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Healing Balms & Salves


Taught by Alice Duvernell

In this HANDS-ON class, you will discover and experience the different ingredients that can be used to create a variety of helpful Balms and Salves. Students will work in small groups to learn the entire process of how to make a the products from A to Z (including measuring, making, preparing containers, pouring & labeling). Body Balms are incredibly nourishing and regenerating to the skin, while Healing Salves are used for specific ailments such as colds (to help open the respiratory track), muscle pain, insect bites (to help relieve itching), psoriasis, eczema, or other skin conditions.

Please Note: A materials fee of $30 in cash is due
and will be collected on the day of the class.

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Balms and Salves have the added benefit of not requiring any chemical preservatives (so they can be made 100% naturally). Students will learn the best oils, waxes and other ingredients to use in balms for their beneficial properties. Balms can be very concentrated and are valued for their healing benefits. Students will also learn the secrets of properly incorporating (into their balms/salves) handmade or purchased herbal tinctures, oil infusions and essential oils. As a BONUS, you will also learn how to make a Healing Zinc Balm, which can be used by adults for skin inflammation or babies for diaper rash.

Students will take home helpful handouts, a 2 oz. Customized Soothing Body Balm, a 1 oz. Winter Respiratory Salve, and a 2 oz. Healing Zinc Salve (for adults or babies).


Alice headshotAlice Duvernell is an artist & gilder who moved to the Bay Area after living in the south of France for 8 years. There she started researching problematic & sensitive skin types & developed an interest in the amazing virtues of essential oils & hydrosols. Her interest in culture & her studies in anthropology led her to travel in South America where she expanded her passion & awareness in native medicinal plants. During her last journey to Brazil, she set up a laboratory where she shared with the locals her homemade techniques for making hydrosols & other cosmetics, using only native plants. Learn from Alice at the Studio.

If you are coming from out of town, contact us before making any non-refundable travel arrangements so we can verify the class has met the minimum and is definitely a go.

All payments are non-refundable, but we do offer partial class credit depending on how much advance notice you give us. If you cannot attend a class, you can always send someone in your place. Alternatively, you can receive partial credit as described below. Note: We do not offer refunds, only future class credits.

At Least 7 Days’ Notice: If you cannot attend (for any reason) and you call us at 510-234-5700 with 7 or more days’ notice, you will be able to transfer your class fee, minus a $15 change fee, to any future class.

At Least 48 Hours’ Notice: If you cannot attend (for any reason) and you call us with at least 48 hours’ notice (but less than 7 days before the class) you will be able to transfer 50% of your class fee to any future class.

Less than 48 Hours’ Notice: If you give us less than 48 hours’ notice that you cannot attend a class, you forfeit your class fee. We are happy to send the class handouts to you. Simply email us a request.

If We Have to Cancel: In the rare case where enrollment is below the studio minimum of 5 students, the teacher has the right to cancel no later than the Monday prior to the class. If a class is cancelled, you will be contacted using the phone number and/or e-mail address that you gave when signing up. You will have a choice of a full refund or a credit for any future class.


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