How many bottles of antibacterial handgel have you collected over the past year or so? Did you know that every 100ml plastic bottle of hand gel has required at least 10g of CO2 emissions to produce? Of course there are times when these products have kept us safe, but once Covid risks reduce, we can turn our thoughts to environmentally kinder ways to boost our protection against winter infections.
In this workshop, we’ll focus on what we can do as a first line of defence against common infections, using simple kitchen ingredients, the plant power* and recycled packaging. Together we will be making some (non-alcoholic) fire cider and natural hand gel, which you can take away with you. In addition you’ll receive recipes and handouts about all the herbs we’ll be using.
By working with plants that are available locally to us and in our kitchen cabinets, we can reduce our demand for over-the-counter products with longer supply chains and larger carbon footprints. Besides, plants are master chemists! Come along to share knowledge and enjoy stories whilst making these two items yourself.
*the remedies should be considered as additional tools to help prevent simple infections and not as substitutes for flu or Covid vaccinations or anti-microbial substances where required for infection control.
Please bring a clean glass jar and bottle to take your remedies away in – recycled if you can!
This workshops is part of a series taking place this Autumn:
Workshop I: Immunity boosters (September 26)
Workshop II: Infection prevention (October 24)
Workshop III: Coughs and colds (November 21)
About the facilitator – Steph Wehowski
I am a sculptor, stonemason, and installation artist and I am currently training to be a professional medical herbalist after many years of making my own ‘lotions and potions’ supplying myself, family and friends. For the last 10 years I have been active in a collective, doing residencies and teaching about herbs and health and how to connect and get closer to plants and nature in a creative, fun and experiential way. I am passionate about sharing and applying knowledge of herbs that grow around us to empower our communities and individual well-being – and carrying on my grandma’s old recipes.
About the host – Future Shed Frome:
This workshop is hosted by Future Shed Frome – a place to come together to create a greener, healthier future for Frome in practical ways. Share your ideas, get support to bring them to life, join a practical workshop, make new connections and learn new skills, so that we’re equipped for a greener, healthier future. Future Shed is run by Edventure: Frome as part of the Green & Healthy Future for Frome project in partnership with Frome Medical Practice and Frome Town Council . It is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.
Covid safety policies/procedures:
We have limited places available on this workshop to allow us to operate safely within the Welsh Mill Hub’s Covid Risk assessment. The workshop space is well ventilated. We may request that attendees wear masks and wash or sanitise their hands regularly throughout the event.