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Two herbal courses in April

These will take place in Salisbury:

How natural products can help prevent coughs, colds and ‘flu
Salisbury, 13 April

Harvesting and processing herbs for infusions, tinctures and capsules
Salisbury, 26 April

One of the reasons for organising these courses is the presence and closeness of herbs to us.

Lime trees, hawthorn bushes, dandelion and nettles are never far from where we live or where we walk.

Some are so common we are apt to consider them merely weeds.

If they do have medicinal value, why are they not more used as such? Knowledge of the traditional, medicinal use has been lost despite modern scientific evidence of efficacy.

The course will cover how to process these herbs, how they work, and how and when to use them.

In France it is a custom to go out in Spring and collect the young dandelion leaves to put into salads.

Dandelion can be used as a means of preventing or reducing the severity of certain common digestive disorders.

Instead of using the fresh leaves in salads, they can be processed and used as tea or as tincture.

Teas use only water to extract the desired herbal ingredients, whereas tinctures use both alcohol and water together.

Measurable and predictable amounts of herbal ingredients can be put into capsules, and I will demonstrate this on the course.

Various plants and other naturally occurring products are known to enhance immune performance. I will be discussing some of the ways in which this can take place.

For example the anti-microbial effect of the bee product, propolis, and the plant, Echinacea which can be grown in most peoples' gardens.

Research shows that Echinacea stimulates the body to produce extra white blood cells and interferon. Both are necessary for a well functioning immune system.

Only recently, in 2009, the Imperial College of London stated that the white blood cells of the immune system are responsible for clearing the body from harmful bacteria, viruses and tumour cells.

Source: Imperial College London online article.

Book online for these courses via the Courses page

For details please contact me on info@luzia.co.uk or phone 07716 872756.


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