London Wild Medicine

London Wild Herbal Medicine Course

Come on an amazing 3 hour London wild medicine walk and discover how you can use the plants growing around you to enliven a healthy diet and provide simple home made herbal remedies.

Plants As Medicine

Many common wayside plants were stock home herbal remedies for centuries. We only stopped using them when modern medicines became more effective and accessible. However plants have some very useful properties that are worth rediscovering. These are also very easy to learn and even in a short walk you can pick up some useful tips to safely help with common everyday health problems for yourself and your family.

Plants As Food

Wild edible plants are the ultimate in ‘local’ and ‘seasonal’ food. Historically wild plants have always been a source of nourishment for country people. Foraging re-awakens your senses so you gain a greater appreciation of land, and your place in the natural cycles and rhythms of the seasons.

During this part of the walk you will be shown how to identify wild edible plants, as well as learn the different plant stories, their nutritional values, folklore, mystery and history.

When & Where Is The London Wild Medicine Course?

Saturday, 22nd April 2017

  • Time: 9am-12pm
  • Location: Central London: To be revealed after booking.
  • Availability: FULLY BOOKED
  • Cost: £50 (booking terms)

Saturday, 22nd April 2017

  • Time: 2pm-5pm
  • Location: Central London: To be revealed after booking.
  • Availability: FULLY BOOKED
  • Cost: £50 (booking terms)

About Your Foraging Guides

Alex Laird of Living MedicineAlex Laird has been a practising medical herbalist since 1999. She set up the first herbal clinic in a hospital dermatology department at Whipps Cross University Hospital, where she is tutor-practitioner to BSc Herbal students. She also practises at The Haven, the breast cancer support centre in London, and has a private clinic in Fulham. Alex is a visiting lecturer at several universities for herbal and medical students and sits on the Council of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP). She was a TV producer for 12 years, then trained as a medical herbalist while running aromatherapy clinics at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and at centres for drug users and those with HIV. She co-founded Living Medicine to reskill people in how to use food and plants for their everyday healthcare, exchange knowledge between cultures and train peer-to-peer self care mentors in local communities.

Robin Harford: Foraging GuideRobin Harford is a self taught ethnobotanist and creator of www.eatweeds.co.uk, which is considered to be the UK’s leading wild food foraging site. He specialises in wild edible plants and has been teaching people about their local edible landscape throughout the UK since 2008. He also travels extensively documenting and recording the traditional and local uses of wild food plants in indigenous cultures, and more recently his work has taken him to Zambia, Botswana, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and Europe.

Here’s What People Have Said About The Previous London Wild Medicine Course

I thought it was great – I liked the fact we could stand in one space for long stretches without needing to move and discuss so much around us. Alex was a wonderful imparter of medical knowledge – really valued her input.” – Richard Ford

So good to get first hand experience of other cultures traditional uses of nature’s bounty. Fiinally may I say I feel totally privileged to have attended this course. The organisation, explanation & enthusiasm of both of you is so inspiring. There’s a lot more for me to learn & enjoy. – Dorothy Pizzala

Great to have the time to spend peering at small plants and have both of your takes on how to use them – I shall continue to make teas and tinctures and nibble leaves! Certainly you have re-ignited my interest in plants and I shall continue to experiment and study plants in the field (and my garden) with great enthusiasm. Thank you both- Anne Battye

Doing the course with you and Alex, where it’s not simply regurgitated information that you are giving us, but the fact that it is coming from a much deeper source – you both practice what you preach, so to speak. You are both genuinely imparting knowledge that resonates on so many levels because you care, and really believe in what you are teaching. And that is much more meaningful and far reaching than mere intellectual knowing or teaching. – Sophie Jones

Oh it was such a pleasure to meet you and Alex and to be in this walk. I learned so much and felt really well taken care of. You two worked together as a great team, complementing each other. I felt included with my food suggestions/experiences and enjoyed meeting other fellow souls. Thank you for your generous spirit and I would so love to do more walks with you. – Irina Borowski