Wild Apothecary is a beautifully illustrated herbal guide to every stage of life – a practical and creative manual that connects us to the medicinal plants that grow around us and shows us how we might use them to support our health. From babes to elders, and all the life-stages and transitions in between, this is an indispensable handbook designed to celebrate the journey of life and help us overcome some of the challenges we may face along the way.
With recipes for simple medicine-making, self-prescribing and foraging advice, Wild Apothecary is a beginner’s guide to herbalism, for all people, and explores the practical applications of plant medicines for the home or community. Each chapter highlights specific health conditions associated with each phase of life and describes how to work with plant allies and lifestyle changes to promote wellbeing. Rewilding and journaling exercises help the reader go deeper and contemplate their connection with themselves and nature. There is a special chapter on grief, plus an examination of herbal medicine in the context of colonisation.
Amaia Dadachanji is a practising herbalist at the Wild Apothecary near Stroud, Gloucestershire where she lives with her two young children. She sees patients, teaches herbalism, crafts botanicals, draws, and writes about herbalism and a wilder life. She is also deepening her knowledge of ceremony, grief tending, and land practices through studies and work. Her work Land Is She is centred on connecting women with land and healing through rewilding, intuiting, and tending through folk and flora kinship. Amaia has travelled extensively and learned, with gratitude, alongside herbalists all over the world and hopes to share her knowledge with others through community medicine gardens, ethical foraging, her words, images and voice.
Claudia Manchanda is a grandmother, radical herbalist, bio-scientist and lecturer who has a background in social justice activism, community cooking projects and campaigns against deaths in custody. She lives in London organising radical herb walks, teaching integrated cancer care and advocating for patients.