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Medicine making with children: Recipes to try at home

Written by Ruth Weaver

Children love making potions and playing with nature and making herbal medicines is a great way to empower them with self-care knowledge. This article shares some great recipes to make at home.

Introduction

Making herbal medicine is truly one of the most naturally joyous activities for all ages. Whether using freshly foraged herbs or sustainably sourced ingredients, bringing children into the world of herbal medicine has so many delights- both connecting children with nature through practical fun activities and giving them valuable skills to support their health.

Medicine making is both an incitement of timeless experiment, with children loving the theatre of making potions. Experimenting with natural materials, carrying out an accurate chemical fusion to create something that heals our body and brings us health. We can offer this heritage of knowledge to them and allow the practice of home herbalism to continue down the generations.

One does not have to be a confident forager to start making and using herbal medicines at home, because it is easy to source good quality, sustainable ingredients from trusted suppliers. You can even source ingredients from local herbalists, and organic shops are also a great place to start. Many simple herbal medicines can be made using household herbs and spices, and other kitchen ingredients too.

Herbal medicines can be made using a variety of different plant parts such as leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits, roots and barks. Herbal Medicines may also be seaweeds, algae or fungi. With an equally diverse range of preparation types such as teas, syrups, honeys, tinctures, lozenges, glycerine’s, oils, ointments, creams, balms and more!

This article hopes to offer some simple yet exciting, diverse and delicious herbal recipes for the young budding herbalists. Herbal Medicines have hugely diverse taste profiles than that which is found in our regular western diets. So for the purpose of the recipes included here we will look at medicines that are both useful and effective for a multitude of minor childhood illnesses whilst also pleasing to taste;

Please note: For the best results, sterile equipment is important when making and storing any medicines and using the correct quantities of ingredients listed below will allow for maximum shelf life. It is best to source equipment that is set aside for the purpose i.e. not used interchangeably for cooking, this reduces the risk of contaminants that will spoil the preparations.

The Apothecary Forager, Ruthie Weaver is a Medical Herbalist living, teaching and practising in the beautiful county of Cornwall, her place of birth and upbringing. Ruth studied at the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, Glasgow and The University of Lincoln where she completed her Herbal Medicine BSc. (Hons). Since then (2012) Ruths Practice in West Cornwall continues to grow, working with clients with acute and chronic illness and of mind body and spirit.

The roots of Ruth's practice are in Traditional Western Herbal Medicine, maintaining both a deeply holistic, intuitive and energetic approach to treatment. Ruth has sought diversity in her inspirations having worked with and learnt from many leading herbalists from around the UK. Ruth has also spent a number of years working with a collective of Herbalist first aiders at events around the UK providing orthodox and herbal first aid.

In the work of writing on medicinal plants, through monographs and articles, Ruth works to a balanced view of traditional, scientific, energetic and practical insights

Sharing the herbal wisdom is where Ruth's passion lies, she believes everyone should be empowered with the knowledge and skills to treat simple conditions at home with the powerful medicines growing so abundantly around us. Ruth also offers walks, talks, workshops and courses both in Cornwall and beyond.

Ruth Weaver

The Apothecary Forager, Ruthie Weaver is a Medical Herbalist living, teaching and practising in the beautiful county of Cornwall, her place of birth and upbringing. Ruth studied at the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, Glasgow and The University of Lincoln where she completed her Herbal Medicine BSc. (Hons). Since then (2012) Ruths Practice in West Cornwall continues to grow, working with clients with acute and chronic illness and of mind body and spirit.

The roots of Ruth's practice are in Traditional Western Herbal Medicine, maintaining both a deeply holistic, intuitive and energetic approach to treatment. Ruth has sought diversity in her inspirations having worked with and learnt from many leading herbalists from around the UK. Ruth has also spent a number of years working with a collective of Herbalist first aiders at events around the UK providing orthodox and herbal first aid.

In the work of writing on medicinal plants, through monographs and articles, Ruth works to a balanced view of traditional, scientific, energetic and practical insights

Sharing the herbal wisdom is where Ruth's passion lies, she believes everyone should be empowered with the knowledge and skills to treat simple conditions at home with the powerful medicines growing so abundantly around us. Ruth also offers walks, talks, workshops and courses both in Cornwall and beyond.

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