Arabic influence Herbs

Sunday 26 August 2018


The course

Arabia supplied the precious spices and aromatic gums used in western medicine. However the Arabic influence on medical training and in particular the practice of the apothecary, was so much greater than sourcing drugs. We will be looking at contacts with the East from the pilgrimage of Alfred the Great to Jerusalem and his prescription from the Patriarch there, to the travels and translations of Arabic texts by Adelard of Bath. The fusion of Arabic, Greek and Roman medicine at the teaching hospital in Salerno where returning Crusaders were treated, ensured the use of ingredients, such as tamarind and liquorice, in the west. A day for the art of the apothecary to come to the fore with the works of Avicenna, Mesue and Rhazes giving us exciting recipes to make.

The tutor

Christina Stapley BSc (Hons) MCPP is now a retired qualified medical herbalist with a degree in Phytotherapy (plant therapy). She has grown some 300 herbs, studied and used them for over 30 years. Her Hampshire garden was featured on television several times. She has written three books on cultivating and using herbs in cookery, fragrant recipes, wines and liqueurs, crafts and home remedies. Christina has also edited and interpreted a 17th century book of cookery and physic recipes.

Participant information

Places are limited to 10 people. Please bring with you a pen and paper Please ring warm outdoor clothing and suitable shoes as the course will take place in one of the Museum’s exhibit buildings.

Fee and refreshments

£60 per person, including tuition, teas and coffees. Please let the Museum know in advance of any dietary requirements. The Museum café will be open for lunch-time snacks or alternatively participants can bring their own packed lunch.