Living Medicine: Skin & First Aid
Sunday 9th September 2018, 10am-4.30pm

This one-day workshop will cover:

Food & herb knowhow kit for first aid and skin problems, identifying the daisy family, remedy-making: infused oil, ointment, cream, lotion.

The skin is the body’s largest organ with multiple nerve endings to protect us. We will explore how to nourish its many functions with foods and herbs. This practical session will cover how to address common problems such as eczema, cold sores, insect bites and acne, and which herbs are specific for viral, fungal or bacterial infections.  We will look at these herbs in the garden, smell and taste them and together turn them into useful remedies.   We will make an infused oil, ointment, cream and lotion as part of a first aid kit.

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!

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
Living Medicine: Sleep, Anxiety & Fatigue - Sunday 8th July
Living Medicine: Skin & First Aid  - Sunday 9th September FULLY BOOKED
Living Medicine: Coughs, Colds & Allergies  -Sunday 11th November

If you plan to attend the remaining 3 courses in this series (Sleep, Skin, Coughs), we are offering a 10% discount (£292 instead of £324): learn more

  • 9.45-10.30am Arrival and refreshments

  • 10.30am Session start -
    • introductions & overview of the day
    • Skin – how does it function and what does it need?
    • Herbs and foods that support the skin
    • Smelling and tasting: organoleptics. The actions of specific herbs and food for skin support and how they are used
  •  12.00pm
    • Break
    • Herb walk in garden
    • Identifying plants used for skin, wound healing and first aid
  •  1.30 pm Lunch (provided)

  •  2.30 pm Practical session:
    • Making an infused oil, lotion and ointment
  • 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.


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 also 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 we create health in individuals and communities at all levels, physical, spiritual and environmental.


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