Course Description: Throughout history people have been fascinated with scented plants and the attempt to preserve those scents. This is a two-part class. The first session will be an abridged history of how this pursuit of fragrance has evolved from ancient to modern times. The second session will be a hands-on workshop where participants create and blend their own personal scent using essential oils.
Instructor: Marge Powell has been an herbalist for over 40 years and an avid plant person her entire life. Her herbal interests span both the culinary and the medicinal and body care use of herbs, as well as their cultivation. Marge is a passionate cook and most of her cooking is herb enhanced. She teaches classes in cooking with herbs, making your own medicines, creating lotions and ointments, making soap, and blending scents. She has conducted hands-on workshops on these and a variety of other herbal topics across the United States. In 2011 she created Magnolia Hill Nursery which wholesales organic herbs and heirloom vegetables to local garden centers.
From 2000-2022 she owned and operated Magnolia Hill Soap Company which manufactured natural and organic body care products. In 2015 she participated in a perfumery class in Grasse, France with Gallimard perfumers, where she expanded her scent blending techniques. She is currently a board member of the International Herb Association (IHA) and the International Herb Association and is past president of IHA for Southeastern Region. She has authored numerous herbal articles published in IHA’s annual Herb of the Year publications. Recently she has begun collecting date on the history of folk medicine in NE Florida and SE Georgia hoping to shed some light on this often ignored and unstudied aspect of herbal lore.
Location: St. Peters Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, Room 203.
Day and Time: Thursdays, March 9 and 16, 9:30-11:30 AM, 2 sessions.
Fee: $20, plus $15 for supplies – $35 total fee.
Materials: Provided by instructor