a curious invitation last tuesday society
a curious invitation robert carlyles house last tuesday society national trust londonMedicinal Plants
victorian music hall


with Michael Holland

Thursday 4th June 2020
Doors open at 6:30 pm, Talk commences at 7:00 pm

Comfrey for broken bones, Catmint for stomach upset and Stinging Nettle for allergies: this is just a small selection of botanical remedies that could be found in an English garden. In fact, the use of plants for medicinal purposes is as old as mankind itself and spans the globe. Archaeological digs have uncovered material evidence of the practice dating back 60,000 years and the oldest written record is a 5,000 year old Sumerian clay slab which documents over 250 medicinal plants including poppy, henbane and mandrake. Essentially, humans have been involved in a vast clinical trial with medicinal plants for thousands of years and this has culminated into a powerful world catalogue of herbal medicines and it has been estimated that more than 50% of available drugs have originated in some way from plants.

In this talk, ecologist and medical herbalist Michael Holland explores the history of medicinal plants shedding light on what plants you can use at home to create your own, safe remedies.

Michael Holland
Michael Holland is an ecologist and environmental educator with over 25 years’ experience including head posts at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew and the Chelsea Physic Garden. He read ecology at Lancaster University before training as a medical herbalist with a course in natural medicine at Neal’s Yard Remedies. His first book, “I Ate Sunshine for Breakfast” will be published this year by Nobrow Press.

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