Medicinal Herbs in Historical Practice


A day course at Holt Wood in Devon where you can learn about medicinal herbs in historical practice.


Thursday 11 June 2020, 10.30 – 4.00

A one-day course at Holt Wood in North Devon where you can learn about medicinal herbs in historical practice. From medieval folklore to seventeenth-century recipes – join this day course to explore the plants of field, hedgerow and woodland which our ancestors may have used to treat wounds and disease. During this day we discuss historical views of health and illness, see a variety of medicinal plants, and hear about their use in folklore and historical recipes. You will also see how to make a variety of traditional preparations such as poultices and distilled waters. Numbers on this course are limited so that you will be in a small group to ensure that there is plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions.


The cost of this course is inclusive of learning materials and refreshments. Full details and joining instructions will be sent on booking. Not included are accommodation and travel. Let us know if you would like our accommodation list.

Your guide is Anne Stobart, MCPP, PhD, a medical herbalist, herb grower and historical researcher. Her published books include Household Medicine in Seventeenth-Century England (Bloomsbury, 2016) and forthcoming The Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook (Permaculture Publications, 2020).


From previous course participants;

“Distilling – very fun! Distilling – awesome!” (June 2019)

“Enjoyed preparing a poultice.” (June 2019)

“A historical perspective. Everything was lovely! Thankyou.” (June 2019)

“Just wonderful day with beautiful people.” (June 2019)


This day course is an ideal event to accompany the Designing a Medicinal Forest Garden day course or the Harvesting from a Medicinal Forest Garden day course. Alternatively see our Medicinal Forest Garden Weekend for a combined two-day programme. Most of the day takes place outdoors and we recommend sturdy boots as the terrain can be rough, long sleeves and hat if sunny weather. If the weather is poor we continue under cover. There will be handouts and practical demonstrations and tasks. Food is vegetarian and you can advise us of dietary needs.

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