Practical Pharmacy in Western Herbal Medicine

Practical Pharmacy in Western Herbal Medicine

with Karen Aguiar

Two Separate Classes: Jan. 13 & 14, and Mar. 11

Each class can be taken separately, or take each class in the series to advance your medicine making skills!

January 13th & 14th from 10-4pm

Learn the Art of Percolation, a process in which herbs can be extracted within 24 – 48 hours. This elegant method of making medicine was considered a true test of the skill of the pharmacist’s apprentice. In this class, each student will percolate an herb, and end up with a potent tincture. Activities will include cutting ‘perc’ cones, grinding and sifting herbs, packing our cones, percolating the herbs, and making a beautiful tincture each will take home.

We will also discuss how to draw out particular plant constituents to create the strongest medicines, which solvents are the most appropriate for particular plants, and how to test our results.

This class is geared toward those who have basic herbal medicine making skills and knowledge.

What to Bring:

  • 1 small bowl for sifted herb, 6” minimum
  • 1 flat rock or crystal that will fit inside the cut bottle (about 2.5 inches in diameter)

What We'll Supply:

  • 1 regular-mouth and 1 wide-mouth canning jar
  • dried herb for powdering
  • organic 95% alcohol
  • a San Pellegrino bottle for making into a "perc" cone
  • a dowel for a packing rod

Students will take home a completed tincture and a perc cone with screw cap and a packing rod.

COST: $250. Pre-registration required. Tuition includes all materials used in class, handouts and take-home products

March 11th from 10-4pm

Traditionally animal fats were used in pharmacy to provide healing to injured skin. In this hands-on class we shall render lard, clarify butter to make Ghee and use pork fat and beef tallow for use in making salves and creams. We will answer some questions as in what is an emulsion, what’s the best way to make an emulsion? Hand whip or blender? What are some good preservatives and more.

Students will take home products we've made in class:

  • medicated ghee
  • rendered beef tallow and pork lard for use in salves or creams

What to Bring: 3 small containers for take home products listed above.

COST: $125. Pre-registration required. Tuition includes all materials used in class, handouts and take-home products

CONTACT: For more information, contact Gathering Thyme at 415-524-8693.

WHERE: Gathering Thyme • 1447 Fourth Street • San Rafael, CA 94901
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