Learning how to craft your own herbal medicines is an empowering tool that provides sustained wellness and autonomy.
Colleen Emery is passionate about providing access to education experiences that inspire and connect folks to the natural living world around them. She began teaching simple medicine making classes in 2003 from her inner city kitchen and has gone on to teach a variety of pharmacy classes over the years. From beginner, foundational tasks all the way to complex clinical pharmacy techniques, Colleen has offered many versions of the Medicine Making Workshop.
2021 will mark the first instalment of the The Herbal Medicine Making Program Immersion where students will be offered an opportunity to build their skillset over the course of 5 months. Students will learn hands on methods of turning raw herbs into storage ready medicines and creating a home apothecary ready to address many health concerns.
Covering all aspects of Medicine Making including Infusions, Decoctions, Syrups, Creams, Salves, Electuaries, Capsulation, Tablets, Bolus, Oxymels, Acetums and Tinctures, both maceration and percolation, participants be guided through several techniques from the starting of certain medicines to the finishing of others and everything in between.
Starting with foundational principles of extraction this program is designed to provide an intentional journey through the techniques and skills necessary to create quality plant medicines.
Understanding a few basics principles gives participants the tools to create really effective plant medicine that honours the herb and the value it offers. Each month we meet, we utilize our foundational concepts and create more medicinal extractions, completing the medicines we started in the month previous, learning new and exciting techniques and layering our learned knowledge in an experiential process.
Ever wondered why some herbs should be tinctured, some decocted or made into an infusion? Why it isn’t preferable for some herbs to be capsulated or extracted in glycerine?
Curious about how to create fresh plant extractions and get the alcohol to water ratio correct? Wondering about dual extraction techniques and when this should be applied? Ever heard of double extraction herbal oil infusions or three fold tincture extracts? Wondering about the elusive percolation technique and how this plant extract is completed?