the right frame of mind.
our conscious body. Learn how to extract, use and dose these powerful plants that do so much for the stomach and the spirit.

4. Aromatic and Pungent Medicine: Lift the Mood and Heal the Heart

Aromatic plants such as lemon balm and lavender have the ability to improve mood and open the heart. Spices such as ginger and chilli peppers are often used to stimulate circulation and relieve stagnation. Join us and discover how plants rich in aromatic compounds can bring more movement and joy to your life.

5. Sour and Astringent Medicine – Plants that nourish the Skin

Sour and astringent herbs refresh and tone the tissues. This module introduces herbs such as agrimony, raspberry leaf or bramble, plantain or bilberry, herbal remedies used internally and externally to treat wounds, minor bleeding, relieve inflammation and tone tissues. We’ll also show you how to make healing poultices and ointments.

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1. Sweet Medicine: Moisturising Tonics

2. Salty Medicine: Detoxifying with Remedies Rich in Mineral Salts

3. Bitter Medicine and Acre: Stimulating the Stomach / Calming the Nervous System

4. Aromatic and Pungent Medicine: Lift the Mood and Heal the Heart

5. Sour and Astringent Medicine – Plants that nourish the Skin

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This course includes each module:

Online format:

  • 1 Live Zoom Class of 3 hours each
  • Videos with content to watch deferred during the week.
    • Herbal walk with Fernanda Botelho
    • Practical demonstrations of preparations with Olivia Fite
  • Access to the Sutra platform for exchanging experiences and teaching material.
  • Disponibilização de Powerpoint
  • Powerpoint available

In Hybrid Format:

  • 1 Live Zoom Class of 3 hours each
  • Access to the Sutra platform for exchanging experiences and teaching material.
  • Powerpoint available
  • Summative assessment
  • 2 days of classes with a face-to-face plant recognition and identification tour + preparations with Fernanda Botelho

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_custom_heading text=”Trainers” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22margin-bottom%22%3A%2240px%22%7D%7D”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][us_person image=”30794″ name=”Fernanda Botelho” role=”Specialist and trainer in Herbal Medicine” link=”%7B%22url%22%3A%22%22%7D” layout=”simple_circle” img_size=”thumbnail” facebook=”” custom_link=”%7B%22url%22%3A%22%22%7D”][/us_person][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Fernanda Botelho was born in Tojeira/Sintra in August 1959.
At the age of 18, she travelled to London where she studied anthroposophy and medicinal plants, Waldorf pedagogy and
Montessori, yoga, photography, etc.

There he lived for 17 years, sprinkled with many other trips: India, Indonesia, North and South America, the Caribbean, Italy, France, Morocco, Greece, etc.

Passionate about botanical gardens, she is a regular at Kew Gardens. She absorbs what she sees, photographing and writing.

Since 2010, she has published annual diaries of medicinal plants, three children’s books “Salada de flores” (Flower salad), “Sementes à solta” (Seeds on the loose) and “Hortas aromáticas” (Aromatic gardens). “Plants and health”, a guide to home remedies” and “A handful of healing plants, 55 spontaneous species in Portugal”.
She organises botanical tours and gives workshops on medicinal plants.

In Portugal he continues to travel, enthusiastically sharing his knowledge of plants, writing in
magazines and gardening websites, and has completed the botanical garden guide course at the University of Lisbon, having guided visits to the medicinal plants in the gardens of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Lisbon Botanical Garden, the aromatic garden in Funchal, the Faial Botanical Garden, etc.
He built medicinal plant gardens in Capuchos and Pena, in Sintra, where he also gave training.

He collaborates with Jardins magazine and
He had a weekly programme on Rádio Clube de Sintra (RCS) on these topics. She has been invited to take part in various television programmes, mainly on RTP 1. He has several writing projects in hand, in feet, head and heart. She enjoys communicating, gardening, travelling, writing and photography.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][us_separator show_line=”1″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][us_person image=”30796″ name=”Olivia Fite” role=”Specialist and trainer in Herbal Medicine” link=”” layout=”simple_circle” facebook=””][/us_person][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Beauty and peace were the first two gifts that plants gave me. While I was studying art at university, plants became my muses. Many years later, while struggling with chronic health problems, I rediscovered plants as medicine.

Inspired to expand and share this knowledge, I obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical Western Herbal Medicine (Phytotherapy) from the University of Maryland School of Integrative Health (2009-2012).

For the last eight years, I’ve been working as a herbalist, making my own home remedies and teaching classes, all with the aim of empowering people to look after themselves and their families with useful and effective remedies while respecting the planet.

I currently live in Portugal with my Portuguese husband and our two daughters. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to share my love of herbal medicine with you here in Portugal.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][us_separator size=”small” show_line=”1″][vc_custom_heading text=”Price & Registration”][vc_column_text]If you would like to be put on the list of those interested in this training course, so that you can be notified when the new date comes up, please fill in the form below.

Price: to be confirmed

* 10% discount on registration if you bring a friend. (for both)

Please go to our online shop to make your reservation.


**The course must be attended by a minimum of 16 students.


For further questions, please contact[/vc_column_text][us_separator size=”small” show_line=”1″][vc_custom_heading text=”Testimonials”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]“Thank you for the contact with the magic of plants and the very useful knowledge with which I leave this pleasant day in your company and well framed in the theme that you know and have made known with efficiency and quality.

I love the creams and ointments I take with me!”

Cláudia Sequeira[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]“I really liked it, Olivia and Fernanda love plants and talking about them and they managed to get that across. I loved finding out more about this world and I’m only sorry it’s over.

Perhaps they could add more written information on the various topics, sometimes there’s so much that you might not catch it all.”

Mafalda Marques[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]“Trainers are very humble in the way they pass on information.

  • Satya for his excellent hospitality.
  • Very comprehensive content.
  • A very cosy, peaceful and inspiring space.
  • Inspiring and fantastic trainers.
  • Friendly colleagues.
  • What a privilege!

An ever-present list with the names of the most commonly used plants during English training and their scientific names.

  • I want more!”

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