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Herbal Medicine and Stress: Past and Present

Workshop featuring practical strategies for controlling stress, June 9, 16, and 23 7-8 PM 

Apothecary CounterThe Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 South Fairfax Street, is hosting a series of three workshops on Mondays June 9, 16, and 23, from 7:00—8:00 p.m. led by professional Therapeutic Herbalist Lin Porter.  Participants will learn how herbs were and still are used to relieve stress-related symptoms while exploring practical options for coping and controlling stress in modern life. 

Space is limited to encourage discussion and interaction.  Admission is $8 per person with reservations required.  Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 703.746.3852.

Humans have always co-existed with plants, but the art of using plants as medicine was overshadowed as the principles of science and engineering were applied to medicine.  The value of herbal medicine is resurfacing in the 21st century as the connections between plants and their health benefits are being rediscovered. 

Lin Porter has a M.S. in Therapeutic Herbalism from the Maryland University of Integrative Health and is currently completing her clinical internship with the university.  She recently retired from the Department of Defense, after devoting 36 years to changing the delivery of child care and youth services for military children and their families around the world.  She is interested in helping people prevent future illnesses. 

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum in Old Town Alexandria is noted for its outstanding collection of medicinal herbs, shop furnishings, apothecary bottles and equipment, many still in their original location. It also has a spectacular collection of archival materials, including journals, letters and diaries, prescription and formula books, ledgers, orders and invoices. The names of famous customers appear in the documents, including Martha Washington, Nelly Custis, and Robert E. Lee.
For more information about the Apothecary Museum, visit or call 703.746.3852.

Office of Historic Alexandria 

Administration Offices

Lloyd House
220 North Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6451

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.