The following are examples of classes we teach. If you don’t see something you would like, we can work together to create a class to fit your interests. Most classes are 1 ½ hr. Some are seasonal and cost varies depending upon the class. Host a class by inviting a minimum of 6 friends to attend at your home or on site in Old Lyme and receive your class for free!
PREPARING MEDICINAL TEA
Tea is one of the oldest and most basic herbal preparations. Teas have been used for thousands of years as both a beverage and a medicine. Learn the difference between Infusions and Decoctions and how to properly prepare a medicinal tea.
THE ART OF DRYING HERBS
Confused about which herbs can only be used fresh, which to dry and different ways to dry them? We will discuss traditional and current methods of drying and storing your herbal harvest. Also, learn how to tell good quality of herbs and their shelf life.
HERBAL TRAVEL KIT
Enjoy a fun evening learning what to put in your travel kit to help keep you well, whether traveling by plane, bus, train, car or donkey cart!
HERBAL CARE FOR THE SORE THROATS
Sore throats can be stressful and painful. We get many signals when it is on the way. Learn what to pay attention to and how to treat a sore throat at the very first warning. We will discuss remedies for both children and adults.
STAYING HEALTHY AS WE CHANGE WITH THE SEASONS
Learn what foods and herbs help to keep our immune systems strong for the upcoming fall and winter months. The day will include an explanation of traditional foods and their health benefits, cooking instructions and a luncheon of all the recipes you will be taking home!
Echinacea was one of the first herbs to be recognized by the mainstream population, due to all the media hype. However, this has led to confusion about if, when and how this herb should be used. We will focus on the misinformation and the most recent research showing the benefits of Echinacea when properly used. We will demonstrate how to make Echinacea tea and tincture.
HOW TO MAKE ELDERBERRY SYRUP
Elderberry is one of the most commonly used folk medicines in Europe. It can boost the immune system in winter for those who find themselves susceptible to all the colds, flu and other viral infections during this time of year. In this class, we will make elderberry syrup and discuss how and when to use it.
HERBS FOR CHILDRENS HEALTH
Learn which herbs have been used for children’s health for centuries, proper dosing and creative ways to administer them to finicky kids.
Introduce the wonderful world of herbs to your family and friends by giving them herbal gifts! From herbal honey, homemade vanilla, tea blends and more, we will make some gifts for you to take home along with recipes for more!
MAKING HERBAL OILS
Oil infusions are a simple and effective means of extracting oil soluble components from plant materials. Learn how to make your own oils from fresh or dried plant material, which can be used as is or as the base oil for making other herbal preparations.
THE MAGIC OF DANDELIONS
Don’t kill the dandelions! Learn why dandelion is one of the most nutritious plants in the world, how it got to America and how to use every part. Once you understand the amazing benefits of dandelion, you will never look at this “weed” the same way again.
INTRODUCTION TO HERBS
The wonders of the herbal world are many. In this class we will discuss the Materia Medica for parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme and peppermint. We will look at some creative and fun ways of incorporating these herbs into tasty treats and traditional healing uses.
HERBAL CLASSSES FOR CHILDREN
We offer a variety of classes introducing children to the world of herbs through stories, crafts and hands on experiences. Working with children is dear to our hearts, since they are the future stewards of our planet.