Episode 025 – Herbalism and Ancient Medicine with Rasheeqa Ahmad

Episode Summary


We’re bringing you another brilliant episode from The Earth Sea Love Podcast with medical herbalist Rasheeqa Ahmad from London.

Episode Notes


Rasheeqa Ahmad, Hedge Herbs – medical herbalist in the community in Walthamstow in north east London.

Rasheeqa has been practicing with plant medicine for the last 8 years after studying herbal medicine in Glasgow and London.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Going out to go into nature
  • Doorstep explorations
  • Urban green spaces
  • Plant medicine and and community
  • Herbal medicine within the community
  • Body wisdom and taking back our power
  • Western medicine ‘v’ traditional medicine
  • Ancient healing systems
  • Family history within medicine
  • Radical Herbalism
  • Preventative medicine
  • Knowing the names of plants
  • The properties of yarrow
  • The abundance of winter leaves

Bio:

Rasheeqa Ahmad, Hedge Herbs – medical herbalist in the community in Walthamstow in north east London.

She has been practicing with plant medicine for the last 8 years after studying herbal medicine in Glasgow and London.

Her path has brought her ever more in the direction of herbalism as systems change, inside and out – partly inspired by being part of the Radical Herbalism Gathering organising crew since 2013, bring the politics to herbal medicine!

Since qualifying, Rasheeqa has been mixing clinical practice with community collaborations and the sharing and spreading of knowledge as a way to deepen their connections with the earth around them and find more fitting ways of living together in our wild home.

She enjoys developing herbal healthcare projects in diverse groups, sharing skills and resources and responding to needs and imbalances they see amongst them – these are some that she’s part of currently, as well as her own practice:

Mobile Apothecary – street solidarity herbal medicine distribution to fellow community members including people sleeping rough, and going through the asylum system in east London (currently Bethnal Green, Hackney & Dalston)

Community Apothecary – patchwork of herb gardens in north London where we are growing herbs, making medicines and offering community training in plant medicine practice and cultural exchange (Waltham Forest borough)