Living Medicine: Skin and First Aid

Sunday 1 September 2024, 10:15am-4.30pm

This one-day workshop will cover:

Food and herb know-how kit for first aid and skin problems, identifying the daisy family, and 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. Led by medical herbalist and author, Alex Laird, the course 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!

Ticket Information:
Tickets are £125 per person for this course.

  • The fee for the day includes lunch, handouts, and a remedy to take home.
  • Please arrive in the Garden by 10:15am as the course will start at 10:30am.
  • Please indicate any dietary requirements or allergies for the lunch of the courses at the relevant field on the the payment page. If you have no dietary requirements or allergies, please add N/A on the field.

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

Dates of Living Medicine Courses in 2024:


Living Medicine: Self-Care Basics – Chelsea Physic Garden – Sunday 7 April

Living Medicine: Digestive Discomforts – Chelsea Physic Garden – Sunday 5 May

Living Medicine: Sleep, Anxiety and Fatigue – Chelsea Physic Garden  – Sunday 7 July

Living Medicine: Skin and First Aid – Chelsea Physic Garden  – Sunday 1 September

Living Medicine: Coughs, Cold and Allergies – Chelsea Physic Garden – Sunday 3 November


We recommend attending all five courses (though not mandatory) and are offering a 15% discount (£531 instead of £625). You can find the Living Medicine whole body package listed on our ‘What’s On’ page: Living Medicine: The Whole Body Course Package – Chelsea Physic Garden

This event will take place at the Garden and in our Learning Classroom space and will go ahead whatever the weather. You should dress appropriately for the Great British weather. Please bring your own apron if you wish.


Date And Time

Sunday, September 1, 2024 @ 10:15 AM to
Sunday, September 1, 2024 @ 04:30 PM

Registration End Date

Sunday, September 1, 2024


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