Using botanicals to create medicinal syrups, tinctures, and teas is a timeless craft combining art, science and nature. In addition to being loads of fun, there is the added benefit of boosting your immune and other body systems just in time for the arrival of fall and winter! In this workshop, we will make several take-home natural remedies including elderberry syrup, an herbal tincture, and loose-leaf teas to stock your natural medicine cabinet. Expert medicine-maker and clinical herbalist Amy Charnay will share her wealth of knowledge as she guides us through the step-by-step procedure from plant identification, harvesting, proper drying techniques to processing & preserving these beloved plant allies. Nurture your connection to the seasons, the land, and yourself through a hands-on practice you can continue the rest of your life.
Amy Charnay, MS, CNS hails from upstate New York and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Science & Latin American Studies and a Master’s of Science in Herbal Medicine. She has worked as an Herbalist, Board Certified Nutrition Specialist, and Yoga & Mindfulness Instructor for more than 15 years. Amy holds an international certification in Aromatherapy and is a FDA trained botanical microscopist with extensive experience in the herbal manufacturing industry as a formulator and quality control specialist. Amy teaches in the Herbal Medicine Masters of Science program at the Maryland University of Integrative Health and at the California School of Herbal Studies. She is passionate about applying her skills as a permaculturist and Sonoma County Master Gardener on her urban farm in Santa Rosa called ‘Herban Allies’. She views the human body as a complex and deeply interconnected ecosystem and maintains a private practice in Santa Rosa, CA.