Junior Herbalist Club
September 2022 - July 2023
Waltham Forest, London
Suitable for children aged 7 and over.
The aim of the Junior Herbalist Club (JHC) is to let children learn about the healing and medicinal plants all around them in a safe and supervised environment, whilst covertly incorporating core subjects including English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Botany, Latin and Cookery, as well as helping children to gain in confidence, improve fine motor control and develop a new skill set. The JHC is proudly supported by the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH).
Each month the club focuses on one particular healing plant. Children are taught how to correctly identify the plant, about the origins of the plant name (both common and botanical names) and about the plant’s habitat and life cycle. Next, they look at the history and folklore surrounding the plant. This may include storytelling, songs and funny anecdotes. They then discuss the medicinal qualities of the plant, the primary constituents responsible for the healing activity, and the uses for the plant, both internally and externally. Children are encouraged to participate in the discussion, adding their own ideas and thoughts.
All sessions are run by a qualified Medical Herbalist who has undergone specific training in order to be able to deliver this course.
The course includes:
Identification of common herbs growing all around
Safety – which herbs are safe to use and which are poisonous
Folklore – taught through stories and songs
How to grow and harvest herbs
Medicinal uses of common herbs
How to use a variety of common herbs for first aid
How to make a variety of herbal preparations to keep and take home
Respect for all plants and their environment
Junior Herbalist Club meets once a month. Ten lessons are delivered over a year from September to July. At the end of the year the children are awarded certificates of attendance and a badge.
Places are strictly limited, early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
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