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Workshop: Meet The Rose Family
This afternoon event will take place on July 22nd, 2017 between 2.00-5.00 pm, at the Masonic Hall, Old Theatre, 12 Old Orchard Street, Bath, BA1 1JU with Herbalist Christina Stapley.

The Rose family provides us humans with so much: roses to decorate our homes, great feature plants for our gardens and delicious edible fruits (such as strawberries, raspberries apples, peaches, and plums). Less well known is that the Rose family provides a huge array of medicinal plants.
These include Hawthorn (traditionally used for the health of heart and arteries), Tormentil (traditionally used to combat diarrhoea), Meadowsweet (valued for its strong anti-inflammatory properties based on its aspirin-like components), Lady’s mantle (traditionally used for heavy menstrual bleeding, among other applications) and Agrimony (traditionally used for colitis and cystitis or as a gargle for sore throat).

Many of the properties of these herbs relate to their astringent characteristics, which is common to them all, but each species has its own additional range of unique properties, which make the Rose family so useful as medicines.

The iconic member of the rose family is the Rose itself. Although all roses are edible, there are a number of species which are particularly used as medicine, and the best known for this purpose are the Damask and Apothecary’s roses. Rose petals can be made into tea for the treatment of a variety of complaints, including stress, low mood, low libido and minor respiratory and digestive complaints. Rose oil is known as the Queen of Essential Oils. It is very expensive since it takes thirty roses to make one drop of oil. But the very scent of rose oil is very soothing for the nervous system. In this workshop, Herbalist Christina Stapley will show herbarium specimens of all the medicinal members of the Rose family and demonstrate practical applications of them for self-care, including how to make a soothing pot-pourri for your home.

Fee: £35.00 – maximum 15 places.  To Register: Contact  Ms Pam Bull  Tel: 01323 484353   (Weekdays 10-1, 2-5).  Email:

Christina Stapley BSc MCPP Christina Stapley has been researching historical uses of herbs for over 40 years. Her first interest in herbs sprang from research for writing a novel set in the Elizabethan period. Her continued deep and practical research on medieval and Tudor medicine has provided original recipes for many historical herb workshops and presentations at museums around the country. She has grown more than 300 herbs for over 30 years and her former third of an acre herb garden in Hampshire was featured on television on a number of occasions. In 2004 Christina qualified with a BSc in Phytotherapy and has practised in Hampshire and Wiltshire since then. She is a member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy, the professional body for modern herbal practitioners.

Today, in addition to working as a consultant in training museum staff, Christina’s historical workshops cover a time from the pre Roman period in Britain through to the Victorian era. In celebration of the Millennium Year, her historical workshops at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum covered household and medicinal use of herbs over the past thousand years with a series of workshops which also marked the introduction of important herbs from overseas. This included herbs taken abroad by the first settlers in America in addition to those they found on their arrival.

Currently, Christina is teaching the history of herbal medicine and pharmacognosy at the School of Herbal Medicine in Bridgwater, Somerset. She is the author of three books on growing and using herbs. Her herbal practice has encouraged a growing enthusiasm for work in preventive medicine through the use of herbs, diet and lifestyle. This has led to writing both interactive and essentials courses on Aging Successfully available on More details of her books, talks, workshops and courses can be found on

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