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November-December 2022

We're so excited to be almost ready with the next class in our online series, Make Better Medicine! Check it out here at our upcoming free webinar, Extraordinary Elixirs! (& Herbal Infused Honeys) on December 15, 2022. At the same time, we're going to reopen registration for the first class, Solubility & Extraction.

The Elixirs class focuses on one of our favorite topics: how to make concentrated herbal infused honeys and craft multi-herb elixirs using the honeys along with a formula of tinctures (with each having a different ethanol percentage) - and how to end up with the right final ethanol % for reliable preservation and efficacy. This fascinating method for making elixirs (like syrups, only better!) is adapted from the classic 1890's elixir recipes of the brilliant Eclectic pharmacist John Uri Lloyd.

We'll use magic (oops, I mean easy-to-follow Medicine Math formula calculators & worksheets) to dial in not only the final ethanol % but also to determine the actual dose of each ingredient that's in our final product. We'll also learn how to formulate elixirs for specific purposes, such as Upper Respiratory and Lower Respiratory formulas and Bitters Elixirs (delicious & potent)!

And ... for next year, we're just starting to plan the in-person honey pharmacy & elixir workshop at Elderberry's Farm (June 8-11, 2023) ... Scroll down to get on the mailing list & we'll let you know when registration opens early next year.

Herbal Constituents, 2nd. Ed., is a unique addition to the botanical literature

Written in a down-to-Earth style by a clinical herbalist with extensive training in chemistry, physiology and botany, this book is designed for anyone who wants an in-depth understanding of medicinal plant constituents in the context of human physiology.

Herbal Constituents presents the most important concepts and research on phytochemical compounds in medicinal foods and herbs.

Basic Language of Phytochemical Structure

In a clear, step-by-step fashion, the reader is first introduced to the basic language of phytochemical structure including bonding, polarity, functional groups, isomers, and more. This non-mathematical presentation distills the information that is important for understanding the personalities and activities of constituents in medicinal herbs.

Making Herbal Medicine:
Extraction, Solubility, Solvent Polarity & More

These chapters address areas of interest for the botanical practitioner including solubility and extraction of herbal constituents, polarity of solvents and solvent systems, and other influences on solubility, phytochemical stability, and reactivity in extracts. We also explore synergy and variability in herbs and formulas, and the role of standardization.

Herbal Constituent Categories

The book presents a detailed and thoroughly referenced chapter for each of the major categories. Each chapter contains numerous illustrations and explanations of the botanical occurrence and physiological activities of the constituents, and is based on up-to-date research considered in the context of traditional usage.

Extensive Illustrated Glossary

Herbal Constituents concludes with an extensive illustrated glossary having some 250 entries that will be helpful for those needing to review some of the most important concepts and terminology from organic chemistry, biochemistry and phytochemistry.

Meet the Author

Hi! I'm Lisa, author of Herbal Constituents. It's my pleasure to offer this updated and expanded 2nd edition to students and practitioners of botanical medicine.

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Herbal Constituents, 2nd Edition, is a concise yet thorough textbook for students and practitioners of botanical medicine including clinical and medical herbalists, naturopaths, holistic and integrative practitioners, pharmacists, and physicians. Richly illustrated with structure drawings, and written by a clinical herbalist with extensive training in botany, chemistry, and physiology, this unique book brings together the wisdom of traditional practice and contemporary science. New in this edition are sections on Cannabis pharmacy; integration of current research; and expanded content in every chapter.
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