Learn the basics, alongside advanced methodologies of medicine making, in this live hands-on weekend class. In this intensive each student has the opportunity to make their own herbal preparations.
How an herb is prepared can alter its properties, so just because a tincture of a specific plant helps a particular condition, is no guarantee that a capsule or tea would do the same thing. Various methods of extraction or preparation can concentrate certain constituents from plants and leave others behind.
We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various dosage forms (capsules, tablets, powders, teas, decoctions, tinctures, glycerites, etc.) as well as the best extraction methods for several constituents and types of herbs.
Medicine making can raise a lot of questions. What herbs work best as fresh vs herbs that are best as dried tinctures? Which constituents are alcohol soluble and best suited to tinctures instead of teas? Whats the difference between infusions and decoctions? Which herbs are best suited to infusion vs decoction? What constituents are water soluble vs alcohol soluble? Through our discussions in class we will answer all of these questions and more.
We’ll go in-depth on everything you need to know to become an efficient medicine maker. Including the proper way to harvest herbs, including considerations for ethical wildcrafting, and how to dry and store them. We’ll also give guidelines for finding quality bulk herbs and prepared herbal products.
In the hands-on component you will learn to make tinctures by both maceration and percolation. How to make concentrated tinctures via evaporation and Soxhlet extraction. Also on the agenda are tea concentrates, dual extractions, salves, gargles, mouthwashes, tooth powders, poultices, suppositories, boluses, eye washes, ear drops, liniments, massage oils and more. Students will get to take home samples of the medicines they make.
· Honey pills
Dates: June 11-12, 2016