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Making Herbal Preparations 101 Mini-Course from Herbal Academy

Free Making Herbal Preparations 101 Course

Every time I treat myself to an herbal course at Herbal Academy I find myself rubbing my hands in glee. My latest experience, Making Herbal Preparations 101 Mini-Course, was no exception. I signed up during the free enrollment period in July. This course is scheduled to be re-released next year, so don’t despair if the link above takes you to another page.

I have to admit that herbalism in Mexico is challenging. I can’t just order herbs willy nilly from organic herb stores and have it delivered to my doorstop to brew, decoct or tincture in endless delight. Oh, no. That would be too easy. Instead, I have to painstakingly gather information and positively identify plants, flowers, and trees that I didn’t learn about growing up in the Eastern United States.

So, this drawn-out process in my adopted land has undermined some of my herbal concoction confidence. This is where I appreciated the Herbal Academy’s most recent course.

The course was divided into seven lessons. Each lesson had informative readings, printouts and easy to follow videos making this an excellent course for beginners.

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LESSON 1: EVERYDAY HERBAL PREPARATIONS

This lesson differentiated the different types of herbal preparations. There are water-based, sweet-based, oil-based and alcohol-based preparations. The type of solvent you use depends on the application and plant property need to treat whatever it is you are going to treat with herbs.

LESSON 2: EVERYDAY HERBS

Lesson two stressed the importance of treating herbs as medicine. This means knowing how to prepare the herbs, potential side effects, and the duration an herb can be safely administered. You should also know the health issues and life stage of the person taking the herb and any possible herb-drug interactions. Of course, you should also be cognizant of plants that could become toxic with extended use or those that resemble beneficial herbs.

I was delighted to learn that Western herbalism has a similar categorization process to the Mexican culture which sometimes confounds me. Energetics in herbs is based on temperature (cool or hot), moisture (wet or dry) and tension (relaxed or constricted) which in many ways is identical to the indigenous belief system found where I live. So a person with a dry cough would be given a moistening herb to aid the body in achieving balance.

LESSON 3: WATER-BASED HERBAL PREPARATIONS

Water-based herbal preparation is one that combines herbs and water. It could be a tea, wash, enema, infusion or decoction. A cup of chamomile tea prescribed as a sleep aid is an example of a water-based herbal preparation.

LESSON 4: SWEET-BASED HERBAL PREPARATIONS

Using honey as a base for creating an herbal preparation was the topic of lesson four. After all, a spoonful of sugar (in this case organic honey) helps the medicine go down.

LESSON 5: ALCOHOL-BASED HERBAL PREPARATIONS

Lesson 5 demonstrated the use of alcohol such as vodka, brandy, and gin to create herbal rubs, washes, and tinctures.

LESSON 6: OIL-BASED HERBAL PREPARATIONS

Oils can be used to create herbal infusions meant to be used externally or in cooking. Doesn’t rosemary-infused virgin olive oil sound simply delicious?

LESSON 7: EVERYDAY RECIPES

Lesson 7 provided basic preparation instructions for each of the methods presented in the course plus some delightful recipes including how to make a chickweed poultice, violet honey lemonade, fire cider and more. What a fabulous way to end the class.

Having gone through Herbal Academy’s Making Herbal Preparations 101 Mini-Course, I’ve gathered enough confidence to start decocting my own herbal medicine cabinet from locally harvested herbs.

Just so you know, the Herbal Academy is having a Back to School sale with savings up to 25% until September 16. With classes designed for beginners to advanced herbal aficionados, there’s something for everyone!

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Let’s Talk About Health A Minute

Every so often I feature a course or bundle or book that just amazes me. I tend to get so excited about it that sometimes I forget to mention WHY I’m sharing it with you. Therefore, I’m going to take a few minutes of your time and do that now.

One of my main reasons for writing this blog is to chronicle our struggle to create a life lived to the fullest in central Mexico so that others can learn from our mistakes and successes. One of the components of a life well-lived, whether in rural Mexico or any other place, is wellness. To that end, a good number of the featured posts have to do with healthy living. 

Because I sat next to my mother-in-law as she lay dying in a hospital here in Mexico, I became an affiliate of Travel MedEvac Insurance. No one should have to lie alone in a hospital, far from friends and family. I want others to know that there is an alternative available. 

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Because I found myself in a foreign eco-system without even basic plant knowledge, I became an affiliate of the Herbal Academy. I learned so much about how to study plants and herbs and their properties, both beneficial and harmful. Knowing about our local environment is a skill that should not be lost. Our lives depend on it.

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Because I couldn’t see which was greatly impairing the quality of my life, I became an affiliate of EyeBuyDirect. Inexpensive eyewear sent even to La Yacata in central Mexico, talk about a game-changer! Plus, for every pair of eyeglasses I buy, I can donate one to someone else in Mexico.

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Because I am committed to learning (and love to read) but find it hard not only to make ends meet but to find books in English on themes I love, I became an affiliate of the Ultimate Bundles. The value that is packed in each bundle, no matter what the topic, is outstanding. Everyone, no matter what their budget, should have access to knowledge.

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For example, with this latest bundle, the Ultimate Healthy Living bundle, I received 47 eBooks, 33 eCourses, audios, and workshops, 11 printable packs, and workbooks, and 2 summits worth $3236.39 for just $37. I have months of goodies to keep me occupied. And, of course, this subject of healthy living, just like June’s bundle on Herbs and Essential Oils, is near and dear to my heart.
What's inside Herbs & Essential Oils Super BundleSo there you have it! The reason I share these featured posts with you! I have found them to be quality products that can be used to help anyone live their life to the fullest. I hope that you find some of them useful as well.

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Herbs for ADHD, Cognition, and Focus Intensive by the Herbal Academy with Maria Noël Groves

Herbs for ADHD, Cognition, and Focus Intensive

Last week I finished Herbal Academy’s Herbs for ADHD, Cognition, and Focus Intensive with Maria Noël Groves. This course was part of the amazing Herbs and Essential Oils Ultimate Bundle that yours truly was also included in a few months back.

So here’s what I thought about this course. As expected, Herbal Academy did not disappoint! The lessons were presented by Maria Noël Groves who is a knowledgeable herbalist. The information was well-referenced and easy to understand, even for those of us that are not herbalists by profession.

The course was divided into three sections.

INTRODUCTION TO ADHD AND COGNITIVE HERBS
In lesson one, the focus was on ascertaining what ADHD is including causes, symptoms, brain function, and common medications. But that wasn’t all. The text and video component (which have downloadable PDFs and transcripts) highlight non-herbal lifestyle changes that have been shown to help those with concentration deficiency as well as an introduction to herbs used for cognitive support.

This was a fascinating section. While the focus was on ADHD, the material presented was also useful for brain fog, focus issues, memory and dementia prevention. Epigenetics was briefly mentioned which, coincidentally enough, is the subject of the book I’m currently reading The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton.

The herbs that have been found to be useful in treating cognitive issues were broken down into:

  • Nootropics, which are herbs that support cognition, memory, and the brain’s nervous system like rosemary.
  • Adaptogens that help the body adapt to stress such as Gotu Kola.
  • Nervine herbs support and nourish a healthy nervous system like lemon balm.
  • Circulation Enhancers support circulation to the brain such as Ginkgo.
  • Stimulants which increase brain and dopamine activity including coffee, chocolate and cacao, and green tea.
  • Calming Herbs that promote a calm-alert state like chamomile.

HERBAL MATERIA MEDICA FOR ADHD AND COGNITIVE WELLBEING
The second session was the meat and potatoes of the course. Here Maria discussed a number of herbs that can be used to shore up cognitive wellbeing, even with children. While many of these herbs are unavailable in Mexico, there were some that are already used in traditional herbal remedies here.

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is limoncillo. This herb is used for coraje (emotional upset, anger) and the resulting gastrointestinal and hepatic problems. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is romero. In addition to treating gastrointestinal issues, rosemary is an excellent addition to any diet to prevent Alzheimer’s. Spearmint (Mentha spp.) otherwise known as yerba buena has been in use as a medicinal herb in Mexico since its introduction by the Spanish friars. Who can argue that any tea made from the mint family doesn’t make you more alert?

PUTTING IT TOGETHER – PROTOCOLS AND CASE STUDIES
The third lesson was a review of the material and included a chart with the uses and actions of herbs covered in the course. This lesson was designed more for herbalists or those looking to help people with tinctures, teas, and infusions made from the herbs discussed. There were even several case studies and Maria’s recommendations for each.

If you or someone you love has issues such as the lack of cognitive focus found in those diagnosed with ADHD or suffer from brain fog like I do at times with hypothyroidism, this is an excellent class for you to take.

Herbal Academy Back to School Sale

Right now, Herbal Academy is having their Back to School sale and all courses, including this one, are up to 25% off until September 16th making NOW an excellent time to enroll.

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Making Herbal Preparation Free Course Herbal Academy

Free Making Herbal Preparations 101 Course

From Monday, July 22 to Wednesday, July 31 Herbal Academy is offering Making Herbal Preparations 101 Mini-Course for FREE! You know how much I love these courses!

In this one, we’ll learn about the way that herbs are used and prepared for everyday use and begin making our own herbal recipes at home. In the seven lessons, we’ll cover:

  • 4 basic categories of herbal preparations
  • 12 everyday safe herbs to use at home
  • 33 DIY herbal recipes, from teas and tinctures to salves and oils with chickweed, dandelion, lamb’s quarters, nettle, violet, burdock, hawthorn, oat, raspberry leaf, and red clover.

Laminated recipe and tutorial guides for the course are available as an upgrade.

I’ve already signed up and am anxiously awaiting August 1, when the class opens. Won’t you join me?

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Herbal Academy has stated that this course will be re-released in 2020 however it won’t be FREE! So why not take advantage of this amazing offer today?

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