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…
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A day for the beginner who wishes to know how to introduce herbs into their daily life effectively. Also a day for those who have attended historical herb courses previously and would like a deeper focus on methods. It will cover herbs in cookery, home medicine, making fragrances and wines and liqueurs. We will also look at how the role of herbs has changed to meet new needs with changes in lifestyle over the centuries. The emphasis will be on those areas of particular interest to participants and questions to be addressed can be emailed to Christina up to two weeks before the course date, please call 01243 811021Find out more Book now
A one day 'taster' interactive course to explore the diversity and depth of garden history. You’ll get a chance to examine and ask questions about a range of objects connected with the history of gardens and then we’ll investigate them in context to show how the styles and fashions change.
There will an illustrated talk on the social history of gardening through the ages which will look at the role of plants, sculpture and garden buildings as well as some of the key people involved. Later, a case study presentation on the history and restoration of Gilbert White's garden, and a guided walk with Carlotta Holt, Museum Gardener to see the historically inspired planting around the Bayleaf and other areas of the Museum site . This tour will make the importance of gardens past and present come alive.
The Museum offers an exceptional venue to study gardens in and outside the classroom. If you are interested in history, gardens, or plants then this is a day for you.
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.
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Find out about to introduction of plants from Charlemagne’s time through the era of John Evelyn and Linnaeus up to the 1973 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. A lecture-based day with visits to the Museum gardens.Find out more Book now
In this day we will explore the following topics: how our nerves and hormones function, understanding insomnia, anxiety, fatigue and headaches, plant actions, identifying the bean family food and herb knowhow kit and make remedies including an essential oils bath and pillow tinctureFind out more Book now