Kitchen Medicine—Remembering our Roots


Once upon a time every household used traditional remedies to cure simple ailments and discomforts, many with remarkable success. We have forgotten many of these time-tested recipes, and hunger to “remember” those simple traditions to pass down to our future generations.

Using cultivated and foraged foods and herbs, students learn simple traditional remedies as part of a sustainable lifestyle that enhances health and helps prevent illness.

Some of what you will learn:

  • The foods and herbs that grow in our region and how they are connected to our seasonal needs.
  • Simple methods to make kitchen medicine using food and herbs: sooth sore throats, coughs, fevers, stomachaches, earaches and more.
  • How to make teas, tonics, bitters, and brews.
  • How to make medicinal honeys.
  • How to make an herbal first aid kit
  • How to make clean body care products
  • How to make clean cleaning products.
  • Methods to grow, store and extend the season of foods and herbs to use throughout the year.
  • How to extract medicinal properties from plants, both cultivated and wild.
  • How to make immune enhancing, delicious soups with wild and cultivated foods and herbs.
  • How to view food as medicine and make it sustainable for generations to come.
  • And so much more!

At the end of the year you will have a working knowledge of the plants from the garden and backyard to move your medicine from the bathroom medicine cabinet to the kitchen.