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Workshop | Living Medicine’s Seasonal Self Care – Summer

What effect do seasons and their rhythms have on our health? What opportunities do nature’s gardens and green spaces offer us as nourishment and healing across the year?

Plant medicine practitioner and Root to Stem author Alex Laird will reveal in a series of four workshops – Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring – how we can be creative with seasonal foods, herbs and wild plants through simple kitchen remedies and recipes.

Alex will demonstrate a host of ways to widen our intake of therapeutic phytonutrients to address everyday ailments and promote healthy resilience  – and above all, take pleasure in the experience of reciprocity with the rest of nature.

This workshop is part of a series of four workshops in collaboration between Living Medicine and the Garden Museum. These workshops stand alone and attendance to all four is not required – though it is welcomed!

Summer | Flower

Character of the season: heat, light, energy up, expression outward, flowering, abundance, laughter, singing, lightness

Food:  cooling bitters, juicy foods

Health: skin nourishment and protection

Remedies:  sun screen

Recipes:  herb/flower/wild salads, edible garden ‘weeds’!

Drinks: cold infusions & teas – geranium leaves, cooling rose petal tea

In this summer inspired workshop, Alex will take you through the process of creating recipes and remedies, identifying plants at different stages of their growth and their beneficial properties and you will create your own edible treat, remedy or tea with plants easily grown or foraged.

Please bring a seasonal wild plant or herb of your choice for discussion in the workshop.

Living Medicine

  • Alex Laird

    Alex Laird

    Alex Laird is a plant medicine educator and author of ‘Root to Stem’ a guide to seasonal food and plant remedies.
    A medical herbalist, she has been running teaching clinics in hospital dermatology and breast cancer support for the past 20 years. Alex is a visiting lecturer and has carried out herbal medicine research with GPs. She founded the charity Living Medicine to teach self care and the safe use of plants and food within mainstream healthcare, reviving our cultural traditions. The longterm vision is to create a beautiful World Living Medicine garden and centre of excellence linking medicinal gardens worldwide.