Introduction to herbal medicine - weekend courses



Introduction to herbal medicine - A weekend course covering the basics of herbalism and using herbs in the home

Course Overview
An Introduction to Herbal Medicine Making.

An exploration of the uses of herbs and learn to make your own top quality cosmetics and herbal preparations. Includes ID, growing, harvesting from my organic garden, drying and storing herbs.

A practical 2 day workshop making teas, decoctions, infused oils, ointments, creams and other remedies

This herbal medicine making course run by qualified herbalist Rowan McOnegal, who has 30 years experience of working as a herbalist.

Come and learn how to make your own top quality additive free cosmetics and medicinal preparations, explore and harvest herbs from Rowan's organic garden in the heart of Herefordshire. This practical weekend course will enable you to make herbal remedies from fresh and dried herbs.

The course covers:
* The principles of herbal medicine and self help guidelines
* Identification (ID), wild crafting,growing, harvesting,drying and storing herbs
* Cosmetics and medicinal preparations such as teas, tinctures, inhalations, baths, ointments, infused oils, creams, rubs, and syrups.

The 'hands-on' approach aims to increase your confidence in and knowledge of the use of herbs for healing. You will make at least 3 herbal preparations and take away ideas for many more.

Courses are held at Rowan's eco home in rural Herefordshire and run throughout the year, using seasonal herbs, for example, elecampane root for syrup in the autumn and winter, marigolds for infused oil in summer.

There is always something to harvest!

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Includes all materials (jars, bottles, waxes, infused and essential oils, dried and fresh herbs), and refreshments, but please bring your own packed lunch.


Rowan Mconegal at Rowan Mconegal

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fathers Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Mothers Day
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • UK Holiday
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


2 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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What does this mean?

This craft course provider has been awarded Gold status for receiving 10 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.

The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.

They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.


In-person course
Sandy Greville-Smith - - #34048

Although primarily I went with my daughter on this course, I found it absolutely fascinating. Rowan's immensely knowledgeable and informal approach was ideal. Walking around the wonderful garden being shown how to identify different plants and plant families and then how to use them was an eye opener. I shall definitely be making fresh herbal teas more. I have already used one of the products we made on my aching back with great results.

In-person course
Caroline Newport-Hall - - #32847

If you enjoy hands on this is the course for you. Rowan was a fountain of knowledge and if she didn’t know something would try to find out. I felt extremely comfortable and welcomed. I travelled several hours to attend and it was well worth the journey.
I have come away with a basic understanding of herbs and can identify some. I am now eyeballing every plant I see and wondering if I can put it in tea!

In-person course
Clare - - #19761

I highly recommend attending Rowans herbal courses. Rowan is an expert in her field and a huge asset for Herefordshire. At a time when we all need to improve our self care & reduce dependence on the NHS/social care services which are so stretched, I feel attending Rowans courses & using the skills she teaches you, will massively improve your health & well being for the future

In-person course
Julia - - #19544

What a great course this was (October 2018)! Looking forward to booking the next one in the summer.
Since attending the course I have made my own handcreams and ointments which my husband loves after a day working in the woods. Well worthwhile and I'll always have Christmas and birthday presents covered now! Also made some great friends ;)

In-person course
Ellie Stokes - - #19401

I came on this course in about 2012 and enjoyed it very much. Rowan is very good at encouraging you to do the preparing yourself, which did give me confidence in trying it at home. In fact, over this last Christmas, my daughter insisted we made the moisturiser that I had first made with Rowan! She has taken a few pots home.

Response from Rowan Mconegal:

Thanks Ellie, so glad that you found it useful!

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