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Making Medicine with a Master Herbalist

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 7 reviews.Clavering, United Kingdom

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Experience hosted by Melanie

2 hours
Includes drinks, equipment
Up to 5 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Making Your Own Herbal Remedies ... Herbs are the oldest form of medicine. Did you know that one of the first medicines, Aspirin was created in 1897 from a plant called meadowsweet? Your host Melanie is a passionate Master Herbalist who's worked with natural medicine for 25 years. Clavering is first found in the 11th century as Claefring, meaning ‘the place where the clover grows’, and what better way to both discover this beautiful Medieval village and its local flora, than to go for a walk? So we begin by following one of the lovely nature trails in this historic village and weather dependant, we will spend our time outside walking and stopping often to discuss many of the common wild plants en route. During our walk we will also be foraging some of the plants we find to make a tasty cup of fresh medicinal herbal tea with Melanie's expert guidance. You'd be amazed at the world of medicine and nutrition all around us. We will learn more about the special properties each herb offers us and ways you can prepare them. You will leave having been immersed in Nature and seeing the 'weeds' around you in a new light.. and you'll be empowered to create your own natural, effective medicine to improve your health and wellbeing, as well as that of your family and friends. You also take home a handout with essential info on the plants we find and how to create natural remedies!
Making Your Own Herbal Remedies ... Herbs are the oldest form of medicine. Did you know that one of the first medicines, Aspirin was created in 1897 from a plant called meadowsweet? Your host Melanie is a passionate Master Herbalist who's worked with natural medicine for 25 years. Clavering is first found in the 11th century as Claefring, meaning ‘the place where the clover grows’, and what better way to both discover this beautiful Medieval vil…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    A herbal tea that we make and drink and I can supply water for the walk, if...
  • Equipment
    Everything needed to make and serve the fresh herbal tea.
    Handout to f...
From ₹2,970
/ person
Sun, 8 Nov
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
¥ 4,190 per person
¥ 4,190 per person

Meet your host, Melanie

Host on Airbnb since 2011
  • 7 Reviews
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I'm a qualified Master Herbalist & Wholistic Health Coach and have been working in the Health & Wellbeing field for 25 years. I'm so passionate about herbs and natural medicine that I founded the Herbcraft Academy in 2004 and have been teaching a variety of workshops, experiential days and an accredited professional diploma in Herbcraft since then. I run Nature's Pharmacy (an online herbal mail order pharmacy) as well as the Serenity Healing Clinic from my home in Clavering and see clients from all over the south of England. I am also an international speaker and teacher on Herbal medicine, Iridology and Healing techniques and am in the process of writing my first series of books!

I've lived in Clavering for almost 17 years but grew up in Saffron Walden, just 7 miles down the road from my current home, so definitely a local girl.
I'm a qualified Master Herbalist & Wholistic Health Coach and have been working in the Health & Wellbeing field for 25 years. I'm so passionate about herbs and natural medicine that I founded the Herbcraft Academy in 2004 and have been teaching a variety of workshops, experiential days and an accredited professional diploma in Herbcraft since then. I run Nature's Pharmacy (an online herbal mail order pharmacy) as well as the Serenity Healing Clinic from my home in Clavering and see clients fro…
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Where you'll be

We'll walk locally in the neighbourhood to discover a wealth of medicinal and nutritional weeds around us. We'll likely visit the local meadow, once site of Clavering Castle, (earliest castle in east of England), pass the medieval church and may also pass the Cricketers Inn, where Jamie Oliver learned to cook. We will follow one of the nature walks to forage plants. We will then 'make medicine' in Melanie's garden on the edge of the village

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 7 reviews.

Sophie
October 2020
The perfect afternoon. Melanie was a wonderful host and made us feel so welcome the minute we arrived at her warm and inviting home. Melanie is super knowledgeable and a real expert in her field. We had a lovely walk where we learnt about the various plants with medicinal properties and taught us about all of the different health benefits. After this, we went back to Melanie's home where we made a delicious brew from the wonderful plants that we had picked. I would and already have recommended this experience to my friends, family, and colleagues! Thank you again, we loved it
The perfect afternoon. Melanie was a wonderful host and made us feel so welcome the minute we arrived at her warm and inviting home. Melanie is super knowledgeable and a real exper…
Tal
September 2020
The experience with Melani was really great. Within the limited amount of time that we had, she managed to teach us a lot about medicinal plants that grow in our surroundings. Most importantly, she gave us basic tools and knowledge that will enable us to use herbs ourselves! The time with Melani was very pleasant and interesting. She is one of those special persons who you want to get to know better.
The experience with Melani was really great. Within the limited amount of time that we had, she managed to teach us a lot about medicinal plants that grow in our surroundings. Mos…
Magdalena
October 2019
We enjoyed the experience enormously. Melanie is a lovely host and a very knowledgeable and passionate herbalist. We were inspired by what we learned and we will try to repeat it at home. We highly recommend this experience.
Jo
September 2019
Melanie made us welcome from the beginning. We went on a walk and her knowledge and enthusiasm was infectious. She was patient with our questions. We then went back to base and had a fab time learning the basics. Melanie is generous with her knowledge and I came away equipped with beginner confidence around the subject.
Melanie made us welcome from the beginning. We went on a walk and her knowledge and enthusiasm was infectious. She was patient with our questions. We then went back to base and h…
Daniela
September 2019
This was a very unique and informative experience. Melanie managed to concentrate her vast knowledge on a concentrated piece of knowledge and information, rather than diluting all of her knowledge. I feel I have learned a little corner of her experience as well as I could as a layman, but have learned it well, ready to attend another of her classes. Well done and thoroughly recommended. Melanie is generous of her knowledge and character.
This was a very unique and informative experience. Melanie managed to concentrate her vast knowledge on a concentrated piece of knowledge and information, rather than diluting all…
Lucy
October 2020
Really enjoyable experience. Melanie has a great knowledge of herbal medicine. It’s a wonderful way to learn about kitchen medicine.

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

More tips

If you have difficulty walking distance or other mobility issues, we can adapt the experience to accommodate you, if you discuss this with your host prior to booking.
All the herbs we will use will be safe for anyone.
Limited to small groups (up to 8 people) for maximum benefit and enjoyment.

What to bring

Wet weather gear (coat, boots, umbrella) just in case!

Notebook and / or camera if they wish to record the experience / herbs we find