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Using Medicinal Herbs at Home workshop

The main aim of this workshop is to give you confidence in using medicinal herbs to treat every day ailments. No prior knowledge is needed; just an open mind and a desire to learn more about herbal medicine and the wonder of Nature. All the workshops I offer are designed to complement each other or to be done independently. All the herbs in this workshop are easily sourced, either growing in the garden or hedgerow, available from my online shop (or other herb suppliers) or already in the kitchen cupboard!

Morning session

We look at 10 herbs in depth and see how they can be used and combined to treat different conditions from anxiety and insomnia to coughs and colds to digestive upsets and basic first aid. You will find out how to make infusions and decoctions and how to blend different herbs together and from this how to use compresses, eyebaths and skin washes.

After a Herbal Tea-tasting, you’ll then make up your own medicinal tea-blends to take home with you.

The key herbs we look at are: Chamomile, Lemon balm, Limeflower, Peppermint, Fennel seed, Sage, Thyme, Yarrow, Elderflower and Calendula. However expect others to make an appearance! I genuinely believe that if you know these herbs well, with a few additions that are found in most kitchens, you can treat most ailments you’ll come across in the home.

Afternoon session

This begins with a herb walk during which you’ll find out about identification and safe harvesting and preservation techniques as well as exploring the folklore, medicinal properties and stories behind the plants and trees growing around you. 

Back in the classroom with a herbal tea, I’ll demonstrate how to make your own home tinctures and then we’ll look at how to make a basic macerated herbal oil that can be used on its own and how we can add essential oils and other ingredients to turn it into a salve or lip balm.

We then hopefully have a short time left to consolidate all that we’ve learned and answer any questions so that you leave full of confidence and brimming with ideas to start making up your own herbal potions at home!

Tea, coffee and herbal teas are provided but please bring your own packed lunch and any other snacks you will need thoughout the day to keep you focused.

Prices including materials:
Scheduled Otley workshops £65 per person (prices at other venues may vary).

Group bookings
You can also book this workshop at a date to suit your group, whether that's for work colleagues, social groups, charity organisations or just for a friends get together: 

Group bookings at my Otley venue suits up to 6 people and costs £65 per person (minimum of 4 people per group). Book 4 places and get two places free!

Workshops for group bookings generally run 10am-4pm and can be booked Tuesday to Friday subject to availability.

Group bookings at your own venue (max 12 people) are £450 per workshop plus travel costs if applicable.

One day workshops tailored to your needs or for larger or multiple groups are also available: please contact Bel to discuss your ideas.

Scheduled workshops run from January to October. Please see dates below or events calendar. Using medicinal herbs at home workshops are colour-coded blue.

Scheduled dates so far for 2017:
Sunday 2nd April FULLY BOOKED
Saturday 22nd April FULLY BOOKED
Tuesday 23rd May FULLY BOOKED
Weds 21st June PLACES AVAILABLE
Saturday 1st July PLACES AVAILABLE
Weds 12th July CANCELLED

To book your place on a scheduled workshop or discuss group bookings please call 07775 920079 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Payment is required to reserve your place and can be made online once availability has been confirmed.

Location: Workshops are held near Otley town centre or at another venue within 1 mile of town centre. If latter, participants not travelling by car can be picked up in Otley town centre and transported to venue.

To bring: small clean jam jar with lid, packed lunch and snacks, notepad and pen, waterproof jacket and comfortable sturdy walking shoes and optional umbrella.

Special notes: All participants need to fill out a booking form. If you have any special requirements or disabilities, please let me know in good time so that I can accommodate them in the best possible way for you and the rest of the group.

Booking onto one of my herbal workshops presents the perfect opportunity to spend a few days exploring the beautiful Wharfe Valley and surrounding area. From Otley Chevin to Ilkley Moor and then further on to Skipton and Yorkshire Dales for fabulous walking and fresh air or head to the spa town of Harrogate for shopping and RHS Harlow Carr gardens or further North to Fountains Abbey near Ripon.

Bel Charlesworth Medical Herbalist

Bel Charlesworth MNIMH
Medical Herbalist

BSc Herbal Medicine

Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists since 2003

Tel: 07775 920079

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