Herbal Fundamentals

Six-week course
meets 7-9:30 pm Thursdays
starting November 7


Do you learn more from practical demos and seeing how herbal medicines are actually made?

John Finch has been teaching folks how to make herbal medicines for more than thirty years. Many of his students are learning to make a relax/sleep tonic he calls Nervade that they’re raving about, as well as the fun and practical six-week Herbal Fundamentals Course he teaches where they become empowered to make natural medicines for themselves, their friends and families.



In this interactive course, you’ll learn to use a variety of medicinal herbs to make herbal preparations. In our herb garden as well as the classroom and herbal apothecary, you’ll discover herbs found growing in San Diego and around the world. You’ll learn basic Western herb theory, simpling, medicinal plant identification and more.




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You will begin by meeting some herbs from the school herb garden as we identify them and speak of their uses in food and medicine. We’ll eat some and make tea with some.

You will also learn how to:

 Acquire high-quality herbs and store them

  Make medicinal teas: infusions, decoctions and cold water infusions

  Extract herbs in alcohol, vinegar, and glycerine

  Powder herbs and take them in capsules

  Extract herbs in oils and make salves, balms, and emulsions (lotions and creams)

  Use herbs externally in poultices, plasters, compresses, soaks and washes

  Access great online reference materials

  And much more in a casual and interactive environment

What folks are saying about this course:

John makes it fun to learn the basics of herbal medicine-making. My friends and family, as well as my co-workers, are all asking me to get Nervade for them. John rocks!  Peter M.

Don’t pass up the opportunity to learn herbal medicine-making from this master medicine maker. Pat R.

My mom was suffering from insomnia and the tincture I learned to make in class has her sleeping and feeling better during the day. I highly recommend this course. Rebecca L.

The classes here are fun and informative. We meet one night a week and learn stuff our ancestors used to take care of their families. Most of the people in the world use herbal remedies as their primary medicine and now we are too! This is important training everyone should take.  Lanny T.


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