Medicinal Plants Under the Microscope: How and Why We Use Them

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Berwick-upon-Tweed

TD15 1JT

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This course, led by Anne Larvin and Carol Burnett, is an introduction to the science, identification and uses of some common medicinal plants. There will be 5 classroom sessions. We hope to organise a field trip during the programme, which will be bookable separately.

People have used plants as medicine for millennia. In the past, a wealthy few relied on physicians for complex, often exotic (herbal) medicines, whilst many used local and traditional remedies. Medicine has developed dramatically in the last 100 years (several of our most important modern medicines were developed from herbs) but research identifying and developing herbs as medicines is increasing. This introductory course will investigate a little botany, current scientific knowledge and research into herbs’ medicinal uses, gaining an understanding of how and why they work. Popular modern herbs such as Turmeric and Echinacea and local herbs, wild or cultivated, will be referenced throughout.


Session 1: Basic botany/the importance of plant recognition. Plant chemistry and pharmacology. Plant families: how to spot differences. Plants talking to each other. A look at the major chemical constituents of plants such as bitters, volatile oils, flavonoids and alkaloids and their actions (how they work in the body)

Session 2: The role plants have in modern medicine. The modern medicines derived from traditional plants. A look at what future opportunities exist for plant medicines e.g. Cannabis, new antibiotics

Session 3: A closer look at some garden herbs, such as marigold, angelica, lemon balm, chamomile, sage and mint. Discuss traditional and current uses and science-based research.

Session 4: Plants used in the kitchen. A look at some ‘culinary’ plants with medicinal properties such as potato, onion, garlic, ginger and turmeric.

Session 5: Spring hedgerow plants and medicinal ‘weeds', with a focus on plants that can be found in the Berwick area in preparation for the field trip. Medicinal plants and shrubs such as elecampane, hawthorn, elder and lime. Weeds such as nettle, cleavers, yarrow, chickweed.

We hope to organise a field trip/plant recognition walk in the Berwick area on 29th April, which will be bookable separately. A short walk to discover medicinal plants and learn more about their traditional and current uses. NB: the walk is subject to weather and growing conditions.


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