Herbal Pharmacy Intensive

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Registration is open for our four day, hands on workshop in Paonia, Colorado, June 9 - 12, 2022


I'm ready to make better medicine in Paonia!

Here's what you'll learn in the Herbal Pharmacy Intensive:

    • How to make better medicines with our local herbs
    • Why understanding herbal constituents and solubility matters
    • How to use the underlying principles of solubility & extraction to make your creations safer & more potent
    • The significance of herbal constituents to medicine making
    • Historical pharmacy arts adapted for the modern medicine maker & using home equipment
    • Adaptations like making multiple kinds of fresh & dried herb tinctures with a Vitamix®
    • The art of making infused herbal oils with a Magical Butter Machine®
    • How to double infuse oxymels and craft multiple ingredient elixirs
    • The art of Action Formulation to create brilliant products for your clients or to sell in the marketplace
    • How to use simple medicine making math with worksheets and special calculators we created to make consistent and potent herbal products

Have fun while you enhance your herbal medicine making skills! Enjoy our in person, hands on learning experience to elevate your knowledge ... This intensive complements our online course, Make Better Medicine: Solubility & Extraction. Here's your opportunity to put these principles into practice as you make next level medicines with us on the farm!

  • Why Solubility Matters
  • Polarity & Solubility
  • Polarity & Solvents
  • Solubility: Other Influences
  • Plant Matrix & Solubility
  • Glycosides, aglycones & pH
  • pH, Precipitation & Solubility
  • CO2, Organoleptics & Constituents

Come practice the principles in our new herbal lab at Elderberry's Farm! The hands on intensive is open to anybody with basic medicine making skills, so no worries if you didn't take the online class. We'll have handouts for you when you register ...

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Make Better Medicine: Solubility & Extraction has closed, but join our mailing list for updates, get a free double extracted oxymel recipe, and we'll let you know when the next course in the series is ready!

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Lisa began studying herbal medicine in the early ‘80s. After practicing as a Wise Woman tradition community herbalist, wildcrafter, and medicine-maker for a decade, Lisa returned to school at UNCA and graduated summa cum laude with multiple awards in biology and chemistry. After graduation she focused on exploring herbal constituents (pharmacognosy and phytochemistry) in the context of Western clinical herbalism and Vitalist therapeutics.

In addition to founding and directing the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism from 2012-2020 and managing Elderberry’s Farm (a Rocky Mountain Herbal Education Center in Paonia, CO), Lisa has also served as Adjunct Professor of Pharmacognosy at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, and has lectured and taught classes at numerous schools and conferences around the world. She is the author of Herbal Constituents, 2nd Ed., a popular textbook on herbal phytochemistry for natural health practitioners, which is used by schools and universities worldwide. Lisa also teaches a comprehensive distance learning course on herbal constituents and formulates botanical and CBD products.