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Medicine from the Forest 2: Medicine Making

  • Vital Ways Apothecary 2714 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR 97211 USA (map)

Making good medicine is an alchemical process that calls us to enter into a relationship with the elemental forces of fire, water, earth, and air. Participating in this age-old ritual reconnects us to our ancient wise woman and cunning man healing traditions. Without doubt, an herbal medicine maker exists in every person’s family tree. Maybe that herbalist and medicine maker was a mother who knew which tea to give to her feverish children when they were ill, or perhaps he was a grandfather who knew how to make poultices to relieve the pain of sprains or bruises. As a child, you may even have collected sticks and grasses to make your own potions. I urge you to tap into this forgotten part of yourself and remember that making medicine from plants is the birthright of all. It’s in our bones, and for the vast majority of human history we as a species have known no other way.


  • Folk and Scientific Methods of Tincturing
  • Good Menstruum Makes Good Medicine
  • Fresh or Dry Plant Material?
  • Determining Dosages
  • Herbal Safety
  • Making Infused Oils and Salves

Dates: 2 Tuesday nights, June 20 & June 27
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Location: Vital Ways Apothecary 2714 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR 97211
Cost: $75