Herbs are an effective and easy way of managing and maintaining one’s health, and now social enterprise, Hackney Herbal, is making knowledge of herbs and its uses accessible to all.
Committed to providing opportunities for local people to interact with herbs and each other in a social way, Hackney Herbal organise free community workshops and events, as well as a variety of herb-related activities promoting mental health and wellbeing within the local community.
Set up in 2015, the idea came about from a desire to create more value out of the herbs that were being grown in private, public and community gardens in the Hackney area.
The social enterprise is now growing herbs in a patchwork of sites around Hackney and from these, Hackney Herbal have created their own unique herbal tea blends, which are available to order from their website. The funds from the sale of the tea blends go towards free community activities in Hackney, which bring people together to learn, share knowledge and be inspired.
Hackney Herbal is now one of an emerging number of small businesses throughout the world, which are being set up or becoming more prominent, that emphasise to locals the importance of herbs, and its uses not just in culinary ways but in health, healing and beauty.
While Hackney Herbal’s health and wellbeing work is rooted within the local community, their knowledge of herbs is by no means exclusive to locals. Anybody can attend one of their workshops, and information is shared worldwide. Hackney Herbal also run a series, Herb Stories, on their website where people from around the world share tips and anecdotes about herbs.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable lifestyle and living, wellbeing, and entertainments. Rosa also works as a psychic, counsellor, intuitive reader and spiritual life coach helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com