Herbal Health & Nutrition


Herbs have been our allies throughout history. They support us by assisting healing processes and providing nourishment.

For forty years I’ve worked with the herbs that grow most easily in our New Zealand environment – many of them of northern-European origins. Along the way, I’ve learned how to use them for a range of valuable applications, and I’d love to share these with you in this workshop.

By joining this workshop you’ll receive access to 12 episodes as we follow the herbs through the year, and a PDF booklet of detailed information that you can easily print at home. 

You’ll learn how to make remedies for common childhood illnesses, many women’s health issues, and general first aid kits that help the whole family.



  • Self-paced video lessons from Early Spring to Late Winter
  • Herbal Health and Healing Booklet in PDF
  • Lessons for each month and season
  • Additional video tutorials and other essential resources
  • Permanent access via the Kōanga Online website
  • Kōanga Student Facebook page for support and questions
  • Taught by Kay Baxter (Kōanga Founder)


Time required: 

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Who’s this course for?

  • Parents looking to care for their children as naturally as possible
  • People who are curious about taking responsibility for their own health
  • Those living a healthy lifestyle who are looking for additional opportunities to optimise their health
  • Parents who are homeschooling their children and want a resource for teaching them to reconnect with their environment
  • Parents looking for wholesome family activities for the school holidays!
  • Schools and educational projects looking for more resources to support their curriculum


By the end of this workshop, you’ll learn many details about how to identify, propagate, grow, and harvest the herbs listed below, and prepare different remedies with them.

Globe Artichoke Elder Raspberry
Ashwagandha Elecampane Saint John’s Wort
Astragalus Garlic Sweet Annie
Burdock Ginger Turmeric
Calendula Greater Celandine Turkey Tail
Chamomile Honey Usnea
Chickweed Licorice Valerian
Chokeberry Motherwort Wormwood
Dandelion Mullein Yarrow 
Echinacea Nettle


Now, here is a small taste of some of the content covered by the lesson plan:

Early Spring

  • Herbs at the beginning of the spring
  • Liver cleansing with herbal teas
  • Turmeric, ginger and lemon juice to detoxify and stimulate the body
  • Using dandelion and burdock roots
  • Stinging nettle, its properties and harverting techniques to avoid being stung
  • Chickweed for teas, food and medicine
  • Benefits of having weeds in your garden 
  • Planting herb seeds in early spring


Mid Spring

  • Learn to harvest this seasons herbs and their purposes
  • Preparing bitter drinks with blood oranges, dandelion and burdock roots to help the digestive system and overall health
  • Pressing dried flowers to make gift cards
  • Preparing calendula flowers to make cream 
  • Preparing itchy-bite sting cream
  • Explore different books to develop your understanding of medicinal plants
  • Learn about the Hawthorn tree and its various properties, especially the use of flowers for tea, wine and tinctures
  • Harvesting ginger and turmeric + methods for storage
  • Learn the importance of these two roots as preventive health allies


Late Spring and Early Summer

  • Changes in the garden, transiting from Spring to Summer 
  • Flowers harvested in this season and how to store and use them
  • Drying herbs and flowers to not lose their properties
  • How to prepare Lemon balm drinks
  • How to prepare peppermint tea and drinks
  • Learn the general procedure for making creams, which ingredients to use and techniques
  • Making itchy-bite sting cream, a great remedy for kids


Mid Summer

  • Harvesting calendula flowers
  • Harvesting mullein and echinacea flowers
  • Learn more about St. john’s wort flower, how to identify and the right time to harvest 
  • Best results for growing arnica and St. john’s wort from seed
  • Learn about the use of old man’s beard (Usnea) for skin infections and other diseases, as well as its origins and other properties 
  • Learn more about the chokeberries (Aronia) and the elderberries for medicinal use, how to ripen them and when it’s the right time to harvest


Late Summer 

  • Understand the importance of having a healthy diet to make the most of the herbs as our allies 
  • Overall use and properties of the mullein flower
  • Preparing echinacea tincture to use as a remedy  
  • Using rocambole garlic to prepare an immune system booster with fresh honey   
  • Using lavender, lemon balm and chamomile to improve sleep quality
  • Valerian and its uses
  • Using thyme and sage to relief flu symptoms such as sore throat
  • Propolis and its powerful healing properties


Early Autumn

  • Harvesting raw honey and different medicinal uses 
  • Honey mead and the properties of pollen, honey, wax, and propolis 
  • Yarrow plant and how to use it to heal cuts, especially for kids
  • Plantain leaves for little wounds and insect bites 
  • Adding immune support plants to the daily herb teas such as nettle, raspberry leaves, echinacea and ashwagandha root to avoid flu and colds at this time of the year
  • Turkey-tail fungi and its uses  
  • Benefits of mullein and elderberries for the respiratory system


Honey Mead

  • Learn how to harness all the leftover medicine from the beehive frames and the honey bags to use for the honey mead preparation
  • Required atural ingredients to make 10L of honey mead
  • Learn about the initial fermentation process
  • Understand how the medicinal ingredients from the honey (pollen, wax, propolis) greatly contribute to making the honey mead a super healthy drink that can be used as medicine every day or for special occasions


Mid Autumn 

  • When to harvest hawthorn berries, its cultural background and medicinal properties
  • Using the whole ashwagandha and echinacea plant to prepare medicines
  • Burdock root, how to harvest it, and how to store it
  • Criticalt tips for making great tinctures
  • Understand the importance of using the right formula to make any herbal medicine for antibacterial, antibiotic and immune system support purposes
  • Learn which herbs can be used as tea in the mid-autumn        


Late Autumn

  • Learn two different processes to make chokeberries edible 
  • Elderberries and elderflowers as medicine in hot drinks
  • Fermented fizzy drink with elderberries, whey and honey
  • How the immune system works in our bodies
  • Peparing herbal tinctures such as echinacea, liquorice, astragalus and ashwagandha in order to make the immune system remedy
  • Sweet annie and wormwood to treat scabies and head lice
  • Reconnecting with plants in our own environment to claim back our health in the way that has been done by our ancestors
  • Mixing liquorice and sweet annie to treat viral issues 
  • Making candles with mullein flower heads or leaves


Early Winter

  • Camellia flower and its symbolic meanings in early winter
  • Planning the herbal garden next year, especially those who have children and want to have a medicine kit updated
  • Germinating herb seeds and the stratification process
  • When and how to germinate certain types of seeds 
  • Perennial herbal plant elecampane, how to use its roots and its powerful medicinal purposes 
  • Immune system remedy out of three herbal tinctures (liquorice, echinacea and astragalus)
  • Using wormwood oil and tincture to kill head lice and their eggs, topical use for kids and adults
  • Candles for celebrations such as the winter solstice
  • Preparing smudge sticks  


Mid Winter

  • What the mid-winter brings to the garden
  • Harvesting ginger and turmeric
  • Growing herbs in spring   
  • Creating the best environment and climate for different herbs
  • Recommendations when planting herb seeds and handling seedlings
  • Learn how to prepare a homemade weed pesto with all sorts of greens from the garden   


Late Winter

  • Choosing which herbs you want to plant and how to use the plant guild list
  • Differences between mediterranean and temperate herbs and temperate
  • Criteria to adopt when planning the garden for herbs and the right times for planting
  • Studying and learning more about the herbs that you’re growing
  • Echinacea tincture to prevent and relieve sore throats and flu
  • Learn about how to prepare fermented kefir grain fizzy drinks that can be made with ginger, turmeric, elderberries and chokeberries
  • Finding turkey tail fungi in the wild, which trees they are likely to grow and how to best harvest them on a fallen log 
  • Learn more about how to grow your own fungi in smaller spaces or urban areas  


Women’s Health

  • Women’s health issues nowadays and it’s relation to poor nutrition and other conditions
  • Motherwort herb as a powerful ally for womens bodies and nervous system, especially for menstrual cramps
  • Oat straw and chamomile as supportive herbs to help soothe and balance the nervous system 
  • Raspberry leaf and nettle tea: source of minerals during menstruation and how it assists in breastmilk production
  • Red clover to help regulate menstruation, joint pain and mood swings 
  • Mugwort to help with blood flow and blood production 
  • Yarrow herb to support healthy and regular menstruation, stopping excessive bleeding
  • Chamomile to help soothe the body and mind during pregnancy
  • Rosemary plant helps to relieve nausea and more during pregnancy
  • Lemon balm to help soothe and calm the nervous system of pregnant women
  • Dandelion to treat breast aches or breast-related issues during pregnancy
  • Nettle and sage to relieve or even eliminate menopause symptoms
  • Herbs as a women’s ally throughout all stages of their lives


You’ll also learn 

  1. How to match symptoms to appropriate remedies
  2. How to make oil infusions
  3. How to make a salve
  4. How to make tinctures
  5. How to make hot water infusions
  6. How to make your own calendar and planner for the cultivation of herbs and preparation of medicine


And How to make specific remedies such as:

  • Nourishing herb teas
  • Adrenal, immune, and nervous system tonic tea
  • Cold and flu tea
  • Spring super charge tonic
  • Itch-bite-sting cream
  • Earache oil
  • Immune-support tinctures
  • Herbal digestive bitters
  • Smudge sticks
  • Moth balls
  • Antiviral tea
  • Echinacea suppositories
  • Kiwi backyard antivirals
  • Much much more.


You’re also invited to join our community

All online students are welcome to join our exclusive regenerative gardening facebook group. It’s a place to share questions, enthusiasm, (mistakes!), and successes with like-minded students. We’ll be standing by!

And if you don’t like it

We’ll give you a 100% refund. No questions asked.

Enrol above for $120

To your family’s health,




Disclaimer: We intend to provide educational information for our students on the covered subjects. We do not intend to take the place of personal medical counselling, diagnosis, and treatment from a trained health professional.