2020 November - Workshop Weekend, Wilhelminaoord

Workshop Herbal Ointments & Salves through the Ages

Workshop Herbal ointments and Salves through the Ages. Photo by Yvonne Lammers

By Yvonne Lammers

From the mushrooms that Ötzi was carrying in his pouch, to the remnants of ointment in Roman sites, to seeds of henbane in the grave of a seeeress: there are many small pieces of evidence in the archaeological record that demonstrate the importance of plants used in medical treatments, beauty products or magical potions. In this course we will dive into this fascinating history of plant uses and work on a variety of products. We will make potions, salves and herbal teas, based on finds from the archaeological record. We will include pollen research, direct finds and historical descriptions. At the end of the course you will have at least four products in nice containers to take with you and several recipes to try things at home.


Time: 3 hours
Participants: maximum 8 people per group
Minimum age: 10 years old
Costs: € 30 per person, including ingredients and containers


About Yvonne Lammers: Yvonne is co-Director of the preHistoric Village in Eindhoven and is co-owner of Echo-id. She has been teaching, writing and designing exhibitions on archaeology for many years. She is specialised in experimental archaeology and is momentarily studying witchcraft in her spare time, aiming to publish a book on archaeological evidence for magic through the ages.