graduated as herbalist

The past months, every week I’ve been following lessons to become a herbalist. It was a really interesting and intense education with a perfect mix of theory and practical exercises. Days of studying hard on the Latin names and the characteristics of every herb and writing treatments and products for 2 cases. Some weeks ago I did my final exam… and succeeded. I’m very happy with it!

I mainly did this study because I wanted to learn more about herbs and how to use them in our daily life. It’s not my intention to officially work as a herbalist, therefore I have to study more. There’s so much more to discover and to learn about herbs. But for now, I have the basics to use herbs at home to make our own skincare, herbal teas and cures for little ailments. And that was what I hoped for by following this course.

When my new studio in our garden is finished, I hope to give workshops that combine clay and herbalism in a beautiful surrounding. But first my husband (and I) have to work hard to get everything finished. And I will be working on the concepts for the workshops. Once I’m ready for it, I will announce it here on my website and would love to welcome you in my new studio!

As we try to live a sustainable and natural life, it makes sense to make our own products and reuse the brown glass jars. In this way we don’t have to buy for example plastic bottles with shampoo or conditioners. Using the dark brown glass jars with our own products reduces waste and we avoid plastics.¬†And I must admit I really love the look of these brown jars and they are also practical to use.

By making our own natural products I know for sure that the ingredients are all natural and when possible organic. So no toxic or harmful ingredients in our shampoo, lip balms, bodylotions, hand cream,….. For me, it feels so natural to use what nature offers us. So many plants and herbs contains what we need to take care of our skin, hair and body. As our skin is the largest organ, I think it’s very important to consider what we put on it.

As a herbal tea lover I’m glad I know more about herbs and where to use them for. So when I make my own teas it will be easier to mix the right herbs in a specific blend to cure a particular ailment. Which means our girls will probably have to drink thyme and sage tea in winter when they have a soar treat or cold and they won’t like it!

As you might remember from previous blogposts I have some parts of our garden reserved for herbs. Below you can see rosemary, lavender, 2 types of mint, lemon balm, sage, borage and horseradish. Sage and rosemary are planted next to each other as they strengthen each other’s growth. And they both stay green during the winter, so they can be used fresh all year long.

Lavender, yarrow, lemon balm and mallow. They are all blooming now and I like to use their flowers in my cups of tea. Well, in fact I have to say infusion instead of tea. As tea refers to a drink with the original tea plant. And an infusion is with a single herb or a combination of herbs that steeps 10 minutes in hot water so one will benefit from the healing effects of the herbs.

 

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