A WORKSHOP on growing your own medicine is being held in Penryn.

Artist and herbalist Belle Benfield is on a mission with the Seed SistAs to reconnect people with the lost knowledge of how to use common, locally growing plants as medicine.

The Seed SistAs are Fiona Heckels and Karen Lawton. They are the founders of the social enterprise Sensory Solutions Herbal Evolution, with a mission to further access to herbal medicine education.

Belle said: “Working with plants in our diets and as medicine can teach us so much about how to keep our bodies healthy and prevent and treat common ailments ourselves. “As the NHS becomes more heavily burdened with contemporary health epidemics, learning to make and use your own medicine is a great way to remove some of that pressure – how about drinking sage and spruce tea for your sore throat and avoiding a visit to the doctor?”

Following the launch of the Sensory Herbal Handbook at the Poly in Falmouth, on Sunday, May 11, at 1.30pm Belle will be teaching folk how to grow their own medicine at the newly established Bohelland medicine garden in Penryn.

The workshop will be a practical guide to understanding which herbs you should grow in your medicine garden, how and when to harvest them and what to use them for.

Anyone interested in attending should visit www.bellebenfield.com/events to book their place.