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!
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.