Organic, biodynamic and wildcrafted herbs grown in the UK
Herbal self-care for health and wellbeing
Herbal Tinctures made from fresh plants to capture their vitality
Herbal Sanctum’s Botanicals
I want to make and sell dried herbs for infusions and teas, and herbal tinctures that I’m sure have been grown in the UK. Believe it or not when you buy herbs from a supplier it can still be difficult to determine exactly where they come from. Why the UK? We have so many herbs that can be wild crafted from weeds which I plan to do this year extremely responsibly. And so many herbs can be cultivated and in doing so it saves on air miles and pollution. Slippery elm for example is not grown here but it has become a much in demand herb and is endangered as a result. There are alternatives to Slippery elm in the UK either growing wild as weeds or cultivated. They are just lesser known and do not have such a celebrity status. Marshmallow springs to mind but there are more and we have to be careful so that plants living here do not become vulnerable.
Plenty of other companies import so I shall leave that up to them. Unfortunately, sometimes demand outstrips supply of a plant that is grown in the UK and so is imported to keep up with demand. And from time to time I may, if someone is really in need. Other countries have larger areas of land where they are able to cultivate herbs perhaps because using herbs for health and wellbeing is more ingrained in their societies such as Poland, China and Russia. In these places they still have vast areas of wilderness whereas we sadly do not.
I do not want to add to pollution and harming the environment (although I’m sure I do in many other ways) so I’m hopeful you will bear with me and have patience. Sometimes a herb will be out of stock. When it’s back in stock you will know it’s been grown in the UK organically or biodynamically, wild crafted or eventually (here’s hoping) from an area of land that I am able to set up as partly cultivated and partly wild. I would love to give Chamomile a fighting chance as it’s now on the vulnerable list and in decline. You too can help by purchasing from my shop and by learning all about herbs, harvesting of herbs, how to make herbal preparations slowly and traditionally, and reconnect with nature which is greatly missing from our society. I believe tinctures truly capture all the plant has to offer us when our herbal friends are left to macerate for at least 6 weeks.
My shop will slowly build over time so keep checking in with me on social media where I will announce new herbal friends.
I would love to be able to buy or rent an area of land in order to make some of my own dried herbs and tinctures. This would be truly environmentally friendly. Just remember, every purchase you make will go towards making this possible.
All herbal products in the shop are made to order. You buy, then I bag or bottle up, label, package and post. All botanicals are stored in airtight containers and in the dark for maximum potency.
The herbs sold here are used by myself and my family including children so you can trust where the herbs come from.
.Organic .Biodynamic .Wildcrafted
Anyone who knows me will tell you I personally buy mostly organic everything for myself and my family as I want to avoid pesticides and be kinder to the environment and encourage more wildlife. I also buy from companies I believe meet organic standards and possibly exceed them but are not certified if I feel I can trust them. For example, I have bought seeds from real seeds in my attempt to grow salad leaves in pots with my daughter.
As a small independent online shop and herbal teacher, certifying organic and biodynamic involves a lot of time and red tape and is also very costly. At this time it is not feasible for me to do so.
Packaging: We use plastic-free compostable stand-up paper bags with a plant based starch lining. The paper is made from sustainable forests. Tinctures are dispensed in glass bottles with a plastic lid and the 30ml bottles are glass dropper bottles.
Foil pouch bags that are airtight are not environmentally friendly as they contain plastic so I prefer to use tin tie bags as an alternative. I’m always looking to improve on packaging and welcome ideas and suggestions.