Kitchen Medicine - Northern Beaches Community College

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Kitchen Medicine

Course Outline

Prior to the 1970’s the main gathering source for our food, veggies and small goods were not the huge juggernaut supermarkets, and
malls of today. Our everyday supplies came from the from local markets, the greengrocer, local butcher, fishmonger, baker and
candlestick maker or our garden beds. The family kitchen was a most valuable resource as the first stop medicine chest.Historically our elders would pass this information down – with the increasing fragmentation for family hierarchy and our removal from farm to table food, it is important to relearn and pass on this
information on to our children and friends. For example, for anxious, stressed and upset children, lemon balm, chamomile, linden, lavender and skullcap can be helpful. Lavender and chamomile make a wonderful relaxing bath that may be used before bed to help with sleep, colic or panic

By checking out the contents in your cupboard, fridge-freezer,windowsill or garden you too can be the ‘medicine woman/man’ for your family! Herbal teas, chicken soups, syrups, lozenges, shakes, sprays,compresses, poultice, sitz bathes, washes, basic supplements and certain foods are all important for your families health.

Essential pantry items you could utilise include ;
Apple Cider Vinegar, Apples, Banana, Basil, Bilberry,
Cacao, Capsicum, Carob, Carrots, Celery, Chamomile,
Chillis, Cinnamon, Coconut, Cranberries, Cucumber,Dandelion,
Echinacea, Elder flower, Figs, Garlic,
Ginger, Grapefruit, Grapefruit peel, Grapes, Guava,
Hibiscus, Honey, Horseradish, Lavender, Lemon, LemonBalm,
Licorice, Mint, Oats, Onion, Peppermint, Potato,
Propolis, Psyllium, Rosemary, Salt, Seaweed sheets,Shitake,
Slippery Elm, Soy Beans, Star Anise, Strawberries,
Thyme, Turmeric, Vitamin C, Wasabi,
Watermelon, Yarrow, Zinc.

Virtual Classroom

This course will be delivered using virtual classroom via Zoom. Zoom is easy to use video conferencing software with a simple set up. You will be able to see your trainer and classmates and interact as though you were in the same room, all from the comfort of your own home!

This is what you need to join a Zoom classroom:

  • Understanding the basics of using Zoom – see our free Zoom tutorial by clicking here.
  • Access to a computer, iPad/tablet or smartphone; and
  • A webcam* so that you can be seen by the trainer; and
  • A microphone* so that you can participate in the class and be heard by the trainer; and
  • A good Internet connection.

*If you have a laptop computer a webcam and microphone is usually built into the top of the screen frame. Smartphones and iPad/tablets also contain cameras and microphones.

Once you have watched our free tutorial and experimented with Zoom, if you still have questions, we are offering free Q & A Zoom sessions with one of our experienced trainers. See our Zoom page for available dates by clicking here.

About the tutor

Maxine White is a Medical Herbalist, Nutritionist and Mental Health Practitioner with an Apothecary and clinic in Balgowlah. Previously Department Head of
Faculty for Herbal Medicine, a clinic supervisor and lecturer in Naturopathic Diagnosis; Herbal Medicine and Marketing your Business at Nature Care College
in St Leonards. Maxine says " I am a lecturer/speaker advocating the use of Kitchen Medicine; holding workshops in the community as well as in store. In addition, I have also had the privilege of presenting new and old concepts of utilising kitchen medicine, to the Australian School Nurses Conference held in Sydney"

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.