SUMMER WORKSHOP 4: HERBAL SYRUPS

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On Wednesday Sept 21st we will gather for the fourth workshop in the Summer/Fall Worskhop Series.

In the last hour of sunlight on the last official day of summer, we will head out for an early evening plant walk.  We will find the September flowers and many plants bearing abundant fruits and seeds.  

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Some of the plants will be growing new spring-like leaves as they tend to do when the weather cools in the fall.

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This gives us the chance to identify the plants as they will appear to us early next spring, so that we can have a head start at recognizing (and perhaps harvesting) them then.

In the second part of the workshop, we’ll be preparing a useful remedy to have around home: Herbal Syrup.  

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Syrups are a delightful medium for preserving the properties of herbs.  They are thicker and sweeter than tinctures or teas.  They are often made with fruits or berries and aromatic herbs.  As such, they can be a real treat for the senses.

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Syrups are commonly used for coughs, colds and respiratory infections.  They can sometimes also be added to desserts and/or cocktails for a pleasing effect.

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They are concentrated enough that an average therapeutic dose is about 1 teaspoon, 1-3 times per day.  Being sweet, syrups are popular with children and adults alike .

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Together we will prepare a strong tea with selected herbs and fruits.  We will cook this down, ensuring that we maintain the healing properties of the herbs as they simmer.  We will preserve the mixture with a natural sweetener.img_0238

And then we’ll bottle it up for you to take home.

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Kept in a cool place, your herbal syrup should last for at least 1 year, helping to keep you healthy and to store a little summer sunshine in a bottle for those chilly winter days…

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This is the 4th in a series of 5 workshops on herbal medicine, running from June-October 2016.  

If you’re interested in signing up for the workshop, or inquiring more about it, please click HERE

If you’d like to learn more about the workshop series, please click HERE

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