Autumn is back, and so are phytolabs - courses of phytotherapy held at our botanical lab in Žiźkov. This time, we're going to focus on three topics: we'll look at essential oils, teach you how to make Marseille soap, and brush off the favourite cold cream for dry skin. From 18 September every Tuesdays and Thursdays at Haenke Botanical Lab, and now finally in Czech too. Get tickets on GoOut.

So what can you make this autumn in Haenke?

Photography: Adéla Ježková   

Photography: Adéla Ježková


Thanks to their medicinal properties, essential oils have been used for thousands of years for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial or calming effects. During our phytolab we'll show you how essential oils are produced via the distillation process, what you can use them for, and we'll teach you how to make a perfumed water (eau de parfum) based on selected essential oils with medicinal properties.

Dates: 18, 20, 25 and 27 September, 2, 4, 9, and 11 October


Savon de Marseille or the Marseille soap is a natural form of soap fabrication whose history goes back to 16 century when the soap-making industry began to flourish in Provence thanks to its endemic flora. Marseille soap contains 100% natural ingredients, is suitable for vegans and its production is environmentally ethical - so much for reasons why you'll fall in love with this product. Thanks to its hypoallergenic and antiseptic properties, it's widely used to help rejuvenate dry skin, but it will equally do well at home as a stain remover, toothpaste, against insect or against night cramps. How to make this little wonder yourself, that's what we're going to show you during this phytolab.

A little note: the saponification process must take at least a week, that's why we're going to store the product for you, and you'll be able to pick your new best friend one week later at Haenke - or we're going to bring it to you (available within central Prague).

Dates: 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 October and 1, 6 and 8 November


The invention of this amazing aid against dry skin is attributed to Gallen, a physician from ancient Greece. His famous prescription based on water and oils is still known as cérat de Galien, and was hailed even by the famed British botanist Nicolas Culpeper. You can choose a vegan version of your cold cream, and besides that you'll learn what other tricks work with dry skin.

Dates: 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29 November, 4 and 6 December

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Haenke’s Phytolabs are designed to introduce you to phytotherapy, a science-based medical practice, which relies on an empirical appreciation of medicinal herbs and is often linked to traditional knowledge. Find out about herbal products, their medicinal properties, and learn how to use them safely under the guidance of healthcare professionals.

Sessions will be carried out in English and will last approx. 1h30 / 2h. It will include the following:

• Introduction to phytotherapy: what is phytotherapy, the different ingredients that can be used, benefits and risks of using herbal products at home

• Hygiene instructions: hygiene and safety measures during the product-making process, risk of allergy and how to handle the manufacturing procedure before, during and after the use of a homemade product.

• Knowledge of the ingredients: presentation of the ingredients we will work with, their characteristics, uses, benefits as well as their risks.

• Pharmaceutical techniques: learn a product-making technique used by pharmacists and what benefits it brings

• Practice: create a product based on herbal ingredients, and learn how to properly label as well as trace it.

All courses start at 6pm and last for about 1.5 - 2h.

Price per person: 850 Kč

Photography: Adéla Ježková

Photography: Adéla Ježková