10:00 - 11:00 How to make a rooibos and buchu “moisture balance” balm
The use of plant-based ointments is one of the world’s most ancient healing practices, and even today, is one of the simplest and most effective ways to access the benefits of healing plants. After all, the skin is the body’s largest organ! Ointments applied to the skin can provide a layer of protection (helpful for wound healing) and trap in heat (helpful for pain) but they’re also great for introducing the beneficial compounds in plants directly to where they are required. They’re also delightfully easy and relatively inexpensive to make at home – provided that you’re well-acquainted with the plant you wish to use!
In this one hour demo workshop, you will learn the basic technique of preparing a herbal ointment, using the indirect heat method. The specific balm we will be making is a rooibos and buchu preparation, and you will learn a little secret about creating an effective oil-based infusion using rooibos, by combining it with an oil-bearing plant, such as buchu. You will also learn about some of the health benefits of both plants, and a bit of philosophy about why they work so well in combination. Finally, you will receive a 60ml jar of the ointment being prepared to take home and experience. Notes will be provided.
About the presenter: Tracy du Plessis is a self-taught fynbos “apothecarist”, who studies the medicinal plants of the fynbos region, and uses them to make topical remedies, as well as delicious and restorative fynbos-infused concoctions. Her workshop, the Storytellers Fynbos Apothecary, is located in the Agter-Pakhuis Valley, northern Cederberg, in the heart of Rooibos Country.
Cost: R125 (bookings essential)