Sunday 11th March 2018

This one-day workshop is the first of a 5-part course to give you a grounding in looking after yourself using foods and herbs. It will cover the basics of: herbal therapeutics, identifying mint and other plant families, basic food self-care, remedy making: herb chewing, herbal tea, breakfast smoothie, herb crush.

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 and diet. It’s about the pleasure of sharing knowledge, growing, eating, drinking and turning that plant into a simple remedy!

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.

We strongly recommend attending this Self Care Basics session before any of the following four Living Medicine sessions, to give a grounding in foods and herbs as medicine.

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

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

Despite this one being fully booked, if you plan to attend the other 4 courses in this series, we are offering a 12% discount (£380 instead of £432): learn more. 

Alex Laird BSc MCPP Founder Director, Living Medicine

Alex is a medical herbalist and founder of charity Living Medicine ( 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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