Herbs for Health
The origins of the herbaceous border lie in growing herbs for home remedies in the past. Led by a medical herbalist, the course offers guidance on the most safe and useful herbs to grow and how to harvest and use or preserve them. A practical day ensures careful identification instruction on the individual herbs and experience in making a footbath, herbal honey syrups, herbal teas, an infused oil, a herb pillow and more.
Applications for bites and stings, bruises and irritated skin are taken from a selection of historical and modern recipes covering everyday problems from sore throats to diarrhoea. This will be a day illustrating effective traditional use of herbs. Some herbs featured: marshmallow, fennel, elder, chamomile, lemon balm, thyme, sage, pot marigold, chickweed, houseleek, ribwort plantain, lavender…
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.
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.
Fee & Refreshments
£70 per person, including tuition, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open for lunch or alternatively participants can bring their own packed lunch.