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Creating an Herbal Apothecary: 6-Class Series

Class dates: May 3, May 17, May 31, June 7, June 21, June 28

 

This class series is devoted to the art and science of medicine-making. In the course of this series, students will become adept at making and using all of the most common herbal medicines, and understand the benefits and drawbacks of each.

At the end of the course, students will have created an extensive apothecary of herbal medicines, and will gain the ability to create many more. We will make 2 recipes for each class, one in the class, and one at home. Class supplies will be available for an additional fee at each class, or you will have the option of purchasing elsewhere. A supply list will be provided for each class.

 

Classes for this series:

 

1. The Universal Solvent: Water Infusions. Water extracts of herbs as teas, baths, compresses, washes. Formulation of tea blends.

2. The Joy of Tinctures (Plus the slightly lesser, but occasionally necessary, Joy of Glycerites). Making of clinical strength tinctures and glycerites, demonstration of technique, students all begin a tincture or glycerite in class (finish at home).

3. Food-Based Solvents: Vinegar and Honey extractions, together and separately. Making of honey herb syrups, acetums, oxymels and other archaic and lovely medicines.

4. The Art of Elixirs: Letting go of the science-based method of tincture making and embracing the wild and exceptionally fine method of blending delicious medicinal elixirs.

5. Feeding The Skin: Making infused oils, salves, and creams. Demonstration of technique, students all begin infused oil in class (finish at home).

6. Kitchen Medicine: Herbs as healing foods. Sampling of many delicious healing foods, recipes for use of common herbs and spices from the pantry and farmer's market

 

Class requires payment to RSVP, or prior arrangement with me.

Class fee of $100 for 6 classes, additional fee for optional supplies at each class (sources will be shared for supplies if you choose to purchase elsewhere).

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  • Cindy

    I agree with what everyone has said about this class. At the time of registration, I could not find any other course/class like this in the Los Angeles area so I committed to making a two-hour commute through all the horrible LA freeways during Friday evening rush hour traffic, and I do not regret it at all. I'm so glad to have been a part of this. Thanks, Julie, for being such a great, generous and funny teacher. It was so nice meeting all the other people in class as well! I'm looking forward to the next series :)

    1 · July 23, 2013

  • Alexis C.

    this was such a great class! Julie is an amazing teacher and a wealth of information. She teaches in a very accessible way and all the hands-on projects are fun and informative! love her and love her classes:)

    July 17, 2013

  • christine

    What a fantastic series! Julie is an amazing teacher--so knowledgeable and passionate about the subject matter. I really appreciate her teaching style. This course was especially cool because of all the hands-on medicine making. I highly recommend this series and, in general, Julie as herbalist extraordinaire. I like how accessible Julie makes herbalism. I also enjoyed getting to know my classmates and learning from them as well.

    2 · July 15, 2013

  • Tehila

    I have only one problem with this class: It came to an end. Seriously, this was an amazing series (as are all of Julie's classes). The classes were the highlight of my week and as soon as one ended, I looked forward to the next. Julie James is a consummate teacher and herbalist. She covers so much material while explaining clearly, gives detailed class notes, and a lot of hands on practice. I have learned so much from Julie and my classmates, whom I am also grateful for having the opportunity to know. I am very much looking forward to the next series!!!

    2 · July 15, 2013

  • Connie S.

    This is one of the best classes I have taken in years - always informative - great discussion but best of all the greatest teacher - Julie James knows her stuff and can pack so much info in one class you have to go home and study the notes to make sure you didn't miss a thing. Very pratical and hands on - just the beginning! Can't wait for the next series.

    2 · July 15, 2013

  • LoriandRosalee F.

    LOVE the 'series' format! there is no better teacher in all of SoCal, and we cannot put a price on what we learned...

    2 · July 14, 2013

  • Edit

    Julie, thanks so much for creating this series of classes for us. Now that I've learnt how to make my own herbal apothecary, I think the possibilities are endless to come up with my own personalized herbal medicine for my family and friends. It was also a wonderful opportunity to connect with other like-minded people living in this area. Thank you!! :)

    2 · July 14, 2013

  • Amity R.

    I just finished the 6 class series of Herbal Apothecary Classes taught by Julie James, an extremely knowledgable teacher. My life seems almost complete now that I know how to make tinctures, salves, oils, creams and elixirs, and received detailed info on different herbs and the most useful way to prepare them for the best benefits. While Julie demonstrated in class we also got hands on experience. We shared so much information and learned a lot from each other as we traded herbs and stories with each other, and laughed a lot in these carefree, easy to learn and interesting classes. I can't recommend it enough!

    2 · July 14, 2013

  • Kristy C.

    I absolutely LOVED this series! Julie James is such a tremendous teacher, passionate about what she does and sharing herbal wisdom with others, but also funny, down-to-earth, and all-around fun woman to learn from! In addition, having the class as a series meant developing relationships with classmates over time and a more open feel in the discussions, making me more apt to share thoughts/tips and ask questions. Finally, extending the group to Facebook helped continue these relationships outside the classroom so we could keep sharing, asking, and learning from one another. I'm REALLY looking forward to the next class!

    3 · July 14, 2013

  • Bonnie V.

    Finally - I'm on the right site. Thank You

    June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome! Thank you Julie, you are an incredible teacher.

    2 · May 3, 2013

  • LoriandRosalee F.

    Hey Julie! placing another MRH order (yea, I know... but there were totally things I missed the first time!) and was wondering what we'll be using for the classes in that if I already have it, I'll bring it for use in class... what will be the cost per class for supplies? many thanks and see you friday :-)

    2 · May 1, 2013

    • LoriandRosalee F.

      will do!

      1 · May 2, 2013

    • Julie J.

      You'll have a list of suggested herbs for this class, rather than a specific materia medica. And cost for supplies depends on what you need or use. So, as I noted below:
      "For example, I'll offer most of the herbs I suggest for the classes, and they're going to be from $1 to $2/oz. If you dont have beeswax for the salve makign class, you can buy it at Michael's for $17/lb, or I'll have it available for around $1/oz. Glycerine, if you're using that in the tincturing class, will run you somewhere around $4 for a small bottle if you are making a tincture you'll need to supply your own alcohol (vodka, brandy, or everclear). Many of the other supplies you'll have at home already, such as olive oil for the salves, vinegar and honey for acetums and electuaries, and spices for the kitchen herbs class."

      1 · May 3, 2013

  • Connie S.

    If anyone is a good note person can I get a copy of your notes for the first class? We are going out of town and I dont get to attend - so bummed - but I get to go to all the rest - thanks so much ;0)

    May 2, 2013

  • Cindy

    Hi Julie,
    Just wondering if you could share the list of the needed supplies for this class. Thanks!

    Cindy

    2 · April 25, 2013

    • Corey W.

      I am also interested in the list of supplies and what herbs we will be using in the first class so I can bring my own. Thanks Julie :)

      1 · April 25, 2013

  • Patty Tahara R.

    Dear Julie,

    I am not able to make the six week apothecary class. I feel so badly but since you have a big wait list, some lucky soul can take my place.

    I don't know if you refund?

    Pls. advise and thank you,

    Patty Tahara Rassouli

    April 22, 2013

    • Julie J.

      Great--Sandy, I'll RSVP you, if you could take care of payment, I'll transfer it to Patty.

      April 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Julie! I just paid you through Paypal, so when you receive it please transfer it to Patty. Looking forward to this! :)

      April 22, 2013

  • Julie J.

    Sorry all, no more room, and a waiting list would likely not be filled, as everyone has paid for their spot already! But I'll be teaching this course again in August at The Green Man, and will try to find time and a venue near LB to teach it again sooner than that, as there are so many requests for it. I must say, it IS awfully fun, making all this good, good stuff... :)

    1 · April 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If there is a wait list I would love to be added to it. Thanks!

    April 13, 2013

  • Corey W.

    So looking forward to this! I can't wait!! :)

    April 12, 2013

  • Lauren

    Is there more room in this workshop I would like to join this?

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    yes, is there a waiting list? been trying to add but internet problems, wah :(

    April 12, 2013

  • Shakti D.

    Is there a waiting list? So bummed I missed this. :(

    April 11, 2013

  • Patty Tahara R.

    Very excited to learn!

    April 11, 2013

  • Cindy

    Hi Julie, I won't be able to make the 5/17 class but can i get the materials? Many thanks. Looking forward to meeting you all :)

    April 8, 2013

  • Elizabeth S.

    Looking forward to it!

    April 2, 2013

  • Jessica

    I would have to miss the first class due to prior engagements-ugh! Is it best I wait for the next round to be offered?
    thx!

    April 2, 2013

    • Pati

      sign me up for the greenman series!

      1 · April 2, 2013

    • Jessica

      thx! I'll keep an eye out for the Green Man classes-yay!

      1 · April 2, 2013

  • Connie S.

    Hi Julie so glad I got a spot - I wont be at the first one so if you have a deserving soul who wants to sit in for the 1st class they can take my spot. Thanks ;0)

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • valerie

    THis class looks phenomenal!!!!!!!

    April 2, 2013

  • Alexis C.

    Hi, roughly what will the additional fees be for the supplies?

    April 2, 2013

    • Julie J.

      Varied, depending on the class. For example, I'll offer most of the herbs I suggest for the classes, and they're going to be from $1 to $2/oz. If you dont have beeswax for the salve makign class, you can buy it at Michael's for $17/lb, or I'll have it available for around $1/oz. Glycerine, if you're using that in the tincturing class, will run you somewhere around $4 for a small bottle if you are making a tincture you'll need to supply your own alcohol (vodka, brandy, or everclear). Many of the other supplies you'll have at home already, such as olive oil for the salves, vinegar and honey for acetums and electuaries, and spices for the kitchen herbs class.

      1 · April 2, 2013

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