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Natural cream making

Learn how to make natural creams from the comfort of your own kitchen

This course covers an explanation of the natural ingredients involved in cream making, how creams work, the difference between ointments and creams, the two main methods of cream making, mould and natural antimicrobial agents, hydrosols, and how to formulate individual creams.

This course is an online only course.


Topics covered

- Safety

- What is the difference between ointments and creams?

- How do creams work?

- Methods of cream making

- Natural preservatives

- Herbal preparations used in cream making

- Learning to formulate your own cream

- Learning to make a cream (with a make along video)

- Selling creams


Your Instructor


Laura Carpenter
Laura Carpenter

Laura Carpenter gained a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine from the University of East London and is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), the regulating body for medical herbalists, established in 1864. NIMH members adhere to a strict code of ethics and practice.

Laura undertook the degree part time over five years, which focused on anatomy and physiology, plant biochemistry and pharmacology, as well as orthodox medical diagnosis. She completed clinical training at the Stratford Herbal Medicine clinic and the Dermatology department of Whipps Cross Hospital in London, completing over 600 hours of clinical training. In 2013 NIMH awarded her the Dorothy Carroll Award for top final clinical examination.

Laura went on to become a member of the Post Graduate Training board for NIMH, ensuring continuing professional standards were met for all NIMH registered medical herbalists, and she became editor of Herbal Thymes magazine in May 2014.

Laura’s interest in herbs is from both scientific research and traditional British herbal medicine perspectives. She has a keen interest in using British plants, and the medicines she prescribes are often wild crafted, and organic where possible.

Reminding people of traditional remedies that can be harvested from the hedgerows and made into medicines in the kitchen is very important to Laura. It forms a big part of her workshops, herb walks and courses.


Class Curriculum


  Welcome to the course
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  Section 2 - what is herbal medicine?
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  Section 3 - Ointments and creams
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  Section 7 - Can you sell your creams?
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  What next?
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