At Home With Herbs




An introduction to using 45 common herbs and spices for health, cooking, skincare and gardening. A combination of clear videos and written course material help you to learn how to make affordable medicines, delicious food and natural skincare products at home for the health of yourself and your family.





Majella, Nikki and Tara at work in the kitchen
Majella, Nikki and Tara at work in the kitchen

On completion of the course, you will feel confident and capable to start your own home pharmacy and to be creative in making wonderful nourishing and healing foods. The modules are linked below and you may access them upon registration for the course.


This is of real benefit to anyone thinking of enrolling for the Herbal Apprenticeship and the cost of this will be credited to you if you do go on to the Apprenticeship and this will be launching shortly. It may also count as CPD in certain circumstances, please enquire if interested.


This course is not live yet and it will be soon and a registration link will be placed here on this page.

Preparing the beautiful ingredients

What the course is all about – empowering, improving health, creativity, getting to know the plants. Introduction to the various forms and preparations we will make over the 6 modules. Explanation of monographs. Labelling samples and preparations. Safety considerations and dosages. Basic kitchen cleanliness.

Mint in the teapot

Infusions & Decoctions

Making infusions and decoctions (equipment needed – tea ball, bombilla, infusing cup, cafetiere, tea pot, strainer, saucepan). Teas, tisanes or infusions are probably the next oldest way of using herbs.

Rosemary macerating in olive oil


Making infused oils and vinegars, hot and cold methods;  and tinctures  Fresh herb oil and vinegar. Dried oil from leaf and flower – comfrey, calendula, and from chilli powder. Vinegar from leaf- oregano and root burdock. (Equipment needed: kilner jars, saucepan, jam jars, scales).

Pouring honey into the garlic

Syrups and Honeys

Making syrups (thyme and licorice;  and elderberry) and honeys garlic and maybe one more (saucepan and jam jars and pyrex measuring jugs).


Applying a hot compress to arm

Compresses & Poultices 

Poultices are made with a mixture of fresh, dried or powdered herbs, simmered or simply steeped in the minimum quantity of water for two minutes and applied externally.

Filling a tub with freshly made cream

Ointments and Creams

Ointments/salves/balms are oil-based mixtures which help to protect the skin and only contain oily ingredients. They can be thickened with any wax, including paraffin wax, but beeswax is preferable as it has it’s own therapeutics.

Adding essential oils to sea salt


One can make baths salts using sea salt or Epsom salts with the addition of essential oils. For each teaspoon (5 ml) of salt add 2-3 drops of your chosen essential oils.