Herbalism Beginners

This longer course covers the same topics as the shorter course. In the additional weeks we will
look at the underlying principles of western herbal medicine, look in more depth at food as medicine,
fasting and how to detox safely. There will also be a local herb walk.

Who is this course for

The course is appropriate for anybody wishing to develop their interest in the use of plants and food to support health and well being. No previous experience is required.

What does this course cover

The course covers: Plants and people and a brief history of herbal medicine. Where to buy herbs, which books, terminology, herb tasting and examining. Basic herbal preparations and recipies for home remedies.
Herbal immune support for colds and flu.Take away some useful kitchen recipes.
Supporting the digestive system, useful herbs for common digestive complaints, the importance of your liver and how to support it. Supportive herbs for the nervous system, how diet and lifestyle can influence the health of the nervous system.
Useful herbs for herbal first aid. Treating stings, cuts, bruises, sprains, coughs, stomach upsets.

1. Describe how to make a herbal infusion: the parts of the plant used and how to use it therapeutically.
2. List 5 medicinal plants and one action for each.
3. Describe how to make a decoction and name the parts of the plants used.
4. Name two food items that can be used therapeutically.

What will it be like

Lectures, class discussion, group exercises. We will try a different herbal tea each week and discuss what we can find out about the tea from our own senses. Comparing this understanding with the traditional and modern, scientific understanding of the herb.
Tutor feedback. A short test at the end of the course.

What else do you need to buy or do

No special materials needed. All the materials needed for making herbal teas are provided.
Please bring a cup to each session. Find a herbal book that you like: Use public library or charity shop. Encouragement will be given to buy, find and collect your own herbs and make preparations at home which can be discussed during lessons.

What this course could lead to

You can continue onto any of the Herbal Medicine and body syestems courses. You may also be interested in following the tutor on a Herb Walk. Tutor to advise

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Got a Question about this Course?

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Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference.   We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’