Introduction to Herbal Medicine: Spring Programme 2016


Melittis melissophylumJust before the beautiful month of May left us for another year, a full day herbal event sneaked in. Blessed with a gorgeous, if perhaps a little too hot at times, sunny day!

The morning began, though not too early, with a cup of herbal tea with Miss Herbalicious!

Some traditional herbal identification methods were discussed including the doctrine of signatures. This was followed up with a botanical identification of the Lamiaceae (Labiatae) family.

Pulmonaria leafA walk through the beautiful Aude countryside was next up. Some dozen or so medicinal plants were met on the walk. Many still in regular use today, others historically used.

After gathering some thyme we had worked up quite a hunger. A perfect shady spot was found under some trees and we settled down for a well deserved lunch. Naturally lunch included some medicinal herbs!

Herbal Event May 2016After lunch followed another herbal tea. This time a cold infusion. Then on to herb chopping. Thyme and sage were chopped up to prepare medicinal vinegars. The day ended straining some “here’s one I made earlier” comfrey leaf oil.

A full day event learning about herbal infusions, medicinal vinegars, some plant identification and many meetings with over 20 medicinal plants. Not a bad introduction to Herbal Medicine. Herbal bliss!

2 reviews for Introduction to Herbal Medicine: Spring Programme 2016

  1. Jan

    What an enjoyable way to spend a day!
    I learned a lot even before the best bit (for me) which was the Herbal Walk. Nicole has so much enthusiasm and knowledge for her subject that the time passed too quickly and it was suddenly lunch time. The picnic lunch included two or three salads, cheeses, bougerache, hummus, bread and was totally delicious. The day finished with us actually making a herb vinegar and a healing oil to take away.
    A great day – thankyou Nicole!

  2. Ruth

    It was a lovely day, Nicole, thank you so much. I learned such a lot, and thoroughly enjoyed the walk and the delicious lunch. I keep spotting Lamiaceae now that I know what to look for!

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