Contemporary Plant Alchemy – Healing Potions and Elixirs
In this weekend with Michael Isted, he will explore the following:
The philosopher stone and the history of Alchemy: an archaeological olfactory journey – recreation of traditional plant preparations, scents and perfumes a journey through past, present and future
Modern and traditional extraction techniques to include C02 / Ultrasonic / Alembic distillations / vacuum / fermentation / alcohol / non-alcoholic extraction
Reclaim perfume – working with traditional and modern extraction techniques to create attars, scents and incense blends
Rituals around ingesting plants, traditional herbal medicines and how they have influenced global beverage trends
Create our own non-alcoholic potions and tonics highlighting key plants and their benefits, creating plant potions for health and happiness
Cannabis – a year on a cannabis farm – creating authentic potions, tonics and lotions – understanding the plant and its true therapeutic potential
Topicals – how to formulate and create a range of botanical skin care rituals to include salves, creams, essences and oils.
Michael Isted is a trained phytotherapist (BSc Hons), aromatherapist and nutritionist who started up his company The Herball in 2013. Michael set up The Herball as a portal to promote and celebrate the many ways in which we can integrate plants and plant preparations to invigorate and enrich our lives. Michael distils in traditional copper and extracts plants with C02. He also works closely with a number of small independent organic growers and plant workers in the UK, Europe and India to source, produce and sell authentic, artisanal plant-based products, such as infusions, hydrosols, spices, extracts, and oils.
Michael frequently runs workshops across the globe teaching plant therapeutics while also consulting, creating and formulating botanical drinks for brands, cafes, bars, restaurants and spas. He is also currently in the process of launching new Herball concepts across Europe, North America and the Middle East.
Michael has also just written and published The Herball’s Guide to Botanical Drinks, a book which reflects a very modern take on an ancient practice, revealing the history and processes of making botanical drinks with herbs and plant extracts. Michael can be found online at www.theherball.com.Pacific Rim College
- Event Start Date: 03-28-2020
- Event End Date: 03-29-2020
- Event Start Time: 9:00 AM
- Event Duration:
- Event Topic: Supplements & Herbs
- Organization: Pacific Rim College
- Instructor: Michael Isted