the stillroom

The Stillroom

The Course

This day explores the history of fragrance and herbs in recipes, many of which contain aromatic distilled waters.

Through cosmetics, cleansers and pest repellents that can be used in the home, cookery and medicine, we will investigate volatile oils in plants to demonstrate their value not only as pleasant fragrances but also for their antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, decongestant, mood lifting, sedative and alerting properties.

Through a range of recipes participants will gain experience of using herbs such as rose, orange flower, bay, peppermint, cinnamon, cardamom, lemon balm and hyssop in cosmetics, cookery and medicine. Fragrant mixtures will be the order of the day!

The Tutor

Christina Stapley BSc (Hons) MCPP is a retired qualified medical herbalist with a degree in Phytotherapy (plant therapy). She has grown, studied and used over 300 herbs and has written three books on cultivating and using herbs in cookery, fragrant recipes, wines and liqueurs, crafts and home remedies. She has also edited and interpreted a 17th century book of cookery and physic recipes.

Christina now lives in Wiltshire and teaches History of Western Herbal Medicine, Pharmacognosy and Materia Medica for the School of Herbal Medicine.

Participant Information

Please bring with you a pen and paper and suitable clothing footwear as you will spend part of the day outside. The course may take place in an historic building which can be cool, it is advisable to wear warm layers.

Fee & Refreshments

£75 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 or alternatively participants can bring their own packed lunch.

Book course


Wed 17 July 2024






Herbal & Garden