You know the saying “Pay attention to what you pay attention to”? I’ve been taking those eight simple words more and more to heart over the past few years. To attempt, with concerted attention and focus, to note precisely what it is I become the most engaged by, the most tuned in to, the most aware of. In that deliberation, I pretty much keep coming back to the same thing-herbs.
Whether growing them, foraging for them, reading about them, harvesting them, chopping them up, boiling them, sugaring them, stirring them, or otherwise interacting with them, herbs, both culinary and medicinal, give me profound and abiding joy. Just ask Glenn. When we’re working on recipe development, I’ll frequently say, “Well, it’s good, but what it really needs is an herb or spice.” We could be talking about steak and I’ll say that. Or an apple. The point being, herbs make everything better, in my world.
From bath salts to cordials, cough syrup to spice rubs, working with herbs and learning about the myriad benefits they offer excites me-truly, deeply, excites me-in a way few other things do. Which is why I’m so very excited to share with you the forthcoming Online Herbal Medicine Making Class being offered at Chestnut School of Herbs.
Juliet Blankespoor, founder of this sublime herbal studies school nestled here in the mountains of western North Carolina, knows that of which she speaks. She’s studied herbal medicine for over 25 years, and has a strong international reputation as a wise teacher and healer. She’s also uncommonly kind, and gracious, and generous. Add to that the fact that she’s silly and goofy, and you have a winning combination. If you’re a wealth of info but you’re unapproachable, what good does it do your students? Not the case with Juliet, or with Asia Suler, a former student of Juliet’s who collaborated with her on the course.
I’ve had the pleasure of studying under both women, and, without a smidgeon of hyperbole, I solemnly swear that they are, for me, the perfect teachers and healers, owing to the traits and qualities outlined above. Together, they have created an Online Herbal Medicine Making Course that will give you the know-how and confidence to create an abundant apothecary. Their hands-on instructional videos and photographic tutorials are chock-full of their personal experience and insider tips, along with a hearty dose of silliness. To get a glimpse of these lovelies in action, click here.
In their own words:
Are you herb-curious? Do you feel like you know a little about herbs and making medicine, but are ready to dive deeper? Or perhaps the herb world is unchartered territory you’ve wanted to explore for far too long? Or maybe you’re herb-passionate? Do you have a long-standing love affair with herbs, but are looking to rekindle that old flame? Your friends at the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine will help you bring herbal medicine into your daily life on a fun and practical level.
They spent a year formulating the ultimate educational brew: 46 ways to fall in love with herbs and 49 ways to put the spring back in your step! With over 95 herbal recipes, the course is brimming with herbal inspiration. Imagine a medicine chest stocked with homemade herbal remedies, an apothecary lined with handcrafted tinctures, salves and tea blends. Picture a pantry brimming with botanical vinegars, oils and honeys. Sumptuous sauces, butters and salts, infused with the flavor and medicine of fresh herbs. All made with your own hands!
Here’s a small sample of what you’ll learn in the course:
• Herbal Honeys & Syrups
• Infused Oils and Salves
• Infusions and Decoctions
• Infused Medicinal Vinegars
• Medicinal Mushroom Concoctions
• Herbal Bone Broth
• Herbal Cocktails
• Herbal Meads
• Body Butters
• Herbal Salts
• Salt Scrubs
…and much, much more!
I’ve partnered up with Juliet as an affiliate. What that means is that, while I don’t receive any profit for simply promoting the course, if you, dear small measure readers, sign up for it on account of my profuse praise, I’ll earn a commission. I like relationships like that, reciprocal ones, where all parties involved are nurtured and nourished equally well.
So, is this the year you stoke the fire of herbal passion you’ve been letting simply smolder? I, for one, am ready to continue my green education. It fills my metaphorical well like no other. If you’re ready to learn more, too, click here. If you sign up in the next week, between now and January 20th, you’ll also receive a discount off the total cost of the course. What a way to start the new year, right?!
May the (Green) Force be with you.
***GREAT NEWS! From January 29-February 12, 2016, all small measure readers who sign up for either the Herbal Immersion Program or Medicine Making Course will receive 10% off the total cost of enrollment. Simply enter the code “smallmeasure” at check out!