The aim of this blog is to highlight the valuable possibilities for enlivening and enriching the reading, and interpretation of herbals and herbal histories through investigating archaeological sources.
By Kim Walker, PhD Student, History of Medicine, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Royal Holloway.
A blog on the use of plant collections as sources of research in the history of medicine.
by Roy Upton*, American Herbal Pharmacopoeia
Establishing an authoritative record of the historical use of a botanical is critical to the development of the Monographs and Therapeutic Compendiums of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, especially in the USA where there is a very unhealthy distrust of anything herbal or knowledge gained through empiricism. As the work of AHP encompasses Western, Chinese, and Ayurvedic botanicals, in that order of priority, each presents its own challenges. The focus of this blog is to present some of the challenges we face and how we address these, from the perspective of a traditional herbal organization attempting to chronicle the authoritative historical medical use of plants but without the luxury of being academically trained historians.
The aim of this blog is to provide students and researchers with an introductory source base to examine the use of plants in pharmaceutical research during the twentieth century.
by Dr Anne Stobart, herbalist and researcher
Palaeography is the technical term for the study of ancient and historical handwriting. This blog post aims to give some pointers if you are starting out to decipher early modern English handwriting, and is based on my experience of learning to decode seventeenth-century handwritten recipes.
By Christina Stapley B.Sc. Phyt. Hons
This guide is based on over twenty years of experience in the field of researching lost knowledge which has the potential to enrich modern herbal practice. It looks at sources of recipes, resources and aids to understanding them with criteria to consider when selecting a suitable recipe to repeat.