Herbs, humours and astrology

Saturday 27 May 2017


The course

You will look at the nature of herbs in the historical context of the humoral system of medicine and the possible influence of the planets on herb growth and efficacy. It may seem quirky to us in this century but a simple look at herb actions within the body can help us to understand the historical viewpoint. Examining how herbs are classified with relation to planets is fascinating and can become complex if the ancient astrological medicine is seriously followed. This is a light yet informative day which can aid interpretation of historical recipes and give food for thought on your personal humoral balance. Are you overly choleric? sanguine? melancholic? or phlegmatic?

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 and suitable clothing footwear as you will spend part of the day outside. Pleas also be aware you will be based in one of our historic buildings which can be cool.


£60 per person, including tuition, teas and coffees.
The Museum café will be open for lunch-time snacks or alternatively participants can bring their own packed lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.