Herbalism is the oldest form of medicine known and in its belief that “herbal medicine is the medicine of the people, and should be accessible to everyone”, the Edinburgh-based Grass Roots Remedies have created a low cost herbal clinic and run courses so people can practice herbalism at home, whilst promoting ecologically responsible herbalism.
Set up with the aim to give back to the Earth that which it freely gives to its inhabitants, the Grass Roots Remedies co-operative’s values are based broadly on the three Permaculture Ethics of “Earth Care, People Care, & Fair Share”.
The Grass Roots Remedies co-operative is run by Soraya Bishop, who works with community groups in and around Edinburgh running courses and workshops. While medical herbalists, Ally Hurcikova and Bethia Evans, run the low-cost Wester Hailes Community Herbal Clinic for those who require an alternative approach to their health than conventional medicine.
In its efforts to share knowledge of medicinal plants, the Edinburgh-based social enterprise’s website is also a great resource for anybody worldwide who want to practice herbalism themselves at home.
Grass Roots Remedies also support communities to establish their own medicine gardens.
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