Botanical Extracts for Body Care, Culinary, and Medicinal Purposes

This class is available for private and group scheduling, at your place or mine. Contact me to plan and schedule by calling 610-389-8316 or emailing

This is a great class to follow up Edible Weed Walk and Foraging-after learning to identify, you can learn to use your plants. Learn to make simple herbal extracts that can be used for body care, culinary and medicinal purposes. Extracts are made by soaking botanical materials in a menstruum or solvent. Common menstruums are water, vinegar, alcohol, glycerine, and oil. First, we will review the purposes and functions of various herbal extracts. Then, you decide which items would be most useful for you. All materials are provided. We will use only plants and raw materials that have a long history of safe and effective use. We will prepare 6 herbal extracts from the following selections. You will finish them at home by straining them, after the infusion period. Students will bring some basic kitchen supplies, jars, and basic plant materials (garlic, onion, herbs etc.) A list will be sent before class.

  • Vinegar Extracts such as Four Thieves, Bone Vinegar, Queen of Hungary’s Water and Fire Cider
  • Infused Oil Extracts such as anti-viral Oregano Shield Oil, Dandelion Blossom Oil for aches and pains, Calendula and Lavender Oil for skin and facial care
  • Alcohol Extracts, known as Tinctures or Cordials such as Elderberry, Garlic, Ginger, Fennel, Hyssop, Turmeric, Echinacea, Holy Basil (Tulsi) and Chamomile.

3 hour class is $150 for up to 3 students. Additional students are $50 each. Each student will have their own station in an extremely spacious studio with excellent HVAC.

If you have questions about ingredients or allergies, please contact me. It is often possible to customize product ingredients. All classes include handouts and recipes so you can continue making products after the class at home.

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