The use of plants as medicine predates written history and their use to treat disease is almost universal among non-industrialised societies. In Europe and the US, the use of herbal remedies has become more widespread as the scientific evidence about the their effectiveness has become more widely available. A recent BBC report stated that about a quarter of all adults in the UK have used a herbal medicine in the past two years, mostly bought over the counter in health food shops and pharmacies.
Many of the pharmaceuticals currently available to physicians have a long history of use as herbal remedies, including aspirin, digitalis, quinine, and opium.
So if you have an interest in plants in general, or herbal remedies in particular, this is the course for you.
Our Herbal Remedies day takes on 2 main components, firstly the identification and collection of plants that have herbal uses and then the preparation of some herbal remedies.
From the meeting point we will take you for a gentle walk around our woodland and surrounding hedgerows and show you various plants that have herbal uses. We’ll concentrate on positive identification and uses.
We will collect some of these plants and, after a wild foods lunch, prepare some herbal remedies that you can take home with you. This is likely to include a number of crèmes and ointments.
About us and the venue:
Jack Raven Bushcraft was founded in 2011 and we've been delivering bushcraft, craft and foraging courses since then from our 30 acre private ancient woodland on the Kent Downs in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Courses in the summer are held outdoors in our woodland camp complete with covered work areas, an outdoor kitchen and a composting loo. Courses in the winter are held in our workshop in a converted barn.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
Materials to make various herbal preparations.
A plentiful supply of tea and coffee.
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