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2016 SHA Module, Session 4: Medicine-making II

herbal vinegarJuly 16-17   9a-3p, both days

Class Fee: $155

Instructor: John Slattery

Location: Tucson, AZ

How would you like to learn to make your own herbal remedies? AND, at a fraction of the cost of purchasing these remedies!

This 2-day class will cover a variety of basic herbal medicine making techniques, including syrups, oxymels, and honey preparations. All of our preparations in this class will feature local wildflower honey as a solvent and a healing agent. Honey is perhaps one of the oldest medicinal substances known to humankind. It is, in fact, where the word medicine is derived from (as well as “mead”). It is said that the origin of the word medicine stems back to ancient Egypt where it derives from the application of honey so frequently as medicine.

Oxymel is an ancient term referring to a preparation made with vinegar and honey. We’ll explore a variety of possibilities with various vinegars (some homemade) and herbs well-suited to oxymel preparations. There are oxymels for any occasion and climate. Simple formulation strategies discussed in this class help to optimize the enjoyment and effectiveness of the oxymel.

 As the student begins to explore the techniques many possibilities are illuminated. Variations are endless. Herbal medicine making is an art above all, but the science of it will be discussed at length during this class.. Additionally, detailed handouts for all the preparations we make in class (including recipes) will be delivered. 

Bring your curiosity for creativity with healing plants, to take away endless ideas for creating with widely available and locally available plants.

Questions: Contact john@sonoranherbalist.com


Price: $155.00

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

Prepping Your Herbal Medicine Chest

Cold & Flu Season and other infections

When: Saturday, November 8, 2014;  9:30a-4p

Where: Desert Tortoise Botanicals 4802 E Montecito St.  Tucson, AZ 85711

Who:  Anyone interested in enabling themselves to prepare for and address common infections with accessible home remedies

How Much: Class fee: $75 per person

*Fee includes materials for take-home herbal remedies


Be prepared to ward off illness and promote your vitality! Join Sonoran herbalist, John Slattery, in a day of medicine making in preparation for the winter cold & flu season.  You will learn to make and use a variety of preparations (teas, syrups, oxymels) ideally suited for the most common viral infections. In our discussions we will explore the nature of host resistance and how to enhance it from a Vitalist perspective, and take a closer look at our local herbal pharmacopeia. Each participant will gain hands-on experience with herbal medicine making. Additionally, each participant will take home three herbal preparations we create in class and the knowledge to make it for themselves in the future. All materials are included in the class fee. Please register in advance to reserve your space. Limit 12 participants. Email John@SonoranHerbalist.com with any questions regarding the class. 

To register:

visit http://www.sonoranpermaculture.org/courses-and-workshops/       (scroll down the page)