We make all sorts of delicious delights on this course, and all of them are medicinal. Medicine doesn’t have to taste bad! We live by Hippocrate’s teaching of
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.
Our passion is to improve people’s confidence, knowledge and trust of nature, and to be able to use the plants growing around you to look after your own health.
Here are some simple recipes for you to try out at home. (Safety note: always make sure you are 100% sure that the herbs you are working with are what you think they are. If in doubt, double check or leave it for now and do some research. If you have any existing health conditions or are on prescribed medications always check with a herbalist if the herbs you are using are safe for you):
Plantain Aloe Salve
A lovely cooling, soothing skin salve for bites, stings, burns and all sorts of skin complaints.
A handful of plantain leaves
100ml sunflower or olive oil
200ml (a tube of ) pure aloe vera gel
35 drops lavender essential oil
- Clean and finely chop the plantain leaves, removing any bad bits. Place into the top of a bain marie or water bath.
- Add sunflower or olive oil. Heat very gently for 2 hours minimum. The longer the oil infuses, the stronger the oil will be so you can do this for a few hours, just make sure that the water doesn’t run out by checking it from time to time and topping it us as needed.
- Strain the oil through a muslin-lined sieve and put back into the water bath. Add the beeswax and stir gently until the beeswax melts.
- Add a tube of aloe vera gel and mix well.
- Add the rose water and lavender essential oil. Mix well.
- Pour into clean, dry, sterile jars and allow to cool before screwing on the lid.
- Label and store in a cool dark place. Should keep a year or two if left unopened in a cool, dark place. Use within 6 months of opening.
- Apply to bites, burns, stings, rashes and try out on all sorts of skin problems.
More recipes to follow soon so watch this space folks.