Seeds of good health

Friday 28 April 2017


The course

The seed contains the potential of the whole plant. Some herbalists believe that the potency of new life in seeds makes them the most valuable plant part to be given as medicine. Seeds may eb chewed whole, ground into powder, decocted for medicinal drinks or applied to the body in ointments. We will examine the benefit of seeds both familiar and unusual, as they have been used over the centuries. We will also try out some live medicine with tasty vitamin and mineral rich freshly sprouted seeds. Fennel, coriander, caraway, psyllium, alfalfa, red clover, lentil, sunflower, sesame and fenugreek are some you will meet on the day

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 bring warm outdoor clothing and suitable shoes as the course will take place in one of the Museum’s exhibit buildings.


£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.