newsletter: Removing ethanol alcohol from your herbal medicines

Please consider removing the ethanol alcohol from her herbal medicines before ingesting them.

To make the liquid herbal medicines of European Herbal Medicine today ethanol alcohol is used.

Ethanol alcohol is a 96% proof alcohol distilled from sugar cane leftovers or grape seeds and skins. This is used with water to be used as the liquid solvent for blending the herbal plant matter into.This solvent mixture works to extract the medicinally active ingredients from the herb material into the liquid. Traditionally and historically brandy was used in the monasteries and the homes of the wealthy. And apple cider vinegar was used by the poor.

This method of making herbal medicines condenses the strength of the medicinally active ingredients and works to preserve the medicines. It also supports us to capture the energy of the plants into our herbal medicines. It supports us to choose the best quality plant material and to preserve this original energy in our medicines.

Ethanol alcohol can be toxic to the body and tastes pretty awful. Your body might not want any.In my practice we advise removing the alcohol from your medicines because we do not want to risk distressing the bodies of adults or children.


1. The night before you need to take the herbs add all the next days doses to 20mls boiling water in a mug. Leave overnight and the alcohol will disappear/ evaporate away.

2. Each time you need a dose, first boil some water,add a small amount of the boiling water (20mls) to a mug, add your dose of herbs and leave it for 10 - 20 minutes and the alcohol will evaporate away.

You can make it taste even better by adding some honey or by pouring the medicine, after the ethanol has evaporated out, into a small amount of fruit juice just before drinking.


newsletter: Manufacturing Herbal Medicine 2017, Summer Workshops in Tasmania

Manufacturing Herbal Medicine

with Linda Bates and Sandra Parker

Herbal elders Linda Bates and Sandra Parker, with over 30 years of clinical experience each, will teach you to manufacture medicines for a professional dispensary and for your home.


Linda Bates is a traditional western Herbalist trained by Dorothy Hall and the women of her family. She works with plants and bodies for the healing of physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of ill-ness. As a 4th generation herbalist and medicine woman, she has more than 30 years of professional and clinical experience. 

Since 1984 she has been designing herbal mixes, skin repair creams, douches and herbal oils for her clients. Since 1993 she has been organically growing or wild crafting most of her own herbs in the Blue Mountains, making tinctures & creams from them and teaching others how to do it too.



Sandra Parkeris a traditional western Herbalist. She has been consulting, creating and manufacturing medicines for 30 years. For the last 20 she has been living in the pristine Nth of Tasmania, growing the herbs in her Permaculture garden to produce the remedies and creams/balms for her patients.


In 2015 they presented the Pindari Summer Workshops together.. With their clinical experience, their common love of herbs and all things healing they inspire each other and anyone listening.


This 4 day workshop in Sandra’s garden , in the beautiful  town of Deloraine, Tasmania will include lunch on a Ginseng Farm ( )and a visit to Marleen Herbs (  to see their unique organic and biodynamic growing methods, their commercial manufacturing systems and meet the herbs they grow.‚Äč


The workshop will include demonstrations followed by guidance and supervision while you make your own –  medicine strength water infusions and decoctions, hot and cold oil infusions,  fresh and dried herb tinctures made with alcohol and with apple cider vinegar, oxymels, syrups and cordials, fresh juices (succus), flower essences and your own apple cider vinegar. Using juices, tinctures, water infusions, flower essences, essential oils, hydrosols, and oil infusions we show you how to make very special creams, ointments and salves. Then we help you create your own. We teach you about harvesting, garbling and comminution as we all prepare our fresh picked herbs to use. And you get to take home most of what you make.

For information and bookings:




Cost: $1100 for 4 day workshop.

a.m. and p.m. tea and lunch



Venue: 50, Weston Street,

Deloraine, Tasmania. 7304


Dates: Workshop 1: Friday Jan.

27th - Monday Jan 30th inclusive.


Workshop 2: Friday Feb 3rd -

Monday Feb 6th inclusive.


Time: 9.30am – 4pm.


Does NOT incl. accommodation.