What is a solvent?
When making herbal remedies, the solvent is the raw liquid or semi solid chosen to extract the healing elements, or constituents, from your herb.
In this course, we will be exploring the most common solvents used to make herbal remedies: water, oil, vinegar, alcohol, and glycerin (plus a few honorable mentions).
What is a constituent?
Each medicinal herb is loaded with phytochemistry: small but mighty molecules that contribute to the healing potential of the plant (or fungus).
Learn some of the most common herbal constituents - polysaccharides, tannins, saponins, and carotenoids, to name a few - and how to choose the best solvent to create the most potent remedies.
Break it Down
This 4 week course will introduce you to a new solvent each week. You will learn both folk and mathematical extraction techniques, commonly used herbs and fungi to add to your home apothecary, plus bonus material on harvesting and storing your herbs.
Learning modules will be a combination of slide presentations, instructor commentary, and follow-along videos. Each week will culminate in a live Q&A on Friday at 10am PST.
You will be guided through this introductory herbal remedies course by Herb Nerd's founder Colleen. She has been geeking out on Herbalism & handcrafting herbal remedies since 2010. Her experience stems from years of product development for her herbal skin care line Poppy Botanicals, and from her time as Lab/Apothecary manager at The California School of Herbal Studies where she is now one of the primary herbal remedies instructors in the Handcrafted Herbalism program.
7 + LEARNING MODULES PER SOLVENT
16 + HERBS IN-DEPTH
8 + HOURS OF VIDEO CONTENT
This course is alive! Enroll now and have lifetime access to content that will be continually evolving with herbal industry standards for years to come!
- 12 + Follow along videos
- Traditional Herbal Recipes Galore
- Phytochemistry Solubility
- Herbal Science + Artistry
- Access to Community Forum
- Lifetime access
- Monthly Live Q&A
Meet your herbal allies
No herbal course is complete without meeting some key herbs. You'll discover the unique qualities of some commonly used herbs, and how to best extract them for their healing benefits.
Four 90 minute learning modules
Complete with instructor commentary, slides, and live videos, you'll enjoy moving through the course material at your own pace.
Weekly live Q&As
Every Friday at 10am PST, join Colleen for a 90 minute live chat on zoom to discuss the material of the week, ask questions, and met your fellow Herb Nerds.
Discover a new solvent each week
- week 1: water & tea
- week 2: vinegar & acetums
- week 3: oil & infused oil
- week 4: alcohol & tincture/glycerite
Each new remedy will come with a pdf handout for you to download and start building your Herbal Remedies folder to reference time & time again.
Fun follow along videos
Embedded in each weekly 90 minute learning module will be fun follow along videos to better support your understanding of the material.
Individual herb monographs
An herbal monograph is a body of text and images that describes an individual herb in depth: common and scientific names, growing patterns and regions, harvesting techniques, traditional uses, modern research, dosing, and much more. Each herbal remedy you create will focus on a new herb, and will come with a coplete mnograph on that herb.
Optional supply box
Making your herbal remedies just got even easier! By purchasing a supply box you will receive all of the herbs, solvents (except alcohol), jars, labels, and pressing cloths that are covered throughout the course.
*supply boxes are only available to students living in the continental United States.
Tons of bonus content!
Stretch your remedies to the limit, learning how to incorporate them into other, more complex, herbal remedies.
WEEK 1 | WATER
the universal solvent
tea 4 ways
hydrophilic herbal constituents + polar molecules
beyond tea: syrups, gummies, gels & more
WEEK 2 | VINEGAR
water vs vinegar
all things apple vinegar
acidity, pH, and the skin
applications for herbal vinegars
shrubs & switchels
WEEK 3 | OIL
carrier oils & their virtues
ratio based preparations
fresh vs dry macerations, tips & tricks for stability
non-polar molecules & resin extraction
unlocking the versatility of infused oils in topical formulations
WEEK 4 | ALCOHOL & GLYCERIN
mathematical preparations & using percentages to get the most potent extracts
alcohol soluble constituents & their actions
maceration techniques for strengthening potency
simple extracts vs compounds & building a formula