Rasheeqa Ahmad

PLANT MEDICINE OF THE CITY

 

Evolving video series contents

Early Winter (Nov):

  1. Marshmallow and Elecampane

  2. Nasturtiums and Marshmallow seeds (tba)

 

Autumn (late Sept – Oct):

  1. Nettle seeds

  2. Hawthorn berries

  3. Comfrey

  4. Rosehips

The last video in the scroll is an introduction by Rasheeqa followed by a text about her work with Hedge Herbs and the Community Apothecary.

 


Rasheeqa (Hedge Herbs) is a herbalist practicing in London with plant medicine, supporting people in her community with herbs and healing they can offer. She is part of a project called the Community Apothecary with Izzy and Ximena who are local growers, gathering wisdom about herbs and their myriad connections with our lives as well as many other creatures around us.

We are cultivating a patchwork of medicine gardens in Waltham Forest where people of the local communities can come to learn about land care and growing herbs to make medicines with, as well as come together in physical land work, knowledge sharing and relationship making. Breathing air that is fresher.

We are working out how doing this can be responsive to the healthcare needs of beings close to the gardens, starting from their soil and inhabitants and seeking upwards and outwards – it’s a journey.

But there’s an idea of a model of medicine gardens in each neighbourhood that can be spaces for exchange, healthcare experience sharing, practical medicine making and earthlove.

The making of these gardens necessitates slowing down to understand the plant living style. Who knows if it’s useful… we are seeing as we go, but there’s a hella lotta pleasure this last season with the gorgeousness of these beds showing us their exuberant healing beauty 🙂

This autumn 2021 we will make medicines with our harvests that will be shared with the local community as a tangible product of the year’s processes and a living representation of intentional, joyous collective work yielding shareable healthful resources.

hedgeherbs.org.uk