Living Medicine

Unlock the healing potential of your kitchen or garden with our award-winning course!

An Introduction to
In Marlow, Buckinghamshire on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

The Course runs from March to July 2022

Self Care Basics

12th March 2022

Living Medicine shows how we can feel better, manage long-term conditions and treat minor ailments with foods, herbs and simple lifestyle changes.

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Discovering the wonderful ways plants support our bodies reveals a new world in which we are part of, and can work with, nature. Understanding how to use food remedies gives us control and helps us feel good. We update this global cultural knowledge for today’s safe use and to pass on to family and friends.

Digestive Discomforts

26th March 2022

The digestive system is seen as fundamental to our overall health in most traditional medicine systems.

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Digestion has a strong influence on our nervous, hormonal and immune systems. The role of foods is now increasingly recognised in conditions not previously associated with diet: auto-immune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis; mood and behaviour problems such as autism, ADHD and depression; degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and arthritis; allergic conditions including asthma and eczema. Inflammation underlies these and most chronic disease like obesity, heart disease and cancer. We can modify these destructive inflammatory responses by the kinds of food we eat and how we eat them. Common problems like heartburn, indigestion and constipation can be managed with understanding how to use foods, herbs and spices in self care.

Sleep, Anxiety and Fatigue

14th May 2022

Sleeping difficulties, headaches, anxiety and fatigue have many causes.
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The main systems involved are the brain, spinal cord and nerves (nervous system), the adrenal glands (small hormonal glands above each kidney) and the digestive system (abundant in nerve cells). They are all interconnected, so a change in one system can affect the others. In the short term, our bodies respond to stimuli, adapt and then return to normal. However, if the stressor is relentless, the harmonious rhythms within our body go into overdrive until it becomes exhausted of energy to adapt and repair. Understanding these rhythms can help us notice when the body needs support and to choose how to reduce the energy costs. Stress may manifest itself differently in each of us, but the basics of self-care are similar in each case.

Skin and First Aid

11th June 2022

The skin is the body’s largest organ.

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It acts as the interface between the internal structures of the body and the environment and protects us against injury and infection. It is a major organ of elimination through sweat, plays a key part in temperature regulation and helps make vitamin D. A number of immunological responses, such as urticaria, occur in the skin. Its abundant nerve endings allow us to communicate and perceive; in turn, emotions and stress may profoundly affect our skin. Many factors affect skin function – hormones, diet, genetics, digestion (eg a sluggish bowel reabsorbs toxins excreted by the liver back into the body which can result in spots), the environment, such as sun exposure, and sleep patterns. There are few magical pills or creams that ‘cure’ bad skin in the long term. More effective is the holistic approach of supporting skin function and treating the underlying factors.

Coughs, Colds and Allergies

25th June 2022

Coughs, colds and allergies are responses by our respiratory system to infections or irritants.

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Most of the time we live in harmony with viruses and bacteria. Beneficial bacteria (flora) protect us from infections by creating acid conditions in the lungs as well as the skin, gut and vagina. If supported, our immune systems are beautifully designed to engulf and digest harmful microbes. Knowing how to improve our defences can help us handle infections which tend to thrive and overwhelm us in cold, damp or other stressful conditions.

At the end of each session you will go home with a remedy you have made during the workshop

Comments from recent participants in the Living Medicine workshop, Self Care with Food and Herbs

This was an awesome workshop. I learnt so much that I can feel confident in applying to a healhy lifestyle.

(Annabel. a participant on 26th March)

Alice is inspiring when she shares her knowledge. She is encouraging and makes things accessible for everyone. Excellent value for money. Fun and enjoyable.

(Alex. a participant on 26th March)

Another lovely morning with Alice; her knowledge of herbs is so inspiring! 

(Tracy, a participant on 26th March)

I enjoyed my time at the workshop learning new things about food within a warm friendly environment. 

(Annmarie, a participant on 26th March)

Really enjoyed the morning, lots of interesting info about herbs and health. Nice to share info as well. Loved the smoothies and teas.

(AA. a participant on 12th March)

Absolutely loved it! Feel inspired again. Most useful was the interaction with everyone and the practical demonstration Thank you for aand use of herbs

(CA. a participant on 12th March)

I loved the workshop; it was informative and fun. We learnt from Alice and each other. 

(AG, a participant on 12th March)

One of the most enjoyable and informative three hours I have spent. Alice has persuaded me to try herbal teas and smoothies, something I never thought I would ever do.

(G. a participant on 30th October)

Thank you for a lovely morning. I’ve learnt lots and come away with with some lovely potions.

(C. a participant on 30th October)

Please come and experience Alice’s workshop. You will change your view on herbs and have a great time. 

(M, a participant on 30th October)


The Living Medicine course, SELF CARE WITH FOOD AND HERBS, is run by Medical Herbalist, Alice Nugent.

Session 3 “Sleep, Anxiety and Fatigue” was on 14th May 2022

Taught by medical herbalist Alice Nugent of Hippopot Herbs, Marlow, Living Medicine’s award-winning* course is for anyone interested in healing plants and foods, health, cooking or gardening. We taste and identify herbs in Alice’s beautiful garden, explain how plants work in our bodies and how to use them, learn practical remedy making from teas, creams and tinctures to cooking healthy dishes and assess your own health and diet. It’s about the pleasure of sharing knowledge, growing, eating and transforming a food or herb into a simple remedy!

Booking essential. £250 for all 5 sessions
£65 per session for individual sessions
We recommend that session 1: Self Care Basics be taken first.

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Marlow, SL7 3LE

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