Trossachs Wild Apothecary

Based in Aberfoyle, Trossachs Wild Apothecary offers foraging walks as well courses on wild kitchen medicine and medicine making. All ages are catered for, from a Little Alchemists Club to wild cocktail making classes.

WILD FOOD TRAINING

Trossachs Wild Apothecary was set up by Rox Madeira in 2019 shortly after taking part in the LEADER funded Wild Wonders food training course.

Rox said: “As a child my imagination was captured by stories of wise women, witches, fairies and plant folk. My dream was to eventually live in the countryside at the edge of a village in an old cottage with land around it, where I could plant vegetables, grow herbs, pick food and know what the plants around me were and were useful for.  Last year all these things fell into place and Trossachs Wild Apothecary was born. The name comes from our  location in Aberfoyle and my love of using wild foods; as well as my desire to give people the tools to create their own herbal and food medicines. Apothecary brings to mind magic and old school healing.

FOOD AS MEDICINE

Rox offers walks and workshops on wild food, kitchen medicine, fermented foods, wild cocktails, herbal medicine and yoga.  

She said: “I believe that food is medicine. I am a director with the social enterprise Hub G63 and am developing the medicinal garden at the market garden near Killearn.  The aim is to create a community medicinal garden where people can volunteer and learn about herbal and food sovereignty, growing, harvesting and processing herbs and offering workshops in making medicines.”

Rox also runs a nutritional therapy clinic and a Little Alchemists Club for adults and families to learn about wild foods and herbs; and has plans to open a herbal medicine clinic in future. 

COLLABORATIONS

Rox is involved in the running of the Scottish Wild Food Festival and is a member of Herbalists Without Borders and the Association of Foragers. She welcomes opportunities to collaborate with other businesses in Forth Valley with an interest in wild food and herbalism.

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