Introduction to Herbal Medicine

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Introduction to Herbal Medicine – August 2017

A few herbal allies managed to cheer up a very dreary August morning after an overnight storm.

The morning began with a cup of herbal tea. Before the contents of the tea cups had emptied the heavens opened!

A little cold-and-wet later, a circulatory stimulating tincture tasting was a must.

Some traditional herbal identification methods discussed included the doctrine of signatures and physical characteristics of the plant within a botanical family.

Different herbal preparations highlighted included infusions, decoctions, oils, vinegars, tinctures, glycerine, ointments, creams and lotions. These included the pros and cons and methods of use for each.

After the downpour we set off on a walk along the river Aude seeking medicinal plants. Ironically a walk chosen for cooling shade among the trees, on what was expected to be, a very hot summer day!

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First of all, the grape vines. It is France after all.

Thankfully the finds were not disappointing. A wonderful selection of medicinals.

Near the end of the morning we contemplated gathering some hops to make some beer.

Finally we finished with a further cup of herbal tea and a tincture tasting.

2 reviews for Introduction to Herbal Medicine

  1. lisa tye

    What a great way to spend a day of my holiday . Nicole was friendly and so accommadating. We made besoke ointments and balms combining beeswax, infused oils and essential oils. The finished jars of ointment looked and smelled absolutely wonderful . The jars made super gifts for friends. Thank you Nicole, hope to see you again soon for workshop number two !

    • Nicole

      Hi Lisa, Glad you enjoyed your introductory course. Look forward to seeing you again 🙂

  2. Jenny Mears

    This was a lovely morning of discovery. I could not believe that there were so many herbs so close to our holiday home, and Nik took the time to introduce and show over 20 plants, with excellent notes for reference and further reading. I loved the tea tasting, an acquired taste for some of our group,but very interesting to compare tincture and tea for the same herb. The countryside around this area is glorious, and the weather although damp was a relief from the scorching heat the week before.
    I can thoroughly recommend this half day introduction and would like to explore the culinary side having really enjoyed the tastings. Who knew how amazing the nettle can be, and so free and abundant! There was loads to see :St John’s wart, Rosehip, hawthorn, red clover and lime flower just for starters. I would be interested to go out in the Spring and Autumn and up on the higher ground for comparison too. All in all a great day.

    • Nicole

      Wow! What a glowing recommendation. We can arrange a Spring and/or culinary workshop for your next Aude holiday. Thank you Jenny.

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