herbalists diary

Herbalists diary: on doing nothing

Herbalists diary: on doing nothing

I'm listening to a podcast about insanity and mental illness. The stories in it are making me smile. But as I smile, I look up and catch the eyes of a stranger, and they look at me as if to say, are you crazy?

Smiling without a perceptible cause to the observer is seen as a potential sign of madness in england.

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Phoenix Rising

Well, this is it. I am stepping into the new woman-centric version of Forage Botanicals. From now on, I'm all about the ladies. New features include:

  • Joyful Periods 2.0 a course in having a better period, naturally
  • Free guides to common hormone conditions
  • A natural beauty products shop with period supplies

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Invisible Illness

Invisible Illness

Sometimes I wish I had an illness. Because then I could say to people "sorry I can't do that I have x". I want to be able to have a reason other than "work" to be able to cancel social engagements or reduce my responsibilities. People have no respect if you say "sorry I can't come tonight I really need to take the night to myself to chill" but if I say "sorry I can't make tonight I have too much work on" then that's seen as a legitimate reason which won't be argued with. No one will hold me in a bad light if I have too much work on. But if I take time to chill that's me being selfish and antisocial. 

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Will you protect

Will you protect

I never was one for marching in the streets, strapping myself to poles or collecting signatures. But for most of my teen years I was obsessed with the injustices in the world and climate change seemed to be the biggest injustice going. The way we live as humans and the resources we require for life have become a burden too heavy for the earth to bare. But it wasn't always like this. We used to live symbiotically with the planet, and some tribal communities still do. 

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The Disillusionment of a Herbalist

The Disillusionment of a Herbalist

2016 was really sh*t. Not just because of the politics but because of my mental state. It may come as a surprise but I had managed to become quite disillusioned with my business; Forage Botanicals.

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