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Plants and People: Herbal Medicine Making


Mentor: Linda Conroy

12 Week online course includes four webinars seasonally - Expert herbalist guides you & provides instruction and tools needed for the beginning medicine maker. Feel confident and excited about the plant world and all it has to offer. Includes four webinars plus PDF lessons. All Live Virtual Classes available for replay following events - attend to interact with mentor or listen later at your leisure. Certificate upon completion of lessons and assignments. Open enrollment.


Linda Conroy - audio welcomeMP3 File

Student Manual ~ WWU Social Network

** Ongoing Registration - Join This Twelve Week Course at Anytime - Live Webinars offered seasonally with replay links available for listening to at your leisure **

What you will receive during your participation in this program:

  • Individualized Mentorship as you work through the lessons.
  • History of Herbal Medicine
  • How to Cultivate Plant Wisdom
  • Daily exercises on how to connect directly with the wisdom of the plantsand your body, otherwise known as herbal energetics.
  • Terminology Related to Herbalism and Basic Botany -The opportunity to look at the plants that grow around you and to incorporate them into your preparations.
  • How to make tinctures, salves, oils, lotions, teas, infusions,decoctions, syrups and much more!
  • The opportunity to make herbal remedies and learn various methods for applying them i.e. Herbs for topical application.
  • Bonus exercises and articles to augment lessons offered on a regular basis.
  • Virtual Seasonal Herb Walks and lessons via teleseminar with an opportunity to interact and ask questions and/or listen to replays.
  • Instruction on how to harvest/choose as well as prepare plants for optimal benefit.
  • Resource suggestions for continued study.
  • Certificate of Completion when you have completed all of the lessons.
  • Lifetime participation in an herbal discussion group.

The world health organization states that in some parts of the world 80% of the population uses herbal medicine for primary health care.  Most of this health care occurs in the kitchen and is administered by a family member, often a mother or grandmother. Many in the western world have not had this wisdom passed on, but we still carry the memory in our cells. This course is an invitation to remember. The lessons will guide you toward looking outside at the green world to support health and wellness. The goal is to provide the tools for the beginning medicine maker. To help participants feel confident and excited about the plant world and all it has to offer.

No matter where you live there are plants that have significant healing as well as nutritive qualities. This class will include a list of my favorite herbs and the healing qualities that I appreciate about those plants. You will be invited to add to this list as you explore plants on your own. Historically a good herbalist knows a lot about a few plants and as you will see the common weeds that grow around us can offer the vast majority of support that our bodies need.

The first lesson will focus on plant terminology and will provide a brief history of herbal medicine, along with the purpose and scope of herbal medicine. A step by step exercise on plant identification will be offered and a list of items you will want to purchase if you would like to actually take part in the hands on aspects of the subsequent lessons. 
The second lesson will offer information on making herbal teas, decoctions and infusions. You will learn what plants and plant parts are ideal for each preparation and how to prepare each herb for optimal benefit.  Step by step instructions as well as daily exercises will be offered.
The third lesson will guide you through making your own herbal infused oils and salves. It will offer you the opportunity to learn about several significant plants that are powerful when applied topically to the skin for specific as well as general purposes. Step by step instructions will be provided and information about other approaches to topical application will be shared i.e. poultices, compresses etc.

The fourth lesson will provide information about tinctures what they are, how to ingest them and how to prepare several types including:  alcohol, vinegar and glycerin based. Step by step instructions will be provided as well as information about the benefits of each medium and information about plants that are ideally prepared with each medium.

Course goals:  The goal of the course is to have participants become familiar with herbal medicine, to become comfortable incorporating herbs into daily life and to gain hands on experience making simple remedies at home. Participants will have the opportunity to make a small home remedy kit that they can continue to build on over time. The kit could include up to 10 different preparations. While it is not required that participants make all 10 remedies they will be expected to make at least one remedy and one tea or infusion during the 6 week course and report back on their experience.

"I have completed the first two lessons, and the first three assignments. I can study while I am here in the Philippines, and I am learning a lot. I'm really enjoying the course. Cheers, Kathy"

"Greetings from Somerset. UK Greetings Linda I am so enjoying this group! I watched the seaweed harvesting video and found it so helpful - thank you very much - I am really looking forward to the replay of the teleseminar on 3/24/11 - and will be working on the first module next weekend. Looking forward to working with you Kate"

"What great way to learn!! Thanks! Juli"

"Thank you so much for responding so quickly - it really feels like you could be next door - but I know that you are much much further away than that! I had a great time gathering supplies for future lessons and ordering a copy of the Botony book by Thomas Elpel - I hope that it will arrive soon! Looking forward to hearing from you-spring blessings".

"I LOVE your webinars, even when I don't get them live. I go through them at least three times. The first time, I "attend" without taking notes. Then I take notes from the slides. Finally, I listen again to fill in insights that are not on the slides. Thanks so much for the care you obviously take in preparing these webinars!"


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