SHA: Medicine-making Session II

Sonoran Herbalist Apprenticeship (SHA) Program: Medicine-making Session II

Sunday, July 26, 2015  9a-3:30p

One full day of medicine-making at Desert Tortoise Botanicals clinic, garden, and apothecary in Tucson, AZ. This session will include, but is not limited to, the following hands-in exercises in herbal medicine-making: Syrups, Oxymels, Honey Infusions, Honey Pastes, Honey pills, and Prickly Pear preparations. There are a great variety of methods to create and preserve herbal remedies with honey. In this session we will explore the healing benefits of honey, its ability to extract medicine from herbs, and the variety of ways we can combine it with other ingredients to create healing remedies. Each student will receive extensive handout notes on the theory and process of each method of herbal medicine-making as well as specific recipes to follow or create from. Additionally, each participant will leave with a sample of each medicine that we create. This is a hands-on class. Each participant will take part in the various preparations allowing them to gather the knowledge through their individual sensory prioritization. Understanding that each person learns differently and most learn best by doing, this interaction will be fully encouraged and facilitated.

We will be using a variety of herbs (both dry and fresh) for these preparations. They will largely be wildharvested herbs from within our region, or organically grown locally. These herbs retain the center of our focus. Additionally, we will be using copious local honey and vinegar. Some vinegar will be made in-house, and we will briefly cover some simple methods to create your own vinegar at home (you don’t have to be a poor/unlucky wine maker) from a variety of desert fruits and herbs.

To register for this module as a non-participant in the 2015 SHA Program click the button below:

Price: $95.00

2 thoughts on “SHA: Medicine-making Session II

  1. Holly Greenhalgh

    Hello John,
    I used to read your info and newsletters once before and had lost the email to where it was received. Your knowledge is much needed in our family and I will be assisting my daughter with attending any of your herbal walks in the near future. We spoke once before at a prickly pear harvest festival in 2011, of a plant growing in northern AZ between 3 and 4000 ft, pronounced by the Apache as ‘wahilla’ , with yellow flowering, shrub acacia, thornless and low to the ground, harvested during the rain seasons, and tastes like swedish bitters, which I was introduced to by the local older generation cowboys who had direct contact with the Apache people who shared this plant with them. At the time of the harvest we discussed what the genus name might be of ‘wahilla’ but unsure of it’s name known to the botanical world.

    Thank you for your generosity in sharing your expertise! I look forward to the newsletters once again!


    1. John Post author

      Hi Holly

      I do remember you and our conversation. The wahilla/guajilla plant is called Calliandra eriophylla, or Fairy Duster. It has flower clusters which appear pink/white.
      Yes, when my email list was transferred all email addresses needed to be confirmed by their owners otherwise dropped from the list. You can sign-up again here:

      Thank you


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