Classes

Herbal Oils and Salves

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Sunday June 11th, 2017  $15   1-3pm
Hosted by Garden Dreams, 806 Holland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221

 

In this class we will explore how to preserve fresh or dry herbs in oil or as a salve for topical use. We will focus on the healing benefits of a few common herbs that make incredibly healing herbal oils or salves, we might mix it up a little, depending on what’s in the garden, but we will definitely talk Calendula, Comfrey, and Plantain. You can use these techniques to make any kind of herbal oil or skin salve. Everyone will go home with a small tin of herbal salve!


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Herbal Syrups, Shrubs, and Sodas

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Saturday  July 15th, 2017  $15  1-3pm
Hosted by Garden Dreams, 806 Holland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Using seasonal fruit, herbs, and vinegar, we’ll learn how to make refreshing, hydrating, healing, and delicious drinks the whole family can enjoy.  There’s a reason that the first pharmacies had soda fountains.  It was a palatable way to help people take their medicine.  That was back when “medicine” meant herbs, and the “tonic” in your water was made from the bark of a tree.  We’ll perfect a few delicious and nutritious recipes, that will have you wanting more than just a sip!


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Herbs 101: Tinctures

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Saturday July 22nd, 2017  $15   1-3pm
Hosted by Garden Dreams, 806 Holland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Does the thought of making an alcohol extract of an herb intimidate you?  Come learn an easily accessible way to start preserving your medicinal plants by extracting many valuable properties.  Tincturing is a simple way to keep the medicinal benefits of your herb garden with you all year long.  We’ll focus on the “folk method”, but also talk about the “ratio method” of tincturing.  We’ll discuss the tools you need, which herbs need higher amounts of alcohol, the differences between tincturing fresh or dried plant material, and much more!


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