|Workshop: Making A Herbal First Aid Kit
This afternoon event will take place on Saturday 30th June 2018 between 2.00-4.30 pm, at the The Earley Day Centre, 1 Kenton Road, Reading, Berkshire RG6 7LE with Herbalist Zoi Maraki, DHM Course Director.
The items that a herbal practitioner might include in a herbal first aid kit very much depend on how the kit will be used – for example will it be taken on a walking holiday or a visit to rural India or is it for home use? This hands-on workshop will focus on making ointments, tinctures and other preparations to take home from herbs such as arnica, chamomile, lavender, marigold, raspberry leaf, yarrow, elderflower and mint. The benefits and applications of these herbs will be described.
|Some common ailments that would benefit from the timely use of the right herbs include: skin cuts and grazes and bleeding wounds, burns, insect bites, joint sprains, diarrhoea, bruises and viral infections (including sore throat, cough, fever etc).
When making up a herbal first-aid kit, the best advice is to keep it simple, having too many things can make it harder to decide which to use in an emergency. The herbs chosen for the kit need to have reliable, strong and quick action and, ideally, they should have multiple physiological actions, as this will make them useful for a range of different ailments.
Echinacea is one herb with broad applications. Studies show it can stimulate the immune system, relieve pain, reduce inflammation and has powerful antibiotic properties to help prevent infections. It finds use in prevention and treatment of colds and flu and for viral and bacterial infections in general. For example, it can be used to wash wounds, to reduce swelling and itching of insect bites and to ease tooth ache. The most effective way to use Echinacea in a herbal first aid kit is in tincture form. In this workshop you will be make your own fresh herbal tincture along with other preparations.
Further details coming soon, to register your interest contact Sylvie Marusic by phone on 01594 835810 or by email Sylvie Marusic.