Elizabeth Rainbow’s Herbal Remedies

Elizabeth Rainbow (reproduced courtesy of a private owner

Edward Rainbow was the Bishop of Carlisle between 1664 and 1684. His wife, Elizabeth collected recipes for herbal remedies. Her recipe book has survived at Dalemain near Penrith [www.dalemain.com].

Frances has studied the herbal remedies in detail. Several of the wild medicinal plants listed grow in Derbyshire today. 

This information forms the background for talks, day-schools and field trips, two books and greeting cards.

Elizabeth Rainbow’s c17th Herbal Remedies

Talk in Ashbourne                                                                                        Dates to be confirmed

Elizabeth Rainbow’s Herbal Plants Three Day-schools (spring, summer & autumn) at the National Stone Centre, Wirksworth
Mornings: talks about the remedies using the plants in season
Afternoons: field trips to look at the plants discussed

For further details contact Frances


Elizabeth Rainbow’s Herbal Remedies Wyre Forest Press 2008 £3.00

Elizabeth Rainbow’s Herbal Remedies: The Plants Wyre Forest 2019 £15.00


These greetings cards illustrate some of the herbs named by Elizabeth Rainbow. They can be purchased in the shop at Dalemain or directly from Frances.

Previous Events
Ashbourne talk: Elizabeth Rainbow’s c17th Herbal Remedies: 12 & 14 January 2019
Dalemain talk: Elizabeth Rainbow’s Herbal Remedies: 1 July 2019
Harvest Celebrations at Dalemain: Elizabeth Rainbow’s Medicinal Plants: The Root of the Matter & Seeds & Berries: 29 September 2019