Distillation in Herbal Medicine: Early Pharmacy to Today

Distilling the properties of plants and herbs, from Kreuterbuch, Eucharius Rösslin (Getruckt zu Franckfurt am Meyn, 1550)Credit: Wellcome Library, London

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Date(s) - 13 July
9:45 am - 4:30 pm

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Herbal History Research Network Study Day Programme

Discover the history and practice of distillation of botanical medicines and aromatics including talks and practical demonstrations of distillation methods.

Development of Distillation in Early Arabic Medicine

The day will begin by exploring the place of distilled and spiritous waters in early Arabic medicine and follows Avicenna’s 10th century innovation of the ‘worm’ to advance the development of distillation. Presented by Joe Nasr, MNIMH.

Pharmacy in the Stillroom, Interpreting Historic Recipes

After a brief introduction on practical problems encountered when interpreting stillroom recipes, comparisons are made between distilling practice by the apothecary versus methods followed in stillrooms. Christina will also discuss the sources of information available at the time, as well as lessons she has learned from study and experience in analysis of Simple and Complex Waters. Presented by Christina Stapley MCPP

For programme and registration form visit http://www.herbalhistory.org/home/distillation-day/

Location: Hampstead Heath Education Centre, Parliament Hill Lido, Gospel Oak, London NW5 1LT