Enhance your practice with herbal extracts
Discover how to make and use your own herbal extracts so that you can apply them in treatments for your clients.
While aromatherapists love and use plant extracts (that’s what essential oils are after all!) there are many other herbal extracts that can easily be made at home and combine beautifully with essential oils to enhance treatments. Herbal infused oils such as arnica, calendula (marigold) and comfrey are widely available from aromatherapy suppliers and are often used as base oils by aromatherapists but there are dozens of options for using other therapeutic herbs to make your own infused oils to help to treat a wide variety of conditions in your clinic. Other topical herbal treatments include poultices, compresses and liniments.
These techniques are easy to use when you know how and are deeply therapeutic. There are dozens of local medicinal herbs growing around you such as daisy, plantain, mullein etc. There are also culinary herbs with medicinal properties e.g. rosemary, thyme, sage etc that can be put to good use in topical treatments too. Extracts can be made from herbs bought in from professional herbal suppliers or grown and dried at home.
This class includes:
How to make: herbal infused (macerated) oils, poultices, liniments & compresses (we will also try these out in the class)
Recommended medicinal herbal infusions (therapeutic teas) to accompany these treatments (including tea tastings).
Theory and safety of using these medicinal herbs and extracts.
2 x samples of herbal infused oils made on the day to bring home.
All made with certified organic ingredients.
- How to make these
- Record keeping, cleanliness, GMP, traceability, storage of oils and ingredients, shelf-life etc. The admin and legal requirements of making your own extracts for use in your clinic.
- Herbs suitable for infused oils for different ailments and treatments e.g. herbal infused oils to improve circulation, lymphatic function, relieve chest infections, enhance skin healing, ease aches and pains, relax muscles etc.
- For each herb: therapeutic action, safety (adults/children/pregnancy/any potential drug interaction issues/contraindications for use), ratio of recommended dilution etc.
- Combining infused oils with essential oils: enhancing the therapeutic action of essential oils, reducing exposure to allergens, safety for practitioners and clients etc.
- Adding local therapeutic herbs to aromatherapy treatments e.g. daisy, cleavers, mullein, plantain etc. Expanding your options for treatments in your clinic. Reducing the cost of buying in products by making some of your own.
- Making your own; buying/commissioning bespoke runs from specialist herbal suppliers.
- Using infused oils to make ointments, balms and other topical treatments.
- A brief overview of techniques for drying herbs properly, for people who would like to make extracts from their own garden.
- List of recommended suppliers of dried herbs.
Recommended Herbal Tea Blends to Enhance Treatments
- Safe and effective herbal teas to recommend to enhance treatments e.g. improve general health, nourish the body, improve circulation, digestion, lymphatic function, pregnancy support, increase fertility etc.
- Key safety info and dosage info.
- Recommended suppliers of ingredients/blends.
Other Topical Treatments for Clinical Use
- Using essential oils, herbal infused oils and water/vinegar/hydrosol/alcohol extracts in poultices, liniments and compresses.
- The benefits and suitability of each type of treatment.
- Discerning when one type of treatment would be of benefit over another (e.g. active components that are extracted in to water, oil, vinegar etc).
- Making balms, ointments and body butters. The suitability of each type of topical treatment in terms of treating different conditions e.g. topical treatments to avoid that might aggravate a condition etc.
General Info Included
- Recipe handouts
- Recommended suppliers (dried herbs, base oils etc.)
Vivienne will make the following extracts in the class. Participants will get to handle and try out these extracts.
1. Infused oils: the whole process, including infused oil samples to bring home. Vivienne will make two different infused oils for two contrasting uses to help students to compare and contrast the different oils and understand how they would be of benefit in their clinic.
5. Herbal infusions (therapeutic strength herbal teas)…including tea-tastings.
Note: All ingredients used are certified organic.
Who Can Attend?
Open to qualified aromatherapists
Qualification Recognition by Professional Associations
Validated by IPTI – (Independent Professional Therapists International) and widely accepted by most Professional Bodies.
Completion of this course by IFPA members gives the student 7 category A CPD points.
Duration: 1 day
Course fees include:
~ All class tuition
~ A comprehensive course manual
~ An MSCM Certificate of Attendance for your professional portfolio
~ 5 cpd points
About the Tutor
Vivienne Campbell BSc (Hons) MNIMH qualified as an herbalist in 2003. She is lives Ireland and has an herbal medicine clinic there. She runs classes on herbal medicine, wild food foraging and natural cosmetic-making for the general public as well as CPD classes for professionals. She also teaches worldwide via her online video course.
She has appeared on Irish television numerous times and is a popular speaker at international conferences and events. She gave a lecture and lead foraging walks at the Botanica conferences. She was interviewed for the upcoming documentary Uncommon Scents: The Movie. In her lecture for Formula Botanica (an international organic skincare school) she explored the potential of using sustainable local herbs in professional natural products.
Vivienne loves teaching people how to use herbs simply, effectively and joyfully. She believes it is everyone’s birth-right to know how to use common local plants as nutritious wild foods and health-enhancing natural remedies. She is currently writing her first book. You can discover more on her website: https://theherbalhub.com/
Qualification: BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine
Professional memberships: The National Institute of Medical Herbalists, The Association of Foragers
Course DatesPlease note - all deposits and course fees are non-refundable.
All transfers are at the discretion of the school and would be subject to an administrative charge of £25.00 (+VAT)