Rachel & Charlie, Founders, Wilder Botanics
Hi Rachel, really great to meet you. Could you start by explaining Wilder Botanics in a nutshell please?
Everything about the whole body system and feeling nurtured by nature is Wilder Botanics – a ritual of wellness made with oils, salts, clays and balms for the outside, and biodynamic tinctured herbs and infusions for the inside. All our products are made from the finest wild-crafted and organic ingredients in sustainable packaging. We’re all about the healing benefits of the best quality herbs.
You’re a naturopath, an iridologist and a herbalist. Can you tell us what these skills entail and your path to learning and practicing these disciplines?
A naturopath looks at the whole person, not just the symptom, and treats them with many different holistic methods such as nutrition, herbs and homeopathy, and suggests a general lifestyle plan often with other complementary therapies such as acupuncture and yoga. Iridology is a diagnostic tool which helps to look at the genetic make up of an individual using iris markings which helps to give a deeper understanding of a person’s strengths and weaknesses.
What is it about herbs that are so special and how can we all use them to benefit our health and wellbeing?
Herbs have been used for preventing and curing illness for centuries. They’re actually still the first – and sometimes only – way of healing for around 80 per cent of the world’s population. They are rich in nutritious phytonutrients that work to rebalance the whole being – not just treating the symptoms but working with the underlying cause. They work on the whole person – the physical, mental, emotional and even the spiritual. The constituents within specific herbs help strengthen and tone specific organs and body systems.