Living Medicine: Digestive Discomforts
Sunday 13th May 2018, 10am-4.30pm

Join this fascinating course to better understand how digestion works, understanding common digestive problems, plant actions, how to identify parsley (and/or cabbage) plant family, food & herb knowhow kit, remedy making: grain/pulse dish, digestive decoction, mucilage powder mix, pesto.

This award-winning course is for anyone interested in healing plants and foods, health, gardening or working with communities. It includes discussion, tasting and identifying healing plants, practical remedy making and assessing your own health. It’s about the pleasure of sharing knowledge, growing, eating, drinking and turning that plant into a simple remedy!


The digestive system is seen as fundamental to our overall health in most traditional medicine systems. We will be looking at the physiology of digestion and at common problems affecting digestive health and see what kinds of herbs, foods and lifestyle strategies can help with these, as well as those promoting digestive function. We will include a tour of commonly used digestive herbs featured in the garden, as well as tasting and preparing digestive remedies including a tea, a decoction and a basic food dish.

Please bring your own apron if you wish and rainwear in case of poor weather for our herb walk in the garden. The fee for the day includes morning coffee/tea, lunch and afternoon tea with cake, along with handouts and a remedy to take home.


Here is the order of the 5 courses being held here in 2018:

Living Medicine: Self Care Basics -  Sunday 11th March. FULLY BOOKED
Living Medicine: Digestive Discomforts - Sunday 13th May (<--this one)
Living Medicine: Sleep, Anxiety & Fatigue - Sunday 8th July
Living Medicine: Skin & First Aid  - Sunday 9th September
Living Medicine: Coughs, Colds & Allergies  -Sunday 11th November

If you plan to attend the other 3 courses in this series (sleep, skin, coughs), we are offering a 12% discount (£380 instead of £432): learn more


Timetable

  •  9.45-10.30am Arrival and refreshments
  • 10.30am         
    • Session start - introductions & overview of the day
    • Digestion – how does it function and what does it need?Herbs and foods that support digestion
    • Smelling and tasting: organoleptics.
    • The actions of specific herbs and food for digestive support and how they are used
  • 12.00
    • Break          
    • Herb walk in garden
    • Identifying plants used for digestive problems
  • 1.30 pm  Lunch (This will be a savoury gruyere cheese tart served with a mixed side salad and is included in the price of the workshop)
  • 2.30 pm Practical session:
    •  Making digestive remedies including a decoction, a soothing powder mix and food-as-medicine bean/grain dish
  • 4.30pm End of session, feedback and refreshments (tea and cake)

Bring your own apron if you wish and rainwear in case of poor weather for our herb walk in the garden. The fee for the day includes morning coffee/tea, lunch and afternoon tea with cake, along with handouts and a remedy to take home.

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Alex Laird BSc MCPP Founder Director, Living Medicine

Alex is a medical herbalist and founder of charity Living Medicine (www.livingmedicine.org) to enchant and reskill us all in the use of plants and food in everyday healthcare. She set up the first herbal clinic in hospital dermatology at Whipps Cross University Hospital, where she is tutor-practitioner to herbal BSc students. She has practised at Breast Cancer Haven in London for 16 years. She is a council member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP), and formerly of the Aromatherapy Organisations Council. She has undertaken clinical research and is a visiting lecturer to universities including Westminster, East London and Hertfordshire. Originally a TV producer, she then worked as an aromatherapist for staff at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, with drug users and those with HIV while training as a medical herbalist. Her quest is how to create health in individuals and communities at all levels, physical, spiritual and environmental.


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