Category: Community Herbalism

CommuniTea – our first harvests together

Midsummer is fast approaching and the long days have brought us some beautiful weather to harvest herbs for our first few CommuniTea sessions in Wester Hailes, South-West Edinburgh. We have been running our Community Herbal Clinic there for a while now, alongside growing, foraging and making medicines with folk in the local area. This year we …

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Project Report: The Wester Hailes Community Herbal Clinic – Integrated Herbal Healthcare in An Area of Poverty

Since July 2015, Grass Roots Remedies Herbal Medicine Co-operative have been working on and consolidating an integrated herbal healthcare model in Wester Hailes, South West Edinburgh. We want to share the model now as an inspiring example of forward thinking, collaborative responses to health inequality by the NHS and local agencies; to encourage discussion about …

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Closing the Circle: Local Medicine for Local People

At Grass Roots Remedies Co-op, we align our ethics and ways of working with the three Permaculture Ethics of Earth Care, People Care & Fair Shares. In keeping with our ambitions to empower through providing accessible herbal medicine in Edinburgh we are working towards building short supply chains for our herbs & medicine. We have …

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Seeds of Justice: A Community Health Gathering

We are very happy to be helping to organise this event this weekend as part of the Scottish Radical Herbal Network. We’ll be taking part in the workshop about Health Inequalities in Wester Hailes, as well as running a herb walk in the garden of North Edinburgh Arts Centre – both on the Saturday. Check …

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Blackford Glen Medicine Garden Starting to Shape up

The last Sunday of every month a small group of us gather at our shared medicine garden in Blackford Glen. After plenty of hard work its now starting to look really beautiful. Yesterday we planted more herbs including Wood Betony, Sweet Violets, Agastache and the delicious Balm of Gilead. More photos to follow next month …

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Making Creams with Young Mum’s at Gate 55

Gate 55 is a community centre in South West Edinburgh. Today I had great fun sharing recipes for making herbal creams and body butters with the Young Mum’s Group. We made a whole range of products from body lotion to nappy rash, with lovely soothing calendula, nourishing wheatgerm oil, healing comfrey oil & St John’s …

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