Herbal Tincture Making
Taught by Laena McCarthy
Laena is Founder and CEO of Anarchy in a Jar, a jam and mustard company based in Brooklyn. She grew up making traditional jam with her family in New York’s Hudson Valley, and after a career in science and academia decided to make her passion for jamming into a business. Founded in 2009, Anarchy in a Jar makes all natural condiments, cooked by hand, all natural, and made primarily with produce from local and small farms. You can find the jams at many grocery stores and cheese shops throughout the US.
Laena is also an herbalist, wellness maven, and birth coach, supporting women and helping empower their bodies through childbirth and life's vagaries. She launched her beauty line, Edible Beauté, in 2016, using edible organic herbs and oils to feel good and nourish the skin.
Anarchy in a Jar has been featured in The New York Times, The New York Times T Style Magazine, The Martha Stewart Show, New York Magazine, Bust, Elle Japan, Tasting Table, Food & Wine, and Saveur. Laena's cookbook, Jam On: The Craft of Canning Fruit, was published with Penguin in 2012.
In this comprehensive class, herbalist, food entrepreneur, birth/postpartum doula, Laena McCarthy, will teach you how to make both fresh and dried herbal medicine tinctures with the correct alcohol or vinegar percentages, creating a potent and long lasting remedy for a variety of common maladies. This hands-on class goes through the process step-by-step, and each person gets to make a unique tincture to take home!
We will discuss healing traditions and practices of using herbal tinctures to boost the body's natural resilience, while protecting from stress and damage. We’ll cover how to select herbs and work with the body's own natural cycles and rhythm to restore balance, while finding the right blend for your body while mixing up our own healing tinctures.
Participants will learn about resources for herbs and ingredients, in addition to their own special tincture to take home with them, as well as a greater understanding of how to enhance their daily self care rituals with herbs, empowering them to improve their physical, emotional and reproductive health with natural medicine.