We know that this moment is leaving many feeling overwhelmed and scrambling. It is a moment of necessary and welcomed discomfort. We also acknowledge how important it is right now to take care of our physical and mental wellbeing in order to keep up the momentum to fight for what we believe in. For this reason we decided to start offering a tea blend of herbs known for their stress-reducing and anxiety-relieving properties (they also all offer a much needed boost for the immune system!).
The blend features hops, tulsi (also known as holy basil), lemon balm and gingko. Mixing up this tea blend for you and researching the properties of each herb also offered us an important opportunity to reflect on how the information we have been exposed to in our personal experiences has largely been filtered through a Eurocentric and colonial lens. This lens often upholds traditions of appropriation, cultural erasure, and stolen ancestral healing traditions related to plants and herbal medicine.
We invite you to join us in challenging this norm, to investigate how our daily encounters with information may be rooted in extractive histories of capitalism, colonialism, and patriarchy. We have a lot to learn to support movements to #decolonizeherbalism and invite you to help us. One way to start is by reading
this article and checking out this
list of 50 black herbalists to support , follow and buy from.