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Herbal Constituents & Make Better Medicine

Herbal Constituents & Short Courses 

Herbal Constituents (Early Access)
Registration is now open!

We're doing something new this year: opening up Early Access to Herbal Constituents. We've had a number of requests for this, so we decided to go for it and let enthusiastic students register now! Early Access allows you to view and download all the course materials and get a jump start on your studies before the new live webinars begin (Sept 5, 2024 for Semester 1, & Jan 9, 2025, for Semester 2. Each class in the early access version incudes a recorded 2.5-hour webinar with Lisa Ganora and Kat Martello, with full admin and class support via our lively Forum. Also, we're limiting total registrations to 100 each semester to make sure students get individual attention, so we wanted to give you a chance to sign up early.

Herbal Constituents goes in-depth to explore the nature of constituents, structure and function, solubility & extraction, synergy and variability, which plants contain which phytochemicals, how constituents contribute to the actions and energetics of Western herbs, and how to use our knowledge of them in clinical practice. If you really want to understand constituents and basic botanical chemistry, this could be the class for you: The comprehensive course includes two 12-week sessions, each with videos, study guides, PowerPoint decks, handouts, quizzes, optional assignments, a forum, and both recorded and live webinars. Sign up for one session or both!

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Comfrey & the PA Puzzle - Short Course

Learn the history of the different Comfrey species & cultivars, their synergistic phenolic constituents & the pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA): what they are & why they matter.

We'll answer the many questions herbalists have about Comfrey: Is it safe? What about leaf vs. root? Is one species safer than another? What is the spectrum of PA toxicity? What are they soluble in? Can you absorb them through your skin? How does the liver metabolize them? Can they really cause liver damage? How much is too much? How valid are the case reports and contraindications? How can we interpret them in the context of clinical herbalism? What's the latest science?

We'll dive into phytochemical detail to answer these questions and give you the tools you need to make a rational risk/benefit analysis of this traditional medicinal plant. Includes detailed handouts with links to resources, an illustrated PowerPoint deck, a fun self-assessment quiz, and two recorded 2-hour Q&A Webinars with Lisa Ganora & Kat Martello!

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Make Better Medicine Courses

The first course in our Make Better Medicine series, Solubility & Extraction

is now available! Solubility & Extraction is the course for herbalists who want to take their medicine-making skills to the next level ... Join us to learn process based herbal pharmacy - the next step beyond a recipe based approach.

Learn the how and why of your methods and how you can dial them in to Make Better Medicine by understanding solubility & extraction with Herbal Constituents!

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The second course in our Make Better Medicine series, Extraordinary Elixirs! (& Herbal Infused Honeys)

is now available! This in-depth course includes more than four hours of step-by-step video with corresponding study guides, a complete course booklet, elixir recipes, quizzes, and more to help you make concentrated herbal infused honeys and simple or complex multi-tincture and multi-honey elixirs. Also see the Tincture & Elixir Calculator below that simplifies elixir formulation math.

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The Art & Science of Botanical Tincturing

Want to make more concentrated, consistent & potent tinctures? We'll show you how! Join us to explore the principles of solubility and extraction that apply to tincturing.

Dive into menstruum composition and learn the power of the Menstruum Math Calculator (included). We'll compare classical maceration, power maceration, SWSBM & Fenner's Formulary percolations & done-in-a-day tinctures using kitchen tools and home extractors.

Explore historical pharmacy methods of percolation and how to adapt them using modern equipment. This course includes the Menstruum Math calculator. Take your tincturing game to the next level with Herbal Constituents! 

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Herbal Pharmacy Calculators

Elixir & Tincture Formula Calculator

If you make tincture formulas or elixir formulas to sell or for your clients, check out this handy calculator that does the math for both multi-herb tincture formulas and simple or multi-herb elixirs (tincture/s & honey together).

This calculator is the easy way to determine the final ethanol % in your formulas!

Includes a section that indicates the exact dose of each ingredient when the client takes a specific amount of your formula.

Like all our courses, the calculators also include access to the community Forum.

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Menstruum Math Calculator

Save time and money with this convenient calculator that helps you to make any menstruum accurately, for use with any tincturing process! It will help you to dilute or concentrate a menstruum to the correct EtOH % or mix two menstrua together to get a new EtOH %. For use with fresh or dried herbs.

Note: If you register for the Art & Science of Botanical Tincturing course, this calculator is included - so no need to buy it separately. But if you don't need the full course, here's where you get just the calculator.

Like all our courses, the calculators also include access to the community Forum.

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